Gold was a starting member of the Hakoah-Vienna soccer team in the 1920s. In 1926, the club toured the United States and played ten games in front of a total of 200,000 people. One of the games was played in front of a record crowd of 46,000 at the Polo Grounds in New York City (the New York Yankees drew only 42,000 that day). The record headcount stood until 1977.
Birth and Death Dates:
b. 1902 - d. unknown
Gold, a right fullback for Hakoah, was one of the best players on the team when they toured the U.S. in 1926. Considered one of the best defenders in Europe, Gold was also a regular for the Austrian National team in the 1920s; he appeared in two international games in 1922.
After touring the U.S. with Hakoah-Vienna in 1926 and 1927, Gold signed with the New York Giants of the American Soccer League for the 1927-28 season. He appeared in 28 games that year and scored one goal in the ASL Cup. He then played in the ASL in 1929-30 for the Hakoah All-Stars, appearing in 19 games. Hakoah finished third in the league.
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The American Soccer League, 1921-1931: The Golden Years of American Soccer, by Colin Jose (Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1998)
New York Times, May 2, 1926
New York Evening Post, April 23, 1926