The Year in American Soccer - 1927

Written by Steve Holroyd (soccermavn@yahoo.com) , with supplemental materials by David Litterer


American Soccer League

The ASL entered its sixth season again a 12 team league, the addition of Springfield (MA) offsetting the loss of Shawsheen a year earlier. Unfortunately, Springfield continued the tradition of hapless expansion, withdrawing from the league in December 1926 with 17 games left to play. The Babes, owned by former Boston owner A.G. Wood, folded just after Christmas; as a belated holiday president, most of Springfieldís players were allocated to Providence. Along with these new players came new owners: local businessmen purchased the club from its original Fall River owners.

This season, native talent began to come to the fore. One example could be found in the goal scoring touch of one native son: New York Giantsí Davie Brown exploded for 52 goals, a record for an American-born player. As part of his phenomenal season, Brown scored an unbelievable 21 goals in nine games in October, including a seven goal game against the hapless Philadelphia club on October 10, 1926.

The ASL experimented with rules changes during the season. For the first time, substitutes were permitted. Also, goal judges similar to those used in hockey were introduced. Finally, in another move borrowed from hockey, the league introduced a "penalty box"; actually, players were required to serve penalty time standing behind their teamís goal line. Curiously, unlike in hockey, goalkeepers were not excluded from serving time. These innovations were abandoned after the 1926-27 season, however.

Bethlehem Steel regained the league crown with a 29-7-8 record, 9 points ahead of Boston. The Steelmen regained championship form largely due to the acquisition of center forward Tom Gillespie from Preston North End. The newcomer grabbed notched 33 goals, combining with Archie Starkís 23 to give Bethlehem a formidable attack. In a reversal of roles with Bethlehem from the previous year, Fall River, while finishing third in the league, captured its third National Open Challenge Cup, crushing Carburetor F.C. of Detroit, 7-0.

Again, visiting teams were surprised by the high quality of American soccer. In the spring, Nacional of Uruguay toured the United States. In the tourís opening match, Nacional was beaten for the first time in three years by the ASLís Newark club, a hapless club that had never finished higher than tenth in the league. Jack Renfrew, who did not even play with the Skeeters during the season, grabbed the lone tally. Fall River drew Uruguay later in the tour.

                 Final League Standings, 1926-27

                       GP   W   D   L  GF  GA  PTS  PCT
Bethlehem Steel        44  29   8   7 114  52   66  .750
Boston Wonder Workers  44  25   7  12  90  59   55  .648
Fall River Marksmen    44  24   8  12  98  72   56  .636
New Bedford Whalers    44  24   6  14 124  72   54  .614
New York Giants        44  21   7  16 120 102   49  .557
Indiana Flooring       43  19   9  15  77  81   47  .547
Brooklyn Wanderers     44  18   6  20  83  96   42  .477
Providence Clamdiggers 43  15  10  18  73  96   40  .465
J & P Coats (Pawtucket)44  11  14  19  48  72   36  .409
Newark Skeeters        38  13   6  25  54  91   32  .363
Philadelphia Field Club44  11   4  29  64 123   26  .295
Springfield Babes      27   7   7  13  44  74   21  .239

CHAMPION:  Bethlehem Steel
LEWIS CUP:  Boston Wonder Workers defeated Brooklyn Wanderers, 2-0, 3-0

Springfield withdrew in late December - 17 forfeits.  Philadelphia withdrew 
at the end of the season.

Leading Scorers                      GP    G
David Brown (New York)               38   52
Bobby Blair (Boston)                 38   38
Andy Stevens (New Bedford)           36   36
Tom Gillespie (Bethlehem Steel)      32   33
Bill Paterson (Springfield/F.R./N.B.)40   30
Johnny Nelson (Brooklyn)             35   27
Archie Stark (Bethlehem Steel)       29   23
Tommy White (Newark)                 31   23
Robert Rock (F.R./J&P/Philadelphia)  30   21
Ed McLaine (Providence)              32   21
Mike McLeavy (New Bedford)           30   20
Dougie Campbell (Fall River)         41   20
James McConnell (Providence)         21   17
Jerry Best (New Bedford)             35   17
Max Gruenwald (New York)             37   17
Johnny Ballantyne (Boston)           39   16
Tec White (Fall River)               39   16
Josef Eisenhoffer (Brooklyn)         39   15
Bob Millar (Indiana Flooring)        29   14
Johnny Jaap (Bethlehem Steel)        35   14
Tommy Maxwell (New Bedford)          36   14
Herbert Carlson (Indiana Flooring)   34   13
Moritz Haeusler (New York)           36   13
Sam Kennedy (Fall River)             25   12
George Forrest (Bethlehem Steel)     29   12
Bart McGhee (Indiana Flooring)       36   12
Jimmy McClure (Philadelphia)         32   11
Viktor Hierlander (New York)         21   10
Bob Campbell (Springfield)           22   10
Dave McEachran (Fall River)          34   10
Malcolm Goldie (Bethlehem Steel)     37   10
Werner Nilsen (Boston)               40   10
Jimmy Montgomerie (New Bedford)      42   10

