I’m still in shock at the loss of David Wangerin, even though he let those of us that were part of the same online message board that he was battling cancer and that his prospects did not look great.
Twitter and blogs have changed how soccer fans in the US follow the sport and talk to each other so much that it’s almost hard to think what it was like before. When David’s book came out it made such a huge difference for what was available on American soccer history—back when he was writing it, I had my own plans to become a historian and write about American soccer, and he was incredibly helpful in pointing me to archives to visit and people to talk to. And believe me, the work he did in putting together Soccer in a Football World was almost heroic considering the availability of resources.
David was kind enough to let me read some of it as he was writing it, and listened to my own thoughts and opinions. I’m proud to be thanked in the book’s introduction.
If you are even just a little interested in American soccer’s history and havent read his book, do so now. Some of his pieces for When Saturday Comes are available here.
In his post informing us of his health, he wrapped up by saying “Live every day, people. Live every fucking day.”
Amen, and thanks for making an impact on so many of us, David.
The author of an outstanding history of American soccer, “Soccer In a Football World”, passed away last night. David Wangerin, you will be missed sorely, thank you for your immense contribution to American soccer. RIP.