1923 US Open Cup Final: Paterson FC claims New Jersey’s “tainted” first title

1923 US Open Cup Final: Paterson FC claims New Jersey’s “tainted” first title
Action from the 1923 National Challenge Cup Final between Paterson FC (Paterson, NJ) and Scullin Steel (St. Louis, MO). 15,000 fans were in attendance at Harrison Field on April 1, 1923. Photo: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

A little more than 94 years ago, in a New Jersey stadium located in what is now a parking lot near Red Bull Arena, Scullin Steel (St. Louis, MO) and Paterson FC (Paterson, NJ) met in the 1923 National Challenge Cup Final. To date, it remains the only time that Missouri club and a New Jersey club have met in the US Open Cup Final, although this year’s Final featuring Sporting Kansas City (which is based on the Kansas side of the city) and the New York Red Bulls is as close as you can get.

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