Soccer Almanac

American soccer writing, history & data.

ASL 1989 season

Feb. 18, 2022 |  Categories:  APSL   ASL  

Stability reigned in the American Soccer League as the same 10 teams returned for the 1989 season. In late April of 1989 David F. Prouty was named commissioner of the league replacing Chuck Blazer who resigned in January to become president of the Miami Sharks' franchise. In the first week of May, just two weeks into the season, Miami Sharks' owner, Dirceu Caria, fired Chuck Blazer. Caria criti...

Inaugural ASL 1988 season

Feb. 18, 2022 |  Categories:  APSL   ASL  

The idea for a new American Soccer League was born in the summer of 1986 when the USSF passed legislation calling for the formation of regional leagues. The Western Soccer Alliance formed on the West Coast and the ASL was created in the northeast. The ASL's founding commissioner was Chuck Blazer, the executive director of the USSF. Originally planned to start play in 1987, with only five franchise...

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