Bethlehem Steel Soccer Club




The Bethlehem Steel Athletic Field

The Bethlehem Steel Soccer Club, 1913-1930, was arguably the most winning soccer team in US history. Beginning as an industrial amateur league club and later becoming a professional club and a founding member of the American Soccer League, Bethlehem Steel dominated the American soccer scene for many years. Like most clubs since, Bethlehem Steel relied on imported talent. In the 'teens and 'twenties, Scotland and England were the main hunting grounds for US soccer scouts. In its early years, the team played on East End field in Bethlehem, Pa. Later, the Bethlehem Steel Company built a new field and stands for the team on Elizabeth Avenue in Bethlehem. Today, this athletic field, seen in the adjoining postcard, is now owned by Moravian College and used by their football team. A bronze plaque on the side of the stadium still attests to the remarkable record of the Bethlehem Steel team.

The Bethlehem Steel Soccer Club won the American Cup in 1914, 1916, 1917, 1918, 1919 and 1924. The American Cup competition was instituted in 1885 and the cup was last awarded in 1929. It is rumored that the original trophy was for sale in a Texas antique shop. The National Cup was won by the Bethlehem Steel Soccer Club in 1915, 1916, 1918, 1919, and 1926. The tournament is now called the U.S. Open Cup. The silver trophy given to winners of the tournament is named after British sportsman Sir Thomas DeWar who donated the trophy in 1914 to promote soccer in the United States. The winners of this cup in the past few years are:

1996 - D. C. United - MLS
1997 - Dallas Burn - MLS
1998 - Chicago Fire - MLS
1999 - Rochester Ragin' Rhinos - A-League
2000 - Chicago Fire - MLS
2001 - Los Angeles Galaxy - MLS
2002 - Columbus Crew - MLS
2003 - Chicago Fire - MLS
2004 - Kansas City Wizards - MLS
2005 - Los Angeles Galaxy - MLS


Ante Razov (Chicago Fire) with the Dewar Cup
after defeating the MetroStars 10/15/03


The Dewar Cup


Published in the Bethlehem Globe, July 11, 1921

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Website established: January 5, 2000
Last update: December 24, 2005

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