1928–29 American Soccer League
Statistics of American Soccer League in season 1928-29.
The first half of the 1928-29 season began on September 1, 1928. This season saw the onset of the Soccer War., a struggle between the American Soccer League and the United States Football Association for control of the sport. It began when the league boycotted the National Challenge Cup in September 1928. Within a week, three ASL teams, Bethlehem Steel, Newark Skeeters and New York Giants, defied the boycott and entered the cup. On September 24, 1928, Bill Cunningham, president of the American Soccer League, suspended the three teams and fined them each $1000.00. In response, the USFA helped create a competing league, the Eastern Professional Soccer League which included the three teams suspended by the ASL, as well as teams from the Southern New York Soccer Association and the newly created New York Hakoah. In a bizarre twist, the first half of the season ended for some teams as early as December 25, 1928, and for others as late as January 13, 1929. The second half of the season then began on December 29, 1928, for some team and for other, not until January 5 or January 13, 1929. This created a situation in which some teams were still playing first half games while other teams were playing their second half games.
In December 1928, the league admitted Jersey City as the league's ninth team for the second season. Jersey City made it seven games into the second half before withdrawing from the league and disbanding. Then on March 23, 1929, J&P Coats also withdrew from the league following its victory over Brooklyn that day. The team came under new ownership which renamed it the Pawtucket Rangers and re-entered the league, taking J&P Coats' record and position in the standings. The team played its first game, a 2-1 loss to Fall River on March 30, 1929. The league had one last team withdrew when the New Bedford Whalers left the league and jumped to the Eastern Professional Soccer League after its 4-0 victory over Boston on March 17, 1929. The Fall River Marksmen topped the standings in both the first and second half of the season and were declared league champion.
- Percentage is a percentage of games won to games played.
|1||Fall River Marksmen||31||17||9||5||64||36||43||.694|
|3||New York Nationals||29||13||8||8||70||53||34||.586|
|5||New Bedford Whalers||29||11||6||12||51||47||28||.483|
|9||New York Giants||8||3||2||3||15||17||8||.500|
|1||Fall River Marksmen||22||11||6||5||38||24||28||.636|
|3||J&P Coats /
Pawtucket Rangers[Note 1]
|4||New York Nationals||21||8||7||6||68||55||23||.548|
|8||New Bedford Whalers[Note 2]||14||7||1||6||37||28||15||.360|
|9||Jersey City[Note 3]||7||2||0||5||11||23||4||.286|
- Team played 18 games as J&P Coats and 7 games as the Pawtucket Rangers.
- Withdrew from the ASL after March 17, 1929, and entered the Eastern Professional Soccer League.
- Withdrew following February 10, 1929, loss to Providence.
|January 5–20||January 26 - February 3|
|MA||New Bedford Whalers||1-3|
|MA||Fall River Marksmen||1-2|
|MA||New Bedford Whalers||3-2-2|
|NY||New York Nationals||2-2-4|
|NY||New York Nationals||5-3|
|New Bedford Whalers||1-1||Fall River Marksmen|
|Mike McLeavy 9'||79' Alex McNab|
|Fall River Marksmen||2-3||New Bedford Whalers|
Denis Doyle 79' OG
| Sam Kennedy|
80' Sam Chedgzoy
New Bedford advances 4-3 on aggregate.
|New York Nationals||5-5||Brooklyn Wanderers|
| Bobby Curtis |
|Brooklyn Wanderers||2-3||New York Nationals|
|Frank Toner 48' 53'||27' 33' 43' John Nelson|
New York advances 8-7 on aggregate.
|New Bedford Whalers||3-2||New York Nationals|
|Sam Chedgzoy 10'
Mike McLeavy 30'
Jimmy Howieson 82'
|43' John Nelson|
|New York Nationals||2-1||New Bedford Whalers|
|Hookey Leonard||Sam Kennedy|
|New York Nationals||4-2||New Bedford Whalers|
|Jimmy Gallagher 56' 73'
John Nelson 79'
| 46' Sam Chedgzoy|
|1||Janos Nehadoma||Brooklyn Wanderers||48||43|
|3||John Nelson||J&P Coats||43||39|
|5||Hookey Leonard||New York Nationals||50||31|
|6||Sam Kennedy||J&P Coats||37||23|
|Tec White||Fall River Marksmen||49||22|
|9||Bart McGhee||New York Nationals||30||19|
|10||Herbert Carlsson||New York Nationals||45||18|
|11||Leslie Lyell||Brooklyn Wanderers||45||17|
|12||Billy Adair||Brooklyn Wanderers||43||16|
|14||David Robertson||Brooklyn Wanderers||38||15|
|15||Jerry Best||New Bedford Whalers||30||14|
|18||Bobby Curtis||Brooklyn Wanderers||41||12|
|Pete Fitzpatrick||New York Giants||43||11|