Philadelphia Soccer History

Philadelphia soccer and the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic

A look at soccer in Philadelphia during the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic.

History / Philadelphia Soccer History

Russians, Atoms, and the birth of indoor soccer

Forty five years ago a team from Philadelphia faced off against the Red Army, and shifted the course of soccer in our country for decades.

MLS / US Soccer History

Chasing 67: Josef Martinez and the American goal-scoring record

Steve Holroyd takes a look at the numbers to see how Josef Martinez’s season ranks with some of the best in U.S. Soccer history.

History / Philadelphia Soccer History

Meet the Spartans: Philly’s original pro team

The Philadelphia Spartans were the city’s first major league professional soccer team. Steve Holroyd recounts their story, from inception to demise.

History / US Soccer History

Coming in from the cold: The National (Indoor) Soccer League

Soccer historian Steve Holroyd takes a look back at the old National Soccer League, an indoor league worth remembering.


The 12 days of Union Kits-mas

The Union have donned a seasonally appropriate 12 pieces of gay apparel since their inception in 2010. We’ve compiled a list of the best and worst moments in each shirt.

Philadelphia Soccer History

The life — and murder — of a U.S. Soccer president

In September 1953, Elmer Schroeder, U.S. soccer’s first American-born president, was brutally murdered in his West Philadelphia apartment. No one was ever convicted for his murder. PSP’s Ed Farnsworth writes about the life and death of a man who was an American soccer pioneer in more ways than one.

Philadelphia Soccer History

Happy 90th, Walter Bahr

Roger Allaway on Walter Bahr, arguably the greatest soccer player ever produced by Philadelphia and one of the prototypes of the American soccer prodigy.

US Soccer History

Gene Olaff: 1920-2017

National Soccer Hall of Fame historian Roger Allaway on ASL goalkeeping legend Gene Olaff, who passed away on Tuesday at the age of 97.

Philadelphia Soccer History

Christmas soccer in Philly, 1916

Philadelphia’s tradition of Christmas Day soccer games continued a hundred years ago in 1916 with games within the city and beyond.