The Hartford Hellions were a franchise in the original Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL). I explain why the Hellions lasted only two seasons (1979-81) and explore some of the larger challenges facing the MISL. Written and audio sources available at http://wp.me/p5qRBA-2f. Corrections: It is the San Diego Sockers not Shockers and Pittsburgh, not Philadelphia Spirit. Originally posted February 2014.
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. View all posts by Brian