American Soccer

I Was in a Late ’90s 35-Yard Shootout

By Billy Merck Not long ago, American professional soccer matches had to have a winner. No draws, no shared points. Also, no penalty kicks. The rules to decide a winner were simple: In a tied match, after regulation and/or extra time, the shooter stood next to the AR, 35 yards from goal, 5 seconds on …

The Pioneer of Paterson

A founding father of American soccer needs rescuing from the ash heap By Tom McCabe Illustration by Nick Iluzada Editor’s note: This story first appeared in Howler Issue 6. AMERICAN SPORTS FANS love their founding fathers. Civil War general Abner Doubleday invented baseball (even though he didn’t), Yale’s Walter Camp tinkered with rugby and midwifed American football, …