Show Racism the Red Card Rallies Support in Philly

January 19, 2010 by Guest Blogger · Comment
Filed under: Sports 

showracismredcardBy Tom Dunmore

I spent last week in Philadelphia at the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) convention, which plays host to, amongst many other activities, the Major League Soccer (MLS) and Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) drafts.

The NSCAA is the world’s biggest coaches organisation, with around 30,000 members, a large number of whom were present. If anyone thinks soccer isn’t a major sport in the United States, well, they obviously haven’t been to this convention. I’ve never seen so many tracksuits in my life.

The gathering also includes a massive trade show, where one vendor brought home to me the size of this gathering: he mentioned that he’d been at the baseball convention recently and, he thought, the soccer convention was even bigger. The trade show there itself was extraordinary, with everybody from AC Milan to the new North American Soccer League to Ferdie’s Soccer Magic Program hawking their product.

We were there, though, not for Ferdie’s Soccer Magic but for a couple of specific reasons: the MLS draft, naturally, but also to meet with supporters to discuss the issues we share in American soccer. Read more

Soccer Brings Us Together

October 9, 2009 by Guest Blogger · Comment
Filed under: Immigration, Sports 

By Tom Dunmore - Editor of Pitch Invasion and Vice Chair, Section 8, Chicago

Last week, we looked at how immigration patterns globally have been critical to the growth of soccer as the world’s game, and the reflection of this in American soccer. The question is, can the sport be a productive place for embracing the diversity that makes America great? Today, we look at one of America’s most diverse cities, Chicago, to find out.

Soccer in Chicago has a long if little-known history from the formation of the Chicago Football (soccer) Association in 1890 to MLS’ Chicago Fire Soccer Club today.

The mix of ethnicities playing the sport together in the early decades of the twentieth century has been a lost but important part of Chicago’s sports history, one thankfully rescued by Gabriel Logan’s 2007 dissertation at Northern Illinois University, “Lace up the boots, full tilt ahead: Recreation, Immigration and Labor on Chicago’s Soccer Fields, 1890-1939″.

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Soccer Fans Give Red Card to Tanton Network

October 2, 2009 by Guest Blogger · Comment
Filed under: Immigration, Sports 

By Tom Dunmore - Editor of Pitch Invasion and Vice Chair, Section 8, Chicago

To be anti-immigrant and to still be a fan of soccer, the game that has depended on open borders worldwide, is a contradiction in itself. A recent article by David Seminara of the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), “Why Is the U.S. National Soccer Team So ‘American?”, immediately set-off an alert: after all, CIS was created as a project of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), an anti-immigration organization that promotes near-zero levels of immigration.

Seminara asks “why aren’t immigrants making a bigger impact playing soccer for the Stars and Stripes?”, citing the low numbers of current U.S. men’s national team players born outside American borders. Yet, this analysis ignores the crucial contribution immigrants and second-generation citizens have made to the men’s national team historically.

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