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Christmas soccer in Philly, 1915
Philadelphia Soccer History

Christmas soccer in Philly, 1915

Inter-city exhibition games, and two US Open Cup playoff, were among the Christmas Day contests involving Philadelphia area teams one hundred years ago in 1915.

Exit the Fury: History of the Philadelphia Fury, Part Three
Philadelphia Soccer History

Exit the Fury: History of the Philadelphia Fury, Part Three

Steve Holroyd’s history of the Philadelphia Fury concludes.

The Fury simmers: History of Philadelphia Fury, Part Two
Featured / Philadelphia Soccer History

The Fury simmers: History of Philadelphia Fury, Part Two

Steve Holroyd’s look at the history of the Philadelphia Fury continues.

Enter the Fury: History of the Philadelphia Fury, Part One
Philadelphia Soccer History

Enter the Fury: History of the Philadelphia Fury, Part One

Part one of Steve Holroyd’s look a the history of the Philadelphia Fury.

Philadelphia and the other first professional soccer league in the U.S.
Philadelphia Soccer History

Philadelphia and the other first professional soccer league in the U.S.

Philadelphia was central to the formation of the first two pro soccer leagues in the US, the National League baseball-backed American League of Professional Football, and the American Association of Professional Football, which played its first games before, and outlived, the ALPF.

Aldo "Buff" Donelli flanked by Tom Florie (left) and Joe Martinelli (right). Courtesy of the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
US Soccer History

1934: USA vs. Mexico and the “little truck”

This weekend, the US faces Mexico in a one-off game to reach the 2017 Confederations Cup. The first time the US played a one-off playoff game was also against Mexico in 1934 with a World Cup berth at stake.

Philly and the US Open Cup Final
Philadelphia Soccer History

Philly and the US Open Cup Final

As the Union prepare to host their second US Open Cup final, a look at Philadelphia-area teams in the final throughout the history of the country’s oldest national soccer tournament, which has had local winners ten times since 1914.

Pro/rel and the “Fricker Plan”: Killed or never was?
US Soccer History

Pro/rel and the “Fricker Plan”: Killed or never was?

Was a plan to introduce promotion/relegation in US professional soccer before the 1994 World Cup killed? Steve Holroyd looks at the evidence.

Another soccer war?
Commentary / US Soccer History

Another soccer war?

Steve Holroyd on what happened the last time two professional soccer leagues were rivals for Division I status in 1967.

2015 SEPA Soccer Hall of Fame class honored
Philadelphia Soccer History / SEPA Soccer Hall of Fame

2015 SEPA Soccer Hall of Fame class honored

Bob McBride reports on the banquet honoring the 2015 class of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Soccer Hall of Fame.