Tag Archives: usfa

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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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The All-American Football Club

The U.S. national team made its first venture into European competition in 1916, and it’s not surprising where it went. At the time of that trip, there weren’t too many options available. The United States was still a neutral in World War I at that point. So were the Scandinavian …

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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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The forgotten Thomas W. Cahill

Of the major figures in the early years of American soccer, no one’s star has fallen farther than that of Thomas W. Cahill. A man who dominated the sport in the United States 90 years ago is nearly unknown today. Cahill was born in 1863, just a few weeks after …

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What was the "Soccer War"?

Ask Americans what the “Soccer War” was and their response may have to do with the 1969 war between El Salvador and Honduras. It’s not likely that they’ll mention the 1928-29 struggle between the U.S. Football Association and the American Soccer League over control of the sport in this country, …