Soccer Lover’s Best Ever Soccer Book Guide
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This series reviews and rates books that teach, describe and document the beautiful game. Look for a wide variety of books and helpful insight from players who have been there and done it on the pitch. Here is a book for a youth player that is a joy to read.
FIVE STAR RATING for Youth & Adult Players and Everyone who loves soccer. Probably the best gift for someone who is passionate about the beautiful game.
100 Years of Soccer in America
The Official Book of the U.S. Soccer Federation
Published by Universe, 2013
The last century of Soccer in America has been an amazing journey, starting from humble beginnings and reaching a current fight for well-deserved recognition. America’s love affair with the beautiful game is well chronicled in this amazing too-good-to-put-down coffee table book.
From the introduction of the game with amateur leagues in industrial towns of the northeast to the formation of professional leagues and on to the U.S.’s ever-growing international competitive presence, this book gloriously documents with amazing photography and stories our path to today and is a MUST HAVE for Soccer Lovers around the world.
Every turn of the page reveals another powerful soccer super star and their contribution to soccer in America. This is a soccer fan’s ultimate book; if only I could get an autograph from everyone in this book! With great pictures and info on Paul Caligiuri, Shannon MacMillan, Joy Fawcett and Thomas Dooley, to name a few, a great section on visionaries and finally a recap of the most important goals scored in the last century, this book has something for everyone and can be loved by all.
The foreword is by U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati and the preface by President Bill Clinton – Contributions are from Bruce Arena, Tony DiCicco, Landon Donovan, Cobi Jones, Mia Hamm, Alexi Lalas, Abby Wambach and many more. Need I say more?
To honor its 100th anniversary, U.S. Soccer has opened its archives to offer an in-depth look at the history of the sport with 100 Years of Soccer in America. This book is the official, definitive, and unique celebration of a century of achievement in U.S. Soccer.
100 Years of Soccer in America takes us on a visual journey from the introduction of the beautiful game a century ago in the amateur leagues in the industrial northeast to soccer’s incredible growth across the country today. The book is illustrated with everything from vintage images of the first National Teams in the mid- to late-1910s to rare game programs, ticket stubs, and exciting pictures of today’s stars in action.
With contributions from players, coaches and administrators spanning almost every generation of American soccer – including firsthand testimonies from Mia Hamm, Landon Donovan, Cobi Jones, Alexi Lalas, Abby Wambach – the book profiles dozens of the talented players of the Men’s and Women’s National Teams over the past 100 years, looks at the coaches who have changed the game, celebrates the most memorable moments and unforgettable goals, and chronicles the U.S.’s greatest achievements at the international level from the World Cup to the Olympics.
100 Years of Soccer in America is an amazing resource for any soccer fan, as well as an important addition to American sports history. Alongside incredible photographs of the players in action, this remarkable volume contains contributions and first-hand testimonials from some of the biggest names in the sport reflecting on the most memorable moments, and unforgettable goals, and chronicling the U.S.’s greatest achievements.
100 Years of Soccer in America is a unique celebration of a century of achievement and growth of the sport in the United States.
Who put this book together? The United States Soccer Federation. Founded in 1913 in New York, U.S. Soccer Federation has gone on to work closely with its membership and grow the sport across the country, host one Men’s World Cup in 1994 and two Women’s World Cups in 1999 and 2003, and help Major League Soccer (MLS) become one of the most established professional leagues across the world.
Who helped contribtue to this amazing book? Here are a few of the many who made this book possible….
Sunil Gulati has served as President of the U.S. Soccer Federation since 2006, and was recently elected to the FIFA Executive Committee.
President Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States, has been on hand for some of U.S. Soccer’s greatest moments: celebrating with the Men’s National Team in the locker room after their historic win in 2010 over Algeria, watching the Women’s National Team win the 1999 FIFA World Cup, and attending the opening match of the 1994 FIFA World Cup in Chicago.
Bruce Arena coached the U.S. Men’s National Team for eight years, leading them to the quarterfinals of the 2002 World Cup, and now coaches the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Tony DiCicco coached the Women’s National Soccer Team from 1994-1999, during which they won the gold medal in the 1996 Olympics and the 1999 FIFA’s Women’s World Cup.
Landon Donovan is the all-time scoring leader for the U.S. Men’s National Team and helped the LA Galaxy win their second straight MLS cup in 2012.
Mia Hamm is considered one of the greatest women’s soccer players ever, winning the the FIFA Player of the Year award in 2001 and 2002.
Abby Wambach is a current soccer player with the Western New York Flash and the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team. She is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and the 2012 FIFA World Player of the Year.