A portion of the Fall River squad taken from a film of the 1924 cup final

Stars and Stripes Soccer on the Silver Screen before 1930

May 18, 2020

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Archival Footage:

A look at the growing availability of pre-1930s motion picture footage of American soccer.

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.

2020 SASH History Symposium Goes Virtual

May 7, 2020

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SASH Sessions:

A report on the first SASH virtual symposium. Includes video.

#docuhistory: Soccertown, USA

May 6, 2020

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SASH News:

Join the online watch party and Twitter discussion of the award-winning documentary Soccertown, USA on Thursday, May 7, 2020, co-moderated by SASH president Tom McCabe and Matt Busch.

Generoso Dattilo

What did referee Dattilo really say to Colombo in Belo Horizonte?

May 5, 2020

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Men's World Cup, St. Louis, USMNT:

How a regional dialect may have played a part in a famous incident during the USMNT’s historic victory over England in the 1950 World Cup.

SASH Virtual Symposium, 2020 UPDATED WITH ACCESS INFO

April 30, 2020

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SASH Sessions:

SASH has organized a new symposium that will take place over two sessions vis Zoom. The first session, “The East Coast’s Soccer’s Roots from the Gilded Age to the ASL,”will take place Friday, May 1. “Domestic Leagues & International Stories from the Progressive Era to Present,” will take place Friday, June 5.

After the collapse: ALPF vs. ALPF in Baltimore and Fall River, 1894-96

After the collapse: ALPF vs. ALPF in Baltimore and Fall River, 1894-96

April 27, 2020

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AAPF, AFA, ALPF, Baltimore, Boston, Brooklyn, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Newark, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia:

Following the collapse of the ALPF after only 16 games over two weeks, four former ALPF sides met in seven additional matches, including a series of three games in Fall River for the “championship of America.” Former Boston and Brooklyn ALPF professionals continued in Fall River after that.

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?

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.

The origins of soccer in Philadelphia, part 5: Local college-based football after the 1863 Laws of the Game

The origins of soccer in Philadelphia, part 5: Local college-based football after the 1863 Laws of the Game

April 16, 2020

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College Soccer, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia:

The series on the origins of soccer in Philadelphia continues with a look at the development of university- and college-based football in the 1870s.

England vs Scotland, 1872. Note how the goal is constructed — and the scrum of players in front of it.

The origins of soccer in Philadelphia, part 4: The first account of soccer-style football after codification?

April 10, 2020

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Pennsylvania, Philadelphia:

The series on the origins of soccer in Philadelphia continues with a look at football in Philadelphia in the years immediately after the 1863 FA code.

The Canadian Team at the Inter-Allied Games. Source: Gallic.bnf.fr / Bibliothèque nationale de France

Soccer at the Inter-Allied Games of 1919: Team Canada

April 8, 2020

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Inter-Allied Games:

This is the third of three posts on the Inter-Allied Games. The first two in the series can be found here and here. I worked with Christian Hesle (@christianhesle) to identify the members of the Canadian soccer team that competed at the Inter-Allied Games in Paris in 1919. Using newspapers,… Read More ›

Philadelphia Inquirer, October 7, 1918, page 14

Philadelphia Soccer and the 1918 Spanish Flu Epidemic

March 18, 2020

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Pennsylvania, Philadelphia:

A look at soccer in Philadelphia during the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic.