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Tricolores defeat Cuba, USA for first regional crown
CONCACAF Retro Gallery: Mexico, 1947
Mexico won its first North American Football Confederation Championship title by defeating the United States and host Cuba in a three-team tournament held at Havana's Estadio La Tropical played July 13-20, 1947. This regional event was the first staged by the North American Football Confederation (NAFC), a year following the governing body's founding.
In 1961, the NAFC would merge with the CCCF (Confederación Centroamericana y Caribe de Fútbol) to form what is now known as CONCACAF.
After capturing consecutive gold medals at the Central American & Caribbean Games (1935, 1938), Mexico had a entirely new group of players and were under the direction of Hungarian-born head coach György "Jorge" Orth in 1947.
Mexico opened the inaugural NAFC tournament with a 5-0 win over the U.S. on July 13 behind a three-goal performance by forward Adalberto Lopez (3', 35', 85'), while forward Angel Segura (53') and midfielder Rodrigo Ruiz (78') scored one apiece.
"The North Americans were very noble, but strong and physical," said Lopez in Carlos F. Ramirez's book - Selección Nacional."The first goal was like the many I have scored in the Mexican championships and consisted with yours truly getting ahead of the defense."
Four days later, goals by Lopez, Segura and forward Carlos Septien gave Mexico a 3-1 triumph over Cuba, which sealed the Tricolores' first North American title.
The consecutive victories in Cuba extended Mexico's unbeaten streak to 13 games and it had not lost an international match since the 1934 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Playoff (2-4) against the U.S. in Rome, Italy.
Lopez remembers in Ramirez's Selección Nacional: "Coach Jorge Orth didn't have too much time to put this team together as everything happened so fast: the player's invitation, the decision to go, and finally the tournament.Despite the short notice we still played well."
"I remember that Coach Orth surprised us saying that we would only play with three forwards: Antonio Flores, Septien and myself.However, we had a fully compact midfield composed of four players as I think this formation was accepted in those times and for myself it made it easier to score goals."
Host Cuba concluded the first NAFC tournament with a 5-2 victory over the U.S. on July 20.
NOTES:Adalberto Lopez was the top scorer in the Mexican League from 1947-1949...Mexico captured three of the four North American Nations titles (1947, 1949, 1991)...Canada would be the only other country to obtain the crown in 1990.
Mexico Roster - 1947 North American Football Confederation
GOALKEEPERS: Raul Landeros (Tampico), Federico Villavicencio (Atlante FC)
DEFENDERS: Sergio Bravo (Real Club España), Juan Gomez (Atlas CF), Alberto Medina (Atlante FC), Alfonso Montemayor (Leon)
MIDFIELDERS: Salvador Arizmendi (Atlante FC), Juan Jasso (CD Guadalajara), Mario Ochoa (Club América), Rafael Orozco (CD Guadalajara), Rodrigo Ruiz (CD Guadalajara)
FORWARDS: Javier De La Torre (CD Guadalajara), Julian Duran (Real Club España), Antonio Flores (Atlas CF), Adalberto Lopez (Leon), Max Prieto (CD Guadalajara), Luis Reyes (CD Guadalajara), Angel Segura (Atlante FC), Octavio Vidal (Club América), Carlos Septien (Real Club España).
TD: Jorge ORTH
1947 NAFC Results
La Habana, CUBA; Estadio La Tropical
13.07.1947: MEXICO - USA 5:0 (2:0) (A: 5400)
Adalberto LOPEZ 3', 35', 85'; Angel SEGURA 53'; Rodrigo RUIZ 78' pen
MEX: Raúl Landeros - Alberto Medina, Sergio Bravo, Alfonso Montemayor, Rodrígo Ruíz, Salvador Arizmendi, Antonio Flores, Julian Duran, Adalberto López, Angel Segura, Carlos Septién.
TD: Jorge ORTH
USA: Walter Romanowicz - John Machado, Manuel Martin, Joseph Rego, Joe Ferreira, Jesse Braga, Frank Moniz, Ed Souza, John Souza, Ed Valentine, John Travis.
TD: Andrew M. BROWN
R: José TAPIA (CUB)
17.07.1947: CUBA - MEXICO 1:3 (0:1) (A: 30000)
José MINSAL 82' - Carlos SEPTIEN 29'; Angel SEGURA 59'; Adalberto LOPEZ 80'
CUB: Juan Ayra - Jacinto Barquín, Enrique Martinez, José Ovide, José Minsal, Francisco Alvarez, Roure, Antonio Mederos, Antonio Villalón, Manuel Briso, Buxadera.
TD: Marcelino MINSAL
MEX: Raúl Landeros - Alberto Medina, Sergio Bravo, Alfonso Montemayor, Rodrígo Ruíz, Salvador Arizmendi, Javier De La Torre, Max Prieto, Adalberto López, Angel Segura, Carlos Septién.
TD: Jorge ORTH
R: Sam GABIN (USA)
A1: José TAPIA (CUB)
A2: Carlos Esteva TEJADA (MEX)
20.07.1947: CUBA - USA 5:2 (2:0) (A: 4000)
Antonio VILLALON 22', 28'; Luis GIRONELLA 61'; Antonio MEDEROS 68'; Santiago VEIGA 70' -
Ed SOUZA 49'; Ed VALENTINE 59'
CUB: Juan Ayra - Jacinto Barquín, Enrique Martinez, José Ovide, José Minsal, Francisco Alvarez, Santiago Veiga, Antonio Mederos, Antonio Villalón, Luis Gironella, Buxadera.
TD: Juan ARENAS
USA: Walter Romanowicz, John Machado, Manuel Martin, Joseph Rego Costa, Joseph Michaels, Jesse Braga, Frank Moniz, Ed Souza, Ed Valentine, John Souza, John Travis.
TD: Andrew M. BROWN
R: Carlos Esteva TEJADA (MEX)
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