Fall River Marksmen soccer team turns 100 years old


Fall RIVER — When Derek Goncalves was a teen, he and his good friends would shell out their times kicking a soccer ball about a area off Shove Avenue in Tiverton. It was a largely abandoned plot apart from for the Ponta Delgada Club nearby, perfect for acquiring in some practice — but it was personal residence, and they weren’t there with permission. 

“One working day it bought locked up,” Goncalves mentioned. “They place up a fence — it claimed ‘No trespassing.’” 

He went again residence in Slide River and, currently being curious, randomly searched the web for information and facts about that location. He found out that he and his buddies had been enjoying on hallowed ground. 

That field experienced after been the residence of the Fall River Marksmen, the web page of Mark’s Stadium — the two legendary in the world of U.S. professional soccer. To this working day, it is nevertheless thought of a person of the finest soccer teams that has ever existed in The usa, bred numerous Corridor of Famers and Entire world Cup champions, with a historic stadium that outdrew the Boston Purple Sox in its time. No trace of this had been left. And inspite of possessing lived in Fall River his whole lifestyle and being a soccer enthusiast, it was the to start with Goncalves experienced listened to of it. 

“I had no strategy,” he stated. “I experienced zero clue.” 

The Fall River Football Club, later known as the Marksmen, pose for a group photo at Mark's Stadium in Tiverton in 1922.

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Specifically 100 a long time in the past, the Marksmen soccer crew, as history understands it, was born.  

Although these times pro soccer struggles to attain interest in the United States, the sporting activities world seemed substantially various in the 1920s. The NFL barely existed and American football was a sport primarily played at the superior school and university degrees. Not significantly guiding baseball, soccer was one particular of the most popular sporting activities, specifically on the East Coast. 


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