Este Blog, organizado por Carlos F.Ramírez y su hijo Luis Ramírez Ruiz, pretende acercar las plumas expertas de miembros del IFFHS con los aficionados de toda Hispanoamérica.
Carlos F.Ramírez es miembro para la Concacaf de la IFFHS y decano de los periodistas de México, con más de 13 Copas del Mundo presenciadas y 6 libros publicados sobre diferentes tópicos del futbol nacional e internacional.
viernes, 24 de enero de 2014
HOW USA SOCCER STARTED
USSFA (United States
Soccer Football Association) was founded on April 15, 1913.Almost immediately (1914), FIFA accepted it during their Oslo meeting.
1916 a national team of the United
States played friendly matches in Sweden and Norway.The First World War stopped its development
but at the same time, made the game of “Soccer” more popular with the soldiers
of the US
Army, went to Europe toparticipate in the First World War (1914-18).
the famous music composer George M. Cohan – of Irish descent – in some of his
tours to entertain the US
Army, recommended the practice of “soccer” football as a means to make more
friends among the European allied troops.Many of the US
soldiers upon their return spread the word about the game in New York, Newark, Philadelphia,
became so popular that in 1926 visited the country an Austrian team, “Hakoah
All Stars” from Vienna; in one match against a US Selection played in the
famous Polo Grounds stadium (at that time “home” of the now disappeared
NationalLeague Baseball team,NY Giants) with 46,000 fans on the
stands.(New York City was then, as today home of many
European immigrants).It is possible
that thisattendance record has not been
is well known that immigrants from many countries of Europe
arrived after the First World War by the thousands, most of them staying in the
New York Area.Some were soccer
players.The best known of that era were,
Bill Gonsalvez center forward of the St. Louis Missouri team; Peter Renzulli, Italian-American
from Long Island; and Archie Stark from Paterson, N.J.Since then, to differentiate “American
football” from “Football”, they added the adjective “Soccer”.Thus the Soccer Football games were played in
the New York
area in baseball stadiumslike “Polo Grounds” of New York and “Ebbets Field” of Brooklyn, and other less known fields where baseball was
when the “depression days” hit the country, 1928-1937, people had very little time
or interest to play the new and exotic “Football Soccer”.However, schools, colleges and universities
kept it in their sport programs, mainly because it was an exotic, easy-to play
game.But its development was restricted
to the Eastern part of the country.
Since “football soccer” started to become popular in
the country, it was logical that coinciding with the wave of Europeans that
emigrated to the United States before and after the First World Warthe game was popularized at all levels, not
only as acollegiate sport.Many leagues were started mainly in the
Eastern part of the country, and some of the immigrants were first class
football players in their countries.In
our next chapter we will remember how the USA were “pioneers” in Olympic football.