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  1. Authors note: Along with this post, I also updated the club index and map that's on the first post of this thread. I've also written the backstory for Baltimore Canton, and the kits for Kearny. There are three clubs left; 1 from Canada, 1 from Ohio and 1 from New Jersey and then we'll be moving on to the expansion of the 1960's which will feature clubs from all over the United States. Milwaukee Eagles S.C About the Club The roots of the club go back as far as 1929, when a group of German immigrants founded FC Bayern Milwaukee. The club played it's first match later that year against a team from nearby Sheboygan. The Bavarians continued to play in local leagues throughout the 30's and 40's and even became a dominant club in Wisconsin Soccer. 1956, represented a big turning point however, around this time the ASL Midwestern division became more or less stable and it was looking to bolster it's numbers. Milwaukee was a prime candidate and the league looked at more established clubs to join, in order to avoid the chaos of it's early days. They contacted the board of the club, most of whom where keen on joining the league. But not everyone was on board with the planned move. As some felt that the club could be out of their depth in the (Semi) Proffesional League. This led to a split in the club. One part continued play on the amateur level as Milwaukee Bavarians S.C, while the other half joined the ASL as the Milwaukee Eagles S.C.
  2. I redid the Santos logo a little bit. The shape is now less awkward and maybe a bit more reminiscent of more conventional crest design but it retains it's distinctive top shape. The banner is now a bit arched, but I decided against using an angle. Added a small monogram to the crest. I only thing I need to figure out is the lettering as most of the things I tried look out of place.
  3. I don't mind, if you want I can give you the illustrator file. This looks good, I tried something simular but I think I need to take the angle out of the sash because otherwise it does'nt quite line up. Do you mind if I use your monogram?
  4. I've got some more work done on the LV team. Mainly focused an using an other color scheme. I went with Midnight Blue/ Pink/Light Yellow to evoke the feeling of the city's many neon signs. I also expanded the space between different parts of the atom logo in the center, and flipped the welcome to LV inspired the other way round so it looks more like a traditional soccer badge. I've also added in the S.C abbreviation on the bottom part of the shape. I'm pretty satisfied how it turned out, I'm still stuck with San Diego Crest.
  5. First of all, I like to thank everyone for their feedback. It's been really helpful with giving the new teams their name. For the moment I've been working on some concepts for the different cities. Here are some previews. 1. Milwaukee Eagles This is more or less a finished design. In the end I went with Eagles instead of other ideas. Since it is in theory a continuation of the amateur Bavarian Soccer Club, going with an eagle to represent it's German ancestry seemed like a good idea. I tried to replicate the German style of crest design without going a bit to simplistic. The club's colors are blue and white (taken from the Bavarian Flag) and black. 2. Las Vegas Atoms I really like this name, I think it fits a Las Vegas team. So starting from there I drew up an atom type shape with a soccer ball at it's center. I also tried to incorporate an A into the overall design. While I think i had the overall design right, it felt like there was nothing representing the city of Las Vegas in the design. So I added in the other shape, which is based on the famous "Welcome to fabulous Las Vegas" sign. I'm not quite sure about the colors used however. Some neon colors accompanied with a darker shade would work well. 2. San Diego Santos This is maybe the crest that's the most rough around the edges, but most of the main things I want to implement are already there. I wanted to base it off the classic designs found in Brazil but with a twist. The top of the crest shape is based on the Mission San Diego de Alcalá bell tower with it's distinctive shape. above that is an Aureola to represent the club's name. I tried to incorporate more elements from the bell tower in the top half of the crest but it just seems out of place. For the wordmark I'm not sure what font to use but the one used here is a place holder until I can come up with something better. The colors I used are Brown and Yellow but I also want to use White somewhere in there.
