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”

Sounds from football score.wav by winsx87


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