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Distant Corners: American Soccer's History of Missed Opportunities and Lost Causes

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From bestselling author David Wangerin, a history of America's curious relationship with the "beautiful game"

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Overview

From bestselling author David Wangerin, a history of America's curious relationship with the "beautiful game"

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Library Journal
From the obscurity of Tom Cahill ("father of American soccer"), who formed what is now the United States Soccer Federation, to the legendary career of Bill Jeffrey (whose U.S. World Cup team beat England in 1950) to the greatest season of the North American Soccer League (1979), Wangerin presents a remarkable history of soccer in America. The seventh book in Temple's "Sporting" series is one of the best recently published soccer books. Wangerin (Soccer in a Football World) provides a look at American soccer from the inside—not simply the records and statistics but the behind-the-scenes evolution of the U.S. game through club, college, and pro soccer. Also featured is the role of the city of St Louis in the rise of American soccer. VERDICT Best of all, Wangerin's passion for the game combined with his keen insight make his book an essential read for soccer and sports fans everywhere. Highly recommended.—Boyd Childress, Auburn Univ. Libs., AL
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"Wangerin presents a remarkable history of soccer in America. The seventh book in Temple’s 'Sporting' series is one of the best recently published soccer books. Wangerin (Soccer in a Football World) provides a look at American soccer from the inside—not simply the records and statistics but the behind-the-scenes evolution of the U.S. game through club, college, and pro soccer. Also featured is the role of the city of St Louis in the rise of American soccer. VERDICT Best of all, Wangerin’s passion for the game combined with his keen insight make his book an essential read for soccer and sports fans everywhere. Highly recommended."
—Library Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439906309
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 4/11/2011
  • Series: Sporting Series
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

David Wangerin was born in Chicago, grew up in Wisconsin, and moved to the United Kingdom in 1987. He is the author of Soccer in a Football World: The Story of America's Forgotten Game (Temple) and for more than twenty years has contributed to the British soccer magazine When Saturday Comes. He lives in central Scotland, where he has developed an affection for Raith Rovers.

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Table of Contents

Worthy Diversions. An Introduction
1. "Here they come!"
2. Foreign bodies and freezing fans
3. Bullets
4. Mild Bill
5. Dash, Desperation and Deviltry
6. California Gold
7. Shot Out in Jersey

 

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