Distant Corners

American Soccer's History of Missed Opportunities and Lost Causes

David Wangerin
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Publication: Feb 14

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264 pages
6 x 9
18 halftones

From bestselling author David Wangerin, a history of America's on-again, off-again, and on-again love affair with the beautiful game


Despite its struggle for popular acceptance, soccer in the United States has a rich history, which David Wangerin, in this, his follow up to the bestselling Soccer in a Football World, tells in engaging detail. Wangerin profiles Tom Cahill, the almost-forgotten “father of American soccer,” and writes passionately about the 1979 North American Soccer League season, the high-water mark of the game in the twentieth century.

Wangerin describes the fluctuating American appetite for soccer over the years. He chronicles the game at the college and professional levels and describes the city of St. Louis's unique historic attachment to the sport. According to Wangerin, the time is ripe for American fans to look into their own history and recognize the surprisingly deep connection their country has to soccer. Distant Corners is the perfect start to that effort for even the most casual fan of the sport.

Table of Contents

Preface: Worthy Diversions
A Note on Terminology
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

About the Author(s)

David Wangerin (1962-2012), the author of Soccer in a Football World: The Story of America's Forgotten Game (Temple), contributed to the British soccer magazine When Saturday Comes for more than two decades and had an affection for Raith Rovers.


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