  6. First of all, thank you for the feedback! I will try to involve the community more in this project. So far the names I've decided on are: Orange County S.C Charlottetowne S.C Cleveland Forest Dallas Lone Star Houston Apollos Racing Indianapolis Las Vegas Atoms Milwaukee Eagles (crest is already finished) San Diego Mission S.C
  7. I'm currently writing some league lore & history, which I will post on here as soon as it's done, but I've come across a small problem. I'm having a hard time coming up with other names for the clubs, since I want them to fit in more with the already existing clubs. So I could use your help in finding a good name without going full eurocentric and just sticking F.C or United in front of the name. For some I have some suggestions but for others I really have no idea. Here are the clubs I'm struggling with: California Sunshine They are based in Orange County, and played their home games in Santa Ana. In the 60's there was a well know amateur club, who won the U.S Open Cup called Orange County S.C. So my plan is to revive the name. Carolina Lightnin' Based in Charlotte, North Carolina. I'm tempted to go with either Queen City S.C or Charlotte Bolts Cincinatti Comets Drawing a blank on this one to be honest Cleveland Bruell (Hungarian-American) The city's nickname is the Forest City so maybe something like Cleveland Forest Columbus Magic Since it is Ohio's capital maybe something like Columbus Buckeyes Dallas Tornado Maybe the Dallas Texans or Dallas Lone Star Houston Stars I was thinking maybe something space related, Houston Cosmos (or Cosmo's) or maybe sticking to the original name Indianapolis Daredevils The city has a lot of racing history some I could go with Racing Club Indianapolis. Other options can be Locomotive Indy (based on one of it's nicknames "Railroad City" or just Indianapolis Devils, based on the original name Las Vegas Seagulls Seagulls just seems like a weird name for a team from Las Vegas. I was thinking maybe something like the Las Vegas Quicksilvers, like the NASL team. Miami Americans I'm also drawing a blank here, maybe Miami Panamerica or something along those lines Milwaukee Bavarians Tempted to go with Milwaukee Brewers even tough it's the same name as the baseball team. Due to it's location on Lake Michigan, Milwaukee Lakers could also be a possibility as well as. Nashville Diamonds Same as with Cincinatti and Miami, so all feedback is welcome Oklahoma City Slickers/Stampede Oklahoma City Stampede seems okay to use, other then that I don't have any ideas. Sacramento Gold Maybe Sacramento Bears after the flag of the state of California San Diego Toros Either San Diego Missions or San Diego Saints both seem like good options, something alluding the city's long history with the Navy also could work. Utah Pioneers Not really sure what name I could use here either. All feedback is welcome, so if you have any good suggestions just shoot!
  8. Kearny Scots Athletic Club About the Club The Scots where founded in 1895, by Scottish Immigrants settling in the Kearny area. The club is one of the oldest still active clubs in the United States and participated in the first soccer competition of it's kind. The National Association Football League, From roughly 1895 to 1899. When the competition folded, the Scots returned to play in smaller regional leagues. The club was also noticeably absent from the first American Soccer League, as the town did not have any team in the league, dispite being known as Soccertown, U.S.A. This changed as they joined the second and current ASL. Where they where joined by Kearny Celtic. They dominated the ASL during the late 30's. Winning 5 titles in a row and cementing their place as one of the original powerhouses of the league. During the 1942, the club tried to Americanize like many of their contemporaries, and changed their name to the Kearny Americans. This was however not successful as many other teams already where known as the Americans, so there was not a lot to differentiate them from other teams. So they switched back to their original name. The club also stands out, as it was one of the few small town clubs to survive the shift towards the big cities. Their crosstown rival did not as the Kearny Celtics where bought and moved to Newark.
  9. Baltimore Canton Soccer Club About the Club The club was founded in 1917, as part of a youth sports team setup. They where the first uniformed soccer team in the state of Maryland and where regular contenders in State wide competitions. Following the founding of the second ASL, the club's leadership seeing the teams's success in the youth leagues, decided to enter the ASL for it's inaugural season with a semi-professional adult team. The first seasons saw Baltimore achieve relative success in the top half of the table, coming close to a league title in 1935/36. In 1938, they where joined by Baltimore German and the Charm City Derby was born. The sport was gaining popularity in the city as both Baltimore teams where regular fixtures in the top half of the league. But around the late 40's this came to an abrupt end. The financial situation of the league was dire, especially after it's resource draining expansion in the Midwest. With two teams in one city, many thought the market in the area was already over saturated. So the owner sold his team to a group of entrepreneurs from Trenton to the dismay of many fans. The team started play in the 1948-49 season as the Trenton Americans. This left fans distraught as they couldn't just support their fierce rival. But disaster struck again as the following season as the Baltimore German (now renamed Americans) folded the next season, leaving both sets of fans without their teams. After several seasons of no soccer activity, a new club from the city joined the ASL, Baltimore Pompeii. Several of it's players used to play for both Baltimore clubs, and right of the bat there was a big interest in the new club. But their was a big twist of fate yet again. The Trenton Americans, who effectively still owned the Baltimore colors and name folded during the 1954/55 season. This prompted the board of Baltimore Pompeii to inquire about the rights of the original Baltimore SC. While they where initially rebuffed, the ASL central committee ruled that Pompeii could in theory reacquire the rights if there where no buyers for the Trenton franchise. Eventually there was nobody who wanted to take over the failing club and Pompeii bought it for the symbolic fee of 1 dollar. With these rights now back in Baltimore, the club took on the name Baltimore Canton S.C and reverted to using the original crest and colors, as well as the date of establishment.
