Origins of the American Soccer League

The latest episode of the Soccer History USA Podcast details the origins and first days of the American Soccer League. Launched in 1921 it was the nation’s first major professional league.

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Thomas Cahill. Source: The Spaulding “Foot Ball” Soccer Guide, 1914-15. SIUE

Music in the episode from

Theme song: Bix Beiderbecke, “Clarinet Marmalade”

Headlines: Waring’s Pennsylvanians, “Bolshevik”

Sponsor: Frank Teschemacher’s Chicagoans, “Jazz Me Blues”

Additional Music: John McCormack, “A Little Bit of Heaven”

Amparito Farrar, “Madelon”

Hoagey Carmichael, “Bessie Couldn’t Help It”

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Author: Brian

Brian D. Bunk is the creator and host of the Soccer History USA podcast. He is a senior lecturer in history at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His early research focused on Modern Spanish history and his book Ghosts of Passion: Martyrdom, Gender, and the Origins of the Spanish Civil War appeared in 2007. His recent work examines the history of sport in the United States with an emphasis on boxing and soccer. Articles on these topics have been published in the Journal of Sport History, Sport in History and Sport in Society.

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