Profiles

Undated press photo of Elmer A. Schroeder. From the author's collection.

The life — and murder — of the first American-born president of U.S. Soccer

September 16, 2020

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Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Profiles, USSF:

Elmer Schroeder was elected as the first native-born president of US Soccer in 1932. Two decades later he was murdered.

John Rowlands, ca. 1974 (Frank MacDonald Collection)

Rowlands stood tall, always will

May 8, 2020

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NASL I, Profiles, Seattle, Washington:

A tribute to John Rowlands, an original Seattle Sounders, who passed away from the Coronavirus in April.

William Patrick “Billy” McCrath, ca. 1924

A Long Overdue Ode to Billy McGrath

April 20, 2020

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Profiles, Seattle, Washington:

Scottish-born Billy McGrath made his mark in Washington state. He was an exceptional player, manager and up-and-coming administrator who might have merited consideration for the National Soccer Hall of Fame – if not for one fateful decision to play just one more game.

James and Joe, part 1

James and Joe, part 1

February 21, 2020

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Chicago, Inter-Allied Games, Profiles:

The first of a two-part series telling the story of two soccer-playing soldiers who served during World War I.

Heron shows of his skills for Ebony Magazine, July 1947. Image: Ebony Magazine

What Kind of Player was Gil Heron?

February 6, 2020

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Black Soccer, Profiles:

Brian Bunk on Heron’s playing style.

IN 1946 Ebony Magazine dubbed Heron the Babe Ruth of Soccer. Image: Ebony Magazine

Gil Heron

February 4, 2020

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Black Soccer, Profiles:

Brian Bunk on Gil Heron, the first black professional soccer player in the United States.

Perseverance in soccer: A useful trait

Perseverance in soccer: A useful trait

December 5, 2019

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Profiles, USMNT:

Len Oliver on how he is living proof that perseverance in soccer pays dividends.

Gifts of Cliff McCrath

Gifts of Cliff McCrath

February 17, 2017

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Profiles, Seattle:

Seattle treasure–Cliff McCrath–inducted into another soccer Hall of Fame.

Len Oliver: In retrospect

Len Oliver: In retrospect

April 27, 2016

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Profiles:

National Soccer Hall of Famer Len Oliver’s series of remembrances of playing soccer in 1940s and 1950s Philadelphia, originally published in 1992, concludes with his thoughts on the soccer’s urban future.

Dennis Shay: Patriarch of American Goalkeepers

Dennis Shay: Patriarch of American Goalkeepers

February 17, 2016

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AFA, Profiles:

The lineage of exceptional American goalkeepers may begin in the 1880s with Dennis Shay.

A first and lasting impression

A first and lasting impression

February 16, 2016

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NASL I, Profiles, Seattle, Washington:

Bob Robertson was the original voice of the NASL Seattle Sounders.

History of the Philadelphia Fury, part three: Exit the Fury

History of the Philadelphia Fury, part three: Exit the Fury

January 15, 2016

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NASL I, Philadelphia, Profiles:

The Frank Worthington debacle Although much improved, the Fury remained an inconsistent side. Through April, the team was 2-4. However, help was on the way with the arrival of Ball and the acquisition of another goal scorer, Frank Worthington, on loan from Bolton. Worthington finished the 1978-79 season as the… Read More ›

A simple protestation

A simple protestation

January 11, 2016

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NASL I, Profiles:

On Ferenc Puskas’s tenure as head coach of the Vancouver Royals in the first year of the original NASL.