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Philly MLS 25: Indoor/outdoor star Matt Knowles was first Philadelphia-born player in MLS

As we count down the days until the MLS season begins, we will be looking at 25 players from greater Philadelphia who have made an impact on the league 25 years after the first ball was kicked. Read the rest of the series at

The career window for a professional soccer player doesn’t stay open long.

Before Major League Soccer, Philadelphia’s Matt Knowles spent most of his career grinding between the American Professional Soccer League and the National Professional Soccer League, both attempts at re-creating the early success of the NASL and MISL.