Tag Archives: us soccer history

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Handwriting on the wall for the Cosmos

In the fall of 1982, as in every fall during the late 1970s and early 1980s, there was talk in New York soccer circles about international stars the New York Cosmos might sign for the following year’s NASL season. In October and November 1982, that talk centered around Brazilian midfielder …

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Why Fall River?

A few places might lay claim to the title of the first soccer capital of the United States. St. Louis has sometimes been referred to by that name. An argument might be made on behalf of the West Hudson area of New Jersey. The first game of association football ever …

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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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The Dnepr difference

A few years ago, I heard Richard Groff, a longtime Pennsylvania soccer official, refer to a 1989 game in Philadelphia between the U.S. men’s national team and Dnepr Dnepropetrovsk, a Soviet first-division club, as a major turning point in American soccer. I was familiar with this game, since I had …

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The grant program of 1988-94

After the United States won the right to host the 1994 World Cup, the U.S. Soccer Federation had to face the difficulties of fielding a respectable United States team in that World Cup, difficulties resulting particularly from the folding of the North American Soccer League in 1985 and financial troubles …

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Some early all-stars

Choosing an all-star team can involve some very difficult judgements. It’s tough enough when you’re picking among people who played a week ago or a month ago. When it’s people who played a century or more ago, it becomes largely guesswork. All of that can be taken as a sort …

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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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Home sweet home?

A sixth round of odd facts in American soccer history. —In 1989, a World Cup qualifier between the United States and El Salvador, scheduled to be played at El Salvador’s main stadium in San Salvador, had to be moved to another site after crowd trouble a few months earlier caused …

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The polarizing Giorgio Chinaglia

I don’t know if there has ever been anyone else in American soccer on whom there was such a wide divergence of opinion as Giorgio Chinaglia, who starred for the New York Cosmos from 1976 to 1983. It seems as though the majority of people either worshiped him or couldn’t …

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The day the U.S. packed them in

There have been instances in recent years when fans of the other team came out to see a U.S. national team game because the opponent was the United States, but those mostly were World Cup qualifiers where fans were eager to see their heroes beat the gringos. There is one …