1933 National Challenge Cup

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The 1933 National Challenge Cup was the annual open cup held by the United States Football Association now known as the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. As in 1931, the ASL teams played a round robin format instead of direct knockout games. The five New York team formed the Metropolitan group. The New England group included the three remaining ASL teams along with Victoria Mills of the Southern New England Association who qualified by defeating Fairlawn Rovers. The Round Robin was somewhat unpopular because of the methods used. Despite a league setup, games tied at the end of regulation were to go into overtime. In the event of a tie in the standings, goal average was used to break the tie. A slight controversy ensued when a game between Boston and Fall River was called at the 78th minute with the score 0-0. Fall River later forfeited the replay leaving Boston tied for first with Pawtucket. The Rangers advanced on better goal average leaving Boston unable to make up the difference in a replay with Fall River or a playoff with Pawtucket. In the West it was business as usual with the standard knockout procedure and the Stix of St. Louis making their second of what would be six consecutive trips to the national final. Other highlights include Bert Patenaude's five goal performance against Fairhill in the First German Club's first round match on January 14.

Eastern Division[edit]

First round Second round Semi-finals Final
                           
February 5 - Brooklyn            
 German Hungarians  w/o
February 26/March 5 - New York
 Brooklyn Celtics    
 German Hungarians  1-4
January 15 - Newark
   Swanton F.C.  1-0  
 Swanton F.C.  3
March 27 - New York
 Trenton Highlanders  1  
 German Hungarians  0
January 7 - February 19
   Pawtucket Rangers  5  
 Pawtucket Rangers  1st
 Boston SC  2nd  
 Pawtucket Rangers  
   Won Round Robin    
 Fall River FC  3rd
April 1, 2
 Victoria Mills  4th  
 Pawtucket Rangers  4-1
January 14, 21 - Philadelphia
   New York Americans  2-4
 German Americans  6-2
February 25 - Philadelphia
 Fairhill  5-1  
 German Americans  3
January 15 - Baltimore
   Baltimore Canton  2  
 Baltimore Canton  4
March 11, 12
 Bethlehem Steel  1  
 German Americans  0-2
January 8 - February 22
   New York Americans  1-3  
 New York Americans  1st
 New York Field Club  2nd  
 New York Americans  
   Won Round Robin    
 Hakoah All-Stars  3rd
 Brooklyn Wanderers  4th  

Western Division[edit]

First round Second round Semi-finals Final
                           
January 22 - St. Louis            
 Stix  4
February 12 - St. Louis
 Coca-Colas  1  
 Stix  10
January 22 - Milwaukee
   Jugo-Slavs  1  
 Deutscher Sport Club  0
February 26/March 12 - St. Louis
 Jugo-Slavs  1  
 Stix  1-4b
January 15 - St. Louis
   Andersons  2-1  
 Andersons  3
February 19 - St. Louis
 Ben Millers  2  
 Andersons  7
January 22,29/February 5 - Detroit
   Sons of Malta  1  
 Maccabee All-Stars  4a
March 19, 26
 Sons of Malta  6  
 Stix  7-1
January 22 - Chicago
   Chicago Sparta  3-0
 Chicago Sparta  2
February 19 - Chicago
 Norwegian Americans  1  
 Chicago Sparta  2
February 5 - Chicago
   Swedish Americans  0  
 Chicago Bricklayers  1
February 26 - Chicago
 Swedish Americans  2  
 Chicago Sparta  1
January 22 - Pittsburgh
   Cleveland Slavia  0  
 Pittsburgh Curry  4
February 19 - Pittsburgh
 Cleveland Shamrocks  0  
 Pittsburgh Curry  1
January 22 - Cleveland
   Cleveland Slavia  3  
 Cleveland Slavia  4
 Buffalo German  1  

a) aggregate after 3 games
b) replayed after protest

Round Robin Groups

Metropolitan Pts GP W L GF GA Dif Perc
1 New York Americans 12 4 4 0 14 5 +9 1.000
2 New York Field Club 6 4 3 1 9 3 +6 .750
3 Hakoah All-Stars 4 4 2 2 9 5 +4 .500
4 Brooklyn Wanderers 0 3 0 3 3 10 -7 .000
5 Bohemian Queens 0 3 0 3 3 15 -12 .000
New England Pts GP W L GF GA Dif Perc
1 Pawtucket Rangers 8 6 4 2 26 13 +13 .666
2 Boston SC 8 6 4 2 10 11 -1 .666
3 Fall River FC 4 6 2 4 9 12 -3 .333
4 Victoria Mills 4 6 2 4 11 20 -9 .333

Final[edit]

First game[edit]

April 16, 1933
Stix, Baer and Fuller F.C. (MO) 1–0 New York Americans (NY)
47' Willie McLean
Sportsman’s Park; St. Louis, Missouri
Attendance: 15,200
Referee: Dave Evans

Second game[edit]

April 23, 1933
New York Americans (NY) 1–2 Stix, Baer and Fuller F.C. (MO)
Michaels 15' Willie McLean
83' Werner Nilsen
Starlight Park; Bronx, New York
Attendance: 4200
Referee: Patrick Howley

Source[edit]

  • St. Louis Post-Dispatch