1948 National Challenge Cup

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The 1948 National Challenge Cup was the 35th edition of the United States open soccer championship. The tournament had many delays due to weather in the eastern division and by the time Brookhattan had won the eastern final it had to put off playing the national final to entertain touring Liverpool F.C.. The championship game was further put off when a number of Simpkins players had US Olympic commitments. When the final was played it took place on October 17 at St. Louis where the Simpkins defeated Brookhattan 3-2.

Eastern Division[edit]

Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                           
April 4            
 Kearny Americans  2
May 23
 Zielinski Association  1  
 Kearny Americans  1
May 2
   Elizabeth S.C.  2  
 Elizabeth S.C.  2
June 6
 Brooklyn Hispano  0  
 Elizabeth S.C.  0
May 2
   Ponta Delgada  2  
 Ponta Delgada  3
May 30
 Lincoln  1  
 Ponta Delgada  4
April 25
   Ludlow Lusitano  1  
 Ludlow Lusitano  9
June 13, 20
 Boston Internationals  0  
 Ponta Delgada  1-0
March 21
   Brookhattan  2-2
 New York Americans  4
April 4
 Eintracht  3  
 New York Americans  0
March 14
   Brookhattan  1  
 Brookhattan  2
June 6
 Hakoah[disambiguation needed]  0  
 Brookhattan  5
April 10
   Philadelphia Americans  2  
 Philadelphia Americans  3
May 2
 Philadelphia Nationals  0  
 Philadelphia Americans  4
March 21/April 4
   Baltimore Americans  0  
 Baltimore Americans  3-4
 Baltimore S.C.  3-2  

Western Division[edit]

Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                           
January 4            
 Castle Shannon 1  2
January 18
 Pittsburgh Indians  1  
 Castle Shannon 1  1
January 4
   Morgan SC  0  
 Curry Vets  2
April 4
 Morgan SC  4  
 Castle Shannon 1  3
January 18
   Kelly Celtic  0  
 Thistle  3
March 14
 Kelly Celtic  5  
 Kelly Celtic  2
March 7
   Pioneer Kickers  0  
 Pioneer Kickers  2
April 28/May 8
 Bartunek Slavia  1  
 Castle Shannon 1  1-1
January 18
   Simpkins Ford  3-1
 Simpkins Ford  2
February 22
 DeAndreis  1  
 Simpkins Ford  1
January 18
   So. Equipment  4  
 So. Equipment  5
April 18
 Steamfitters Union  2  
 Simpkins Ford  2
February 29
   Sparta ABA  0  
 Sparta ABA  2
April 11
 Schwaben  0  
 Sparta ABA  3
April 4
   Polish American  1  
 Polish American  10
 Richard Rich Tigers  1  

Final[edit]

October 17, 1948
Simpkins Ford (MO) 3–2 Brookhattan Galicia (NY)
6' Bill Bertani
Frank Wallace
89' Henry Merlo
(Report) Joe Gaetjens
75' Rodolfo Llana
Sportsman's Park; St. Louis, Missouri
Attendance: 2226
Referee: Jack Maher

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