Watch: 104-year-old footage of the U.S. men's national team

The earliest known footage of U.S. men's national team in action has been uncovered and released by the Society for American Soccer History. In what SASH reports was the USA's first ever game, it faced Swedish outfit Tigrarna Fotboll Klubben in the Stockholm Olympic Stadium on Aug. 15, 1916 -- the start of a six-match European tour, which included the USA's inaugural full international five days later, a 3-2 loss to Sweden.

It’s been a while now since we’ve seen the red, white and blue take the field amid these extraordinary times. This video was also shot in the throes of an international crisis -- World War I, for which Sweden remained neutral.

SASH discovered the footage in the collection of the Swedish Film Institute in Stockholm and is from the Svenska Biografteaterns Veckorevy (Swedish Cinema Theater Weekly Review) newsreel series.

For more on USA's 1916 tour: Society for American Soccer History (SASH)

The SASH site includes images from early USA's game such as:

Previously, the earliest known footage of the U.S. men's national team was this from 1924, a 3-1 loss to Ireland during a stop in Dublin on the Americans's way home from the Olympic Games in Paris.


4 comments about "Watch: 104-year-old footage of the U.S. men's national team".
  1. Randy Vogt, September 5, 2020 at 10:38 a.m.

    By the looks of the top video, playing GK in those days was even more dangerous than it is today.

  2. Wallace Wade, September 5, 2020 at 11:02 a.m.

    So cool!!!! What a find! This Country has a long soccer history!!! No matter what "they" say!!!

  3. Thomas McCabe, September 5, 2020 at 4:03 p.m.

    What a great find by Brian Bunk and Ed Farnsworth, two officers at the Society of American Society History. And, yes, we do have a long soccer history, just as long as almost everyone else and a heck of a lot longer than others. For more American soccer history visit the Society website at www.ussoccerhistory.org. And thanks to Mike Woitalla and Soccer America for highlighting the game's history here. Magazines like yours are really the first draft of history. 

  4. Thomas McCabe replied, September 5, 2020 at 4:04 p.m.

    And Miles Palma. Thanks for posting.

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