  10. Second City Soccer The first organized Soccer League in Chicago goes all the way back to 1883, and citywide soccer leagues continued to promote the game around the region. This rich soccer tradition gave the city very competitive teams on the national stage. The Chicago Bricklayers beat two (First) ASL sides in 1928 and 1931, and Chicago Sparta did the same with two teams from the second ASL in 1938 and 1940. This made it clear that Soccer in Chicago was in the ascendancy, it did a serious problem however as the city lacked a professional side competing in a national league. This would all change however, when a local businessman came up with a daring plan, one that changed the soccer landscape in America forever. Chicago Union Soccer Club About the Club While the club was founded in 1947, it's roots go deeper than that and all starts with one person. Ferdinand Weiszmann. He was the owner of the Chicago Maroons and applied the ASL for membership, while the league did not accept his request it did advise him to maybe create a Midwestern division of the ASL, and in 1947 he did just so. Recruiting fellow Chicagoans Vikings, along with teams from Detroit, Toronto. During that inaugural seasons both teams from Chicago had very different experiences however, the Maroons where languishing at the bottom, while the Vikings where riding high, making the play-off final, which they lost to the Detroit Wolverines. While the division was a moderate succes at the end of the first season, it became clear that Weiszmann overestimated the appeal of the sport. This exposed the financial mismanagement that went on behind the scenes, forcing the ASL central committee in New York to step in. The Detroit Wolverines where disbanded, and a new financially stable team was introduced in the league, Both Chicago teams folded and returned to play in the amateur division. A new club was created, the Chicago Tornadoes, Consisting of the best players of both the Maroons and the Vikings. With the city now having one professional soccer club, the team changed it's color's to match the city's flag and changed it's name to the Chicago Union. While they where heavyweights in their own division, they could not translate that on the national stage. With their first national title coming in 1981, and a second title following in 1998, the club still has to reach it's full potential.
  11. Of Timbers & Roses We can trace the beginning of soccer culture in Portland to the city's first professional team. The Portland Timbers of the NASL. They where granted a franchise in 1975. During this time the NASL, was clearly the bigger league of the two. With more resources at their disposal, the league dethroned the ASL as the top tier league of the country. A title which the ASL held since 1933. With the Midwestern expansion in the 40's and the merger with the National Professional Soccer League in the 60's being hard lessons for the ASL, the slow expansion strategy paid off, and due to this they where able to outlive their rival league. The Timbers folded in 1982, as the NASL fell apart, but the desire and interest for the sport remained very much alive in the region. Rose City Soccer Club About the Club The club was originally founded in 1986, as F.C Portland and it joined the Western Soccer Alliance. A new soccer competition that focused mainly on the West Coast. In 1989 was a year of tremendous change for the club. It had a change of ownership, which improved the level of professionalism of the club, while at the same time the league was expanding. This drew the eye of the ASL, as they where looking to have a second chance at expanding on the west coast following their failed merger in 1968. In 1990, a deal was reached which saw Portland join the ASL together with the Sacramento, Santa Barbara, Seattle and Phoenix. For the following season, the club held a inquiry with fans about a possible name change. While initially the team was going to be named after the Timbers, a small majority of supporters opted for Rose City S.C. The club first became Western Division Champions in 2013, and became ASL Champions in 2015. The team has a large and passionate fan base, and has become one of the stalwarts of the American Soccer League over the past 10 years.