Leading Goalkeepers
                                     GP    GA   S    GAA
Dave Edwards (39)(Bethlehem Steel)   40    52   9   1.30
Jack Davidson (39)(Boston)           41    59   9   1.44
Tommy Blair (22)/
Findlay Kerr (21)(Fall River)        43    72   7   1.67
Tommy Steel (37)(New Bedford)        42    72  11   1.71
Sandy Parkes (30)(J&P Coats)         39    72   7   1.85
Jock Brown (35)(Indiana Flooring)    41    81   8   1.97
Tommy Murdoch (37)(Newark)           41    91   4   2.22
Steve Smith (25)(Brooklyn)           43    96   6   2.23
Jack Nichol (16)/
Jack Surgenor (13)(Providence)       41    96   4   2.34
Jimmy Douglas (24)/
Bobby Geudert (18)(New York)         43   102   5   2.37
Dave Corson (15)/
Doug Stewart (10)(Springfield)       27    74   2   2.74
Harry Pearce (21)(Philadelphia)      37   118   2   3.19


St. Louis Soccer League

Ben Millers made it a three-peat, taking another close league race. They got to the Western semifinals of the National Challenge Cup before falling (see below.) Wellston's made a surge to 2nd, nearly taking the title. White Banner (formerly Vesper Buicks) faded while Ratican's brought up the rear. Chicago Sparta joined the league, but withdrew early in the season, bringing a "regional" experiment to an early end.

           Final SLSL League standings, 1926-27


Vesper Buicks became White Banner.

                       GP   W   L   T   GF  GA  Pts
Ben Millers            12   8   3   1   34  22  17
Wellston               12   7   3   2   36  22  16
White Banner           12   4   6   2   23  33  10
Raticanís              12   1   8   3   21  35   5
Chicago Sparta          4   2   1   1    8   7   5
Chicago withdrew 11/16/26.

Champion:  Ben Millers
Municipal League Champion: Killarney Rose

Leading Scorers:             G
E. Hart, Wellston's         10
Joe Hennessy, Ben Millers    8
L. Ahrens, Wellston's        7
Jimmy Dunn, Ben Millers      6
Al McHenry, Ratican's        6
E. Thumm, White Banner       6
George Corrigan, Wellston's  6
Tom Erbe, Ben Millers        5
Buchnicek, Ratican's         5
Buddy Brengle, Ratican's     4
Harry Ratican, Ratican's     3
George Schweppe, Ben Millers 3


Amateur Leagues & Cups

California Association Senior Challenge Cup: Sons of St. George
John O. Belis Perpetual Trophy: Olympic
Peel Challenge Cup (Illinois): Coal City
Rowland Cup (Maryland State): (not available)
New Jersey State Challenge Cup: Ryerson
West Penn Challenge Cup: Dunlevy; Junior Cup: (not available)


The US National Team

The National Team was inactive this year.


National Challenge Cup

The ASL's Fall River Marksmen whomped Holley Carburetor of Detroit, 7-0, in the final at the University of Detroit Stadium on May 1. Tec White and Dave McEachran scored two goals apiece in the rout, while Dougie Campbell, Harold Brittan and Jim Kelly had the others.

In the semifinals, Fall River had won a battle with Bethlehem Steel, 2-1, and Holley Carburetor got by Chicago Sparta, 2-1. The quarterfinals were: Fall River 3, Providence Clamdiggers 2; Bethlehem 1, Newark Skeeters 0; Holley 4, Cleveland Magyar-American 2, and Sparta 1, St. Louis Ben Millers 0.


