In 2014 we began researching and writing a book about Minnesota United FC’s season. The idea was simple: to create a venue for the long-form stories in and around the team that couldn’t be found in the newspaper or online. Though it provides a snapshot of each match we wanted more than just an almanac. And so, in 2015 we published The Complete Darkness with news that had never been published, stories that had never been told, and data that had not been seen outside training rooms.
Byline Press was born out of a desire to fill the negative space of American soccer storytelling. American soccer fans are rabid and voracious readers out of necessity; we never see our teams on TV and at times we have to pray for our local newspapers to give them inches. We turned to the internet, started blogs, and developed networks over twitter. But these virtual spaces have a natural limit in their story-telling abilities. Our books are written to tell the stories that cannot be told elsewhere and to give readers the long pause of finally being able to pour over one, long story rather than desperately searching for the next link. Our goal is to partner with those fans and with the writers in soccer markets throughout the US and Canada.