  12. Some teams joined other leagues, while others slipped back down to amateur levels. The whole entirely of the second ASL was a essentially teams dropping in and out of the league. For those interested, you can find the teams Wikipedia article in the intro post if you want to read up on what happened to the team in real life. There is also now a team map included.
  13. Motor City Soccer Unlike teams on the East Coast, teams from Detroit where mostly backed by corporate sponsors, especially the automotive industry. Around 1914 to around at least 1920, a Detroit team backed by the Packard Automobile company, did surprisingly well in the US Open Cup. Around this time, a city wide soccer league was forming. After the war, interest in the sport grew, and soon the city would see it's first professional soccer team compete and win on the national stage. Detroit Corinthians Soccer Club About the Club While places like Chicago, Pittsburgh and Toronto had established amateur soccer teams, Detroit unfortunately did not have the same situation to rely on. Fearing the possibility that they could lose out on this golden opportunity to join the new Midwest division, representatives of the Detroit District Soccer League hastily created a club to enter the new competition, The Detroit Wolverines. While many thought that this rag tag team of Detroit amateur soccer players would finish dead last, the Wolverines did have a secret weapon in their arsenal. Gil Heron, one of the first true icons of the ASL. When Heron returned to the U.S following WWII, he joined amateur side Venetia of the Detroit District Soccer League. During that season, he netted an astounding 44 goals in 14 games. This peaked the attention of the newly founded Wolverines, and he was included in their roster for the 46/47 season. During that season the gifted winger scored 15 goals in 8 games, and led the club to it's first championship. After that inaugral season, trouble was brewing however. The league had an average attendance of about 2000 - 4000, a moderate success but not the large crowds that the management was hoping for, especially considering how much they've spend during the past season. The Wolverines where not able to field a team for the next season, and the Detroit spot was given to the Detroit Pioneers. Heron, did not join the Pioneers but joined the Chicago Maroons instead. However, as the second season got underway, both Chicago sides folded, and where replaced with the Chicago Tornados. Heron did not make the move to the new team and joined amateur teams Chicago Sparta and then later Detroit Corinthians instead, from which he made his dream move to Scottish giants Celtic making him just miss out on a return to the ASL, as the Detroit Corinthians merged with The Pioneers and took the Wolverines then still vacant spot as the city's undisputed top soccer side. While the new club found a stable footing as the new division matured, it would take the return of a star to propel them to the top of US Soccer. As Heron returned to Detroit after playing in Scotland and England.
  14. Thanks!, I haven't quite pinned down the number of clubs yet, I want to give at least every large US city it's own team. Mixing and matching teams from the ASL and other defunct soccer leagues.
  15. I'm working on it, I need to find a map that large enough because otherwise the crests are going to be a bit on the small side
  16. That's a good point you're making, wasn't to shure about it either, especially the font. Here's a comparison of the two. The one on the right is also a bit different that the one I posted, since I didn't use envelop distort on the main font.
  17. Soccer in the Steel City During the early and mid 20th century, industry was booming in Pittsburgh, as the city became one of the centers of American industry. So of course it attracted immigrants who came to work in the city's many mines and steelworks. Those immigrants, like in many other places in the U.S brought soccer with them. One of the first documented teams where Pittsburgh Beadling. They where founded in 1898 and where one of the first soccer teams in the city. Around 1911, a regional league was founded as teams from all over Allegheny County competed. During this time, teams from Pittsburgh where announcing them on the national stage by strong US Open Cup and US Amateur Cup showings. When the ASL announced their Midwestern Division in 1946, the city would gain it's first professional team. Pittsburgh Steel S.C About the Club The story of the club begins with one man, Peter Strasser. A local Jeweler, who had a keen interest in the sport and saw it as an ideal way to get into the booming sports market. He first bought Morgan F.C, in 1939 and renamed them Morgan Strasser F.C. During this period, and with his financial backing. The team won league titles and domestic cups. When the ASL and Weiszmann announced their plans for a new Midwest Division of the league, Peter Strasser along with team coach Tony Casciola, encouraged by the team's success in the amateur leagues and the Open Cup decided to enter the division. For the 1946/47 season they entered a new team called the Pittsburgh Strassers, made up of the best Morgan Strasser and Beadling players. While the first season of the division was chaotic, the team was one of the few left standing, with Chicago and Detroit teams folding due to financial mismanagement. The following season, the Strassers where crowned champions of the Midwestern division for the first time, and continued to dominate the division until the mid 1950's. Like many of the new teams, they did lag behind the Eastern teams, always falling to them in the Play-Off finals. It is here that the fierce rivalry with both Philadelphia teams was born. In 1968, to comply with the new rules concerning sponsorship names, the team gained it's current name, Pittsburgh Steel S.C
