Articles by: Ed Farnsworth

Philadelphia German Americans win the 1936 US Open Cup

Philadelphia German Americans win the 1936 US Open Cup

September 29, 2015

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On May 3, 1936, Philadelphia German Americans became the first amateur team, and the first team from the city of Philadelphia, to win the US Open Cup.

1913: Innisfails of St. Louis comes East

1913: Innisfails of St. Louis comes East

September 16, 2015

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Our series on inter-city games involving Philadelphia area teams and St. Louis teams in the 1910s continues. When, a year after winning the American Cup, Tacony FC traveled to St. Louis in 1911, they came back from two goals down to draw 4–4 with St. Louis champion St. Leos in what newspaper reports… Read More ›

The “champions of the Middle West” come to Philly, 1912

The “champions of the Middle West” come to Philly, 1912

September 2, 2015

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Tacony FC’s trip to St. Louis in December of 1911 to decide the “championship of America” had ended in disappointment. They would have a chance for revenge in March of 1912 when the St. Leos team of St. Louis embarked on a tour against leading East Coast teams.

1911’s “soccer championship of America”:  Philadelphia’s Tacony FC in St. Louis

1911’s “soccer championship of America”: Philadelphia’s Tacony FC in St. Louis

August 27, 2015

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Part One of a series looking at inter-city games involving Philadelphia area teams and St. Louis teams in the 1910s. Soccer in the United States at the start of the 1910s was undergoing a rise in organization and popularity. That organization was largely locally based and varied in both scope… Read More ›

2-3-5 in the 215: Tactics in the early days of Philadelphia soccer

2-3-5 in the 215: Tactics in the early days of Philadelphia soccer

August 11, 2015

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One formation ruled the game of soccer in Philadelphia for 60 years, the 2-3-5.

Columbia Park, bordered by breweries, home of Connie Mack’s soccer team in 1901-1902

Connie Mack’s soccer team

July 14, 2015

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Connie Mack is a baseball legend. In Philadelphia in 1901, he also had a soccer team.

Dick, Kerr Ladies come to Philadelphia, 1922

Dick, Kerr Ladies come to Philadelphia, 1922

June 10, 2015

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Women’s soccer has come a long way in the US. In 1922, it came all the way from England to Philadelphia.

Abolish the penalty kick!

Abolish the penalty kick!

June 5, 2015

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A little more than one hundred years ago, the Philadelphia Inquirer led a campaign to abolish the penalty kick.

Bethlehem Steel FC’s 1919 tour of Scandinavia

Bethlehem Steel FC’s 1919 tour of Scandinavia

May 29, 2015

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In 1919, Bethlehem Steel became the first US club to embark on an overseas tour.

Evolution of a kit: Bethlehem Steel FC

Evolution of a kit: Bethlehem Steel FC

May 15, 2015

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Between 1912 and 1930, Bethlehem Steel FC played in at least 11 different jersey designs.