State Cup - History

Eastern New York State Soccer Association sponsors various cup competitions.

Five of the cups are named for and honoring individuals who were instrumental to the growth of the game in this area.

Dr. Randolph G. Manning
Dr. Randolph G. Manning organized the Southern New York State Soccer Association, the predecessor of ENYSASA, and was the first president of both the Southern New York State Soccer Association (SNYSSA) and the United States Soccer Association in the 1913-1920 Era.

Dr. Manning had been born in England and then was educated in Germany, particularly at the University of Freiburg. While in Germany, he had been involved in the formation of the Deutscher Fussball Bund in 1900.

Born: December 3, 1873 - Lewisham, England Died: December 1, 1953 - New York, NY


Jack Flamhaft

Born: February 28, 1905 - New York, NY Died: June 1977 - Brooklyn, NY

Attending Fordham University, which unfortunately did not them have soccer on its sports curriculum; He joined New York Hakoah where he eventually became the guiding light for more than 30 years and earned a respected playing career in the American Soccer League.

In 1928 while still attending law school he became a delegate to the old New York State Football Association in which organization he rapidly rose and held high office for a good many years. First as Hakoah delegate to the American League he later served five years as president of the professional organization. Having been a delegate to the USSFA conventions continuously since 1935, it was inevitable that his capabilities, knowledge, experience and leadership be drafted into the service of the National organization.

His official life in the Federation included service as president for a two-year term beginning in 1959. In his time as president and in many other official capacities, now as an attorney he was responsible for numerous laws and the Constitution and By-Laws of the USSFA. However, his greatest victories were won in court where he represented the USSFA in litigation in the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals of the State of New York, in which the prerogatives, power and authority of the USSFA were challenged.

Joseph J. Barriskill
Born: 1889 - Belfast, Northern Ireland Died: December 1981 - Paradise, CA

Joseph J. Bariskill played and later managed the successful Crescent Club in Brooklyn. As a Field League delegate he attended the New York Soccer Association annual meeting then became a state delegate to the USSFA. He was first elected vice president of the parent body in 1932 and from 1934 served a two year term as president.

Chairman of the National Challenge Cup Committee from 1928 to 1940 Treasurer of the New York Soccer Association, with the exception of three years, from the reorganization in 1928 to 1948. Acted as executive secretary of the USSFA from 1944 to 1950 without pay and pulled the association from near bankruptcy. He was a champion long distance cyclist in his native Northern Ireland.

Joseph J. Barriskill served as Secretary of the U.S.S.F. for forty plus years until he retired at the age of 90.

Rudolf Heidecker

Rudolf Heidecker served the Southern New York State soccer association for many years and was President of the Eastern District soccer league.

Livio D’Arpino
Livio served in ENYSASA as 1st VP for Amateur and Youth, Select program, ODP program for ENYYSA, Rules chairman, State cup chairman for both Youth and Amateur, and many other committees until his untimely death on Christmas day, 2002.

Pelini Cup was renamed in 2007 to the Joseph Lombardo Cup

Joseph Lombardo
Joseph emigrated from Italy in 1947 and immediately joined the St. Bernadette Soccer Club as an active member. Class of 1984 NSHOF Born: March 1, 1925 – Italy Founder of the Brooklyn Italians SC in 1949 he served the club as secretary from 1951 to 1954 and again from 1957 to 1972 and as president from 1954 to 1956. In 1958 he helped found the Italian-American Soccer League of New York and served as Referee Assignment Chairman for the league. From 1967 thru 1972 he served with the National Soccer League of New York and then as registrar and senior administrator of the Southern New York State Association from 1969 to 1984. Founder of the Brooklyn Italians SC in 1949 and the Italian-American Soccer League of New York in 1958. Registrar and senior administrator of the Southern New York State Association from 1969 to 1984. Joe Lombardo Passed away on July 3rd 2007.


Sergio Carbone

Sergio Carbone served as Fourth Vice President of ENYSASA and President of the Italian Soccer League for many years until his untimely death at the young age of forty-four.

Fritz Marth
Born: February 23, 1935 - Essen, Germany Died: Died November 11, 2002. Moved to the United States in 1952
Served with the US Army in Korea. Married Sonja in June 1964 and had two Sons: Fritz (b. 2/23/66) and William (b.4/14/71) 

Fritz Marth was involved with soccer for his entire life. Growing-up in Germany he was a devoted fan of Rot-Weiss Essen, a club still in existence today. Within days of his arrival in the United States, he became a member of the Hoboken Soccer Football Club 1912, one of the oldest soccer clubs in the United States. He served the club as a player, administrator, and manager.

Locally, he was also actively involved in the Cosmopolitan Soccer League, the New Jersey Soccer Association, and the Eastern New York Soccer Association. On a national level he served as a dedicated volunteer to the United States Soccer Federation holding various administrative posts and later becoming a full-time employee of its affiliate, the United States Amateur Soccer Association.

Detailed Soccer Résumé
CLUB - Hoboken Soccer Football Club (1912) 1954-1955

  • Recording Secretary 1956-1957
  • General Secretary 1959-1963, 1967-1968
  • 1st Vice President 1964-1966
  • Manager, 1st Senior Team 1969-1973
  • Manager, Boy’s U-12 & U-14 Teams 1974-1984
  • General Manager 1985-2002
  • Treasurer.

