Triva Answer and More

tv soccerBefore we get to the trivia answer, a couple of business notes. First, the big announcement  on Thursday was that MLS is now on Apple TV.    Apple TV is a digital media receiver that allows viewers to watch television from a variety of sources online, including Netflix and now, MLS Per the official site, ”

Our “Channels” section includes free on-demand video highlights, analysis, fantasy soccer advice, and player profiles as well as full episodes of MLS 36 and MLS Insider. You can watch videos created by your favorite clubs within the “Clubs” section. The latest league standings are also available.

With an MLS LIVE subscription, you’ll have access to live streaming and archived versions of regular season matches (local and national blackout rules apply). Subscriptions start at only $14.99/month. You can purchase online or within MLS on Apple TV.”

On to Trivia….once again, below is the question from Jamie Clary

 

Last week Bruce Arena said what many MLS coaches think—the schedule for MLS teams is too crowded and the Open Cup is part of the problem. This is history repeating itself from the golden age of American soccer, the 1920s. What two events ended that golden age?

 

Before there was pro football and just after pro baseball was taking root in the east, the American Soccer League started up in 1921, lasting until the Soccer War and the Great Depression killed it.  As a group of players, coaches, and investors, the ASL saw itself as the money-spending, risk-taking branch of the game in the U.S.  Therefore, they believed, their efforts should not be hampered by the national organization, the U.S. Football Association, which expected ASL teams to play in the annual challenge cup to crown a champion among all professional and amateur teams in the country.  Seeing the tournament (later renamed the open cup) as a hindrance, the ASL decided to bag the tournament of 1924-25.  Then the league improperly brought in foreign players and penalized its teams that went ahead and played in the national cup competition.  As a consequence, the national body suspended the ASL, making it an outlaw league, and started its own league from the three teams that had been fined by the ASL.  The competing leagues were financial cannibals to each other.  A weaker ASL continued but got hit by the Great Depression.  The league’s players had full-time jobs and were forced to go where and when money could be made.  At the same time, with attendance slumping, the players had less to gain from staying on the team.  Meanwhile, the town factories that supported several of the teams went through tough times as well.  Pro baseball suffered but survived.  Soccer could not.  With fewer people in the stands, the ASL folded after the 1932-33 season.  Soccer historian Dave Litterer wrote that the end of the original ASL “marked the end of the golden age of American Soccer.”

 

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