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Len Oliver: The pro game in 1950s Philadelphia

Len Oliver: The pro game in 1950s Philadelphia

June 22, 2015

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ASL, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Profiles:

National Soccer Hall of Famer Len Oliver’s series continues.

The forgotten Thomas W. Cahill

The forgotten Thomas W. Cahill

June 15, 2015

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ASL, International Tours, Profiles, USSF:

Roger Allaway on Thomas Chaill, one of the major figures in the early years of American soccer.

Paying the pros

Paying the pros

June 15, 2015

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ASL, Massachusetts:

A look at the background and occupations of professional soccer players in the original American Soccer League.

The Kensington Blue Bells in 1950-51. Oliver is in the second row, first on the right. Photo courtesy of Len Oliver.

Philadelphia soccer in the 1940s and 1950s, part 3: Moving up through the amateur ranks

May 28, 2015

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ASL, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Profiles:

Philadelphia-born National Soccer Hall of Famer Len Oliver describes moving up the Philadelphia amateur soccer ranks in the 1940s and 1950s, playing in international friendlies, and trying out for the US Olympic team.

The Holyoke Falcos around 1921. The photo was likely taken at the club’s Berkshire Street ground. You can almost see what looks to be the grandstand in the upper left of the image. Image: © Laurel O’Donnell 1995 – 2006;

The search for the Falcos

May 26, 2015

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ASL, Massachusetts:

The Holyoke Falcos were one of the founding members of the American Soccer League in 1921, although they dropped out after just a single season. In many ways the search for information on the Falcos reveals some of the challenges involved in researching the history of American soccer.

Q&A with Len Oliver: Youth and junior soccer with Lighthouse Boys Club

Q&A with Len Oliver: Youth and junior soccer with Lighthouse Boys Club

May 19, 2015

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ASL, Philadelphia, Profiles:

Our series of Q&A’s with US Soccer Hall of Famer Len Oliver continues.

Q&A with Len Oliver: Philly soccer in the 1940s & 1950s

Q&A with Len Oliver: Philly soccer in the 1940s & 1950s

May 12, 2015

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ASL, Interviews, Philadelphia, Profiles:

The first in a series of Q&A’s with National Soccer Hall of Famer Len Oliver.

What was the Soccer War?

What was the Soccer War?

May 11, 2015

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ASL, USSF:

Roger Allaway looks at the American Soccer War, the 1928-29 struggle between the U.S. Football Association and the American Soccer League over control of the sport in the US.

That wooden sign

That wooden sign

May 7, 2015

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ASL, New Jersey, USMNT:

In recognition of Throwback Thursday, Tom McCabe recalls the wooden sign that used to hang behind Archie Stark’s tavern in Kearny, New Jersey

A Boca American

A Boca American

May 5, 2015

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ASL, New Jersey, New York, Profiles, USMNT:

Peter Millar joined Inter in 1961 and by the end of his first season he led the league in scoring and was voted its top player. He took home the Most Valuable Player award again after the 1962-63 campaign, and by early 1964 a black and white photograph of a… Read More ›

Meet the Babe Ruth of American Soccer

Meet the Babe Ruth of American Soccer

May 4, 2015

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ASL, Men's World Cup, Profiles, US Open Cup, USMNT:

Steve Holroyd on Billy Gonsalves, one of the greatest players the US has ever produced.