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The cup-hoisting Bill McPherson

Until just five years ago, Bill McPherson was the all-time leader in games played in first-division American soccer, with the 370 games that he played in the original American Soccer League of the 1920s. In the 2008 MLS season, Steve Ralston passed him. Since then, McPherson has dropped to fifth …

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The other side of the coin

A third batch of odd facts in American soccer history: –The NASL wasn’t always glitz and glamor and Pele and Beckenbauer in front of sell-out crowds. Here’s an example: The largest, and probably most famous, NASL crowd was the 77,691 who saw the New York Cosmos beat the Fort Lauderdale …

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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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A perfect 10

Lots of soccer teams over the years have won games despite playing a man short for a half or longer after someone had been sent off. Not too many have played shorthanded for the full 90 minutes and not only won but collected a trophy, too. One that did do …

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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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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 greatest Open Cup final?

That designation is an impossibly tall order, so I really have no idea whether this was the greatest or not. My purpose is just that I want to tell about a game that few people in 2011 are familiar with. It may or may not have been the greatest, but …

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In pursuit of the American Double

The Double is a triumph, in the same year, in both a country’s top league and its national cup competition, and it seems possible that there might be a winner of the American Double in 2010. Next week, the U.S. Open Cup will be won by either the Columbus Crew …