Harmarville Hurricanes

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Harmarville Hurricanes
Full nameHarmarville Hurricanes Soccer Club
Nickname(s)The Hurricanes
Founded1947 (by Frank DeMor)
Dissolved1967
GroundConsumer Field
Harmarville, Pennsylvania[1]

The Harmarville Hurricanes Soccer Club were an amateur soccer club from Harmarville, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh, that twice won the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, known then as the National Challenge Cup, in 1952 and 1956. They also played in the Cup Final in 1953.

The team was owned by the Harmar Coal Company.[2] Many of the players worked in the coal industry in addition to playing for the Hurricanes.[3]

The Hurricanes beat the American Soccer League's Philadelphia Nationals 7-5 in the 1952 cup final with the winning goal scored by Sonny Yakopec.[1]

The 1956 Final saw the Hurricanes win 3–2 on aggregate score after a comeback from a two-goal deficit. They lost the first leg on the road 1–0 and conceded the first goal in the return home leg.[4][5] Harmarville defeated the Philadelphia Uhriks in the Eastern semifinal to make the final.[6]

U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame players Ray Bernabei and Bobby Craddock played for Harmarville.[1]

Honours[edit]

U.S. Open Cup

National Amateur Cup

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Fittipaldo, Ray (13 July 2003). "Work ethic made Harmarville toast of U.S. soccer in 1950s". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  2. ^ https://triblive.com/x/valleynewsdispatch/sports/s_160812.html
  3. ^ "Harmarville Hurricane blew away competition". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 30 August 1990. Retrieved May 28, 2010.
  4. ^ Jordan, Jimmy (May 7, 1956). "Harmarville wins national open title, 3–2". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 23. Retrieved May 28, 2010.
  5. ^ https://www.si.com/vault/1956/05/07/598553/for-the-record
  6. ^ Jordan, Jimmy (12 March 1956). "Harmarville beats Uhriks, 4-1; Gains Final". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

External links[edit]

  • [1] - (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette |date=July 13, 2003 |accessdate=May 28, 2010).