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Distant Corners: American Soccer's History of Missed Opportunities and Lost Causes (Sporting) Paperback – February 14, 2014
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In Distant Corners, his follow-up to Soccer in a Football World, David Wangerin details several of the people, places, and events that shaped American soccer history. Despite its struggle for popular acceptance, soccer in the United States has a rich history. Wangerin profiles Tom Cahill, the almost-forgotten "father of American soccer," and writes passionately about the 1979 North American Soccer League season, the high-water mark of the game in the twentieth century.
Wangerin shows how the American appetite for soccer has ebbed and grown over the years, chronicling the game at the college and professional levels and describing the city of St. Louis's unique historic attachment to the sport. Wangerin believes that the time is ripe for American fans to look into their own history and recognize the surprisingly deep connection their country has to soccer.
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We learn how the game here in the States evolved over 100+ years and how the American style of play came to be. Its focus falls upon the never-ending work of Tom Cahill, the true father of American soccer.
Before Lamar Hunt, there was Cahill, who laid the foundation for the beautiful game without fanfare or long-lasting recognition. Without Wangerin, Cahill would never get the credit he deserved. Without Cahill, soccer in the U.S. would not even exist. This is not an exaggeration.
The best thing about this book is that it contains information you will not find anywhere else. You can tell that Wangerin was tireless in his research and that he was a man on a mission, a mission to thoroughly explain the meaning of soccer in America.
You will hear about the early days where Bethlehem Steel FC, Pilgrims FC, and Corinthian FC became household names with soccer fans. You will finish up with the spectacle known as the New York Cosmos of the NASL, a time when soccer hit the mainstream.
This title is a must read for soccer fans. It is an intelligent, passionate, and detailed discussion of the history of soccer in America. All of the highs and lows, triumphs and failures, are thoughtfully chronicled by Wangerin, a diehard supporter of Raith Rovers in Scotland. If you liked Soccer in A Football World or Once in a Lifetime, you will love Distant Corners.