Monday, March 28, 2016
Bethlehem Steel - Forefathers of American Soccer
The Bethlehem Steel Football Club, which played from 1911 to 1930, is one of the most successful teams in American soccer history. They won 20 titles, including five U.S. Open Cups. A 1914 article from the New York Times points to Steel President Charles Schwab who “spared no expense to get together a team which promises to surpass any soccer team in this country.”
Bethlehem Steel, at one time the world's largest corporation, is indisputably the forefather of American soccer.
In honor of that team, Major League Soccer's Philadelphia Union will sport a replica jersey during an exhibition match tonight against England's Stoke City Football Club, and during other games this season.
Bethlehem Steel Field, located at Center and Elizabeth Avenue, is where they played and was in its time the largest soccer stadium in the country.
Fifteen members of the Bethlehem Steel Football Club have been inducted into the American soccer Hall of Fame.