- Series: American Sports History Series (Book 9)
- Hardcover: 560 pages
- Publisher: Scarecrow Press (June 25, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0810834294
- ISBN-13: 978-0810834293
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.4 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,434,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The American Soccer League
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...provides the best account of the ASL and the so-called "Golden Years" of American soccer to date and , as such, is invaluable to the professional historian of the game as much as the soccer enthusiast...Jose should be applauded for meticulously piecing together such an authoritative record of these "forgotten years of American soccer". (Journal of Sport History)
…provides numerous historical nuggets of import for the American and world game…Jose in this instance has accomplished a near-miraculous work of historical archaeology and he deserves full marks for his efforts. (Soccer and Society)
...an extraordinarily comprehensive record of the times in both words and statistics.
From the Back Cover
It was the "American Menace, " according to the Scottish and English newspapers of the 1920s. The best players in the Scottish leagues were being drawn to American companies that offered good jobs in return for playing on the company team. The resulting teams, many of them ethnic, beat the best teams in the world at that time. The decade from 1921 to 1931 became known as the "golden years" of American soccer. This book recreates a detailed and comprehensive record of these forgotten years of American soccer - the first attempt to introduce professional soccer on a major-league scale to the United States.
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His reconstruction of a significant part of American soccer history comes at an important time as the professional game enjoys unprecedented growth and new fans are beginning to redisocver the game's long heritage in the United States.
The statistical summaries are thorough, from player stats to linescores, and team histories. The news items and description of league activity is fairly basic but adequate. Most interesting are essays illustrating how the league fit in with the rest of the American soccer landscape of the era, and the extensive records of European stars who were attracted to the league by its generous salaries. There is a nice selection of rarely seen photographs of early players and teams, including Archie Stark, the Boston Wonder Workers and the New York Hakoah All-Stars.
This is a good follow-up to Colin's earlier statistical survey; "The Complete Guide to the North American Soccer League".