[OBITUARY] Author and journalist David Wangerin, whose books included “Soccer in the FootballWorld” and “DistantCorners,” which detailed the colorful history of soccer in the USA, died on June 29.
Born in Chicago and raised in Wisconsin, Wangerin was a contributor to British monthly When Saturday Comes, which also published the first edition of “Soccer in the Football World: The Story ofAmerica’s Forgotten Game.”
“His books on the U.S. are valuable works of scholarship as well as highly pleasing reads, but more importantly he had a humanity and atotal lack of cynicism that shone through in all his writing,” stated Mike Ticher of When Saturday Comes.
Soccer America’s assessmentof “Soccer in theFootball World” upon its release in 2006 was: “David Wangerin has done a great service by providing this enlightening and pleasing account of the fascinating characters and uniquecircumstances that have defined U.S. soccer for almost a century. … A comprehensive and engaging tour through the roller-coaster history of the American game.”
Wangerin updated thebook in its second edition in 2008 and in 2011 followed up with “Distant Corners: American Soccer’s History of Missed Opportunities and Lost Cause.”
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