International Tours

Hakoah All-Stars of Vienna, April 20 1927 through July 9, 1927. Record: 5 wins, 3 losses, 5 draws

The previous visit by Hakoah All-Stars in 1926 made such an impression that four of that team's players remained in the US to play for the New York Giants of the ASL. Those four players were Erno Schwarz, Max Gruenwald, Albert Gutman, and Moriz Haeusler. They were given permission by the USSFA to rejoin Hakoah for the entire 1927 tour. This tour also featured a rare night game, played on June 8.

Roster:Barback, Beer, Fabian, Feldman, Fischer, Fried, Fuss, Gold, Gruenfeld, Hess, Katz, Kestler, Kovaczi, Mausner, Nicholasberger, Scheuer, Strohs, Weiss, Wortmann.

4/20   Hakoah 0, Bethlehem Steel 9 (Bethlehem, PA)
4/23   Hakoah 1, Philadelphia Stars 2 (Philadelphia)
5/1    Hakoah 2, New York Giants 2 (New York City)
5/7    Hakoah 2, Peel Cup Stars 1 (Chicago, IL)
5/8    Hakoah 2, Sparta 2 (Chicago, IL)
5/15   Hakoah 1, Hungarians 1 (Cleveland, OH)
5/22   Hakoah 2, Michigan Stars 0 (Detroit, MI)
5/25   Hakoah 2, Toronto Stars 3 (Toronto, ON)
5/28   Hakoah 2, Indiana Flooring 1 (New York City)
5/30   Hakoah 7, Philadelphia Stars 1 (Philadelphia, PA)
6/4    Hakoah 4, Irish Stars 3 (Brooklyn, NY)
6/8    Hakoah 0, Giants-Bethlehem 0 (New York City)
7/9    Hakoah 1, Brooklyn Wanderers 4 (Brooklyn)

Maccabi F.C. of Tel Aviv June 5, 1927 through August 7, 1927. Record: 5 wins, 4 losses, 1 draw

Roster: Bader, E. Blau, G. Blau, Dutsch, Erbstein, Fischer, Fuchs, Gros, Gruenblatt, Jacob, Lazlo, Laxol, Lederer, Lumek, Potzonorsky, Rosenberg, Schillinger, Skalizter, Stern, Weiss, Zelivansky.

6/5  Maccabi 6, New York Stars 4 (Brooklyn, NY) 
6/12 Maccabi 1, Giants-Bethlehem Steel 1 (New York City) 
6/19 Maccabi 1, Chicago 4 (Chicago) 
6/26 Maccabi 0, Indiana Flooring 2 (New York City) 
7/3  Maccabi 1, Brooklyn Wanderers 2 (Brooklyn, NY) 
7/4  Maccabi 5, Philadelphia Stars 2 (Philadelphia, PA) 
7/17 Maccabi 3, American-Hungarian 1 (Cleveland) 
7/24 Maccabi 3, Galicia F.C. 0 (Brooklyn, NY) 
7/31 Maccabi 2, Hispano F.C. 3 (Brooklyn, NY) 
8/7  Maccabi 2, Brooklyn Wanderers 1 (Brooklyn, NY) 

The Real Madrid F.C. September 25, 1927. Record: 1 draw

Roster:

Olivan, Escobar, Urquizo, Pratt, Eparza, J. Pera, Travieso, Menendez, L. Pera, Del Tampo.

9/25   Real Madrid 1, Galicia F.C. 1 (Brooklyn, NY)

Nacional of Uruguay From March 30, 1927 through May 30, 1927. Record: 9 wins, 3 losses, 1 draw

Roster:Batignani, Castro, Cea, Fernandez, L. Fernandez, Fierantino, Ghierra, Haberli, Mazzali, Petrone, Recoba, Romano, Saldombide, Scarone, Urdinaran, S. Urdinaran, Vanzzino

