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 16Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
April 4
Kearny Americans2
May 23
Zielinski Association1
Kearny Americans1
May 2
Elizabeth S.C.2
Elizabeth S.C.2
June 6
Brooklyn Hispano0
Elizabeth S.C.0
May 2
Ponta Delgada2
Ponta Delgada3
May 30
Ponta Delgada4
April 25
Ludlow Lusitano1
Ludlow Lusitano9
June 13, 20
Boston Internationals0
Ponta Delgada1-0
March 21
New York Americans4
April 4
New York Americans0
March 14
June 6
Brooklyn Hakoah0
April 10
Philadelphia Americans2
Philadelphia Americans3
May 2
Philadelphia Nationals0
Philadelphia Americans4
March 21/April 4
Baltimore Americans0
Baltimore Americans3-4
Baltimore S.C.3-2

Western Division[edit]

Round of 16Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
January 4
Castle Shannon 12
January 18
Pittsburgh Indians1
Castle Shannon 11
January 4
Morgan SC0
Curry Vets2
April 4
Morgan SC4
Castle Shannon 13
January 18
Kelly Celtic0
March 14
Kelly Celtic5
Kelly Celtic2
March 7
Pioneer Kickers0
Pioneer Kickers2
April 28/May 8
Bartunek Slavia1
Castle Shannon 11-1
January 18
Simpkins Ford3-1
Simpkins Ford2
February 22
Simpkins Ford1
January 18
So. Equipment4
So. Equipment5
April 18
Steamfitters Union2
Simpkins Ford2
February 29
Sparta ABA0
Sparta ABA2
April 11
Sparta ABA3
April 4
Polish American1
Polish American10
Richard Rich Tigers1


Simpkins Ford (MO)3–2Brookhattan Galicia (NY)
6' Bill Bertani
Frank Wallace
89' Henry Merlo
(Report) Joe Gaetjens
75' Rodolfo Llana
Attendance: 2226
Referee: Jack Maher

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