MLS Talk Podcast #113: Colin Jose

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Colin Jose, the preeminent historian of the sport in North America joins us on the podcast. This show is a must listen for anyone interested in the evolution of the game in North America. Soccer history in the US/Canada did not begin in the late 1980s, and the sport is not a new one in this part of the world, as has been argued by some.

Among the topics discussed are:

  • The development of Canadian football/soccer through the early 1960s
  • When the term soccer replaced the term football to describe the sport in North America
  • The American Soccer League
  • The impact of foreign imports on the ASL
  • The rivalry between Bethlehem Steel and Fall River
  • The rivalry between Fall River and New Bedford
  • Who were the best American players of the ASL era
  • The 1930 US World Cup team’s success
  • Was the 1930 US Team really a “British” team?
  • The 1950 US World Cup victory over England
  • Did the 1950 World Cup team use foreign nationals in the victory over England?
  • The NASL’s impact on youth soccer
  • The Cosmos lore and how it lives today outside North America
  • The rivalry between the New York Cosmos and Tampa Bay Rowdies
  • Much, much more………………

Additionally, we get a report on the San Jose Earthquakes with player interviews and features from our correspondent, Robert Jonas.

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About Kartik Krishnaiyer

A lifelong lover of soccer, the beautiful game, he served from January 2010 until May 2013 as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the North American Soccer League (NASL). Raised on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the old NASL, Krishnaiyer previously hosted the American Soccer Show on the Champions Soccer Radio Network, the Major League Soccer Talk podcast and the World Soccer Talk Podcast. His soccer writing has been featured by several media outlets including The Guardian and The Telegraph. He is the author of the books 'Blue With Envy' about Manchester City FC, and 'Soccerwarz' about the MLS, USL and NASL infighting.
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