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Bustard (no. 5) with West Hudson AA, Spalding’s Official Soccer Foot Ball Guide, 1916-17.

Reading your own obituary: Samuel Bustard, the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic, and the evolution of New York Metro Area soccer

June 19, 2020

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ASL, NAFL, New Jersey, New York, Newark:

Kurt Rausch’s examination of the career of Samuel Bustard — who was widely, and wrongly, reported dead during the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic — illuminates soccer in the New York Metro Area in the 1910s and 1920s.

What Happened to Mark’s Stadium?

What Happened to Mark’s Stadium?

April 21, 2020

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ASL, Fall River, Massachusetts, Rhode Island:

The original Mark’s Stadium was built in 1921. What happened to it?

Harrison’s Maradona: A Recollection of Al “Funze” Jennette

Harrison’s Maradona: A Recollection of Al “Funze” Jennette

June 12, 2017

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ASL, New York:

Frank Santamassino’s cousin, Al Jennette, who everyone called Funze, played professional soccer in New York City in the 1940s, and he is one of the many forgotten stars in American soccer history.

It ain’t over ’til it’s over

It ain’t over ’til it’s over

January 21, 2016

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ASL:

New Bedford Whalers entered the second leg of the 1931 ALS championship against New York Giants with an 8-3 deficit to overcome.

The record-setting Archie Stark

The record-setting Archie Stark

November 3, 2015

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ASL, International Tours, Profiles, USMNT:

Billy Gonsalves is considered by many to be the best US player before the Second World War but Archie Stark remains the greatest goalscorer the US has ever produced.

1960 US Open Cup final is a tough act to follow

1960 US Open Cup final is a tough act to follow

September 29, 2015

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ASL, Los Angeles, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, US Open Cup:

In the 1960 US Open Cup final, Philadelphia’s Ukrainian Nationals came from behind three times over 120 minutes to win the championship with Mike Noha scoring all five of the Uke Nats goals. Roger Allaway has the story.

It’s time to remember the Ukrainian Nationals

It’s time to remember the Ukrainian Nationals

September 29, 2015

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ASL, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia:

Steve Holroyd on the remarkable record of the Ukrainian Nationals, which included four US Open Cup titles between 1960 and 1966.

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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ASL, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, St. Louis, US Open Cup:

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.

The “American Menace”

The “American Menace”

August 25, 2015

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ASL:

It seems strange to envision European soccer feeling threatened by American soccer, but that was once the case. This unusual circumstance arose in the mid-1920s as a result of the signing by American Soccer League teams of players who were under contract to European teams. What was referred to in… Read More ›

Be very afraid: U.S. soccer’s most dominant teams ever

Be very afraid: U.S. soccer’s most dominant teams ever

July 27, 2015

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ASL, MLS, NASL I:

Looking back over ASL I, the NASL, and MLS, which teams were the most dominant? Steve Holroyd explores.

Who’s better, who’s best: Leveling the pitch to find the best US club sides ever

Who’s better, who’s best: Leveling the pitch to find the best US club sides ever

July 20, 2015

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ASL, MLS, NASL I:

Steve Holroyd performs some statistical leveling to determine the all-time top 15 US pro soccer teams.

Moving the goalposts

Moving the goalposts

July 16, 2015

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ASL, MLS, NASL I:

The ASL in the 1920s has been called the “golden age” of American soccer. Some older fans argue that the NASL was “better” than MLS. What do the numbers say.

Len Oliver Q&A: Playing in the pros in 1950s Philadelphia and beyond

Len Oliver Q&A: Playing in the pros in 1950s Philadelphia and beyond

June 25, 2015

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ASL, Interviews, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USMNT:

Our series of conversations with Philadelphia-born National Soccer Hall of Famer Len Oliver continues.