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Philly and the New York Cosmos
Philadelphia Soccer History

Philly and the New York Cosmos

Steve Holroyd looks at the history of the Philadelphia Atoms and Philadelphia Fury against the New York Cosmos in NASL play between 1973 and 1980.

The day Philadelphia used the No. 1 overall pick to select a goalkeeper
Philadelphia Soccer History

The day Philadelphia used the No. 1 overall pick to select a goalkeeper

Andre Blake is the first goalkeeper in MLS history to be drafted with the No. 1 overall pick. The last goalkeeper to be selected No. 1 overall was Bob Rigby.

So what happened next? A Philadelphia Atoms denouement
Philadelphia Soccer History

So what happened next? A Philadelphia Atoms denouement

Our series commemorating the Philadelphia Atoms’ historic 1973 NASL title concludes with a look at what happened to the team after the championship and the team’s impact on American soccer.

Champions! Atoms defeat Dallas Tornado 2-0 in NASL final
Philadelphia Soccer History

Champions! Atoms defeat Dallas Tornado 2-0 in NASL final

A confident Philadelphia Atoms traveled to Texas Stadium for the 1973 NASL championship final and returned 2-0 winners.

Atoms defeat the Toronto Metros 3-0 in 1973 NASL championship semifinal
Philadelphia Soccer History

Atoms defeat the Toronto Metros 3-0 in 1973 NASL championship semifinal

The Eastern Division champion Atoms already had a bag full of league records heading into their 1973 NASL semifinal agaisnt the Toronto Metros, a team they had never before defeated.

The 1973 Philadelphia Atoms
Philadelphia Soccer History

The Philadelphia Experiment takes off

The Atoms opened their inaugural season in relative anonymity. Along the way to the NASL championship, they showed American fans will pay to watch Americans play soccer.

Something better beginning
Philadelphia Soccer History

Something better beginning

Our series commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Atoms historic inaugural season NASL championship continues with a look at how Philadelphia ended up with its first NASL franchise.

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.