In the seventies, a new force emerged in the city of Philadelphia. A force that not only represented the city on the field but also captured the hearts of the people of Philadelphia and the entire nation. That force was the Philadelphia Atoms.
The Atoms were an American soccer team based in Philadelphia that played in the North American Soccer League (NASL) before they went defunct. They played their home games at Veterans Stadium (1973–75) and Franklin Field (1976), and their club colors were blue and white. The team was founded by Philadelphia construction mogul Thomas McCloskey in 1973 at the urging of Kansas City Chiefs and Dallas Tornado owner Lamar Hunt.
Playing a largely American lineup, they won the NASL title in their first year of existence by defeating Hunt’s Dallas club 2-0. After this championship match, Philadelphia goalkeeper and Ridley Park, Pennsylvania native Bob Rigby became the first soccer player to be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
The Philadelphia Atoms represented not just a team, but a symbol of the city’s passion for soccer and the determination to succeed. They were a shining example of what can be achieved when a group of individuals come together and work towards a common goal. The National Soccer League (NSL) has recognized the significance of the Philadelphia Atoms and is committed to relaunching the team.
The NSL plans to revive the Philadelphia Atoms, bringing back the iconic team to represent Philadelphia in the league. The NSL is excited to honor the legacy of the Atoms and provide soccer fans in Philadelphia with a team that they can rally behind.
The NSL’s relaunch of the Philadelphia Atoms is not just about bringing back a team from the past. It’s about creating a new chapter in the city’s soccer history. The NSL’s commitment to the Atoms’ relaunch is a sign of the league’s dedication to expanding soccer in the United States and to providing more opportunities for American soccer players.
As the NSL works towards the relaunch of the Philadelphia Atoms, they are also committed to maintaining the legacy of the original team. The NSL recognizes the significance of the Philadelphia Atoms to the city of Philadelphia and to American soccer as a whole. The NSL will work to ensure that the new team captures the spirit of the original Atoms and represents the city with pride and passion.
The relaunch of the Philadelphia Atoms is an exciting development for American soccer and for the city of Philadelphia. The NSL is committed to making the Philadelphia Atoms a successful team that represents the city’s soccer culture and values. With the Atoms’ rich history and the NSL’s dedication to their revival, soccer fans in Philadelphia have much to look forward to.