National Soccer Hall of Fame Welcomes the Class of 2023
The National Soccer Hall of Fame inducted its 2023 class — DaMarcus Beasley, Landon Donovan, Jill Ellis, Lauren Cheney Holiday, Kate Sobrero Markgraf and Slavisa “Steve” Zungul — along with 2022 inductee Hope Solo.
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The Evolution Soccer
They Gathered to Play Football
American folklore asserts that Pilgrim Fathers, upon settling at Plymouth Rock found American Indians along the Massachusetts coast playing a form of soccer. The Indians called it “Pasuckquakkohowog,” which means “they gather to play football.”
First U.S. Organized Soccer Club is Formed
The Oneidas of Boston, the first organized soccer club in America, was formed by Gerritt Miller Smith.
The First Soccer Shin Guard
Sam Weller Widdowson modified cricket equipment to create the first soccer shin guard.
First U.S. National Soccer Team
Unofficially, the first U.S. national soccer team was constituted in 1885, when it played Canada in the first international match. Canada defeated the U.S., 1-0, in Newark, N.J.
U.S. Soccer Became a Member of FIFA
U.S. Soccer is granted membership into FIFA.
U.S. Played First Official International Match
The U.S. played its first official international match against Sweden in Stockholm, where the U.S. won 3-2.
U.S. Enters FIFA Men's World Cup
The U.S. entered the inaugural FIFA Men's World Cup, where the U.S reached the semi-finals, losing, 6-1, to Argentina.
U.S. Women's National Team Played First Match
The U.S. Women's National Team played its first match, losing 1-0 to Italy.
U.S. Women Won First FIFA World Cup
The U.S. Women's National Team won its first FIFA World Cup, defeating Norway, 2-1, in Guangzhou, China.
United States Played Host to FIFA Men's World Cup
The 1994 FIFA Men's World Cup is held in the United States for the first time.
First MLS Match is Played
The first Major League Soccer game is played, as the San Jose Clash defeated D.C. United before 31,000 fans at Spartan Stadium in San Jose, Calif.
Women's FIFA World Cup comes to United States
The 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup is held in the United States for the first time.
U.S. Women's National Team Won FIFA World Cup
The U.S. Women's National Team won its second FIFA World Cup, defeating China 0-0 (5-4 in penalty kicks) in Palo Alto, Calif.
First NSHOF Museum Opened
The first National Soccer Hall of Fame museum opened in Oneonta, New York.
All New Hall Of Fame Seating
South end zone seating will be installed and open to purchase for the upcoming 2018 season
Toyota Stadium Building Additions Opening
Toyota Stadium locker rooms, Lamar Hunt U.S Open Cup Hall of Fame club and terrace, roof structure, team store, box office and press conference areas completed
Russia to Host the 2018 FIFA Men's World Cup
Russia will offer international visitors the most dynamic possible experience of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
National Soccer Hall of Fame Opening Weekend
Hall of Fame Grand Opening: Celebration Concert, NSHOF Induction Ceremony & Hall of Fame Game
2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France
Make no mistake, France loves the World Cup. The country enjoyed its finest sporting hour when it hosted and won the FIFA World Cup™ in 1998, the second time the nation had welcomed the world finals, the first having come 60 years earlier. In 2019, it will provide the setting for yet another landmark event: the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
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