In particular, we were touched by the outpouring of messages on Twitter about what SA meant to our readers in its magazine days and now in digital form. We share some of them here now.
We wish everyone the best during this season of Easter and Passover.
Happy 50th year to @socceramerica! Back in a time without internet, social media & instant information the weekly physical magazine was a bible to the community. It informed, connected and supported the growing game. I don't go to Rutgers without Soccer America. True story. pic.twitter.com/cHXqdMIgvS— Alexi Lalas (@AlexiLalas) April 10, 2020
EZ, Eddie Soto, Shannon Mac, LA Salsa... pic.twitter.com/aAiVVTnqBm— Brian Dunseth (@BrianDunseth) April 10, 2020
Damian Silvera, The Baba’s, McBride and The Big Cat pic.twitter.com/9XaTa126yB— Brian Dunseth (@BrianDunseth) April 10, 2020
Soccer America was ahead of its time and has remained a constant in the shifting tides of the growth of the sport in the United States during the last 50 years. Congrats on the remarkable achievement and for being a consistent voice in the soccer community. We all owe you thanks!— U.S. Soccer Comms (@ussoccer_comms) April 9, 2020
Congrats to all the great folks over at Soccer America. As a kid, a highlight of mine was seeing SA come in the mail. I used to read it front to back. Thanks for always sticking with it and entertaining us for years!! Here’s to 50 more!!— Tony Meola (@TMeola1) April 10, 2020
I didn't know this was 50th year. (Thanks @AlexiLalas)— Steve Davis (@SteveDavis90) April 10, 2020
Read it RELIGIOUSLY as a kid. Remember hiding it behind my science book in 5th grade.
A huge part of the reason I love the game and love journalism.
Thanks a TON to @socceramerica - And happy anniversary! https://t.co/BaXfXLUO5F
My grandmother bought magazine subscriptions for all of her grandchildren in the military - whatever they wanted. My cousins chose Playboy or Penthouse. I chose Soccer America.— Matthew D. LaPlante (@mdlaplante) April 11, 2020
Soccer America has been important to me for 44 years. I miss Clay. Spent a wonderful two weeks with him in China in 1991. A very special man. https://t.co/8bbFmFWc7g— Roger Faulkner (@rogerfaulkner94) April 10, 2020
Happy anniversary. I was honored to be even a little part of the magazine's great history. And coincidentally, just got this flashback photo from @BGSUmenssoccer coach Eric Nichols today. #AyZiggy pic.twitter.com/qiqxX6VBO0— Phil Schoen (@PhilSchoen) April 9, 2020
Happy anniversary, congratulations and thank you for consistently being the best source of soccer content in this country for nearly half a century. Stay safe and healthy Paul and all at SA.— peter wilt (@PeterWilt1) April 9, 2020
Still essential almost half a century later. https://t.co/4YqFnGJ32z— Matthew Doyle (@MattDoyle76) April 9, 2020
Being part of the @socceramerica family has always been a great source of pride. My time on staff was and remains special. PK, Mike, Ridge, Lynn, Hoop, Scott, Grace, Doug, of course Clay, and so many others. Great place and even better people. Happy Birthday! https://t.co/jUI7VPcib2— Allen E. Hopkins Jr. (@AEHopJr) April 10, 2020
Congratulations to @socceramerica for 50 years! Part of my reading from the time I was a youth soccer player waiting by the mailbox each week for my subscription to today's weekly emails! Congratulations!!— Jeff Agoos (@JeffAgoos) April 10, 2020
I’d get mine out but if Diane finds them they’re toast..,— Soccer Cincinnati (@milfordmagic) April 11, 2020