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    Phil West(Author)

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In 1988, FIFA decreed that the 1994 World Cup would be played in the United States - with the condition that the U.S. would start a new professional league. The North American Soccer League had failed just four years prior, and the prospects of launching a new league for Americans, who didn't share the rest of the world's love for soccer, were both exciting and daunting.

The United States of Soccer is the engaging history of MLS's bootstrap origins prior to its 1996 launch, its near-demise in the early 2000s, its surprising resilience and growth in the following years, and its continued rise in respectability and recognition from soccer fans around the world.The book also explores the origin of a number of MLS's best-known supporters groups - the superfans responsible for setting the tone within MLS stadiums and defining what it is to be a North American soccer fan.

The book looks at how MLS helped develop the massive American audiences for the most recent men's and women's World Cups - peaking at 27 million for the 2015 Women's World Cup finals - even as it looks to expand its number of franchises and grow its audience in a sports-saturated world.

Veteran soccer journalist Phil West chronicles those fans' voices - intermingled with league officials, former players and coaches, journalists, and newspaper accounts - to detail MLS's remarkable journey for those new to the U.S.'s top-tier league, as well as those who think they know the full MLS story.

West tells the intertwined story of the rise of MLS and its fan base in this reasonably crisp narrative . . . Fans of MLS will appreciate West's perspective, and those who are not yet fans may be convinced by this brief, worthwhile history.West employs a fan s-eye view to explore the travails and innovations of Major League Soccer . . . his narrative serves as a series of engaging case studies on the business and marketing of sport."The definitive text on MLS. . .West s masterpiece is an enjoyable read from cover to cover, something any American soccer fan would genuinelyappreciate. It is indeed a special piece of soccer literature."West brings a historian s approach to his book, rather than a pundit s. The pages brim with research, with vintage news reports and opinion pieces intermingled with plenty of solid original interviews with players, execs, soccer media members and supporters alike . . .This is a solid read for anyone interested in how the league they love came to be."The definitive text on MLS . . . West s masterpiece is an enjoyable read from cover to cover, something any American soccer fan would genuinelyappreciate. It is indeed a special piece of soccer literature."[Showing]the commitment of select owners at the beginning, the rise of the supporters groups, and, yes, Don Garber s leadership in sustaining MLS for these 21 seasons this book proves to be a keeper."This book should occupy an important spot on the shelf as far as soccer books go. It offers a glimpse of the future, from a man who has his finger on the pulse of the beautiful game, and a league that shows little intention of slowing down . . . This book will offer something to fans who have followed the league since its inception, as well as a retrospective for new or casual fans to appreciate the league's existence.The definitive text on MLS . . . West's masterpiece is an enjoyable read from cover to cover, something any American soccer fan would genuinely appreciate. It is indeed a special piece of soccer literature.West brings a historian's approach to his book, rather than a pundit's. The pages brim with research, with vintage news reports and opinion pieces intermingled with plenty of solid original interviews with players, execs, soccer media members and supporters alike . . .This is a solid read for anyone interested in how the league they love came to be.A brisk and informative look at Major League Soccer's first 20 years. . .West gives MLS fans a worthy chronicle.--Keir Graff[Showing] the commitment of select owners at the beginning, the rise of the supporters groups, and, yes, Don Garber's leadership in sustaining MLS for these 21 seasons--this book proves to be a keeper.West employs a fan's-eye view to explore the travails and innovations of Major League Soccer . . . his narrative serves as a series of engaging case studies on the business and marketing of sport. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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  • PDF | 272 pages
  • Phil West(Author)
  • Overlook Press; Reprint edition (17 Oct. 2017)
  • English
  • 5
  • History

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