Friday, November 8, 2013

8 November 1925 - A Stark Contrast

On 8 November 1925, Archie Stark made his second and last international appearance, scoring five for the US in a 6-1 win over Canada.

The forward had just come off an incredible 1924-25 season for Bethlehem Steel, scoring 70 goals in 46 appearances across all competitions (67 of those came in his 44 league games). That June, near the end of the season, he got his first cap in a 1-0 loss to Canada in Montreal.

For their next game, the US hosted Canada in Brooklyn, where Stark returned to the national team's starting line-up. There, he regained his club form from the previous season, scoring five goals as the US won 6-1 (Davey Brown scored the other for the US, while Canada's goal came from Gordon Burness).

He went on to have another strong season for Bethlehem Steel, scoring 54 goals in 45 games. The US invited him to join the squad for the 1930 World Cup, but he declined because he was engaged in a new business venture following the dissolution of Bethlehem Steel earlier that year.

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