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The life — and murder — of a U.S. Soccer president
Philadelphia Soccer History

The life — and murder — of a U.S. Soccer president

In September 1953, Elmer Schroeder, U.S. soccer’s first American-born president, was brutally murdered in his West Philadelphia apartment. No one was ever convicted for his murder. PSP’s Ed Farnsworth writes about the life and death of a man who was an American soccer pioneer in more ways than one.

Happy 90th, Walter Bahr
Philadelphia Soccer History

Happy 90th, Walter Bahr

Roger Allaway on Walter Bahr, arguably the greatest soccer player ever produced by Philadelphia and one of the prototypes of the American soccer prodigy.

Gene Olaff: 1920-2017
US Soccer History

Gene Olaff: 1920-2017

National Soccer Hall of Fame historian Roger Allaway on ASL goalkeeping legend Gene Olaff, who passed away on Tuesday at the age of 97.

Christmas soccer in Philly, 1916
Philadelphia Soccer History

Christmas soccer in Philly, 1916

Philadelphia’s tradition of Christmas Day soccer games continued a hundred years ago in 1916 with games within the city and beyond.

US Women’s National Team at the Olympics
US Soccer History

US Women’s National Team at the Olympics

Since the first women’s soccer tournament at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996, the USWNT has won four gold medals and one silver. Here’s a look back at how they got it done.

1916: Bethlehem Steel wins the US Open Cup and American Cup
Philadelphia Soccer History

1916: Bethlehem Steel wins the US Open Cup and American Cup

On May 6, 1916, Bethlehem Steel became the first team to win the National Challenge Cup, known today as the US Open Cup, twice in a row.

US Open Cup, 1916: Bethlehem Steel advances to the final
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US Open Cup, 1916: Bethlehem Steel advances to the final

After defeating West Hudson on April 2, 1916 in the quarterfinals, Bethlehem Steel faced Chicago’s Pullman FC twice in the semifinals of the 1915-1916 National Challenge Cup, with the deciding game at Lehigh University’s Taylor Stadium on April 22, 1916.

All-Scots team that faced New York FC on July 17, 1921. From the
Philadelphia Soccer History

Third Lanark/All-Scots in Philly, 1921

In 1921, the first-ever US tour by a professional international side included games in Bethlehem and Philadelphia.

US Open Cup, 1916: Bethlehem Steel tops Hibernian in third round
Philadelphia Soccer History

US Open Cup, 1916: Bethlehem Steel tops Hibernian in third round

After a series of replays over second round opponents, Bethlehem Steel and Philadelphia Hibernian met in the third round of the US Open Cup on January 15, 1916.

New Year’s Day soccer, 1916
Philadelphia Soccer History

New Year’s Day soccer, 1916

After drawing for the second time on Christmas Day in 1915, Philadelphia’s Hibernians and Marcus Hook’s Viscose met for the third time in the second round of the US Open Cup on New Year’s Day, 1916.