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The peacemaking Andrew M. Brown

The name of Andrew M. Brown appears prominently on two particular occasions in the early history of soccer in the United States. On both of those occasions, his actions earned him the reputation of a mediator between disputing factions. The first of those occasions came in 1913. Brown was the …

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Open Cup widened some horizons

The U.S. Open Cup once did a great deal to widen the horizons of American soccer. No, I’m not talking about 1996 and MLS teams joining in. I’m talking about old stuff, about how different the first U.S. Open Cups were from what had gone before. The first U.S. Open …

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The American Football Association

The name is simple, clear and direct. It would make an excellent title for an organization governing the sport of soccer in the United States. However, it has already been taken, well over a century ago. The American Football Association was founded by British expatriates at a meeting in the …

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Got mud?

The main reason why tied knockout games are often settled by penalties or some similarly unhappy method rather than by replays the way they once were is television, but here’s an example of another reason: On Dec. 27, 1913, Bethlehem Steel was leading West Hudson of Harrison, N.J., 1-0, in …