Monday, May 09, 2011

This Week in American Soccer History: American Soccer League

Contributing Editor Dillon Young
(links posted are to images of the original documents from the era)

This Week in Soccer History: 1921

This week in May 1921, The American Soccer League was born, the first major effort at creating a professional league in the United States. The league consisted of teams from all over the Northeast coast, including New York, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. Originally the league was suppose to consist of eight teams, with two teams in the Philadelphia area, Philadelphia FC and the famous Bethlehem Steel FC. Instead the teams merged, taking the majority of their players from the powerful Bethlehem squad and taking the name and location of Philadelphia FC. The Philadelphia Squad, led by Harold Brittain's 27 goals, beat out the New York Football Club and third place and former national champion Todd Shipyards FC for the Championship in the first season of the ASL.


Anonymous Bill_Urban said...

Fall River Rovers, shortly thereafter renamed Fall River United, then became the Fall River Marksmen, simply the best team name ever...

6:35 PM  
Blogger Dillon Young said...

Couldn't agree more about Fall River, especially the fact they are a namesake of the owner. luckily his name was Mark and not Sam Milk-- definitely wouldn't have been cool.

10:05 PM  
Anonymous Bill_Urban said...

Fall River Milkmen, hmm... That particular team might have scored a lot. Where's my coat?

9:54 AM  

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