Philadelphia Soccer History

Celebrating the Atoms

Photo: Paul Rudderow

On August 25, 1973, the Philadelphia Atoms defeated the Dallas Tornado to win the NASL championship. In doing so, they became the first expansion team in the history of American professional sports to win a national championship in their inaugural year.

PSP is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Atoms’ historic win with a seven-part series of articles looking at the Philly sports scene in 1973, how the Atoms came to be in Philadelphia, the connections the team made with their fans, and the team’s impact on the American soccer scene, as well as articles on their semifinal and championship final victories.

Here is the series in one spot:

For more on the Atoms, check out these earlier PSP articles:



  1. Great idea, guys. I was walking into PPL for a game last year, wearing an Atoms t-shirt that my brother had gotten online for me, and no less than fifteen other guys my age, still not in wheelchairs, stopped me to ask about the shirt and recall this great old team. Nice job by Steve Holroyd on the first article.

    • atomic spartan says:

      FO & Co missed an opportunity: joint atoms/union apparel giveaway or sale. Still not too late to celebrate a 40th anniversary in a truly commemorative way? Maybe sobs can ride to the rescue?

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