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115: The North American Soccer Leagues Rochester Lancers With Michael Lewis
After more than 40 years of covering the â€œbeautiful game,â€ Newsday sportswriter and FrontRowSoccer.com editor Michael Lewis (Soccer for Dummies) knows more than a thing or two about the evolution of soccer in this country.Â A self-professed â€œZelig of soccer,â€ the NYC-based Lewis has covered some of the sportâ€™s most important events, including eight World Cups, seven Olympic tournaments, and all 23Â MLS Cups (and counting) â€“ not to mention an endless array of matches and related off-the-field activities across leagues and competitions on both the domestic and international stages over that span. Â If it happened in American soccer since his start as a cub reporter at the Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle in 1975, Lewis was probably there. It was in Rochester that Lewis got his first taste of US pro soccer as the assigned beat reporter for the North American Soccer Leagueâ€™s fledgling Rochester Lancers â€“ a team that literally helped save the down-to-four-team league from extinction in 1970 when owner Charlie Schiano moved the club from the regional semi-pro American Soccer League (along with the similarly-situated Washington Darts) where it had played since 1967. The Lancers promptly won the title in their first NASL season, and featured the circuitâ€™s first breakout star â€“ 5â€² 4â€³ Brazilian scoring sensation Carlos â€œLittle Mouseâ€ Metidieri, who nabbed league MVP honors in both 1970 & 1971.Â By 1973, however, Metidieri had been traded to the expansion Boston Minutemen, and Schiano was forced to sell controlling interest in the club to bolster its finances â€“ and the Lancers promptly descended into mediocrity. Â Though Schiano re-acquired majority ownership in late 1976, the team rarely achieved more than middling success thereafter â€“ save for an anomalous 1977 season that saw the small-market Lancers fall one playoff game short of reaching the NASL title game, despite compiling only an 11-15 regular season record.Â The Lancersâ€™ final seasons were also marred by internecine warfare between an increasingly cash-strapped Schiano and new investors John Luciani and Bernie Rodin â€“ exacerbated by the teamâ€™s off-season moonlighting in the semi-rival Major Indoor Soccer League as the Long Island-based New York Arrows.Â The two factions faced off in court during the 1980 NASL season, with the league terminating the franchise at seasonâ€™s end. While outdoor soccer soon returned to Rochester in 1981 with the ASL Flash, the indoor Arrows went on to win four consecutive MISL titles with much of the Lancersâ€™ late 1970s NASL outdoor roster, including notables like Branko Segota, Shep Messing, Dave Dâ€™Errico, Val Tuksa, Renato Cila, Damir Sutevski, and head coach Dragon â€œDonâ€ Popovic. Thank you 503 Sports, SportsHistoryCollectibles.com, Streaker Sports, Audible, and OldSchoolShirts.com for your support of this weekâ€™s show!
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109: The NASL Players Strike of 1979 With Steve Holroyd
Professional union labor lawyer and Society for American Soccer History sports historian Steve Holroyd returns to the podcast to go deep into one of the more curious rabbit holes in North American Soccer League history. In early 1977, Ed Garvey, a labor lawyer and head of the newly-formed National Football League Players Association (NFLPA), recruited Washington Diplomats midfielder John Kerr to help gauge interest among his teammates and those of other clubs in forming a similar organization for the suddenly ascendant ten-year-old NASL.Â By the end of that summer, player representatives from all 18 league clubs agreed in principle to create the North American Soccer League Players Association (NASLPA), and on August 29th, 1977 â€“ the day after the New York Cosmosâ€™ dramatic Soccer Bowl victory over the Seattle Sounders in Peleâ€™s US swan song â€“ officially sought recognition by NASL owners to become the playersâ€™ collective bargaining entity. Commissioner Phil Woosnam and league ownership quickly refused, fearing a threat to the still-fragile circuitâ€™s integrity by a group run by a union of the NFL, with whom NASL owners already had a tenuous (and in the cases of Ft. Lauderdaleâ€™s Robbie and Dallasâ€™ Hunt families, common ownership) relationship.Â Â Â Â With no progress towards recognition of the union either during the subsequent off-season or the next year, members of the NASLPA finally voted 252-113 to strike against ownership â€“ announcing its intention to do so on April 13, 1979, one day before the leagueâ€™s second weekend slate of regular season games. What transpired next was five unprecedented days of confusion (would foreign imports risk deportation by playing during an American player work stoppage?); desperation (coaches Eddie McCreadie [Memphis] and Ron Newman [Ft. Lauderdale] donning uniforms to help their strike-depleted teams); naivetÃ© (unwitting fans seeking Rochester Lancer â€œplayerâ€ autographs during last-minute replacement tryouts); and ultimately, miscalculated futility â€“ as player resolve waned almost immediately, especially among the associationâ€™s non-US residents, who actually made up the majority of the membership. The playersâ€™ point had been made, however, and by mid-1984 â€“ through a long series of subsequent court rulings â€“ the NASLPA finally prevailed in its mission to collectively represent players at the bargaining table with league ownership. Ironically, by then, it didnâ€™t matter â€“ the NASL folded in March of 1985. We love our sponsors â€“ Streaker Sports, 503 Sports, OldSchoolShirts.com, SportsHistoryCollectibles.com, and Audible â€“ and you will too!
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The Ilitches Own Even More Vacant Property Than We Realized Plus Food, Fun & Detroit City FC Playoff Action
The Ilitches Own Even More Vacant Property Than We Realized â€” Plus Food, Fun & Detroit City FC Playoff Action