Collaboration versus Confrontation: Comparing the Successes and Failures of Major League Soccer and the American Soccer League

By Zachary R. Bigalke Major League Soccer (MLS) kicked off its 22nd season over the past weekend, welcoming two new teams into the fold to expand the league into two 11-team conferences. Fifteen years after the league contracted its two Florida teams, the long-term plan executed by Don Garber seems to have fully flowered. Having…

Supporters’ Clubs of USMNT, MLS, and USL: Vulgarity, Hooliganism, and Discrimination

By Patrick Salkeld Soccer started in the United States during the 1860s before the formal establishment of England’s Football Association. As professional clubs and leagues developed, they turned into businesses that relied on spectators to purchase tickets and attend the matches in order to make a profit. Without this commitment and support, teams collapsed—for instance,…

Review of The Rebirth of Professional Soccer in America: The Strange Days Of The United Soccer Association

Seese, Dennis J. The Rebirth of Professional Soccer in America: The Strange Days Of The United Soccer Association. New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015. Pp. 308. Notes, Selected Bibliography, Index, Acknowledgements. $45 paperback, $44.99 eBook. Reviewed by Benjamin Dettmar Living in the United States for close to ten years, I have seen great advances in…