May 21, 1972
Elizabeth S.C. (New Jersey) win the U.S. Open Cup title with a 1-0 victory over San Pedro Yugoslavs, at Farcher’s Grove in Union, New Jersey. Walter Schmotolocha scored the lone goal in the 22nd minute. This is the last time a team from New Jersey won an Open Cup title, and it would take 31 years for a team from the Garden State to even reach the championship game when the Metrostars of Major League Soccer lost to the Chicago Fire in the 2003 Final.
May 22, 1966
In the first leg of the US Open Cup Final, Philadelphia’s Ukrainian Nationals defeated Orange County SC 1-0, at Racho Cienega Stadium in Los Angeles. Carlos Yacovino scored the winning goal in the 78th minute.
May 23, 1976
San Francisco’s Greek American AC defeat New York’s Inter-Giuliana 1-0, to win the US Open Cup. Andy Ateugbu scored the game winner as Greek American AC become the first club from San Francisco to win the title.
May 23, 1993
Bavarian SC from Milwaukee defeat the Louisville Alliance 2-0 in the Region II Semifinals. No team from the state of Kentucky has entered since.
May 24, 1943
In what may be the longest Cup game in U.S. History, Brooklyn Hispano and Pittsburgh’s Morgan-Strasser contested the National Challenge Cup Final for 153 minutes before the referee called a halt to their 2-2 draw at Starlight Park in the Bronx. Pete Pawlick opened the scoring for Strasser at the 37th minute, and Billy Gonsalves tied the game just after the start of the second half. The teams then proceeded to play three full fifteen minute extra sessions without a score. Finally, Fabri Salcedo scored for Brooklyn with two minutes left in the fourth extra period, only to see Strasser equalize through Felix Mitchell a minute later. Three minutes into the fifth extra period, the referee brought a halt to the match, noting the players’ exhaustion, as well as the impending darkness. All told, the teams played for two hours and thirty-three minutes. The match was replayed six days later at the same location.
May 25, 1975
In the Semifinals, New York’s Inter-Giuliana defeated the Croatian Rebels 5-3 to advance to their first of two straight US Open Cup Finals.
May 26, 1946
Ponta Delgada from Fall River, Mass. Defeated the Brooklyn Wanderers 2-1 in the first leg of the National Quarterfinals. However, Brooklyn protested the result, claiming that the first half was cut short by eight minutes. The protest was upheld and the game was ordered to be replayed after the second leg was complete. After the “second leg” finished 1-1, Ponta Delgada would go on to win the first leg replay by a score of 3-1 to advance to the Semifinals.
May 27, 1973
With their 3-1 victory over New York Greek American at Metropolitan Oval in Queens in the Eastern Final, Cleveland’s Inter-Italia stops a seven year streak of German American Soccer League clubs winning the US Open Cup. Greek American had won three of the titles, and Elizabeth SC winning two, and New York Hota and Ukrainian Nationals getting the others. On the other side of the bracket, Maccabee AC defeated Croatian 1-0 to join them in the Final.
May 27, 1946
Viking AA of Chicago advances to their first (and only) championship game by defeating Heidelberg SC 3-1 in the third leg of their Semifinal series. This would be the last time the tournament would ever use a three-leg series to determine a winner.