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

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Overview

David Beckham's arrival in Los Angeles represents the latest attempt to jump-start soccer in the United States where, David Wangerin says, it "remains a minority sport." With the rest of the globe so resolutely attached to the game, why is soccer still mostly dismissed by Americans?

Calling himself "a soccer fan born in the wrong country at nearly the wrong time," Wangerin writes with wit and passion about the sport's struggle for acceptance in Soccer in a Football World. A Wisconsin native, he traces the fragile history of the game from its early capitulation to the gridiron on college campuses to the United States' impressive performance at the 2002 World Cup. Placing soccer in the context of American sport in general, he chronicles its enduring struggle alongside the country's more familiar pursuits and recounts the shifting attitudes toward the "foreign" game. His story is one that will enrich the perspective of anyone whose heart beats for the sport, and is curious as to where the game has been in America-and where it might be headed.

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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: 818,650
  • 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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