To tell the history of soccer in Boston is mostly to tell the history of soccer in nearby cities and towns. Owing to a lack of available land, among other matters, the city has struggled to provide a suitable home for the beautiful game. The good news is that soccer’s fortune has been inextricably linked to the arrival of immigrants and member of the world’s diaspora in the greater Boston especially, since the very beginning.
The U.S. might still be looking for a top-tier soccer league if not for the 1994 World Cup. It is not an understatement to say that American soccer changed forever that summer. Foxboro Stadium played host to six of the 52 games. Average attendance was 54,022, which exceeded the stadium’s capacity for soccer. The stadium was the site of eventual runners-up Italy’s games in the round of 16 and the quarterfinals. And another World Cup is coming back to the Greater Boston. We are talking about the Diaspora World Cup. The Diaspora World Cup is a global organization committed to eradicate illiteracy in the world through the Power of Soccer. Many members of the Diaspora are participating as a player, a coach or a volunteer.