LEAGUE - Cosmopolitan Soccer League (German-American Football Association)

  • 1963-1964 1st Vice President
  • 1965-1983 Secretary General
  • 1976-2001 Games (Scheduling) Chairman
  • 1983-2002 Secretary Emeritus / Life Member

STATE - New Jersey Soccer Association

  • 1965-1966 1st Vice President
  • 1967-1972 President
  • 1980 Voted Life Member
  • 1987 Elected to the NJSA Hall of Fame

STATE - Eastern New York Soccer Association

  • 1972-1983 Secretary General
  • 1986 Voted Life Member
  • 1997 Elected to ENYSA Hall of Fame

NATIONAL - US Soccer Federation / United States Amateur Soccer Association

  • 1966-1981 USSF Council Member
  • 1968-1976 US Olympic Soccer Committee Member
  • 1976-1982 Region I Cups Coordinator
  • 1979-1980 USSF Restructuring Committee
  • 1981-1983 Region I Director
  • 1984-1987 Registrar
  • 1983-2002 Administrator of the US Amateur Soccer Association
  • 2002 Voted Life Member of USSF

OTHER 1994 Selected by the national press as a Winner of the MasterCard “Ambassador of Soccer” award for outstanding contribution to Soccer in the United States by a foreign born citizen (representing Germany).

Salvatore Rapaglia

Salvatore Rapaglia was born in Sicily Italy in 1941. He came to NY in 1956 when he was 15 years old. He attended Lincoln High School in Brooklyn, NY and was their star soccer player. He has donated much of his free time to the game of soccer.

He has crossed the country many time representing, NY as president of ENYSASA for the last twenty-five years. He is a proven leader of local Italian teams and leagues for over 40 years, Palermo, Fiorentina, Calabria Roma, Brooklyn Italians and the NESSL are some of the clubs and leagues he has been involved with since the early sixties.

Sal has held numerous positions within USSF, serving on the Professional Committee in 1992-1994 and the US Coaching Committee. In 1990 he was elected president of the ENYSASA and in 2006 he received the USASA Werner Fricker Builders Award for his tireless energy and dedication to the game. He also received the Livio D’Arpino Award given by Region 1.

Sal serves on the USASA Hall of Fame Committee.
Sal’s Favorite Quote “What’s your point”



Starting with five years as president of the National Soccer League of New York from 1966 to 1971, Donnelly gave over 23 years to soccer administration. He was president of the Eastern New York Senior Soccer Association from 1972 to 1977 and in 1977 founded the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association.

He began his first chairmanship of a USSF committee in 1978 with the appeals committee, a position he held for nine years. From 1982 to 1985 he was president of the Cosmopolitan Soccer League and in 1985 managed the Brooklyn College soccer team, winners of the gold medal in the All Nepal Football Cup. He was a member of the U.S. National Team Delegation to the 1988 Olympic Games in South Korea.


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About the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup

Dating back to 1914, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is the oldest cup competition in United States soccer and is among the oldest in the world. Open to all affiliated amateur and professional teams in the United States, the annual U.S. Open Cup is an 90-year-old single-elimination tournament.

In a nutshell, the U.S. Open Cup is very similar to domestic cup competitions popular throughout Europe, South America and the rest of the world. Cup competitions, which usually run concurrent with a country’s league season, are open in the early stages to any club that can qualify, giving local amateur teams a chance to compete against the best teams a country has to offer.

In leagues like the English Premier League, the Serie A in Italy and the Bundesliga in Germany, cup competitions are prestigious tournaments waged between a country’s strongest teams like Manchester United, AC Milan and Bayern Munich, and smaller teams like Watford F.C. in England, a small-time club that hit it big in 1984 by making it all the way to the F.A. Cup Final. Just two years ago, unfashionable Chesterfield of the Second Division (the third flight in England) advanced to the semi-finals of the 1997 F.A. Cup in England before finally losing. The winner of each country’s domestic cup competition, in addition to taking home the prize money, is automatically placed into a tournament to compete against neighboring countries cup winners.

In Europe this tournament is known as the Cup Winners’ Cup competition, and in North and Central America it is the CONCACAF Cup Winners’ Cup, which was first competed in 1992.HISTORY OF THE U.S. OPEN CUP As the oldest, annual team tournament in US sports history, the U.S. Open Cup dates back to 1914 when the Brooklyn Field Club won the first national title by defeating the Brooklyn Celtics in Pawtucket, R.I. First instituted as the National Challenge Cup under the aegis of the United States Football Association, it was conceived as a competition open to all players (amateur and professional) and based upon England’s Football Association Cup format.

During the Open Cup’s early years, teams sponsored by industry in the East’s urban centers dominated the competition. Bethlehem Steel (Pa.) won four Open Cup titles between 1915 and 1919, while Fall River F.C. (Mass.) won five national crowns between 1917 and 1931, tying Bethlehem Steel (a winner also in 1926) and Maccabees S.C. of Los Angeles (1973, 1975, 1977, 1978 and 1981) as the tournament’s only five-time winners. Although there have been numerous back-to-back winners (eight overall by seven different teams), only Greek American AA of New York, N.Y. have won three consecutive crowns (1967-1969).

While teams sponsored by industries in the East’s urban centers dominated the Men’s Open and Amateur Cups until the 1950s, the teams from the West and Midwest have flexed their muscles in the later years. In fact, California alone has garnered the lion’s share of success, winning 10 titles since 1973. Missouri, Illinois and Florida have also appeared regularly on the winner’s list. Although it is now a complete "knock-out" tournament, with a few exceptions the US Open Cup final was a two-leg, home-and-away series between 1928 and 1968.

Despite the prominence of the North American Soccer League from 1967 to 1984, NASL teams rarely showed the inclination to enter the US Open Cup competition. In fact, until the emergence of Major League Soccer, full professional teams were almost non-existent in the competition. That has changed in the last four years, though, with MLS taking part since 1996, thus helping to make the tournament a true "national" championship.



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