Alternate History Sports

You are not logged in. Would you like to login or register?



11/02/2023 5:39 pm  #341


Re: All-American Association Football League

American Football Association Cup 1917 - Eastern Region
Burlington Green Mountainmen pulled off a huge upset in the first round over Old Nassau 1869. Otherwise, things typically followed the seedings, with the other Top 4 seeds – Kearny Caledonians, defending champion Philadelphia Sports Club, and Baltimore Bannerets - all making it to the regional semifinals.  Brooklyn Bridegrooms took the final spot and upset Kearny to reach the final.  Philadelphia Sports Club edged Baltimore Bannerets to return to the regional final. The game is scheduled to take place at Eastern Park in Brooklyn.


 
 

11/05/2023 3:12 pm  #342


Re: All-American Association Football League

American Football Association Cup 1917 - Eastern Region Final
In the Eastern Region Final, things looked grim for the defending champions when the host Bridegrooms opened the scoring with a screaming free kick from Payton Calhoun.  Philadelphia responded a scant two minutes later with a misplaced corner kick by Howard Arnold.  Best put Sports in the lead with a long range individual run, only to see Brooklyn draw level with a headball from Jay Holder.  Sports retook the lead when Jacob Meadows wove his way through the Brooklyn defense and then played 1-2 off of Tom Norris.  Near the expiration of the first half, Melvin Cannon delivered one of his namesake long-range shots for the equalizer.  

Three minutes into the second half, Cooper Stein closed the scoring after collecting a long diagonal ball from Arnold than put him one-on-one with the ‘Grooms keeper Day.  Things were chippy for the rest of the half with no further good chances for either side.



 
     Thread Starter
 

11/13/2023 3:47 pm  #343


Re: All-American Association Football League

American Football Association Cup 1917 – Midwest Region

Upsets ruled the day in the Midwest Region of the AFA Cup.  Perennial powerhouse Milwaukee Brewmasters were dropped by St. Louis Crociati in the first round.  The Cleveland Longlegs might be getting promoted to the Ultimate Division, but they were knocked down by Madison Iceboats.  The Iceboats proceeded to take down Mound City before eventually falling to another big surprise, Muskegon Clearcutters.  The Clearcutters shocked the Indianapolis Speedsters, and they then followed with a victory of the Penultimate-demoted St. Paul Boreads.  Muskegon’s luck ran out when they faced Milwaukee Cream City in the Region Semi-Final.

On the other side of the bracket, the resurgent and newly-promoted Chicago West Side Kicks blazed their path to the Region Final.  The luck of the draw had most of the Buckeye State entrants grouped together.  The Mid-American Regional’s Toledo Glassmakers shocked the Ultimate Division’s Akron Vulcanites, then eked out a victory over the Penultimate’s Columbus Arches, before downing the Ultimate’s Cleveland Forest in the Region Semi-final.  The Cinderella run came to a halt in Chicago as the West Side Kicks triumphed 2-1.
 


 
     Thread Starter
 

3/03/2024 11:16 am  #344


Re: All-American Association Football League

American Football Association Cup 1917 – Midwest Region Final

In the Midwest Regional Final, the Chicago West Side Kicks were host to their nearby rival, Milwaukee Cream City FC.  A large contingent of Milwaukee fans took the relatively short train ride down to West Side Park to see the battle. The local boys from the Windy City were feeling quite confident after topping the Penultimate Division to make an immediate return to the Ultimate.  Cream City had suffered a disappointing fall season, being only 2 points from a relegation spot, but they turned things around in the spring to climb up to a respectable 8th place.  Tensions were high in the stands and on the field as well.  Almost from the opening kickoff, brutal fouls were the rule of the day.  It was an ugly affair with no flow to the game.  The match was mainly played in the midfield.  Any budding attacks were quickly squelched with hard and usually illegal tackles.  One such tackle in the 21st minute led to Cream City free kick some twenty-five yards out.  The hulking Paul Tanner was brough forward to take the free kick.  With his powerful left foot, he smashed the ball towards the far post, but it deflected off of the head of Chicago’s Caden Brandt and was redirected to the near post.  Goalkeeper Robert Wills never had a chance.  Brandt, for his part, was prone on the field for a few minutes.  Smelling salts revived him, but Brandt was still dazed and was ineffectual for the rest of the match.  Hard play continued into the second half as Chicago looked for the equalizer.  In the dying minutes, the entire West Side Kicks squad was in the penalty area for a corner kick.  After pinballing around, the ball came to Micah Ford who launched a rocket from deep in his own half into the empty Chicago goal to seal the win.


 


 
     Thread Starter
 

3/08/2024 9:21 am  #345


Re: All-American Association Football League

American Football Association Cup 1917 – Western Region Final
In the Western Region, perennial powers Los Angeles Pumpjacks, Alameda Nightstalkers, and Tacoma Olympians all advanced to the Region semi-finals.  The young Phoenix Helios club made a surprising run to the semi-finals as well.  Both of the semi-finals were won by one-goal margins, setting up the final at the Oil Field in Los Angeles between the defending champion Pumpjacks and the Tacoma Olympians.
 
