Tom Florie

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Tommy Florie
Personal information
Full name Thomas Florie
Date of birth (1897-09-06)September 6, 1897
Place of birth Harrison, New Jersey, U.S.
Date of death April 26, 1966(1966-04-26) (aged 68)
Place of death North Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.
Position(s) Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1921–1922 Harrison S.C. 3 (0)
1922–1924 American
1924–1928 Providence F.C. 166 (63)
1928–1931 New Bedford Whalers II 121 (47)
Spring 1931Fall River F.C. 6 (1)
Fall 1931–1932New Bedford Whalers III 19 (15)
1932–1934 Pawtucket Rangers
1934 Pawtucket F.C.
International career
1925–1934 United States 8 (2)
Medal record
Men's soccer
Representing  United States
FIFA World Cup
Third place 1930 Uruguay
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Thomas Florie (September 6, 1897 – April 26, 1966) was an American soccer forward. He played in both the first and second American Soccer Leagues, winning two National Challenge Cup titles. Florie was also a member of the United States men's national soccer team at the 1930 and 1934 FIFA World Cup. He was inducted into the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1986.

Early career[edit]

Born in New Jersey to Italian immigrant parents, Florie played soccer as a youth, but service in the Navy during World War I delayed the start of his career. In 1922, Florie signed with Harrison S.C. of the American Soccer League. However, he only played three games before leaving Harrison to play for American A.A. in the West Hudson Amateur League.[1]

American Soccer League[edit]

In 1924, Florie returned to the ASL when he signed with Providence F.C. He quickly established himself as one of the top wing forwards in the league. In 1928, he began the season with Providence, now known as the Gold Bugs, before moving to New Bedford Whalers II. He later joined Fall River F.C. but, the team only lasted the spring season before merging with the New York Yankees to become New Bedford Whalers III. In 1932, the Whalers defeated Stix, Baer and Fuller F.C., 8–5 on aggregate in the National Challenge Cup final. Florie scored one goal in each of the two games.[2] Despite this victory, the Whalers collapsed that fall, followed soon after by the entire league. Florie then moved to the Pawtucket Rangers which had jumped to the second American Soccer League. In 1934, Florie was on the losing side in the National Challenge Cup when the Rangers fell to Stix, Baer and Fuller in three games.[2] By that time, the Rangers had left the ASL. In 1941, Florie won his second National Cup when Pawtucket F.C. defeated Detroit Chrysler, 8–5 on aggregate, with Florie scoring one goal.[2]

National team[edit]

Florie earned eight caps, scoring two goals, with the U.S. national team from 1925 to 1934. His first cap came in a 1–0 loss to Canada on June 27, 1925. His second came a year later, this time a 6–2 win over Canada in which Florie scored. Florie was not called into the national team for the 1928 Olympics, but was called up for the 1930 FIFA World Cup. He was named as the team captain as the U.S. went to the semifinals before falling to Argentina. His last national team game came in the first round loss to Italy in the 1934 FIFA World Cup.[3] He was the last player born in the 19th century who played at a world cup.

Florie was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1986.

International goals[edit]

United States' goal tally first

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. November 6, 1926 Brooklyn, United States  Canada 2–0 6–2 Friendly
2. July 13, 1930 Estadio Gran Parque Central, Montevideo, Uruguay  Belgium 2–0 3–0 1930 FIFA World Cup


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