Ian Curtis

Ian Curtis is a Sports Columnist at Grit Daily. A sports and history buff, he has a penchant for memorizing useless trivia. He is based out of College Station, Texas.

Gone But Not Forgotten: The Legacy and Lessons of the NASL

This is the third and final article in a three-part series on the history of the NASL and its lasting impact on American soccer. Read parts one and two here to get the full story. The NASL has a lot in common with MLS, and the latter has built off of the league in countless ways. From business models to players, stadiums, and even the teams of MLS themselves, here’s how the NASL played a major role in the development of the newer league and American soccer as a whole.   Legacy Lives...

The Glorious Life and Painful Death of the NASL

This is the second piece in a series of articles on NASL and its effects on MLS and American soccer. Read part one here first, then be sure to read part three for the full story It’s 1975, and the New York Cosmos of the NASL have just signed PelĂ© himself. Immediately, the presence of the world’s most famous player brought immense media attention to the league. With that media attention came a respectability and acknowledgement from the soccer community, a sense that maybe the...

The Origin of the NASL and America’s First Soccer Boom

This is the first piece in a three-part series on the history of the NASL and its influence on MLS and soccer in America. Read parts two and three here in order to get the full story Soccer is and has been on the rise in the US, and it has earned its place as a major American sport. MLS continues to set attendance records and draw even more fans. Youth participation is still increasing. The signs are everywhere, and they have been for years. Granted, it isn’t all pleasant news. The USMNT...

Tarelton State to Move Up to D-I: Here’s What You Need to Know

To all of Division I: Watch out for the new kids in town. Tarleton State recently announced that they plan to make the jump to NCAA Division-I. According to a statement issued by the school, they will be joining the Western Athletic Conference. As the WAC does not sponsor football, the Texans will be competing as an FCS independent for the 2020 season. Here’s what this move could mean for the school and college sports landscape as a whole. Background Info First of all, Tarleton is good...

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