Philadelphia-area teams were an ever-present force in the American Cup throughout the 1910s.
From 1910 through 1920, Philadelphia-area teams would appear in nine American Cup finals, winning
the final six times.
1913 marked the first time the American Cup final was held in Philadelphia. And, as the Fates
would have it, a Philadelphia team, Tacony FC, who had won the tournament in 1910, would be
competing in the final.
When Tacony FC traveled to St. Louis in December of 1911 in one of the first tours pitting the
largely immigrant-based East Coast teams against the largely native-born teams from the West, they
had lost only three games in two years. The confidence they felt on departure proved to be
premature and they returned to Philadelphia with a 4–4 draw against St.