  18. Author's note: In honor of Saint Louis joining MLS, here is the city's team from the ASL-verse. Saint Louis: Soccer Hub of the Midwest While the epicenter for soccer was mainly on the Eastern seaboard during it's early days, the sport would find a stable footing deeper in the continent. Saint Louis would take the lead, as it already had a citywide soccer league by 1890. This league had very competitive sides, as Saint Louis clubs would sometimes cause upsets over the more "elite" east coast teams during exhibition matches or cup games. In 1920 Ben Millers became the first club from outside the northeast to win the Cup. They even had a team in the final of the Open Cup, every season from 1932 to 1939. So, it's no wonder that the city was a prime target for expansion. In 1947, they finally entered the ASL's Midwestern divison. Saint Louis Raiders S.C About the Club The Saint Louis Raiders where formed in 1947, when a meeting was held with the city's soccer teams and they entered the Midwest Division of the ASL that same year. Initially the team struggled to overtake the Chicago and Pittsburgh teams in the league, but that would change when they established a system that allowed players from the city's many top amateur sides to join they ranks, offering many promising players a professional contract. It is during this time that the Raiders earned their reputation for top class home grown players. During the 1950's this method payed off as the Raiders began their domination of the Midwestern division, however heartbreak always ensued as they always lost the play-off ties with teams from the east. They did however win their first US Open Cup in 1957. With the division title secured in the 59-60 season, The Raiders faced off with the Eastern Division champs Philadelphia Nationals, and beat them 5-3 over two legs. The domination over the Midwest would abruptly end however. When the ASL merged with the NPSL, the league was realigned into a Eastern and Western conference. The club was first drafted in the Western conference, to balance out the team roster. While the club did achieve some sporting success during this time,especially the 65-66 league title, the club's management and fans complained about the clubs situation, citing large travel cost, empty stadiums and a lower level of play as a burden on the club. At the beginning of the 1974-75 season, with Denver Dynamo joining the league, the Raiders where moved to the east, Reigniting the rivalry with the teams from Chicago, Detroit and Pittsburgh.
  19. I've found out about this team when I was digging through Wikipedia. According tot the article ( which was in Italian to my surprise) the team was around as early as 1933/34. I don't know when the basketball team was formed, but it could have been that they soccer team was indeed first. https://it.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston_Celtics_Soccer_Club
  20. Rise & Fall of New England Soccer From the late 1800’s onwards, Southern New England was a breeding ground for excellent soccer sides. It's no wonder that New England, and especially Fall River clubs dominated the early American soccer scene and the first American Soccer League. However by 1930’s most of these prestigious clubs where on the verge of imploding. Succumbing to the pitfalls that many of the clubs of that time had to deal with, Disappointing results, financial insecurity and reckless owners. With the advent of the second ASL, Professional soccer came to the region again, as a separate division for New England was created. While the division could keep up with it’s Metropolitan counterpart, the first few seasons, it became clear quite soon that the Met had a higher caliber of clubs and players in its ranks. You could also already see that the new league concentrated primarily around big cities, which had a bigger potential market and a larger pool of talented players. For all the soccer pedigree places like Fall River, New Bedford and Pawtucket had, in the long term they just couldn't compete with teams from New York or Philadelphia. After two seasons of dormancy, the New England Division folded in 1944, With most of its clubs dropping back to the amateur level, bar one exception. Boston Celtics S.C About the Club The club was founded in 1933, as an amateur team, following the collapse of the Boston Soccer Club. It was one of the founding members of the second American Soccer League, that same year, and it began play in the New England Division. It would take a while but by the early 40’s the team was a regular contender for the division title, however a strong Providence side held them from early succes. However with financial insecurity and WWII just around the corner, the division became dormant for it’s last two season. During this period the team resumed play in local amateur competition. When it was announced that the division would fold after the 1943-44 season, Club officials had enough. Discontent about how things where run within the division, they jumped ship and joined the Metropolitan Division for the following season. While the club had a loyal fanbase and a stable financial situation, the fans had to wait until the 1964-65 season for the ASL title, while the club has finished runners up a few times since, they never could seem to the heights of that season, as it remains the last title to date.
