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WATCH Bethlehem Steel: The Forefathers of American Soccer [VIDEO]

 WATCH Bethlehem Steel: The Forefathers of American Soccer [VIDEO]

The history of soccer in the United States started long before the New York Cosmos won the NASL championship in 1972. In fact, the modern game of soccer first saw signs of life in the United States in the 1860s-1870s as immigrants came through Ellis Island and quickly shared their love of the sport across the different communities where they lived in the States.

One team that emerged was Bethlehem Steel, which was founded in 1907 and has the distinction of being one of the earliest and most successful clubs in the early part of the country’s soccer history.

The Pennsylvania based team has a rich history. Watch the following video to gain more insight and appreciation of one of the forefathers of American soccer.

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Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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3 Responses to WATCH Bethlehem Steel: The Forefathers of American Soccer [VIDEO]

  1. Daniel Feuerstein says:

    That was a great job from the MLS Insider show on the history of the Bethlehem Steel club. I wonder if there was someone who decided to bring them back and have them join either USL Pro or NASL. Don’t think it would be enough for them to be in MLS.

  2. WSW says:

    To truly do the team justice is to resurrect them in NASL.

  3. sucka99 says:

    Cool video. The whole ASL/Soccer War story is so interesting and goes a long way to explain why soccer is such a divisive sports topic in the mainstream sports media.

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