We’ve seen some fine Instagrams of XI Quarterly issue one as it has been dropping in subscribers’ mailboxes for the past couple of weeks, but this is one of our favorites.
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Issue One of XI, a North American soccer quarterly, released last week.
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Mexican captain Monica Gonzalez pictured above shaking hands with USWNT captain Kristine Lilly at an October 2005 international at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston. Born in Corpus Christi, Texas, in issue one of XI Quarterly she talks to Jeff Kassouf about her experiences as an American-born star for the Mexican national women’s soccer team.
“I can tell you right now, I never would have gotten 89 caps [with the U.S.].” Gonzalez says. “Never.”
Photo Credit: Scott Bales/YCJ
The International Soccer League was an early 1960s venture by Bill Cox, with most of the games held in New York - see this series on Pitch Invasion for more!
Issue two of XI is themed around “Americans Abroad.” This newspaper headline from the Sunday Call in Newark centers around a tour organized by United States Football Association (forerunner of today’s US Soccer) to Scandinavia, the first ever overseas by an American representative team.
The 14-man team drawn from from clubs in Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania played six games in Norway and Sweden: they won three games, tied two and lost one.
Gil Heron, father of Gil Scott-Heron, playing for Celtic in the early 1950s, the first black player to turn out for their first team.
Decades later, fans would turn up to Gil Scott-Heron’s shows wearing Celtic colors, though the poet-singer was estranged from his father until he was 26, due to his move from Chicago to Glasgow to play for Celtic.
A rather remarkable shot from the 1950s of the St. Andrews Scots of Michigan, a force in the US Open Cup during that decade.
In the late 1970s Johan Cruyff came to America, playing two exhibition games for the New York Cosmos and then in three tumultuous NASL seasons for the Los Angeles Aztecs and Washington Diplomats that helped shape the Dutch legend’s future.
In issue one of XI, Pieter van Os and Leander Schaerlaeckens tell that story in full for the first time in English:
Legendarily hubristic, cocksure, singularly combative and ruthless, Cruyff was forever embroiled in power struggles or embarking on ideological crusades. If his talent for manipulating a ball and orchestrating an offense was immense, it was (and is) dwarfed by his capacity for inciting conflict and playing mind games.
But the Dips didn’t know any of that yet. In 1980, all they knew was that they’d landed the player considered one of the greatest of all time for his second season in the now-defunct North American Soccer League.
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