Philadelphia’s tradition of Christmas Day soccer games continued a hundred years ago in 1916 with games within the city and beyond.
Philadelphia Soccer History
On May 6, 1916, Bethlehem Steel became the first team to win the National Challenge Cup, known today as the US Open Cup, twice in a row.
After defeating West Hudson on April 2, 1916 in the quarterfinals, Bethlehem Steel faced Chicago’s Pullman FC twice in the semifinals of the 1915-1916 National Challenge Cup, with the deciding game at Lehigh University’s Taylor Stadium on April 22, 1916.
After a series of replays over second round opponents, Bethlehem Steel and Philadelphia Hibernian met in the third round of the US Open Cup on January 15, 1916.
Steve Holroyd’s history of the Philadelphia Fury concludes.