Tag Archives: asl

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The invisible Nat Agar

The name of Nathan Agar hasn’t been heard much in American soccer for more than 80 years. A lot of American soccer officials of decades ago have faded from their former prominence, but Agar seems to have completely vanished. Agar’s disappearance from American soccer’s memory is rooted in the Soccer …

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The New York Giants shell game

Two years ago, a commenter on a post on this blog said that he had looked for a badge and crest of the New York Giants soccer team of the original American Soccer League, but without success. I wasn’t surprised that he hadn’t been able to find them, and not …

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Birth of the original ASL

The founding of the original American Soccer League more than 90 years ago is one of the landmark events in American soccer history, even though the league lasted only 10 years. It gave American soccer a new attitude about how it should be organized. Within its limited region, it helped …

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The busy Jimmy Mills

This post is about a man who was born in Scotland, came to the United States in his 20s, coached college soccer in Pennsylvania and coached a U.S. national team on a trip to a major tournament in the Southern Hemisphere in the 1950s. Certainly sounds like a description of …

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Finding the original ASL

Perhaps the greatest single effort in expanding the knowledge of the history of soccer in the United States has been the work done by Colin Jose in uncovering the forgotten story of the original American Soccer League of the 1920s. This league wasn’t entirely hidden. Things written about it at …

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Playoffs, then and now

Playoffs are one of the most hotly debated subjects in American soccer today, along with the other side of that coin, pro/rel. American soccer has had varied experience with playoffs over the years, some good, some bad. Personally, I happen to think playoffs are the best way to go for …

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Bethlehem and Fall River

Bethlehem Steel vs. Fall River was the first great intersectional rivalry in American soccer, and more than 80 years after its last game, it may still be the greatest. This rivalry involved two different teams from Fall River, Mass. Before 1920, the team that Bethlehem Steel most liked to beat …

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The enterprising Sam Mark

I’ve written before about some of the leading administrators of American soccer in the first half of the 20th century. Sam Mark of Fall River, Mass. is a little different from the others. He was not a dedicated champion of the sport like Tom Cahill or Edgar Lewis. He was …

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The Lewis Cup

One of the suggestions sometimes made by American fans who want to see the MLS champion determined by regular-season results is that the current playoffs be replaced by a sort of league cup tournament. What they are suggesting would be a close replica of the situation that an event called …

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D-Day at the Polo Grounds

Nearly every professional sports event in the United States was canceled or postponed on June 6, 1944, while the nation held its breath over the fate of the invasion of France. One of the few events that was not called off was a one-day pro soccer tournament at the Polo …