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Tommy Florie
Personal information
Full name Thomas Florie
Date of birth September 6, 1897(1897-09-06)
Place of birth    Harrison, New Jersey, United States
Date of death    April 26, 1966 (aged 68)
Place of death    North Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Playing position Forward
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1921-1922
1922-1924
1924-1928
1928-1931
Spring 1931
Fall 1931-1932
1932-1934
1934-
Harrison
American
Providence Clamdiggers / Gold Bugs
New Bedford Whalers II
Fall River F.C.
New Bedford Whalers III
Pawtucket Rangers
Pawtucket F.C.
003 0(0)

166 (63)
121 (47)
006 0(1)
019 (15)
   
National team
1925-1934 United States 008 0(2)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Thomas Florie (September 6, 1897 in Harrison, NJ – April 26, 1966 in North Providence, RI) was an American soccer forward. He played in both the first and second American Soccer Leagues, winning two U.S. Open Cup titles. Florie was also a member of the United States men's national soccer team at the 1930 and 1934 FIFA World Cup. He was inducted into the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1986.

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Early career

Born in New Jersey to Italian immigrant parents, Florie played soccer as a youth, but service in the Navy during World War I delayed the start of his career. In 1922, Florie signed with Harrison F.C. of the American Soccer League. However, he only played three games before leaving Harrison to play for American A.A. in the West Hudson Amateur League.[1]

American Soccer League

In 1924, Florie returned to the ASL when he signed with the Providence Clamdiggers. He quickly established himself as one of the top wing forwards in the league. In 1928, he began the season with Providence, now known as the Gold Bugs, before moving to New Bedford Whalers II. He later joined Fall River F.C. but, the team only lasted the spring season before merging with the New York Yankees to become New Bedford Whalers III. In 1932, the Whalers defeated Stix, Baer and Fuller F.C., 8-5 on aggregate in the National Challenge Cup final. Florie scored one goal in each of the two games.[2] Despite this victory, the Whalers collapsed that fall, followed soon after by the entire league. Florie then moved to the Pawtucket Rangers which had jumped to the second American Soccer League. In 1934, Florie was on the losing side in the U.S. Open Cup when the Rangers fell to Stix, Baer and Fuller in three games.[2] By that time, the Rangers had left the ASL. In 1941, Florie won his second Open Cup when Pawtucket F.C. defeated Detroit Chrysler, 8-5 on aggregate, with Florie scoring one goal.[2]

National team

Florie earned eight caps, scoring two goals, with the U.S. national team from 1925 to 1934. His first cap came in a 1-0 loss to Canada on June 27, 1925. His second came a year later, this time a 6-2 win over Canada in which Florie scored. Florie was not called into the national team for the 1928 Olympics, but was called up for the 1930 FIFA World Cup. He was named as the team captain as the U.S. went to the semifinals before falling to Argentina. His last national team game came in the first round loss to Italy in the 1934 FIFA World Cup.[3]

Florie was inducted in to the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1986.

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