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NORTH AMERICAN SOCCER GUIDE LINKS SPORT'S PRESENT TO ITS PAST
Every American sport has links to its past. Writers, broadcasters and fans all know of great victories won and legendary players who wore their team's colors. With Major League Soccer now in its 25th season, albeit a season unlike any other in the sports history, the looking back is inevitable. But what about before those 25 years. Soccer in the U.S. has had a rich history dating back to the 1870s.
That's why the North American Soccer Guide and Record Book exists. To provide the link between today's vibrant game and the rich and colorful history of its past.
For example, the 2020 North American Soccer Guide uncovers the history of the ISL, which was not so much a league as a summer tournament involving foreign teams. Unlike today's quick tours and "cups," however, teams met in a round robin format with two halves to each season, a group of teams in each half, with the winners meeting for a championship at the end of the summer and the previous year's champion returning to play the current winner in a Challenge Cup.
The North American Soccer Guide's International Soccer League Record book includes recaps of each season, game-by-game results with goalscorers and attendance, and annual league scoring leaders in addition to a compilation of league individual team and attendance records.
It is believed to be the first time such information has been compiled.
Among the other historical data compiled by the guide's editors:
* All-time scoring leaders for the North American Soccer League
* All-time scoring leaders across all pro leagues for both men and women
*Single season scoring leaders across all pro leagues for both men and women
*Attendance records in dozens of categories
*Stadium attendance records for over 100 venues
*Summaries of World All-Star games played in the U.S.
*Champions and award winners across previous outdoor and indoor leagues
* Results of the American Football Association Cup (1894-1929)
In addition, North American Soccer Guide 2020 includes a complete recap of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, a special review of the U.S. Team, thumbnail sketches of all the U.S. players, and all the stats All that information is packaged along with some 400 pages on the rest of soccer in North America, including Major League Soccer, the Women's National Soccer League, all of soccer's lower level leagues, the National Teams of the U.S., Canada and Mexico as well as a dose of college and youth soccer, and a tribute to soccer personalities that passed in 2019.
Senior editors Charles and Linda Cuttone have decades of experience working in or covering soccer, and contributors Frank Dell'Apa (Boston Globe), Jamie Goldberg (The Oregonian), Brian Trusdell (Associated Press and Bloomberg Sports), Steven Sandor (Sun Media) and Kathryn Knapp (AP and other outlets), have covered the sport for years.
Their input makes the Guide "The Bible" of the sport in North America, according to Fox Soccer's Fernando Fiore.
North American Soccer Guide 2020 can be ordered directly at northamericansoccerguide.com.