The Run of Play is a blog about
the wonder and terror of soccer.
We left the window open during a match in October 2007 and a strange wind blew into the room.
Now we walk the forgotten byways of football with a lonely tread, searching for the beautiful, the bewildering, the haunting, and the absurd.
America in the 1920s. Ticker tape is flying over Wall Street, jazz is pouring out of speakeasies, and professional soccer is booming. Thousands of fans flock to see teams like the Chicago Bricklayers and Bethlehem Steel F.C.
This is a serial novel about the golden age of American soccer, seen through the eyes of one hard-luck club at the moment before it all fell apart...