1949 National Challenge Cup

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The 1949 National Challenge Cup was the largest soccer tournament in the United States in 1949. The four St. Louis Soccer League teams withdrew from the competition citing "a succession of unpleasant experiences connected with the playing of the National Challenge Cup."[1] The St.L league teams were upset about financial losses totaling $2300 from the previous season's tournament. The announcement of the withdrawal came a week and a half after Brookhattan-Galicia stuck Simpkins with a $1550 airline bill following the 1948 championship game hosted by the Simpkins. The remaining St. Louis representatives were the four amateur Municipal League entrants. With the defending champions out of the running the Morgans stepped in as contenders by winning their way to the final four. Despite losing the first legs in both the semifinal and final the Morgans pulled out 4-3 aggregate wins to become 1949 U.S. champions.

Eastern Division[edit]

Round of 16 Quarter Finals Semi Finals Final
                           
January 23            
 Brooklyn Hispano  1
February 13
 Segura  0  
 Brooklyn Hispano  1
   Newark Germans  0  
 Kearny Celtic  2
March 20
 Newark Germans  3  
 Brooklyn Hispano  1
   Philadelphia Nationals  2  
 Philadelphia Nationals  3
March 6
 Kensington Quoits  0  
 Philadelphia Nationals  3
   Elizabeth S.C.  2  
 Elizabeth S.C.  4
April 24
 Trenton Americans  2  
 Philadelphia Nationals  5
February 13
   New York SC  1
 S.C. Eintracht  4
 Hakoah  0  
 S.C. Eintracht  1
February 13, 20
   New York SC  2  
 Brookhattan  2-0
 New York SC  2-1  
 New York SC  3
   Gremio Lusitano  1  
 New Bedford  1
March 13
 Ponta Delgada  2  
 Ponta Delgada  0
   Gremio Lusitano  2  
 Lincolns  1-1
 Gremio Lusitano  1-2  

Western Division[edit]

Round of 16 Quarter Finals Semi Finals Final
                           
February 27            
 Chicago Vikings  6
March 27
 GIAC Maroons  3  
 Chicago Vikings  0
February 27/March 13
   Polish American  2  
 Chicago Slovak  2-1
April 10 - Chicago
 Polish American  2-2  
 Polish American  5
   Zenthoefer Furs  1  
 Alpine Sportswear  
March 26
 bye    
 Alpine Sportswear  0
   Zenthoefer Furs  5  
 Plaza Amusement  0
April 24/May 8
 Zenthoefer Furs  4  
 Polish American  3-0
   Morgan SC  2-2
 Rochester Thistles  3
February 20
 Lakesiders  1  
 Rochester Thistles  1
   Morgan SC  4  
 Morgan SC  3
 Castle Shannon 2  2  
 Morgan SC  3
February 13
   Cecil French  0  
 West Newton Moose  4
March 6
 Moon Run  3  
 West Newton Moose  1
February 13
   Cecil French  3  
 Castle Shannon 1  0
 Cecil French  2  

Final[edit]

May 15, 1949
Philadelphia Nationals (ASL) 1–0 Morgan SC (KL)
Nick Kropfelder (Report)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Referee: J. Cahill (USA)
May 29, 1949
Morgan SC (KL) 4–2 Philadelphia Nationals (ASL)
23' Gustave Teyssier
Nicholas DiOrio
Albert Innarelli
Gustave Teyssier
(Report) 35' John Sullivan (penalty)
Nick Kropfelder
Bridgeville Park Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Attendance: 1000
Referee: Sam Galin (New York)

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References[edit]

  1. ^ McSkimming, Dent (October 29, 1948). "Soccer League Teams Out of National Play". St. Louis Post-Dispatch, p.9C col.6