Treasures of eBay: ‘American Soccer’ MSX 2 Video Game

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Written By Chris Azzopardi

Treasures of eBay is a feature where we wade through the mountains of bollocks on eBay to bring you an auction we think is worth a second look.

Today’s treasure is American Soccer for the MSX 2 computer system with a minimum bid of $69.00 and an auction end on Jan 02, 2012 at 07:45:35 PST.

I’m American. I like soccer. I even liked soccer back in 1987, way before there was another attempt at a professional league (the NASL was already dead) and the only people who cared were pre-adolescents (which is what I was at the time). I liked computers, and I loved video games. I may or may not have wasted most of my waking hours trying to set off the most fireworks at the end of each Super Mario Brothers level, and I played every sports game I could get my hands on. But I did not, until just now, have any idea a game called “American Soccer”, released in 1987, existed.

That’s probably because the system for which this game was made didn’t dent the American market (I’m honestly not sure it was sold here). The MSX series of computers were huge in the country of their origin, Japan, as well as scattered other markets across the globe.

Excuse me why I attempt to reason out why a game called “American Soccer” would be made for a system not even sold in America…

Okay, I give up. Maybe the game was an echo of the NASL days, when the sport as played in the US actually had a bit of resonance elsewhere. Perhaps foreign markets were dazzled by the New York Cosmos and the like and the branding made sense on that level. Was this an NASL game that just happened to come out after the NASL disappeared?

Thankfully, the internet has everything, so I now know what a mid-80′s computer game called “American Soccer” looks like. Somewhat disappointingly, it looks like most sports video games from the era. Which is to say terrible.

I thought there would at least be an exploding eagle or two. Flag ball? No? Hmm…this game looks like it’s an indoor soccer game. Which actually makes a bit of sense. Not a last gasp of NASL relevance at all, but a nod to the odd indoor version of the game played in the US and almost no where else beginning in the late 70′s. “American Soccer” is just another way to say “Indoor Soccer.”

I never liked indoor soccer.

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