Joseph S. Carenza

Midfielder who was a member of the St. Louis Kutis team that won both the U.S. Open Cup and the National Amateur Cup in 1957.

Carenza advanced into the St. Louis Major League in the late 1940s, and played for several different clubs, including Streamfitters and Zenthoefer. He was a member of the Zenthoefer team that upset Eintracht Frankfurt of Germany, 2-1, in 1951.

He moved to Kutis in 1954, and played in the team that won the first two of Kutis’ six straight National Amateur Cups, in 1956 and 1957, as well as the Kutis team that won the U.S. Open Cup in 1957. Carenza then joined Simpkins in 1958, and played his last few seasons there before work injuries cut short his playing career and forced a move into the administrative side of the sport. In 1967, he became executive sports director of the Catholic Youth Council, which was a major force in St. Louis soccer over the years.

Inducted in 1982.

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