Q&A with the SA Editors: Dec. 2, 1999

Joe Hamm St. Louis, Mo. This is in response to the question [Dec. 1] about why soccer died out in the 1930s in the United States. It did not really die, but was confined to urban areas such as St. Louis, where it was as popular as any game played in the schoolyard. Teams from St. Louis competed without embarrassment against international competition in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. Soccer also was played by American kids then in Philadelphia, Chicago, San Francisco, and other urban areas on the East Coast. Mike Woitalla: Thank you, Joe! For further information on the evolution of soccer in the United States, look for upcoming articles in Soccer America Magazine's American Century series. (If you have a question for a Soccer America Magazine editor, click "Q&A with SA Editors" in the left column of the home page under "Interactive.")
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