by Lynn Berling-Manuel, Soccer America
...It started with the excitement of Japan and Korea during the 2002 World Cup and culminates with "The Travelers' Guide to American Soccer," a great new resource for U.S. Soccer fans. Take a look at it by visiting www.dansoccerzone.com/SoccerGuide'. Near the end of July 2002, super fans Mark Coker, Bill Fetty and BigDog decided to begin gathering information for a travel guide to soccer in the United States. The first entry completed was Charleston, SC, by Fetty in August. A guide to Charlotte, NC quickly followed. From there the request for help on the project moved to the Internet and there's been no looking back. A dozen fans have contributed their insights, recommendations, likes and dislikes about America's soccer communities. Each city has a separate entry, with information that includes an overciew of the city and its soccer history, team history, stadium info, team contact info, ticket prices, directions to stadium/parking, concessions, memorabilie, general team atmosphere, as well a a guide to recommended soccer-friendly pubs, restaurants, and lodging information. Contributors for the project have come from far and wide, and the site will be a continual work in progress. Dan Barnes, operator of a-league.com and usldiscussions.com as well as dansoccerzone.com, stepped in to give the project a digital home as the information came in over the weeks and months. Eventually its founders hope to publish the guide in book form with all proceeds going to the U. S. Soccer Foundation. Congratulations to all on this ambitious project...