Home-grown soccer stars are at last making it in the pros
"This is a soccer ball."
Spokesman announcing to the press the formation of a professional soccer league in the United States, 1966
Now no introductions are necessary. In the land of baseball, football and basketball, the once funny-looking, 32-faceted, black-and-white soccer ball is a familiar sight, booted about schoolyards, dribbled across suburban greensward. And, finally, the international accents of professional soccer have taken on a definite American lilt as native-born players break into lineups long the preserve of the visa brigade.