Our History


Scottish immigrants bring soccer to Kearny, NJ. (c. 1870)
John Harkes (right) of Sheffield Wednesday, the first American to play in the English Premier League. 1993.
Peter Millar (left) from Kearny to Buenos Aires, playing for Boca Juniors. 1964.
Scots-American Club, located at 40 Patterson St, Kearny, NJ, since 1931.

The roots of American soccer.

It was the immigrants of the 1870s that brought soccer to America. Many of them Scots who settled in Kearny, NJ and surrounding areas. Here, since the 1895, the Scots-Americans have been playing in their dark blue shirts.

The 5-in-a-row Champions of the old American Soccer League, from 1937 to the 1941, came after the official opening of the Scots-American Club in 1931, the members’ club and bar which stands to this day.

The Scots-American Athletic Club, with its long history of players who would go on to play for the USA internationally, and for famous clubs around the world, such as Boca Juniors. Thus is the story of one of Kearny’s most famous sons. Peter Millar would go on to play for the Buenos Aires giants after having played for the Kearny Scots.

Kearny would go onto produce the core of the USA 1994 World Cup Squad, with John Harkes becoming the first American to play in the English Premier League, and famously score the winner at Wembley in a League Cup final against Arsenal.

The long tradition and history serve to remind us where we came from, and where we are going. Creating an environment for talented local youths, no matter the background, to shine and get opportunities to play professionally.