Rangers, Rovers & Spindles
by Roger Allaway
The popularity of soccer in the United States today can be traced to the blue collar, mostly immigrant, workers who brought the sport to America in the 1870’s and kept it alive for many decades while mainstream Americans were concentrating on other sports. The author provides the reader with a well-researched history of the impact of the immigrant worker on the textile industries of New England and New Jersey and how these skilled workers brought their love of soccer with them and made the sport part of the American culture. Allaway documents the great teams of these two regions and the impact they left for future generations and the development of the current great U.S. teams.