The Magic of the Cups

The National Challenge Cup trophy. Image:

In this episode I examine the American Soccer League at the half way point in the first season. I also recount the performance of ASL clubs in the 1921-22 National Challenge Cup and other state and regional competitions.

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: Paul Whiteman , “That American Boy of Mine”

Lena Wilson and the Jazz Masters, “The Wicked Five Blues”

Zez Confrey, “Stumbling”

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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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