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Beşiktaş may have played a role in “Why America never fell in love with soccer (!)

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Why America never fell in love with soccer

By James Montague, CNN

“In 1950 we played Besiktas of Istanbul, in St. Louis. They beat us badly, 5-0. It was a tryout as much as anything, and then we faced an English select team with Stanley Matthews playing, in New York, and they won 1-0. Those were the first times the World Cup team played together. The next day we left for Brazil. It took us two and a half days to get down there!”

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