US Soccer History

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.

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.

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.

Looking back at the 1979 NASL players strike
US Soccer History

Looking back at the 1979 NASL players strike

MLS players have been vocal about their willingness to strike if a new CBA is not reached. What can be learned from the 1979 strike by NASL players?

When the US beat Belgium in the World Cup
US World Cup History

When the US beat Belgium in the World Cup

The last time the US played Belgium in the World Cup was 84 years ago in the inaugural World Cup. The US won, 3-0.

Mike Sorber at the 1994 World Cup
US World Cup History

Mike Sorber at the 1994 World Cup

1994 US World Cup team head coach Bora Milutinovic called Mike Sorber the team’s MVP. PSP talks to Sorber, who says his path to the US national team began with a bit of luck, about playing in the 1994 World Cup,

Landon Donovan wasn’t the first US World Cup snub
US World Cup History

Landon Donovan wasn’t the first US World Cup snub

Much of the US soccer community was shocked by the omission of Landon Donovan from the US World Cup roster. Steve Holroyd takes a look at some of the surprising US World Cup roster omissions that preceded Donovan’s.