American soccer statistics

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  1. preeths

    preeths New Member

    Mar 28, 2014 has undertaken compiling the statistical history of professional American soccer (along with lots of Canadian, too). Our goal is to document the players and teams which have kept soccer's flame alive here, both outdoors and in. We have stats dating back to 1921's American Soccer League right up through yesterday's MLS and USL Championship action.

    We still have many holes to fill, particularly with the second American Soccer League. If you have any stats or rosters to share, please let me know!

    Division I and indoor stats:
    Division II, III and historical:
  2. Roger Allaway

    Roger Allaway Member+

    Apr 22, 2009
    Warminster, Pa.
    Philadelphia Union
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    About 25 years ago, I tried to compile rosters for the second ASL, using box scores in newspapers, particularly the New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer and Newark Evening News. I worked on this for several years, but I eventually gave up, because while I was able to compile quite a bit from the 1933-34 season up through the 1944-45 season, I knew there were too many gaps in what I had to be able call it anywhere near complete. In those newspapers, I was able to see box scores for most of the home games played by the four New York teams, the two Kearny teams and the two Philadelphia teams, but I didn't have a source I could access for box scores of away games against the two Baltimore teams.

    What I was hoping to compile was something similar to what Colin Jose compiled on the original ASL for his book "American Soccer League, 1921-31," but I realized that I couldn't match Colin, and it was extremely labor-intensive. I calculated that it was about 40 hours of work for each season.

    The official records, kept by the ASL itself, were thrown out when the ASL folded in 1983. If those still existed, the problem would be solved.
  3. preeths

    preeths New Member

    Mar 28, 2014
    Do you still have what you had compiled to that point? I know exactly what you mean, about half the league's statistical history, from the mid-40's through about 1970, is really lean. Still, we're trying to piece together whatever we can.

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