Monday, February 4, 2013

Costa Rica, the NASL and the darkest days of American soccer

Hey guys, just wanted to quickly alert you to a three-part series of mine that's running over at American Soccer Now in the coming weeks. The first part dropped today. It orbits the USMNT's 1-0 loss to Costa Rica in 1985, which forced the US to miss the 1986 World Cup. The Nats haven't missed one since. Was happy to chat with a number of players/participants from that game to help round it out.

Have a look. Excited to unveil this.

http://americansoccernow.com/articles/u-s-soccer-in-1985-the-end-of-the-beginning

- Will Parchman

7 comments:

dikranovich said...

The main lessson to be learned here is don't turn a home qualifier into a road one. The lesson is slowly being learned

Tony M said...

This is the type of thing I think about when I hear some of the younger posters complain about the lack of progress in US soccer.

We all want to take the next step, but main, we have come pretty far...

Jay said...

Will, are we going to see any more articles in your "The Striker" series?

Phil McCracken said...

I'm old enough to remember these days. It was so bad that the US had trouble stringing two passes in a row together. We were terrible.

Great 1st part, Will.

Matt said...

I am looking forward to reading this. Bizarre timing, as well, as I've just spent the morning researching the likelihood of whether San Francisco (where I live) will ever get its own professional team again (looks unlikely).

But reading about Eric Wynalda and other USMNT stars playing on the San Francisco Bay Blackhawks, and other "professional" teams gives a window into just how fragmented the US soccer scene once was.

Go San Francisco Bay Seals! Err, something like that...

Will Parchman said...

Will indeed, Jay. I've had most of my time taken up by other projects (including this one, which was a time sump), but my Striker column on Jozy is in the works. Should be up in another week or two.

Timmy said...

Really great work on this article, Will. I'm looking forward to the next installment.