Philadelphia Soccer History

The Fury simmers: History of Philadelphia Fury, Part Two
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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
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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.
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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.

Philly and the US Open Cup Final
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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.

2015 SEPA Soccer Hall of Fame class honored
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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.

Like father, like son
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Like father, like son

At 94 years old, Ray Lynch may be the oldest surviving Lighthouse Boys Club player. But his story isn’t just that of a Scotch-Irish immigrant playing the game of his father, it’s also part of the story of the movement of soccer in the US from its urban origins to the suburbs.

The founding of the Eastern Pennsylvania Soccer Association
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The founding of the Eastern Pennsylvania Soccer Association

A look at the founding of the EPSA, originally known as the Foot Ball Association of Eastern Pennsylvania and District, in April, 1913, six days after the founding of the United States of America Football Association, known today as the US Soccer Federation.

A champion’s medal comes home
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A champion’s medal comes home

Last Friday, a 103-year-old championship medal won by a Scottish goalkeeper in Philadelphia returned to the city to the Southeastern Pennsylvania Soccer Hall of Fame. Here’s the story of the goalkeeper who won that medal and how it came back from Scotland to Philly.

The origins of soccer in Philadelphia, part 10: It’s only just begun
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The origins of soccer in Philadelphia, part 10: It’s only just begun

Our series on the origins of soccer in Philadelphia concludes.

Christmas soccer in Philly, 1914
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Christmas soccer in Philly, 1914

The long tradition of holiday games continued for Philadelphia soccer teams in 1914.