Soccer in a Football World: The Story of America's Forgotten Game

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David Wangerins humorous and thorough book tells the story of American soccers long struggle from the brief promise of the 1920s, through the euphoric highs and extravagant follies of the North American Soccer League, to todays hard-won acceptance.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592138852
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2008
  • Series: Sporting Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 433,025
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the US Edition     6
Carless Hands: Introduction     9
A Game of its Own: America's path to football isolation     15
Tangled Roots: The first American Soccer League     45
Strangers on a Boat: False dawns and hard landings for the national team     81
'We will become phenomenal': Ambition and folly in the Sixties     121
Moving the Goalposts: Pele and the Cosmos     151
Shootout to the Death: The collapse of the NASL     186
A Foot in the Door: Harsh lessons at Italia 90     217
Revenge of the Commie Pansies: The World Cup comes to America     244
Clash and Burn: MLS: back to square one     264
Momentary Insanity: In and out of love with the women's game     292
Take Me Out to the Soccer-specific Facility: The 2002 World Cup and beyond     315
Index     340
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