1939–1940 National Challenge Cup

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The 1939–1940 National Challenge Cup was the 27th edition of the United States Football Association's annual open cup. Today, the tournament is known as the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Teams from the American Soccer League II competed in the tournament, based on qualification methods in their base region.

The tournament was unique in that it is the only edition not to produce an overall winner. After drawing 2-2 on aggregate, Baltimore S.C. and Chicago Sparta could not agree on a third, tie-breaking match. As a result, the two clubs shared the title.

Eastern Bracket[edit]

Numbers in parentheses next to the match score represent the results of a replay.

First Round   Second Round   Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Final
                                   
November 12, 1939                        
New Jersey Kearny Scots 9
December 3, 1939
Pennsylvania Allentown SC 0  
New Jersey Kearny Scots 3
November 19, 1939
  New Jersey Paterson SC 2  
New Jersey Paterson SC 4
  January 1, 1940
New Jersey Kearny Irish 0  
New Jersey Kearny Scots 3
November 12, 1939
  New York (state) Brooklyn St. Mary's Celtic (a.e.t.) 4  
New York (state) Brooklyn St. Mary's Celtic 2
December 4, 1939  
New York (state) Brooklyn Hispano 0  
New York (state) Brooklyn St. Mary's Celtic 1
November 12, 1939
  New York (state) New York Norwegian American 0  
New York (state) New York Norwegian American 2
  March 17, 1940
New York (state) New York Kollsman 1  
New York (state) Brooklyn St. Mary's Celtic 2
November 12, 1939
  Maryland Baltimore S.C. 3  
Pennsylvania Philadelphia German-American 4
December 10, 1939 (December 16, 1939)  
Pennsylvania Reading German 0  
Pennsylvania Philadelphia German-American (a.e.t.)2 2 (4)
November 19, 1939
  Pennsylvania Philadelphia Passon 2 (2)  
Pennsylvania Philadelphia Passon 1
  January 1, 1940
Pennsylvania Philadelphia German 0  
Pennsylvania Philadelphia German-American 1
November 12, 1939
  Maryland Baltimore S.C. 4  
Maryland Baltimore S.C. 10
December 4, 1939  
Maryland Baltimore St. Gerard 1  
Maryland Baltimore S.C. 5
November 19, 1939
  Pennsylvania Kensington Blue Bells 1  
Maryland Baltimore Americans 2
  April 13 & 15, 1940
Pennsylvania Kensington Blue Bells (a.e.t.) 4  
Maryland Baltimore S.C. 3–2
November 5, 1939
  New York (state) Brookhattan 1–2
Lusitania Recreation 3
December 3, 1939  
Massachusetts Ludlow Lusitano 1  
Lusitania Recreation 4
November 18, 1939
  Rhode Island Pawtucket FC 1  
Holy Cross 0
  January 1, 1940 (January 6, 1940)
Rhode Island Pawtucket FC 2  
Lusitania Recreation 2 (5)
November 19, 1939
  Massachusetts Massachusetts Firestone 2 (2)  
Massachusetts Massachusetts Firestone Win
December 10, 1939  
Massachusetts Massachusetts Baylies Loss  
Massachusetts Massachusetts Firestone 3
November 5, 1939 (November 12, 1939)1
  Massachusetts Massachusetts St. Michael's 0  
Massachusetts Massachusetts St. Michael's 2 (2)
  March 17, 1940
New Jersey Newark Portuguese 0 (1)  
Lusitania Recreation 2
November 19, 1939
  New York (state) Brookhattan 2  
New York (state) Brookhattan 3
December 3, 1939  
New York (state) New York Galicia 0  
New York (state) Brookhattan 2
November 12, 1939
  New York (state) New York Swedish 1    
New York (state) New York Swedish 2
  January 1, 1940 (January 21, 1940)  
New York (state) New York Haitkvoh 1  
New York (state) Brookhattan 1 (1)  
November 12, 1939
  New York (state) New York Americans 1 (0)  
New York (state) New York Americans 3
December 10, 1939  
German Hungarian 0  
New York (state) New York Americans 1
November 12, 1939
  New York (state) New York Gjoa 0  
New York (state) New York Gjoa 3
 
New York (state) Brooklyn German 1  


1 First match was abandoned after 35 minutes due to rain
2 Replay went to extra time

Western Bracket[edit]

Numbers in parentheses next to the match score represent the results of a replay.

First Round   Second Round   Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Final
                                   
November 5, 1939                        
Illinois Sparta Fallstaff 4
December 3, 1939
Illinois Chicago Olympia 0  
Illinois Sparta Fallstaff 2
  Illinois Chicago Manhattan Beer 0  
Illinois Chicago Manhattan Beer Bye
  December 17, 1939
 
Illinois Sparta Fallstaff 2
November 5, 1939 (November 12, 1939)
  Illinois Chicago Swedish American 0  
Illinois Chicago Viking 1 (1)
December 3, 1939  
Illinois Chicago Swedish American 1 (3)  
Illinois Chicago Swedish American 7
November 5, 1939 (November 12, 1939)
  Wisconsin Milwaukee Hungarian 0  
Wisconsin Milwaukee Hungarian 3 (5)
  March 17, 1940
Wisconsin Milwaukee Schlitz 3 (4)  
Illinois Sparta Fallstaff 1
  Michigan Detroit Chrysler 0  
Michigan Detroit Chrysler Bye
December 10, 1939  
 
Michigan Detroit Chrysler 3
  Michigan Detroit Celtic 1  
Michigan Detroit Celtic Bye
  December 24, 1939
 
Michigan Detroit Chrysler 3
November 12, 1939
  Ohio Cleveland Shamrocks 0  
Ohio Bartunek Slavia 7
December 24, 1939  
Pennsylvania Dunlevy 2  
Ohio Bartunek Slavia 0
November 5, 1939
  Ohio Cleveland Shamrocks 2  
Ohio Cleveland Shamrocks 3
  April 7 & 14, 1940 (April 21, 1940)
Ohio Cleveland Dalarda 1  
Illinois Sparta Fallstaff (a.e.t.)3 1–1 (1)
November 5, 1939
  Pennsylvania Morgan Sport Club 1–1 (0)
Pennsylvania Morgan Sport Club 1
December 10, 1939 (Dec. 17/25/31, 1939)  
Pennsylvania Cuddy 0  
Pennsylvania Morgan Sport Club (a.e.t.)1 3 (0) (2)2 (5)
November 5, 1939
  Pennsylvania Glendale 3 (0) (0)2 (0)  
Pennsylvania Glendale 3
  January 14, 1940
Pennsylvania Muse 0  
Pennsylvania Morgan Sport Club 8
November 5, 1939
  New York (state) Becks German American 1  
New York (state) Becks German American (a.e.t.) 9
December 10, 1939  
New York (state) Rochester German 5  
New York (state) Becks German American 4
November 5, 1939
  New York (state) Buffalo City Hungarian 2  
New York (state) Buffalo City Hungarian 3
  March 17, 1940
New York (state) Niagara Falls MacKenzie 1  
Pennsylvania Morgan Sport Club 2
November 5, 1939
  Pennsylvania Heidelberg 0  
Pennsylvania Harmarville 1
December 3, 1939  
Pennsylvania Heidelberg 6  
Pennsylvania Heidelberg 2
November 5, 1939
  Pennsylvania Castle Shannon 1    
Pennsylvania Curry 2
  January 1, 1940  
Pennsylvania Castle Shannon 4  
Pennsylvania Heidelberg Win  
  Pennsylvania Canonsburg Loss  
New York (state) Rochester Thistles Bye
December 3, 1939  
 
New York (state) Rochester Thistles 1
November 5, 1939
  Pennsylvania Canonsburg 6  
Pennsylvania Canonsburg 2
 
Pennsylvania Gallatin 0  


1 First and second match went into extra time
2 Third match had to be abandoned in the 70th minute due to crowd trouble
3 Second match went into extra time

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