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Soccer in a football world: The American Soccer League (22/10 Milwaukee Eagles Added)

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On 8/12/2019 at 1:06 AM, NicDB said:

Loving everything about this so far. Following in hopes of seeing a Milwaukee club.

 

Milwaukee will definitely be featured in the Midwest expansion!

 

On 8/12/2019 at 5:09 AM, TheHealthiestScratch said:

Great variety for multiple teams out of the same area! I’m excited for the project, any way you could add markers on the map to show where teams will be located?

 

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.  

 

On 8/13/2019 at 1:46 AM, mcrosby said:

The H in the Brookhattan logo is a bit off. The super angular crossbar doesn't quite fit the rest of the monogram. I'd like to see it a with a bit more of that Tuscan curve to it. I'd also like to see it flipped so that it's pointing down, that will almost look like an M, which works pretty well for a Brooklyn-Manhattan mashup. The vertical portions of the H might look better with the same weight as the B. 

 

Everything else looks spectacular. That Americans crest would be a good fauxback for New England Revolution. 

 

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.  

 

On 8/14/2019 at 12:43 AM, Hālian said:

I suggest using Imgbox; it's worked fantastically for me.

 

Thank you so much for the suggestion, I've updated all my image links. Hopefully there will be no more broken images.  

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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. 

 

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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.  

 

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On 8/11/2019 at 9:50 AM, Xibalba said:

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? 

Your stuff is showing up now, but I use Imgur, it gives me multiple options when I want to share my stuff here pretty easily.

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The Philly FC kits are DOPE.

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Oh... my..... these Philly teams' logos and uniforms are way too good! It is too good to just not to overlook these details of simplification works!

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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.    
 

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Very nice concept.

 

So basically there was a Celtic team before Walter Brown used the name for his basketball team?

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Boston looks great, I love the crest and the stripes on the home kit. I do agree with the comment above though, I think green and white alone would look better.

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2 hours ago, neo_prankster said:

Very nice concept.

 

So basically there was a Celtic team before Walter Brown used the name for his basketball team?

 

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

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I would buy both Boston kits in a second. THEY. ARE. CLASS.

 

I sort of have my own deal like this I've been working on for years, a what-if soccer/football never went out of popularity after the early 1900's and continued to grow. The history as it is is completely fascinating, let alone imagining what-if it had never really gone away as it did. Point being I love this series, I literally scrawl through the board every day hoping to see a new update. 

 

AWESOME. WORK.

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I'm assuming the Boston Celtics SC kit is supposed to closely mirror the Glasgow Celtic home kit. I love the away kit you designed - unique, classy, clean, and takes similar principles as the home kit but applied very differently.

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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. 

 

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STL home kit is clean and that away kit is flames.

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Nothing but love for that logo, history, and the kits - but especially the home kit. Clean and beautiful. Maybe you should see if the actual MLS team would have any interest in purchasing the identity 😂 (I'm only half joking, though...)

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Love the Raiders. Love this whole series, in fact. Makes me wonder how things would be if the first ASL was allowed to survive. I also like how each team comes with a partial logo.

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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

 

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Uniforms are great, but I think the badge would look a lot better with everything straight across rather than that arc you have it on now. It's making for some dizzying perspective issues.

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21 hours ago, NicDB said:

Uniforms are great, but I think the badge would look a lot better with everything straight across rather than that arc you have it on now. It's making for some dizzying perspective issues.

 

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. 

 

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