Tag: USA

North America: Foreign Players in the Football League

Historically, few North Americans ventured to the English league. During the 1920s there was a brief exodus in the other direction, in the boom years of the American Soccer League (ASL). Some returned after the ASL went into decline, having gained US nationality along the way.   Most famously, Scottish-born Jim Brown was granted US citizenship…

By Paul W February 24, 2024 0

James Brown: An Interview

James Brown is from one of the USA’s most illustrious footballing families – his grandfather Jim played at the 1930 World Cup, where he scored in the semi-final, while his father George was also a US international. Both are in the US Soccer Hall of Fame. James himself is an active football historian, Vice-President of…

By Paul W January 11, 2020 0

Atlantic Crossings (Football in North America, Part Two)

When today’s top football clubs routinely jet around the world for pre-season tours and lucrative friendlies in North America and beyond, it’s hard to imagine what an undertaking trans-continental travel was in the days before passenger flights. In the nineteenth century an Atlantic crossing in bad weather could stretch into weeks, though by the early…

By Paul W October 5, 2019 2

Football in North America: The Background

Football in North America, or soccer as our trans-Atlantic cousins prefer to call it, has a longer history than many people imagine. Canada and the USA contested the first international fixture outside the British Isles, at Newark, New Jersey, in 1885, where a group of British expatriates had established the American Football Association, the world’s…

By Paul W July 20, 2019 2