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Great Philly soccer teams: Philadelphia Atoms, part II
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Great Philly soccer teams: Philadelphia Atoms, part II

This concludes the two-part “Great Philly soccer teams: Philadelphia Atoms.” You can read Part I here. Before Atoms coach Al Miller took the young team to England to train and to scout for some British players to fill out the roster, back in Philadelphia, Atoms general manager Bob Ehlinger’s marketing […]

Great Philly soccer teams: Philadelphia Atoms, part I
History / NASL / Philadelphia Soccer History

Great Philly soccer teams: Philadelphia Atoms, part I

The Philadelphia Atoms joined the NASL as an expansion team in 1973. They were the first expansion team to win a championship in its first year in any American professional sport. That they accomplished this with a squad managed by an American coach that was largely made up of Americans […]

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USL, NASL strike deal

The U.S. Soccer Federation has brokered a deal for a single Division 2 soccer league to operate this year. USSF officials announced the deal Thursday as a one-year compromise between the United Soccer Leagues and the breakaway teams that moved to form their own league, the North American Soccer League. […]

History / NASL / US Soccer History / USL

That USL/TOA/NASL thing, part III

In Part 1 and Part 2 I provided a time-line of events leading up to last week. On Tuesday, The Kartik Report posted an update on the situation which said that “USSF has been working diligently to foster a compromise that will work in the best interests of all the […]

History / NASL / US Soccer History / USL

That USL/TOA/NASL thing, part II

On Tuesday I posted a timeline describing the development of the USL  since its origins as an indoor soccer league in 1986, through its absorption of other professional leagues in the 199os and its eventual (incidental?) purchase by Nike in 2008. Creating the time-line was made easier thanks to the […]

History / NASL / US Soccer History / USL

That USL/TOA/NASL thing, part I

You are probably aware that a breakaway group of owners (the Team Owners Association, aka “the TOA”) has left the United Soccer Leagues (USL) to form a new league intended to rival, if not supplant, the USL for Division 2 status in the American soccer pyramid. More recently, you may […]

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