USA 1967: When American soccer’s Summer of Love ended in tears – BBC News

Image copyright Hulton Archive/ Getty Images Image caption England celebrate prevailing the 1966 World cup finals final against West Germany

The World cup finals, the British Invasion, the Summer of Love, imported teams – and a bunch of US merchants looking to make a horse – generated a glowing seeing for professional football in 1960 s America … exclusively for it to quickly objective in tears.

When Geoff Hurst demolished his third aim into the ceiling of the West German net in 1966, he is not simply locked the World cup finals for England, he helped kick-start a bold plan to introduce the round ball version of football to America.

The venture propelled on this day 50 years ago, but was fronting an uncertain future really six weeks later.

The mid-1 960 s was the time of the so-called British Invasion of the US, when UK music, way, photography, drama and other artistic skills were in big request Stateside.

That movement coincided with the advent of fledgling satellite TV engineering, which lighted the football World cup finals in England to a captivated video audience on the other side of the Atlantic.