(L to R) Peter Piskei,  Karl Heinz “Hoagie” Guckert , Werner Fricker, Al Nothum & Frank Hotz with the US National Amateur Cup in 1994
(L to R) Peter Piskei, Karl Heinz “Hoagie” Guckert , Werner Fricker, Al Nothum & Frank Hotz with the US National Amateur Cup in 1994

The US Adult Soccer Association is responsible for the management of the National Cups. For the amateur clubs, that that means the US National Amateur and the Open (known as the Werner Fricker Cup). The National Cups are the oldest and most prestigious competitions in amateur soccer.

The National Amateur cup dates back to 1923, though that year the competition was held only up to the semi-finals after the finals could not be held. One source stated inclement weather as the reason for the cancellation. In 1924, therefore the first National Amateur Champions were crowned. That team was a local company soccer club known as Fleisher Yarn F.C. of Philadelphia. The SB & BW Fleisher Manufacturing Company team was just the first of many historic clubs that entered and won the Amateur Cup. Fleischer’s 1924 Championship was also the first of thirteen times Pennsylvania based teams would win the Cup. It was also the first of four Philadelphia teams to win it. The other three are German American S.C. in 1933 and 1934, German-Hungarians S.C. in 1965 and Philadelphia Inter S.C. in 1973 and 1974.

Interestingly enough the German Hungarians have something else in common with Fleisher Yarn. Fleisher was known as one of the top clubs in the Allied League in Philadelphia. In 1923 the newly formed Banater Athletic Club, (the original name of the German Hungarian Sport Club) entered the Third Division of the Allied League. Fleisher Yarn, that year, won the Allied League and the Allied Cup, the Allied Amateur Cup and the American Cup.

The USASA Open Cup has its roots in the US Open, or Lamar Hunt, Cup that dates back to 1914. In 1994, US Soccer took over the management and administration of the cup. In 1999, USASA began determining its own champion. The first club to win it and the last champion of the 20th Century was the United German Hungarians of Oakford Pennsylvania.

-M.F.

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