The American Soccer League has been a name used by three different professional soccer leagues in the United States. The first American Soccer League was established in 1921 by the merger of teams from the National Association Football League and the Southern New England Soccer League. For several years it was the second most popular professional sports league in the country. Disputes with the United States Football Association and the onset of the Great Depression in 1929 led to the league's collapse in spring 1933. That summer, the second American Soccer League was created on a smaller scale and with smaller budgets. This league existed until over-expansion and financial limitations led to its collapse in 1983. In 1988, the third American Soccer League was created as an east coast counterpart to the west coast-based Western Soccer Alliance. The third iteration of the ASL lasted only two seasons, merging with the WSA in 1990 to form the American Professional Soccer League.
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... In 1978, Skouras was selected by the United States Soccer Federation to participate in the prestigious Montigue, France International (U-15) youth tournament ... of sixteen with the California Sunshine of the American Soccer League, making Skouras the youngest native born American professional soccer player of his time ... of 17, Skouras was signed immediately by Ron Newman and the San Diego Sockers of the North American Soccer League making him the youngest native born North American in a league dominated by foreign international stars ...
... Professional soccer has been less popular in the United States than most other parts of the world ... Major League Soccer, the United States' professional first-division league, is not, in general, as well-attended as the major leagues of American football and baseball. 2012 attendance review of shows that Major League Soccer is enjoying higher per game attendance than basketball and ice hockey ...
... Chris Agoliati is a retired American soccer player who played at least two seasons in the American Soccer League and two in the North American Soccer League ... While at Cornell, he was an All-Ivy League forward on the Big Red soccer team ... In 1973, he signed with the Connecticut Wildcats of the American Soccer League ...
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