  21. Philadelphia: Soccer City U.S.A Just like New York, Philadelphia also was a hotbed for the sport in the United States. The Philadelphia German-Americans, who later became the Philadelphia Field Club, where an inaugural member of the American Soccer League. In 1936, the year the Phils won the U.S Open Cup, the Philadelphia Nationals were admitted to the league, setting the stage for one of the most intense soccer rivalries in North America. Both clubs dominated the league from the late 40’s up to the 60’s, Making them both powerhouses of the league. While that period of dominance is behind them, Philadelphia is still a force to be reckoned with in American Soccer. Philadelphia Field Club About the Club The Philadelphia Field Club was founded in 1924, as First German S.C by members of the Philadelphia German Rifle club. They joined the ASL in 1933 for it’s inaugural season, as The Philadelphia German-Americans, a nickname that eventually became the club’s official name. They won the League title in their second season, and won the U.S Open cup the year after. Between 1935 and 1953, the club won the ASL crown another 5 times, surpassing the Kearny Scots as record title holder at the time. In 1953, the club was bought by trucking magnate Tony Uhrik, and it became known as Uhrik Truckers S.C. Between 1953 and 1963, the club added an additional 3 titles, bringing their tally up to 11 ASL Championships. During this period however, they were being overshadowed by the Nats which where having a golden age of their own. To accommodate the merger with the NPSL in 1968, the league changed their rules on ownership, and how clubs operated. In an effort to make the sport more appealing to a wider audience, one of these new rules was that clubs could not be named after companies. To comply to this rule, the club changed its name to The Philadelphia Field Club. A name that was used in the area as far back as 1922. However the club still has considerable connections to it’s German roots, as it plays in White and Black, a nod to the colours of the German National Team. The blackletter P in the crest also pays homage to this fact. As of 2015, the club has 15 league titles and is America’s second most successful soccer club, with only the Nats having more. This, and many other deep rooted animosities continues to fuel the Derby of Brotherly Love. A staple of Philly and by extension American Soccer. Philadelphia Nationals S.C About the Club Originally an amateur team called Philadelphia Passon, the club joined the league in 1936. It was then that they switched to their current name. The Philadelphia Nationals. The early days saw the Nats overshadowed by their cross town rivals. The Nats never reached a position higher then 3rd place, and they finished in the bottom half of the table the following three seasons. Due to the disappointing results, the club’s future was in danger. So in the 1942-43 season, the club merged with amateur Fairhill S.C and had a change of ownership. but it kept the name of the original club. That new ownership had a daring plan. While at this time most of the league’s teams where made up of foreign players, the Nats where building an All-American line-up, they also took on red, white and blue as their colours, thus cementing their status as the All American team, in contrast to their cross city rivals German roots. Something that is still felt today. Their first ASL Title came in the 1948/49 season and was a highly controversial one. A three way tie for first place, necessitated a playoff between the Nationals, New York Americans, and Brooklyn Hispano (Later Brooklyn Giants). The Nats received a bye based and goal differential, and faced the NY Amerks in the final, which was played on home turf for the Amerks. The game ended in 3-3 tie, with neither side scoring even after extra time was played. This prompted league officials to make a controversial call. They awarded the title to the Nats, based on a corner kick difference of one. Needless to say this fueled the rivalry between the Nationals and the NY Americans, and to this day Amerk fans still sing about the stolen title of ‘49. That year the team also won the Lewis Cup, and just missed out on completing the domestic triple. From 1949 to 1953, the Nats won three league titles, during the 1960’s the club would again have a period of dominance as it won 4 titles in a row. With 17 titles, the Nats are the most successful ASL team to date.
  22. Milwaukee will definitely be featured in the Midwest expansion! Thanks! The map I included with the league presentation seems a bit too small, I'm currently looking to include a map of NY and Philly to show where the teams are located. since it's hard to fit them all onto one map. I'm considering a rehash of the monogram, I've made this one with a font I've modified so it would look too weird. Thank you so much for the suggestion, I've updated all my image links. Hopefully there will be no more broken images.
