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July 1, 1951 – Ludlow Lusitano 1:6 AIK Stockholm, Worcester, Mass. (Att.: 2,500)

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Worcester Mayor Andrew B. Holstrom presented the outstanding player trophy to AIK’s Ahlstrom, according to The Boston Globe. V. Ostlund scored twice as AIK took a 5-0 halftime lead, Moraes scoring for Lusitano in the fourth minute of the second half. AIK compiled a 9W-2L-1D on this tour (losses to Fall River and Vancouver).

AIK had apparently just lost coach George Raynor, who went on to guide Juventus and Lazio, then taking Sweden to the 1958 World Cup final. Kurt Hamrin was not listed on the roster for this trip, but played for AIK from 1949-55, then for Juventus, Padova, Fiorentina, Milan, Napoli. The AIK team included at least one national team player and a few multi-sport athletes, plus one who played for Sweden’s national team in ice hockey.

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