New York City Book Signings Confirmed

Written by Ian Thomson

Summerof67_reduced cover sizeThe Soccer Observer will be appearing at two New York City soccer institutions in September with signed copies of “Summer Of ’67: Flower Power, Race Riots, Vietnam and the Greatest Soccer Final Played on American Soil.”

The Football Factory at Legends (6 W 33rd St.) is the destination on Thursday 5th September at 6:30 p.m., and Brooklyn’s Black Horse Pub (568 Fifth Avenue, at 16th St. in Park Slope) will host a similar event on Friday 6th September at 2 p.m.

“Summer Of ’67” charts the story of the short-lived United Soccer Association tournament, a forerunner to the original North American Soccer League, that was launched by multimillionaire sports promoters following the ratings success of the 1966 World Cup Final on American television.

Players from European and South American sides including Stoke City, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Aberdeen, Shamrock Rovers, Cagliari and Brazil’s Bangu rubbed shoulders with rock ‘n’ roll stars like Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Stevie Wonder and The Monkees’ lead singer Davy Jones as they spent two months competing under the guise of American franchises.

New York’s entry came from the Madison Square Garden-backed New York Skyliners — otherwise known as Cerro, a Uruguayan Primera Division side that included future Cosmos defender Juan Carlos Masnik on its roster.

The Los Angeles Wolves and the Washington Whips (Wolves and Aberdeen) met in front of nearly 18,000 fans at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on July 14, 1967 to determine America’s first national professional soccer champions. The teams produced 11 goals, two hat-tricks, last-minute equalizers in normal and extra-time, one sending off, countless punch-ups and a heartbreaking golden own goal in sudden-death overtime.

It was the greatest soccer final played on American soil.

The book, which is also available in Kindle and paperback format via Amazon, costs $13.

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