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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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Soccer in the South: Atlanta’s Complicated Path to Becoming a Major League Soccer City

Earlier this year I was approached by a blog to write a history of soccer in the Atlanta. This blog wanted to run an article on the topic since the new Major League Soccer club Atlanta United FC [...]

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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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The NPSL 50 Years On

The 50th anniversary of the first National Professional Soccer League passed quietly this past weekend. The league is understood by many, including myself, as a precursor to the NASL and the [...]