1928–29 American Soccer League

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Statistics of American Soccer League in season 1928-29.

Overview[edit]

The first half of the 1928-29 season began on September 1, 1928. This season saw the onset of the Soccer War., a struggle between the American Soccer League and the United States Football Association for control of the sport. It began when the league boycotted the National Challenge Cup in September 1928.[1] Within a week, three ASL teams, Bethlehem Steel, Newark Skeeters and New York Giants, defied the boycott and entered the cup.[2] On September 24, 1928, Bill Cunningham, president of the American Soccer League, suspended the three teams and fined them each $1000.00.[3] In response, the USFA helped create a competing league, the Eastern Professional Soccer League which included the three teams suspended by the ASL, as well as teams from the Southern New York Soccer Association and the newly created New York Hakoah. In a bizarre twist, the first half of the season ended for some teams as early as December 25, 1928 and for others as late as January 13, 1929. The second half of the season then began on December 29, 1928 for some team and for other, not until January 5 or January 13, 1929. This created a situation in which some teams were still playing first half games while other teams were playing their second half games.

In December 1928, the league admitted Jersey City as the league's ninth team for the second season. Jersey City made it seven games into the second half before withdrawing from the league and disbanding. Then on March 23, 1929, J&P Coats also withdrew from the league following its victory over Brooklyn that day. The team came under new ownership which renamed it the Pawtucket Rangers and re-entered the league, taking J&P Coats' record and position in the standings. The team played its first game, a 2-1 loss to Fall River on March 30, 1929. The league had one last team withdrew when the New Bedford Whalers left the league and jumped to the Eastern Professional Soccer League after its 4-0 victory over Boston on March 17, 1929. The Fall River Marksmen topped the standings in both the first and second half of the season and were declared league champion.

League standings[edit]

  • Percentage is a percentage of games won to games played.

First half[edit]

Place Team GP W L D GF GA Points Percentage
1 Fall River Marksmen 31 17 9 5 64 36 43 .694
2 Brooklyn Wanderers 31 18 6 7 79 61 42 .677
3 New York Nationals 29 13 8 8 70 53 34 .586
4 Providence 24 13 5 11 53 44 31 .534
5 New Bedford Whalers 29 11 6 12 51 47 28 .483
6 Boston 28 8 8 12 49 60 24 .429
7 Philadelphia 18 3 6 9 27 40 12 .333
8 J&P Coats 28 4 7 17 28 69 15 .268
9 New York Giants 8 3 2 3 15 17 8 .500
10 Bethlehem Steel 6 3 0 3 12 8 6 .500
11 Newark Skeeters 7 0 1 6 7 30 0 .000

Second half[edit]

Place Team GP W L D GF GA Points Percentage
1 Fall River Marksmen 22 11 6 5 38 24 28 .636
2 Providence 22 12 3 7 46 37 27 .614
3 J&P Coats /
Pawtucket Rangers[Note 1]
25 13 2 10 42 39 28 .560
4 New York Nationals 21 8 7 6 68 55 23 .548
5 Brooklyn Wanderers 20 5 6 9 42 50 18 .536
6 Philadelphia 18 6 3 9 36 54 15 .450
7 Boston 25 7 4 14 45 55 18 .417
8 New Bedford Whalers[Note 2] 14 7 1 6 37 28 15 .360
9 Jersey City[Note 3] 7 2 0 5 11 23 4 .286
  1. ^ Team played 18 games as J&P Coats and 7 games as the Pawtucket Rangers.
  2. ^ Withdrew from the ASL after March 17, 1929 and entered the Eastern Professional Soccer League.
  3. ^ Withdrew following February 10, 1929 loss to Providence.

League cup[edit]

Bracket[edit]

January 5–20 January 26 - February 3
           
MA New Bedford Whalers 1-3
MA Fall River Marksmen 1-2
MA New Bedford Whalers 3-2-2
NY New York Nationals 2-2-4
NY New York Nationals 5-3
NY Brooklyn Wanderers 5-2

Semifinals[edit]

January 5, 1929
New Bedford Whalers 1-1 Fall River Marksmen
Mike McLeavy Goal 9' Goal 79' Alex McNab
New Bedford, Massachusetts
Referee: A. White


January 6, 1929
Fall River Marksmen 2-3 New Bedford Whalers
Tec White Goal
Bert Patenaude Goal
Denis Doyle Goal 79' OG
Goal Sam Kennedy
Goal 80' Sam Chedgzoy
Mark's Stadium, Tiverton, Rhode Island
Referee: R. Bethune

New Bedford advances 4-3 on aggregate.



January 20, 1929
Brooklyn Wanderers 2-3 New York Nationals
Frank Toner Goal 48'Goal 53' Goal 27'Goal 33'Goal 43' John Nelson
Hawthorne Field, Brooklyn, New York
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: James Walder

New York advances 8-7 on aggregate.


Final[edit]

January 26, 1929
New Bedford Whalers 3-2 New York Nationals
Sam Chedgzoy Goal 10'
Mike McLeavy Goal 30'
Jimmy Howieson Goal 82'
Goal 43'Goal John Nelson
New Bedford, Massachusetts
Attendance: 5,000


January 27, 1929
New York Nationals 2-1 New Bedford Whalers
Hookey Leonard GoalGoal Goal Sam Kennedy
The Polo Grounds, New York, New York


February 3, 1929
New York Nationals 4-2 New Bedford Whalers
Jimmy Gallagher Goal 56'GoalGoal 73'
John Nelson Goal 79'
Goal 46' Sam Chedgzoy
Goal Sam Kennedy
Hawthorne Field, Brooklyn, New York
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Thomas Cunningham

Goals leaders[edit]

Rank Scorer Club Games Goals
1 Janos Nehadoma Brooklyn Wanderers 48 43
Werner Nilsen Boston 53 43
3 John Nelson J&P Coats 43 39
4 Bill Paterson Providence 35 33
5 Hookey Leonard New York Nationals 50 31
6 Sam Kennedy J&P Coats 37 23
7 Freddie Wall Philadelphia 23 22
Tec White Fall River Marksmen 49 22
9 Bart McGhee New York Nationals 30 19
10 Herbert Carlsson New York Nationals 45 18
11 Leslie Lyell Brooklyn Wanderers 45 17
12 Billy Adair Brooklyn Wanderers 43 16
Bert Patenaude Philadelphia 28 16
14 David Robertson Brooklyn Wanderers 38 15
15 Jerry Best New Bedford Whalers 30 14
Jack Green Providence 37 14
17 Jim Purvis Philadelphia 29 13
18 Bobby Curtis Brooklyn Wanderers 41 12
19 Nils Nygren Boston 29 11
Mike McLeavy Providence 31 11
Pete Fitzpatrick New York Giants 43 11
22 Billy Gonsalves Boston 32 10

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