“Summer Of ‘67” Book Event Set For NASL Soccer Bowl Weekend In Atlanta

Written by Ian Thomson

Author Ian Thomson will be appearing at the Brewhouse Café in Atlanta on Saturday 9th November with signed copies of his new book “Summer Of ’67: Flower Power, Race Riots, Vietnam and the Greatest Soccer Final Played on American Soil.”

“Summer Of ’67” charts the story of the short-lived United Soccer Association tournament launched by multimillionaire sports promoters including football visionary Lamar Hunt and former Washington Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke after the ratings success of the 1966 FIFA World Cup Final on American television.

Summerof67_reduced cover sizeA lack of local soccer talent was overcome by importing 12 teams from Europe and South America to participate under the guise of American and Canadian franchises during the eight-week summer league.

Rock ‘n’ roll stars and Hollywood icons like Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Stevie Wonder, Maureen O’Hara and The Monkees’ lead singer Davy Jones rubbed shoulders with the star-struck guests as they displayed their skills to thousands of fans at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, the Houston Astrodome and Yankee Stadium.

Cooke’s Los Angeles Wolves (represented by England’s Wolverhampton Wanderers) met the Washington Whips (Aberdeen F.C. from Scotland) 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 champion. 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.

Ian will be at the Brewhouse Café between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Copies of the book, which is also available through Amazon, cost $13.