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Oct. 23, 1930 – Hakoah All-Stars 0:3 (1:5 aggregate) Fall River Marksmen. Lewis Cup final at Polo Grounds (Att.: 2,500)

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Billy Gonsalves scored twice and Arnie Oliver once for the Marksmen, whose goalkeeper was future Boston Red Sox first baseman Johnny Reder. Gonsalves (b. Aug. 10, 1908 in Portsmouth, R.I.) and Oliver (b. May 22, 1907 in New Bedford, Mass.) were members of the U.S. national team that reached the semifinals of the 1930 World Cup in Uruguay. The U.S. team also included forwards James Brown, 21, who would go on to play and coach in Connecticut and Fall River’s Bert Patenaude, 20, the first player to complete a hat trick in the World Cup, plus team captain Tom Florie of Providence.

Fall River won both halves of the ASL season, plus the National Challenge Cup (U.S. Open Cup), completing a triple.

May 27, 1930 – Hakoah All-Stars 1:2 Fall River Marksmen, Lewis Cup final first leg at Polo Grounds (Att.: 5,000)

Gonsalves and Werner “Scotty” Nilsen, who played for the U.S. in the 1934 World Cup, scored for the Marksmen, Siegfried Wortmann for Hakoah. Reder was in goal for the Marksmen and the Hakoah lineup included Bela Guttmann, who would go on to a spectacular coaching career, guiding Benfica to the 1961 and ’62 Champions Cup titles. The return match, scheduled May 29, 1930, was postponed by rain, and not reset until Hakoah returned from a visit to South America.

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