Category: North American Soccer League

US Soccer Pioneer Phil Woosnam Dies Aged 80

One of the pioneers of the sport in North America, Phil Woosnam passed away this week  in Marrieta, Georgia after a long illness. He was 80 years old. Along with Clive Toye, Woosnam was the driving force behind the foundation and eventual success of the North American Soccer League (NASL). The Welshman came to Atlanta in 1966 after a career in English football that included stints with top clubs Manchester City, Leyton Orient, Aston Villa and West Ham United. With the Hammers, Woosnam got the opportunity to play with future world football great Bobby Moore. He also was capped 17 ... Read more

In Memoriam: US Soccer Pioneer John Kerr Sr.

U.S. soccer pioneer and long-time coach John Kerr Sr. pass away yesterday at his home in North Carolina.  For newer soccer fans this name may mean nothing but for long-time American soccer fans, Kerr was a pioneer who was a mainstay in the American soccer landscape up through the early days of MLS. Kerr was born in Scotland and began his soccer career with Scottish club Patrick Thistle before moving with his mother to Canada.  In 1968, he joined the Detroit Cougars of the NASL and the next year signed with the Washington Darts, who at the time were a ... Read more

Top 5 Lowlights of American Soccer in 2009

Plastic Carpet 2010 is upon us, which means that it’s the time of year when we journalists, pundits, analysts, and/or columnists take stock of the year that has passed and provide you with our lists of the past years highlights and lowlights. So, to start things of for me, here is my take on the lowlights of the year that was in American soccer, in no particular order: The Continued Presence of Plastic Pitches: Nothing irks me more than watching a professional sport that is being played on a plastic pitch or field. Astroturf, Field Turf, or whatever other product ... Read more

Give me the MLS & USL, or Give Me Death!

1930 US National Team In the comments made to my last post on this site, an individual stated that they were sick of hearing about ways to grow the MLS and suggested it should be shut down, put out of its misery. Well as both a fan and commentator on the Beautiful Game (whether you call it football, futbol, soccer, calcio, etc., I really don’t care. “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, by another name would smell as sweet.” As for me, I just tend to go with what my federation calls the game.), it is ... Read more

MLS Finally Does the Right Thing

It’s about time Major League Soccer realized local fans have a connection to names and clubs that preceded the formation of MLS. I was appalled when MLS a few weeks ago ruled out the use of the Seattle Sounders name for the new MLS club which will replace the USL Sounders next season. The Sounders name was restored by an amazing grassroots and net roots campaign, using such vehicles as Facebook, My Space and good old fashioned letter writing. Contrary to the opinions by some in the MLS league office their is a value in embracing the heritage of the ... Read more

Has MLS Really Learned the Lessons of the NASL?

While I am pleased for Philadelphia and particularly for the Sons of Ben that the league has chosen to add a 16th team in 2010, I have serious concerns about the rapid expansion of the league and the seeming desire to make a different set of rules for each potential expansion city. Philadelphia probably deserved a team, but did Seattle really deserve one? How about a return to San Jose so quickly when the public threshold set by Commissioner Garber was never met for the Earthquakes to resume play in MLS? For years MLS shied away from any resemblance to ... Read more