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Walt Chyzowych (10) challenges for a ball for the Philadelphia Spartans
during a match at Temple Stadium
History / Philadelphia Soccer History

Meet the Spartans: Philly’s original pro team

The Philadelphia Spartans were the city’s first major league professional soccer team. Steve Holroyd recounts their story, from inception to demise.

Coming in from the cold: The National (Indoor) Soccer League
History / US Soccer History

Coming in from the cold: The National (Indoor) Soccer League

Soccer historian Steve Holroyd takes a look back at the old National Soccer League, an indoor league worth remembering.

The 12 days of Union Kits-mas
History

The 12 days of Union Kits-mas

The Union have donned a seasonally appropriate 12 pieces of gay apparel since their inception in 2010. We’ve compiled a list of the best and worst moments in each shirt.

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
Philadelphia Soccer History

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.