The Librarian: Soccer Fever
I've been cashing in a gang of Amazon.com gift cards over the past few weeks in hopes of fattening up the rare books room in The Largest Collection of Soccer-Related Literature in Eastern Monmouth County™. Pictured above is a priceless relic I was able to pick up for less than $5 (the Tacoma Public Library's trash is my treasure). It's Soccer Fever: A Year with the San Jose Earthquakes and the year in question is 1975; Pele had come to New York, Jimmy "Wee Jinky" Johnstone was a 'Quake and for a brief period America was truly, madly, deeply in love with footie.
So far it's been like written version of a time capsule, particularly the mentions of the go-go boot clad cheerleaders known as The Shakers. But now I'd love to see someone spend a year with the modern Earthquakes just for the sake of comparison. If you're a San Jose fan or just have an interest in the history of the game in the U.S. I'd highly recommend trying to track down a copy.
If you are looking for more NASL goodness check out DaveBrett.com for an obscene amount of Gerald Ford-era footie knowledge. If it happened on the pitch & in a pair of plumb-smugglers, chances are this guy has it on tape.