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Were Sanford High School’s “Celery-Fed” the First Soccer Team in Central Florida?

There is a research question I wrote years ago now on the inside front cover of my research notebook, “Who kicked the first ball in anger?” This is shorthand for a question that has plagued me [...]

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Gallup Says Soccer is More Popular Than Ever: Does That Really Matter?

Earlier this month there was a Gallup poll released on the popularity of sports in America that made waves in the soccer community. The surface level takeaways were they American football and [...]

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Flawless MLS Cup 2017 Conference Semifinal Predictions

So I went three and one with my MLS Cup Knockout Round predictions, and I’m sure I’m not the only one that got the Chicago Fire vs. New York Red Bull game horribly wrong. Now that the [...]

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Reflecting on Pelé as he turns 77

Yesterday was soccer legend Pelé’s birthday. I spent some of the day contemplating the Brazilian great, particularly how our lives intersected. I, of course, never knew Pelé. I was too [...]

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US Soccer & The Failure Heard ‘Round The World

There is something circular about US Soccer’s failure in Trinidad last night. It was in 1989 that US Soccer went to the small island nation in a must win qualifier and Paul Caligiuri scored [...]

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“You Are Only As Good As Your Sources:”A Shout-Out to the American Soccer History Archives

Historians love archives. We love the physical archives with dusty books, old paper smells, and passionate archivists who know just the thing we need to look at. Mostly we love the information, [...]