Trivia & More

questionBefore we get to the trivia (and there is a theme to the question this week),  the great night of CONCACAF Soccer on Wednesday merits a mention.  As we mentioned yesterday, the drama played across multiple channels, in multiple languages from multiple countries.  Whatever the criticisms of the production value on beIN Sport, Phil Schoen and Ray Hudson certainly delivered the excitement.

One other note as we inch towards the weekend. NBC and NBCSN will show the Dallas game and the Sporting game this weekend, while ESPN will have LA/San Jose.  Given the playoff implications around the league over the last two weekends, it is unfortunate that none of those games have the playoff drama that could exist at this time of year.

On to the question of the week.

Right at 119 years ago, the first professional soccer league closed its doors in the United States. It was the American League of Professional Football Clubs.  What other sports background did the owners of the teams have in common?

***The trivia questions come courtesy of Jamie Clary.  Mr. Clary is the author of the First American Soccer Trivia Book, available through He has played, coached, refereed and reported the game. During national team games, he often works with USSF compiling stats and helping media. Goalies, he feels, get too much respect from officials. Mexico and France, respectively, are his most hated teams. He plays and lives in Hendersonville, Tennessee.  The excerpts are from The First American Soccer Trivia Book by Jamie Clary; Copyright 2007 FreeFalling Graffiti