Philadelphia Spartans

Philadelphia Soccer History

Meet the Spartans: Philly’s original pro team

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The Philadelphia Spartans were the city's first major league professional soccer team. Steve Holroyd recounts their story, from inception to demise.

Gene Chyzowych honored with lifetime achievement award

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The North Catholic High School and Temple graduate, former US national team coach, and youth soccer pioneer was honored on Saturday.

The Stoke City-Philadelphia connection runs through Cleveland

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In 1967, Stoke City players made up the Cleveland Stokers squad. The next year in the inaugural season of the NASL, it was Philadelphia Spartans players filling the ranks.

Flashback: Philly in the 1973 NASL playoffs

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A team new to the league.

A team with a backbone of experienced veterans, but also a team with a commitment to young players, led by a coach who wasn't afraid to put those young players in key positions to perform in important games.

A team with a tough, hard-nosed style of play backed by a dominating defense and keeper.

The Rest

Philadelphia Spartans helped usher in a new era of pro soccer 50 years ago

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Spartans were one of the 10 founding teams of the short-lived National Professional Soccer League

Fifty years ago, some 14,163 people witnessed pro soccer history in Philadelphia when the Philadelphia Spartans took on the Toronto Falcons at Temple Stadium.

The game was one of four played on April 16, 1967 in the first and only season of the National Professional Soccer League, which would merge with the United Soccer Association in 1969 to form the first incarnation of the North American Soccer League.

Buy local

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With Chris Albright, Jeff Parke and Jim Curtin, the Union continue a long tradition of Philly pro soccer teams having a distinctly local flair. Results on and off the field justified the approach.