1924–25 National Challenge Cup

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The 1924–25 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.


Teams from the American Soccer League and St. Louis Soccer League had won the previous several Challenge Cups, but dissatisfaction with the financial arrangements led the two leagues to boycott this year’s cup. While the United States Football Association gained its operating income from annual dues by member teams, most of its income came from its annual challenge cup.[1] On the other hand, the owners of the top professional teams saw the challenge cup as a money losing competition as they were forced to play obscure amateur teams which tended to have smaller crowds and therefore gate receipts. After USFA took its cut, the amount distributed to the teams frequently did not cover the travel expenses. Therefore, the SLSL proposed, and the ASL agreed to, the creation of an American Professional Soccer Championship.[2] That game series took place in April 1925 at University Field in St. Louis, Missouri. Over the three games, the Boston Soccer Club defeated the Ben Millers in front of an average crowd of over 10,000 spectators per game.[3] In contrast, the National Challenge Cup final between the Shawsheen Indians and Chicago Canadian Club, played at the usually high drawing Mark's Stadium, saw only 2,500 spectators, down from the 18,000 who watched the 1924 final. At a May 1925 meeting, USFA agreed to reduce their percentage of the gate receipts from 33.3% to 15%. This diffused the ASL and SLSL hostility to the challenge cup leading to their re-entering the competition for 1926.[1]

Eastern Division[edit]

First roundSecond roundSemi-finalsFinal
Shawsheen Indiansw/o
February 28 - Andover
Arlington Mills
Shawsheen Indians4
February 22 - Rochester
Whittal F.C.1
Moose F.C.2
March 21 - Boston
Whittal F.C.5
Shawsheen Indians2
February 14 - Philadelphia
Bayonne F.C.0
Lighthouse Blue Sox2
March 1 - Jersey City
Bayonne F.C.3
Bayonne F.C.1
February 22 - Bridgeport
Lexington F.C.0
Clan Campbell1
April 4 - Andover
Lexington F.C.3
Shawsheen Indians2
February 14 - Quincy
Abbot Worsted1
Fore River F.C.0
Abbot Worsted2
Abbot Worstedw/o
Waypoyset F.C.
Waypoyset F.C.w/o
March 21 - New Bedford
Boston United
Abbot Worsted3
February 22 - Ansonia
Sayles Finishing Plant2
Ansonia F.C.4
March 1,14
Ansonia F.C.0-2
February 14 - Pawtucket
Sayles Finishing Plant3-9
Sayles Finishing Plant3
Lorraine Manufacturing Co2

Western Division[edit]

First roundSecond roundSemi-finalsFinal
January 25 - Chicago
Chicago Canadian Club3
February 15 - Chicago
Gillespie S.C.0
Canadian Club2
February 8 - Chicago
Pullman F.C.1
Pullman F.C.4
Mar 1,8,15 - Chicago
Sparta ABA1
Canadian Club3a
February 8 - Chicago
Harvey F.C.2
Bricklayers and Masons0
February 15 - Chicago
Olympia F.C.2
Olympia F.C.0
January 18 - Chicago
Harvey F.C.2
Harvey F.C.3
March 22 - Chicago
North Shore F.C.0
Canadian Club2
January 25 - Cleveland
Cleveland Thistles1
Cleveland Thistles5
February 8 - Cleveland
British War Veterans0
Cleveland Thistles2
January 18 - Akron
Goodyear F.C.0
Goodyear F.C.5
March 1 - Cleveland
Mahoning Valley1
Cleveland Thistles3
January 17 - Vestaburg
Vestaburg SC2
Vestaburg SC6
February 15 - Charleroi
Jeannette F.C.2
Vestaburg SC2
February 8 - Toledo
Toledo S.C.1
Toledo S.C.2
Gar Wood SC1

a) aggregate after 3 games


Shawsheen Indians (MA)3–0Chicago Canadian Club (IL)
Smith Goal 20'
Purden Goal 35' (pen.)
Carrie Goal 60'
Attendance: 2,500
Referee: William Norse (USA)


  1. ^ a b "May 14, 1925 The Globe". Archived from the original on October 21, 2009.
  2. ^ "November 7, 1924 The Globe". Archived from the original on October 21, 2009.
  3. ^ The Year in American Soccer – 1925