One thing I failed to mention during my previous post is how utterly lost I became in searching for Sam Mark's Stadium. The Mapquest directions anticipated a 25-minute trip from East Providence. I managed to double that time, and in the process, undertake a scenic tour of Fall River's rustic underpasses, all before arriving at the scene just before 4:00pm.
Anywho, I realized well ahead of time that some reading was required to give the appearance of an educated and insightful piece worthy of your attention. If you'd like to follow the exciting research along with me, I recommend the following resources:
American Soccer History Archives
Soccer in a Football World
Rangers, Rovers and Spindles: Soccer, Immigration and Textiles in New England and New Jersey
U.S. Soccer vs. the World
Speaking of soccer history, I attended tonight's NESHOF meeting, and the full roster of this year's inductees were announced. This year's induction ceremony is scheduled for November 1, 2008 at The Riviera Inn in East Providence, RI. The ceremonies commence at 6:00pm.
Here are this year's deserving recipients:
Benjamin Brewster (US Men's National Team, NASL & ASL, 1973-78)
Jeff Causey (D.C. United and New England Revolution goalkeeper, 1996-2001)
Charles McCully (US Men's National Team, NASL player 1968-76)
Henry McCully (US Men's National Team, NASL, ASL player 1973-80)
Pasquale Puleo (Head coach, Cambridge City Soccer Club, 1983-present)
Derek Rae (ESPN Soccer broadcaster, 1994-present)
Luis Reis (Wheaton College women's soccer coach, 1997-present)
Frank Scarsella (former player, coach and referee, 1963-2000)