Philadelphia Nationals

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Philadelphia Nationals was the name of two American soccer clubs based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that were both members of the professional American Soccer League.

Passon F.C./Passon Phillies/Philadelphia Nationals[edit]

Originally, and amateur club called Passon F.C., the club became better known as the Passon Phillies or Philadelphia Passon. The team joined the professional American Soccer League prior to the 1936/37 season. Prior to the 1941/42 season, the club became the Philadelphia Nationals.[1]

The club withdrew from the league prior to the 1942/43 season and was replaced an amateur Philadelphia club, Fairhill F.C., that was admitted to the league and took the name Philadelphia Nationals.[2][3]

Year-by-year[edit]

Year Division League Reg. Season Playoffs National Cup
1936/37 N/A ASL 4th, National 1st Round Quarterfinal
1937/38 N/A ASL 4th, National Did not qualify First round
1938/39 N/A ASL 3rd, National Semifinals ?
1939/40 N/A ASL 9th No playoff ?
1940/41 N/A ASL 7th No playoff ?
1941/42 N/A ASL 9th No playoff ?

Fairhill F.C./Philadelphia Nationals[edit]

Originally, and amateur club called Fairhill F.C., the team joined the professional American Soccer League prior to the 1942/43 season to replace the Philadelphia Nationals which withdrew from the league in the off-season. Fairhill F.C. was admitted to the league and took the name Philadelphia Nationals.[4][5]

The club earned a "mini-double" in both 1949 and 1951 winning the league championship and the league cup (the Lewis Cup). The club won the Lewis Cup again in 1952.[6] The Fairhill Club withdrew their sponsorship of the team prior to the 1953/54 season and, due to subsequent financial difficulties, the club folded after four games.[7]

Year-by-year[edit]

Year Division League Reg. Season Playoffs National Cup
1942/43 N/A ASL 9th No playoff ?
1943/44 N/A ASL 5th No playoff ?
1944/45 N/A ASL 5th No playoff ?
1945/46 N/A ASL 9th No playoff ?
1946/47 N/A ASL 8th No playoff ?
1947/48 N/A ASL 5th No playoff ?
1948/49 N/A ASL 1st(t) Champion Final
1949/50 N/A ASL 1st Champion (no playoff) ?
1950/51 N/A ASL 1st Champion (no playoff) ?
1951/52 N/A ASL 2nd No playoff Final
1952/53 N/A ASL 1st Champion (no playoff) Semifinals
1953/54 N/A ASL 9th folded after 4 games N/A

References[edit]

  1. ^ Litterer, David (2005-04-02). The Year in American Soccer - 1942 Archived 2016-03-05 at the Wayback Machine. Sover. Retrieved on 2014-09-30.
  2. ^ Graham, William (September 2, 1942). "Two Flatbush Soccer Squads Combine Forces". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. p. 14.
  3. ^ Graham, William (September 9, 1942). "State Soccer Election Meeting Set For Saturday". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. p. 14.
  4. ^ Graham, William (September 2, 1942). "Two Flatbush Soccer Squads Combine Forces". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. p. 14.
  5. ^ Graham, William (September 9, 1942). "State Soccer Election Meeting Set For Saturday". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. p. 14.
  6. ^ Philly Soccer History - 1940s and 1950s. Philadelphia Union. Retrieved on 2014-09-30.
  7. ^ Graham, William (November 11, 1953). "Loss of Backer Drops Nationals Out of League". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. p. 14.