THIS DAY IN SOCCER HISTORY DECEMBER 17

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THIS DAY IN SOCCER HISTORY  
December 17, 
1922-Defending champion Skullin Steel  and Vespers Buick  play 120 minutes, but still settle for a 0-0 draw in a National Challenge Cup game played in front of 5,000 fans at High School Field in St. Louis.

1969-The North American Soccer League says Philadelphia and Chicago will be awarded expansion franchises for the 1970 season if the investor groups are able to post a $75,000 bond by Jan.2 .

1973-Al Miller, who coached the Philadelphia Atoms to the 1973 NASL championship, is given the added title of General Manager.

1974-Former Manchester United player and manager Bill Foulkes is named coach of the Chicago Sting.

1979-After playing the 1979 season at El Camino Community College in Torrance, the ASL's California Sunshine says it plans to move back to Orange County for the 1980 season.

1983-Karl Heintz Granitza scores three goals to lead the Chicago Sting to an 11-7 win over the Wichita Wings at the Kansas Coliseum.

1986-The Tampa Bay Rowdies' Rodney Marsh scores his first goal since 1979, netting his first AISA goal with 47 seconds left in a 5-3 loss to the Louisville Thunder at Broadbent Arena.

1989-Stan Terlecki scores four goals to lead the St. Louis Storm to a 7-1 win over the Tacoma Stars at the St. Louis Arena.

1995- Bobby Harmon's three-pointer with ten seconds left breaks the Chicago Power's ten-game losing streak, 7-6 over the Canton Invaders at the Canton Memorial Civic Center.

1996-The Columbus Invaders' Jim Adams becomes the second goalie in NPSL history to score two goals in a game during a 19-13 home win over Toronto.

1996 -The Detroit Rockers' Dennis Brose gets the cycle in a 31-20 loss to the  Edmonton Drillers at the Edmonton Coliseum, becoming the fourth NPSL player to score 900 regular-season career points.

2001-Washington Freedom forward/midfielder Mia Hamm is named the FIFA Women's World Player of the Year.

2008- Heather O'Reilly scores a first half goal to give the United States Women's National Team a 1-0 win over China in front of an announced crowd of 11,000 at Ford Field. The victory is the 33rd of the year for the Olympic gold medalists, who finish with a 33-1-2 record, the best ever in the 24 year history of the program.

2013- The United Premier Soccer League  receives formal approval from the United States Adult Soccer Association to upgrade its status to a Premier League Ranking.

2015- United Women's Soccer announces it plans to launch in the spring of 2016, filling the void left by the demise of the W-League. The league announces eight inaugural teams, the New England Mutiny, New York Magic, Long Island Rough Riders, New Jersey based TSF Academy and New Jersey Copa FC, the Lancaster Inferno and two Canadian clubs, the Laval Comets and Quebec Dynamo.

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