Articles written by: Steve Holroyd

Philadelphia labor attorney and soccer coach, player, sabermetrician and historian. Intermittent host of The Front Row podcast. Follow him on Twitter at @soccermavn.

The North American Soccer Football League
US Soccer History

The North American Soccer Football League

Steve Holroyd looks at the history of the North American Soccer Football League, which existed for two short years right after the Second World War and featured the talents of Gil Heron.

The MLS All Star Game: More traditional than you’d think
US Soccer History

The MLS All Star Game: More traditional than you’d think

All-Star games are a fixture of American pro sports. In American pro soccer, they date back to the 1920s.

The Stoke City-Philadelphia connection runs through Cleveland
Philadelphia Soccer History

The Stoke City-Philadelphia connection runs through Cleveland

In 1967, Stoke City players made up the Cleveland Stokers squad. The next year in the inaugural season of the NASL, it was Philadelphia Spartans players filling the ranks.

Philly soccer’s greatest dynamic duos
Philadelphia Soccer History

Philly soccer’s greatest dynamic duos

Conor Casey and Jack McInerney have developed a strong scoring partnership, another in a long line of Philly soccer dynamic duos. Steve Holroyd takes a look at the top goalscoring partnerships from Philly pro soccer history.

Jack Mac and Philly soccer’s greatest American goalscorers
Philadelphia Soccer History

Jack Mac and Philly soccer’s greatest American goalscorers

Jack McInerney isn’t only chasing MLS’ Golden Boot, he’s on track to place himself among the all-time leading American goalscorers in Philadelphia soccer history. Steve Holroyd recounts some of Philly’s greatest goalscorers, including four National Soccer Hall of Famers.

Be very afraid: U.S. soccer’s most dominant teams ever
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Be very afraid: U.S. soccer’s most dominant teams ever

Looking back over ASL I, the NASL, and MLS, which teams were the most dominant? Steve Holroyd explores.

Who’s better, who’s best: Leveling the pitch to find the best US club sides ever
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Who’s better, who’s best: Leveling the pitch to find the best US club sides ever

Steve Holroyd performs some statistical leveling to determine the all-time top 15 US pro soccer teams.

Looking for a golden age: A statistical analysis of US pro soccer leagues
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Looking for a golden age: A statistical analysis of US pro soccer leagues

The ASL in the 1920s has been called the “golden age” of American soccer. Some older fans argue that the NASL was “better” than MLS. Steve Holroyd looks at what the numbers say.

The 1973 Philadelphia Atoms
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Buy local

With Chris Albright, Jeff Parke and Jim Curtin, the Union continue a long tradition of Philly pro soccer teams having a distinctly local flair. Results on and off the field justified the approach.

Where’s Wondo among all-time American soccer single season scorers?
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Where’s Wondo among all-time American soccer single season scorers?

Wondo tied Lassiter’s MLS record single-season goal tally before San Jose bowed out of the playoffs. How do the numbers compare to all-time American soccer goal scoring records? Steve Holroyd explores.