1949 National Challenge Cup

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The 1949 National Challenge Cup was the largest soccer tournament in the United States in 1949. The four St. Louis Soccer League teams withdrew from the competition citing "a succession of unpleasant experiences connected with the playing of the National Challenge Cup."[1] The St.L league teams were upset about financial losses totaling $2300 from the previous season's tournament. The announcement of the withdrawal came a week and a half after Brookhattan-Galicia stuck Simpkins with a $1550 airline bill following the 1948 championship game hosted by the Simpkins. The remaining St. Louis representatives were the four amateur Municipal League entrants. With the defending champions out of the running Morgan Strasser stepped in as contenders by winning their way to the final four. Despite losing the first legs in both the semifinal and final the Morgans pulled out 4-3 aggregate wins to become 1949 U.S. champions.

Eastern Division[edit]

 
Round of 16Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
              
 
January 23
 
 
Brooklyn Hispano1
 
February 13
 
Segura0
 
Brooklyn Hispano1
 
 
 
Newark Germans0
 
Kearny Celtic2
 
March 20
 
Newark Germans3
 
Brooklyn Hispano1
 
 
 
Philadelphia Nationals2
 
Philadelphia Nationals3
 
March 6
 
Kensington Quoits0
 
Philadelphia Nationals3
 
 
 
Elizabeth S.C.2
 
Elizabeth S.C.4
 
April 24
 
Trenton Americans2
 
Philadelphia Nationals5
 
February 13
 
New York SC1
 
S.C. Eintracht4
 
 
 
Brooklyn Hakoah0
 
S.C. Eintracht1
 
February 13, 20
 
New York SC2
 
Brookhattan2-0
 
 
 
New York SC2-1
 
New York SC3
 
 
 
Gremio Lusitano1
 
New Bedford1
 
March 13
 
Ponta Delgada2
 
Ponta Delgada0
 
 
 
Gremio Lusitano2
 
Lincolns1-1
 
 
Gremio Lusitano1-2
 

Western Division[edit]

 
Round of 16Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
              
 
February 27
 
 
Chicago Vikings6
 
March 27
 
GIAC Maroons3
 
Chicago Vikings0
 
February 27/March 13
 
Polish American2
 
Chicago Slovak2-1
 
April 10 - Chicago
 
Polish American2-2
 
Polish American5
 
 
 
Zenthoefer Furs1
 
Alpine Sportswear
 
March 26
 
bye
 
Alpine Sportswear0
 
 
 
Zenthoefer Furs5
 
Plaza Amusement0
 
April 24/May 8
 
Zenthoefer Furs4
 
Polish American3-0
 
 
 
Morgan SC2-2
 
Rochester Thistles3
 
February 20
 
Lakesiders1
 
Rochester Thistles1
 
 
 
Morgan SC4
 
Morgan SC3
 
 
 
Castle Shannon 22
 
Morgan SC3
 
February 13
 
Cecil French0
 
West Newton Moose4
 
March 6
 
Moon Run3
 
West Newton Moose1
 
February 13
 
Cecil French3
 
Castle Shannon 10
 
 
Cecil French2
 

Final[edit]

Philadelphia Nationals (ASL)1–0Morgan SC (KL)
Nick Kropfelder (Report)
Referee: J. Cahill (USA)
Morgan SC (KL)4–2Philadelphia Nationals (ASL)
23' Gustave Teyssier
Nicholas DiOrio
Albert Innarelli
Gustave Teyssier
(Report) 35' John Sullivan (penalty)
Nick Kropfelder
Bridgeville Park Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Attendance: 1000
Referee: Sam Galin (New York)

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References[edit]

  1. ^ McSkimming, Dent (October 29, 1948). "Soccer League Teams Out of National Play". St. Louis Post-Dispatch, p.9C col.6