  23. I'm having some trouble getting image links to work. For the moment all my images I've posted seem to disappear and reappear at random. I've tried switching to another image hosting site, but so far no link seems to be accepted, even from well know sites such as imgurl.
  24. So far the only site I get to work is Tinypic, which unfortunately is shutting down so that can be why the images can disappear sometimes. I've try upto 5 alternatives including Imgur and so far nothing seems to work, since it won't accept my link. Does anybody know a solution to this?
  25. The New York Three In this first installment of the series we will focus on the three professional soccer teams representing New York in the top flight. New York Americans, Brookhattan F.C and the Brooklyn Giants. The New York Metropolitan area has always been a hotbed for Soccer even since the early days. It is no surprise that the New York clubs took the lead in re establishing the American Soccer League. Brooklyn Giants About the Club The club started life as N.Y Hispano and was around before the second incarnation of the ASL. Plying their trade in the Southern New York State Football Association in the 1920’s, they joined the Eastern Soccer League, a rival to the ASL during the Soccer Wars. When the dust settled the club joined the Second ASL in 1933, After 7 games into the season, the club merged with the failing Brooklyn F.C to become Brooklyn Hispano F.C. even though it had roots well beyond this point, the club took this date as it’s foundation. Initially their colours where Orange for Hispano and Dark Blue for Brooklyn F.C. In 1943, when a lot of teams americanized their names. Brooklyn Hispano became the Brooklyn Giants. They also switched out Blue for Black. Their first title came in 1942, and the Giants had to wait another 29 years before the next. Despite the lack of success, the club amassed a cult following. It also became the sole club to represent the borough of Brooklyn in the top flight. Due to it’s shared history with both New York clubs, there is quite a rivalry between them. But most Giant fans consider Brookhattan, their biggest rival. Both clubs have similar backgrounds but represent different boroughs of New York. Brooklyn and the Bronx respectively. Brookhattan F.C About the Club The Brookhattan Football Club was established in 1933, and together with the NY Americans helped to form the current incarnation of the ASL. The Brooks had to wait quite a bit to taste their first successes, but when they did it was a feet that few clubs managed to replicate. In the 1944-45 season, they won the ASL, The National Challenge Cup and the Lewis Cup. Making them one of few teams that have completed a domestic treble. In 1948, the club was bought by Ernesto Diaz, and merged with his former club New York Galicia,but they kept the name and purple and gold club colours. While they didn't achieve much success during this period, they did had some of the league most iconic players. Pito Villanon, one of the first black athletes in an integrated American sports league. During his eleven year stint at the club he became the league’s top scorer twice, and was awarded the league’s MVP during the 1952-53 season and Joe Gaentjes, a Haitian born U.S player who was the ASL top scorer, and during the 1950 World Cup,He scored the winning goal in the 1–0 upset of England. While not as trophy laden as their neighbors. They have become focused on developing and nurturing talent. New York Americans About the Club The Amerks where founded in 1931, when Erno Schwarz a former NY Giants and Hakoah player entered them in the last ever seasons of the original ASL. During this period, Schwarz played, managed and owned the club. After the collapse of the league. The leadership of the Amerks and Brookhattan took the lead in creating a new league. The club had its first Title during the 1935/36 season and it won the National Challenge Cup one year later. After that came a period of trophy drought until the 1953/54 season. When the club completed the double, winning both the league and the Challenge Cup. Just before the 1956/57 season the Amerks merged with Brooklyn Hakoah, but kept its name and identity. With the influx of new players and more financial power, the club had its first golden age. Winning the ASL title three times in a row. In 1956,57 and 58 respectively. Their second golden age came in the seventies when the club won another 3 challenge cups and 3 national titles. As of 2012, it is the most successful club in New York, having amassed 10 national titles and having earned the right to place two stars above their badge. Due their close proximity, there has always been a rivalry with The Giants and Brookhattan. There is also an intense rivalry with The Philadelphia Nationals, one of the most successful clubs in the country. Another rivalry is with the Boston Celtics, as the rivalry carries over from other American sporting traditions. Authors Note: tried to fix the image linking issue. let me know if the images still won't load proper.