Hopes were high at the Oil Field for a repeat title for the Pumpjacks.  After having narrowly secured the Regional Division title, the Pumpjacks were looking to cement their unquestioned dominance of the west.  The Pumpjacks’ lethal center forward Ralph Noble opened up the scoring in the 19th minute with a dazzling display of footwork through the Olympians’ penalty area leading to a neatly placed ball inside of the far post.  Noble then set up Easton Christensen with a tricky heel pass which the Inside Right buried in the upper corner.
 
After the halftime pause, Tacoma came out pressing all over the pitch.  While Olympians’ intensity could not be doubted, their discipline could be questioned.  After overloading while the Pumpjacks worked the ball on the right side, they left a massive opening on the left side, into which a long ball from Right Fullback found an unmarked Left Halfback Marlon Pennington.  Nobody could catch the speedy Pennington as he dribbled unimpeded from the halfway line and swerved around the hapless Jim Simms for the third goal.
 
Hope rose in the hearts of the Tacoma supporters when Will Schaefer converted a penalty kick after being dragged down.  Fear formed in the hearts of the Pumpjacks fans when Sherman Dwyer headed in a corner kick to narrow the margin to a single goal.  Despite repeated assaults on the Pumpjacks’ goal, Tacoma could not get anything past Willy Rice for the remainder the match.

 

Last edited by Goldengoose05 (3/08/2024 9:21 am)


 
     Thread Starter
 

3/08/2024 3:46 pm  #346


Re: All-American Association Football League

I am so impressed with how you have build the AFA and the league for that matter, can't wait to see how the US players do in the world cup.





 

3/14/2024 9:57 pm  #347


Re: All-American Association Football League

American Football Association Cup 1917 – South Region Final
The preliminary rounds went mostly as expected with the three of the top four seeds reaching the Region Semi-Finals.  The Chattanooga Switchmen were the only one of the top four to not advance, falling in a crushing 4-1 loss to Oklahoma City.  The Windstorms’ success was short-lived as Dallas trounced them in the Quarter-Finals.  Regional Division champion Nashville Athenians continued on their path towards a second title by then taking down the Cotton Bolls 4-2. 
 
On the other side of the bracket, Charlotte Coronets took down the defending Region titlist Memphis Americans in the first round and then trounced Tulsa Oilstrikers.   Birmingham only snuck by Houston Texian FC and Little Rock Arsenal by one-goal margins.  The Baronets’ luck ran out in the semi-final as they suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat to the Coronets.
 
In the South Region Final, the Athenium was packed with Athenian fans, in either expectation of another title for the year.  The raucous crowd was quickly quieted when Brandon Huang opened the scoring with a left-footed strike in the first minute.  The lead doubled six minutes later after a Douglas Sullivan free kick.  The Athenians got over their shock and pulled a goal back when Brice Ross slotted a pinpoint pass from Willy Lewis into the Coronets’ net.  Hope was dashed when Art Roach responded nine minutes later with a thundering volley.  Hope was quashed when Roach struck again three minutes before halftime.  The second half saw the Coronets come out in an unyielding defensive pose in order to keep the scoreline unchanged.  It was a second consecutive Region Final loss for the Athenians and a denial of their attempt for a “title two-step.”


Last edited by Goldengoose05 (3/14/2024 9:58 pm)


 
     Thread Starter
 

Today 8:51 am  #348


Re: All-American Association Football League

American Football Association Cup 1917 – Semi-Finals
At the headquarters of the American Football Association, the draw was held for the four region champions in order to set the semi-final pairings.  Milwaukee Cream City FC (Midwest) and the defending champion Philadelphia Sports Club (East) were the lottery winners of hosting honors.  Los Angeles Pumpjacks (West) would travel to the Brew City while the Charlotte Coronets would visit the City of Brotherly Love.



At Borchert Field, the visiting Pumpjacks were first on the scoreboard courtesy of a long range cannon shot by Outside Right Rolando Halloway.  The home side netted the equalizer ten minutes later on a rebound by Cream City’s own Outside Right John Wilkerson.  The game winner came another ten minutes later when the Pumpjacks’ Douglas Buchanan blasted a free kick through the Cream City wall.



At the venerable Columbia Park in Philadelphia, the local fanatics were in frenzied form in eager anticipation of another AFA Cup.  Charlotte deflated those hopes when Inside Right John Rice found an opening and bent a curving shot outside of the grasp of the Sports’ keeper Simon Witney.  Philadelphia answered nine minutes later when Max Pham put a looping header over the helpless Jason Ryan in the Coronets’ goal.  Charlotte retook the lead when a poor cross from Outside Left Willy Lewis turned into a spectacular shot courtesy of a big wind gust.  The Coronets ended the scoring scant seconds before the halftime whistle when Atticus Cantrell converted the penalty kick assessed for Sports’ Peter Clay’s ill-timed tackle of the Charlotte Center Forward Brice Ross.



 


 
     Thread Starter
 

Board footera

 

Powered by Boardhost. Create a Free Forum