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Bethlehem’s streaks

The Bethlehem Steel soccer team won a lot of cups and a lot of league championships, but there is something else that could stand as the greatest legacy of one of the greatest American soccer teams of all time. Here are the details of that something else: On Jan. 25, …

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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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A boost for Bethlehem

It was no coincidence that the Bethlehem Steel soccer team, one of the greatest in American soccer history, was at its peak at the same time that World War I was raging in Europe. Bethlehem Steel had gotten its start as a maker of iron rails for the railroads of …

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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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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 …

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Bethlehem Steel on tour

Overseas tours by American soccer teams have become, while not commonplace, at least not as unusual as they once were. MLS teams regularly take preseason training tours in warm climes like Spain and Portugal. The New York Cosmos made many preseason tours in Latin America and postseason ones in Europe …

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The unusual Edgar Lewis

The man who was the driving force behind the powerhouse Bethlehem Steel team of nearly 100 years ago was an oddity in American soccer. First, Edgar Lewis was an immigrant but learned soccer in America, long after he came here. Second, unlike the factory workers he played alongside, he was …

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The record-setting Archie Stark

The name most often sited as the greatest American soccer player of the pre-World War II decades is Billy Gonsalves, but he has an excellent rival for that designation in the less-famous Archie Stark, who remains today as the most prolific goalscorer the United States has ever produced. The careers …