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
 
Lincoln1
 
Ponta Delgada4
 
April 25
 
Ludlow Lusitano1
 
Ludlow Lusitano9
 
June 13, 20
 
Boston Internationals0
 
Ponta Delgada1-0
 
March 21
 
Brookhattan2-2
 
New York Americans4
 
April 4
 
Eintracht3
 
New York Americans0
 
March 14
 
Brookhattan1
 
Brookhattan2
 
June 6
 
Brooklyn Hakoah0
 
Brookhattan5
 
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
 
Thistle3
 
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
 
DeAndreis1
 
Simpkins Ford1
 
January 18
 
So. Equipment4
 
So. Equipment5
 
April 18
 
Steamfitters Union2
 
Simpkins Ford2
 
February 29
 
Sparta ABA0
 
Sparta ABA2
 
April 11
 
Schwaben0
 
Sparta ABA3
 
April 4
 
Polish American1
 
Polish American10
 
 
Richard Rich Tigers1
 

Final[edit]

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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