Distant Corners

American Soccer's History of Missed Opportunities and Lost Causes

David Wangerin
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264 pages
6 x 9
18 halftones

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

Table of Contents

Preface: Worthy Diversions A Note on Terminology Acknowledgments 1 “Here They Come!” Pilgrims, Corinthians, and the “Foreign Game” as Invader 2 Foreign Bodies and Freezing Fans: The Births of the USFA and the National Challenge Cup 3 Bullets: Thomas William Cahill, 1863–1951 4 Mild Bill: Bill Jeffrey, Penn State, and College Soccer between the Wars 5 Dash, Desperation, and Deviltry: St. Louis and the “American Style” 6 California Gold: Remembering the Clippers 7 Shot Out in Jersey: NASL 1979—The Beginning of the End Index

About the Author(s)

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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