3/20   Nacional 6, Indiana Flooring 1 (New York City)
3/26   Nacional 2, Brooklyn Wanderers 2 (Brooklyn)
3/27   Nacional 0, Newark 1 (Newark, NJ)
4/2    Nacional 4, American League 2 (New York City)
4/16   Nacional 2, Brooklyn Wanderers 0 (Brooklyn, NY)
4/19   Nacional 2, Boston 3 (Boston, MA)
4/24   Nacional 2, Detroit 1 (Detroit, MI)
5/1    Nacional 3, Cleveland Stars 0 (Cleveland, OH)
5/8    Nacional 4, St. Louis 1 (St. Louis, MO)
5/15   Nacional 1, Sparta 0 (Chicago, IL)
5/22   Nacional 2, Bricklayers 3 (Chicago, IL)
5/28   Nacional 4, Philadelphia 1 (Philadelphia, PA)
5/30   Nacional 2, Brooklyn Wanderers 1 (Brooklyn, NY)

Worcestershire of England: September 21, 1927 through October 1, 1927. Played 5. Won 2, Lost 1, Tied 2.

9/21   Worcestershire 2, Morgan 0 (in Hopedale)
9/24   Worcestershire 7, Draper 0 (in Worcester)
9/27   Worcestershire 0, All-Stars 1 (In Worcester)
9/29   Worcestershire 3, County Brotherhood 3 (in Worcester)
10/1   Worcestershire 3, Whittal 3 (in Worcester)

Viking A.C. of New York to Norway, Sweden: July 13, 1927 through Sept. 3, 1927. Played 33. Won 18, Lost 9, Tied 6.

Roster: Bror Anderson, Hubert (Murren) Carlson, Axel Corall, Knut Dahlgren, Edwin Gobel, Sven Hagman, B. Hoilund, Oscar Johanon, Eric Levin, Thure Lundberg, Harry Magnuson, Werner Nilsen , Axel Schylander, Alex Simonsson, Gosta Sjodin, Torsten Svenson, Pyret Westring, Gosta Wihlborg. Player-Manager: Gerhard T. Rooth. Assistant Manager: Vilgot Peterson.

July 13  Viking 2, Goteborg 3
July 15  Viking 2, Goteborg 2
July 17  Viking 1, Stockholm 3
July 20  Viking 4, Stockholm 5
July 22  Viking 1, Eskilstuna 4
July 24  Viking 1, Linkoping 4
July 26  Viking 2, Norrkoping 1
July 27  Viking 3, Ljungsbro 1
July 28  Viking 3, Husqvarna 2
July 29  Viking 4, Boras 2
July 30  Viking 4, Vaxlo 1
July 31  Viking 6, Vastervik 4
Aug   2  Viking 3, Varberg 1
Aug   3  Viking 2, Halmstad 2
Aug   5  Viking 5, Trollhattan 1
Aug   7  Viking 4, Uddevalla 2
Aug   9  Viking 5, Lidkoping 0
Aug  10  Viking 3, Karlskega 1
Aug  12  Viking 2, Orebro 0
Aug  13  Viking 2, Surahammar 6
Aug  16  Viking 2, Vasteras 4
Aug  17  Viking 1, Borlange 1
Aug  19  Viking 1, Cevle (Bryn) 1
Aug  21  Viking 3, Hudiksvall 0
Aug  23  Viking 0, Sandviken 2
Aug  24  Viking 2, Upsala 7
Aug  25  Viking 4, Sundsvall 1
Aug  26  Viking 2, Matfors 0
Aug  27  Viking 2, Kramfors  0
Aug  30  Viking 4, Oslo 2
Aug  31  Viking 3, Oslo 2
Sept  2  Viking 3, Oslo 3
Sept  3  Viking 5, Oslo 3 
Goals for 91, Goals Against 74.  Sailed from New York June 24, 1927. 


The College Game

Intercollegiate Soccer Football Association Champion: Princeton

California Intercollegiate Soccer Conference Champion: San Mateo Junior College

College All-Americans:

G -  Alsop, Haverford
RF - Lingelbach, Pennsylvania
LF - Crocker, Princeton
RH - Frazier, Haverford
CH - Edgerton, Penn State
LH - Strimlau, Penn State
OR - Richardson, Haverford
IR - Marshall, Penn State
CF - Packard, Princeton
IL - Estes, Haverford
OL - Stewart, Princeton


Other Action

1927 National Amateur Cup Final: On May 14, Heidelberg SC defeated the New Bedford La Flamme Cobblers 3-0


Last Update: February 17, 2008

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