US Soccer History

Meet the Babe Ruth of American Soccer
US Soccer History

Meet the Babe Ruth of American Soccer

Billy Gonsalves didn’t make US Soccer’s All-time Best XI, but Steve Holroyd explains how he is the Babe Ruth of American soccer.

While you weren’t watching: The US Best XI you didn’t get to see
US Soccer History

While you weren’t watching: The US Best XI you didn’t get to see

Did you know the U.S. national team played games before 1990? The USSF apparently didn’t, given its recent 100th Anniversary Best XI selections. Steve Holroyd investigates.

Happy birthday Gene Olaff
US Soccer History

Happy birthday Gene Olaff

National Soccer Hall of Fame historian Roger Allaway on ASL goalkeeping legend Gene Olaff, who turns 93.

Perseverance rating: A better way to statistically evaluate soccer goalkeepers
US Soccer History

Perseverance rating: A better way to statistically evaluate soccer goalkeepers

Steve Holroyd considers how to better statistically evaluate goalkeepers.

The North American Soccer Football League
US Soccer History

The North American Soccer Football League

Steve Holroyd looks at the history of the North American Soccer Football League, which existed for two short years right after the Second World War and featured the talents of Gil Heron.

The MLS All Star Game: More traditional than you’d think
US Soccer History

The MLS All Star Game: More traditional than you’d think

All-Star games are a fixture of American pro sports. In American pro soccer, they date back to the 1920s.

Who’s better, who’s best: Leveling the pitch to find the best US club sides ever
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Who’s better, who’s best: Leveling the pitch to find the best US club sides ever

Steve Holroyd performs some statistical leveling to determine the all-time top 15 US pro soccer teams.

Looking for a golden age: A statistical analysis of US pro soccer leagues
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Looking for a golden age: A statistical analysis of US pro soccer leagues

The ASL in the 1920s has been called the “golden age” of American soccer. Some older fans argue that the NASL was “better” than MLS. Steve Holroyd looks at what the numbers say.

Where’s Wondo among all-time American soccer single season scorers?
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Where’s Wondo among all-time American soccer single season scorers?

Wondo tied Lassiter’s MLS record single-season goal tally before San Jose bowed out of the playoffs. How do the numbers compare to all-time American soccer goal scoring records? Steve Holroyd explores.

Greatest season ever? Wondolowski v Lassiter
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Greatest season ever? Wondolowski v Lassiter

Though Chris Wondolowski equaled Roy Lassiter’s 1996 record of 27 goals in season, he did so with more games played (and more PKs scored). Which player had the greatest season by a goalscorer in MLS history?