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|Full name||Andrew Auld|
|Date of birth||January 26, 1900|
|Place of birth||Stevenston, Scotland|
|Date of death||December 6, 1977(aged 77)|
|Place of death||Johnston, Rhode Island, U.S.|
|Playing position||Wing Half|
|1928–1930||→ Providence Gold Bugs||118||(11)|
|Spring 1931||→ Fall River F.C.||10||(3)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Andrew Auld (January 26, 1900 – December 6, 1977) was a Scottish American soccer player who spent most of his professional career in the American Soccer League as a midfielder and forward. He earned five caps with the United States national team, three coming in the 1930 FIFA World Cup. He was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1986.
Auld began his organized soccer career with Scottish club Stevenston F.C. in 1911, when he was eleven years old. He stayed with the club until he entered the military. His service continued through World War I and Auld was not discharged until 1919. When he left the military, he joined Ardeer Thistle in 1919. He remained with the club for three years, until he moved to Glasgow club Parkhead F.C. in 1921. In 1923, he immigrated to the United States to live in Gillespie, Illinois. Life in the U.S. did not suit Auld and he decided to return to Scotland; however, he stopped en route to visit his sister who lived in Niagara Falls, New York. While there, he played a game of pick-up soccer. During the game, a scout for the Providence Clam Diggers of the American Soccer League (ASL) saw him and after the game convinced Auld to sign with the Diggers. At the time, the ASL was one of the highest paying and most competitive soccer leagues in the world. Team owners used these qualities to draw many of the top European, especially English and Scottish, players to the U.S.
American Soccer League
Auld would spend six seasons with Providence, playing 277 games with them. In 1928, the club renamed itself the Gold Bugs. Then in 1930, a consortium of businessmen in Fall River, Massachusetts bought the club and moved it to that city, renaming the team Fall River F.C.. Auld played ten games during the spring 1931 season with Fall River before moving to the Pawtucket Rangers for the remaining eight games of the spring 1931 season. When the first American Soccer League finally collapsed in 1933, the Rangers moved to the New England Division of the second American Soccer League for the 1933-1934 season. In 1934, he joined Newark Portuguese, a semi-professional team. However, he spent only two years with the club and retired from playing in 1935.
While Auld had an excellent professional career, he is best known as a member of the United States national team which took third place at the 1930 FIFA World Cup. Auld earned his first cap with the national team in a November 6, 1926 6-1 dismantling of Canada. Auld scored two goals, his only two with the national team, in his debut game. Auld did not play again with the U.S. until the first game of the World Cup. He then played the next two matches as the U.S. went to the semifinals only to fall to Argentina in a particularly physical game. Several U.S. players were injured and the team finished with only eight fit field players. Auld himself was kicked in the mouth in the first half. According to the U.S. coach, Wilfred Cummings, the Argentinians scored their third goal “only after Andy Auld had his lip ripped wide open and one of the players from across the La Platte River had knocked the smelling salts out of Trainer Coll's hand and into Andy's eyes, temporarily blinding one of the outstanding 'little stars' of the World's Series." As substitutes were not permitted at the time, Auld played the rest of the game with a rag stuffed in his mouth to stem the bleeding. After the tournament, the U.S. traveled to Brazil where Auld and his team mates lost 4-3. That was his last game with the national team.
After retiring from playing professionally, Auld made his living in the sheet metal business. He died in Rhode Island on December 6, 1977. In 1986, he was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame.