March 14, 2012
ANOTHER FALLEN LEGEND
Souza, member of 1950 World Cup team that shocked England, dies at 91
John "Clarkie" Souza, a member of the U.S. National Team that stunned England in the 1950 World Cup, has died. Souza passed away in a Dover, Pa. nursing home on Sunday at the age of 91.
Souza's death leaves only two surviving members of the legendary team that secured that 1-0 victory in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, midfielder Walter Bahr and Frank Borghi. Another member of the side, Harry Keough, died last month.
Souza, who was named to the 1950 World Cup all-star team by Brazilian sports newspaper Mundo Esportivo, also played in the 1948 and 1952 Olympics.
While he was not related to another departed member of that team, Ed Souza, "Clarkie" played on several teams, including the Fall River Ponta Delgada team that won the National Challenge Cup in 1947 and the National Amateur Cup for three consecutive years, from 1946 to 1948.
Souza joined to the New York German-Hungarians in 1951 and again was a member of the National Challenge Cup and the National Amateur Cup championship sides that year. Souza played many games at the Met Oval in Maspeth, Queens, which still stands today as the home of the Met Oval youth and Academy teams and the Brooklyn Knights in the Premier Development League.
He was born in Fall River, Mass. on July 12, 1920.
Souza scored three goals in 14 international appearances for the U.S. during a time in which a National Team game was a big deal.
Souza was a member of the 1950 WC team that stunned England, 1-0, in one of the biggest, if not biggest, World Cup upsets in Brazil some 61 years ago.