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 teams 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 roundSecond roundSemi-finalsFinal
 
              
 
February 5 - Brooklyn
 
 
German Hungariansw/o
 
February 26/March 5 - New York
 
Brooklyn Celtics
 
German Hungarians1-4
 
January 15 - Newark
 
Swanton F.C.1-0
 
Swanton F.C.3
 
March 27 - New York
 
Trenton Highlanders1
 
German Hungarians0
 
January 7 - February 19
 
Pawtucket Rangers5
 
Pawtucket Rangers1st
 
 
 
Boston SC2nd
 
Pawtucket Rangers
 
 
 
Won Round Robin
 
Fall River FC3rd
 
April 1, 2
 
Victoria Mills4th
 
Pawtucket Rangers4-1
 
January 14, 21 - Philadelphia
 
New York Americans2-4
 
German Americans6-2
 
February 25 - Philadelphia
 
Fairhill5-1
 
German Americans3
 
January 15 - Baltimore
 
Baltimore Canton2
 
Baltimore Canton4
 
March 11, 12
 
Bethlehem Steel1
 
German Americans0-2
 
January 8 - February 22
 
New York Americans1-3
 
New York Americans1st
 
 
 
New York Field Club2nd
 
New York Americans
 
 
 
Won Round Robin
 
Hakoah All-Stars3rd
 
 
Brooklyn Wanderers4th
 

Western Division[edit]

 
First roundSecond roundSemi-finalsFinal
 
              
 
January 22 - St. Louis
 
 
Stix4
 
February 12 - St. Louis
 
Coca-Colas1
 
Stix10
 
January 22 - Milwaukee
 
Jugo-Slavs1
 
Deutscher Sport Club0
 
February 26/March 12 - St. Louis
 
Jugo-Slavs1
 
Stix1-4b
 
January 15 - St. Louis
 
Andersons2-1
 
Andersons3
 
February 19 - St. Louis
 
Ben Millers2
 
Andersons7
 
January 22,29/February 5 - Detroit
 
Sons of Malta1
 
Maccabee All-Stars4a
 
March 19, 26
 
Sons of Malta6
 
Stix7-1
 
January 22 - Chicago
 
Chicago Sparta3-0
 
Chicago Sparta2
 
February 19 - Chicago
 
Norwegian Americans1
 
Chicago Sparta2
 
February 5 - Chicago
 
Swedish Americans0
 
Chicago Bricklayers1
 
February 26 - Chicago
 
Swedish Americans2
 
Chicago Sparta1
 
January 22 - Pittsburgh
 
Cleveland Slavia0
 
Pittsburgh Curry4
 
February 19 - Pittsburgh
 
Cleveland Shamrocks0
 
Pittsburgh Curry1
 
January 22 - Cleveland
 
Cleveland Slavia3
 
Cleveland Slavia4
 
 
Buffalo German1
 

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]

Stix, Baer and Fuller F.C. (MO)1–0New York Americans (NY)
McLean Goal 47'
Attendance: 15,200
Referee: Dave Evans

Second game[edit]

New York Americans (NY)1–2Stix, Baer and Fuller F.C. (MO)
Michaels Goal McLean Goal 15'
Nilsen Goal 83'
Attendance: 4,200
Referee: Patrick Howley

Sources[edit]

  • St. Louis Post-Dispatch