Ed Souza

A forward who was a member of he United States team that beat England in the 1950 World Cup in Brazil.

Souza played six full international games in a national-team career that lasted from 1947 to 1954. He broke into the national team when Ponta Delgada of Fall River, Mass., the club team in which he starred, was sent as a unit to represent the United State in the 1947 North American Championships in Cuba. He played against Cuba and Mexico in that tournament. He wasn’t picked for the full national team again until 1950, when he played against England and Chile in the World Cup. He then was capped against Scotland in 1952 and Mexico in a World Cup qualifier in 1954.

Souza twice was a member of teams that won the U.S. Open Cup and the National Amateur Cup in the same year, Ponta Delgada in 1947 and German-Hungarians of Brooklyn in 1951. He nearly accomplished that feat in 1950 as well, when Ponta Delgada won the Amateur Cup and was runnerup in the Open Cup, and won the amateur cup for a fourth time with Ponta Delgada in 1953.

Of the many big scoring efforts that Souza had in his career, perhaps the best was the five goals that he scored in Ponta Delgada’s 10-1 win over Carondelets of St. Louis in the 1947 National Amateur Cup final.

Inducted in 1976.