Great games: The Audax Italiano barnstorming tour of 1933

Audax Italiano was founded in La Florida, Chile, in 1910. The club was composed mostly of Italian-born Chileans or Chileans of Italian parentage. In 1933 the club went on an extensive tour of South America, Latin America and North America. The club left Chile in January 1933 on what was planned to be a world tour.

They had toured through Peru, Mexico, Central America and Cuba before coming to the United States in September 1933. In forty games they had won thirty-one, tied four and lost one during their tour in South and Latin America. While in Cuba a revolution broke out and the team had to rush to get out of the country. Led by the Chilean ambassador to Cuba the team arrived in Miami on September 10, three days later than planned. The club arrived with a squad of 22 players. The club was managed by Guido de Rolland. President of the club was Jose Ghiardo.

After touring Canada and the United States the plan was to continue playing exhibition games in Europe, Russia, Japan, China, Straits Settlements, Phillippines and Hawaiian islands.

On September 16 they played against a picked team from the Wisconsin State League.

On September 17 they defeated Chicago Sparta 2-0 in front of 4,000 fans at Sparta Stadium in Chicago.

They followed up with a match against the Illinois State League All-Stars. On September 24 they played against the Chicago National Soccer League All-Stars

On October ninth the Chilean team played in Hamilton. They tied an Hamilton All-Star team 1-1.

The Hamilton All-Star team was: Worton; McConnell, Morris; Dunn, Art Fairley, Moffatt; Ollie Sutton, Millar, Altars, T. McDonald, Ernie Wass. Subs: Linton, Patterson, McDonald

On Wednesday October 11 Ulster United won by a 2-1 score at Ulster Stadium.

On Saturday October 14 the Chileans played against Toronto Scottish in the afternoon. Toronto Scottish won 3-0. In the evening they played against a picked team from the Toronto & District League.

The exhibition game against Ulster United on Monday night October 16 in Toronto ended in a free for all and ended without a decision being reached. The Chilean team was leading 2-0 when fans and players ended up fighting each other. Audax right fullback Fisher received a gash on the hand.

Ulster United: Lake; Davison, Adams; Magill, Hagen, Campbell; S. Simpson, R. McNabney, Aiken, Meldrum.

Due to rain the first match in Montreal was postponed until the next day and instead was played on Thursday October 19. The Chileans defeated Carsteel by a 4-3 score at the Royal’s Stadium in Montreal. Audax scored its final goal in the last minute of the game.

Montreal Carsteel: George Jenkins; McArthur, McKean; Campbell, Finlayson, Stott; Sam Chedgzoy, Bardell, Shorrock, Ballantyne, Ford.

Audax Italiano: Stefani; Welch, Corocca; Aranda, Orrego, Gornali; O. Bolagno, Sepulveda, H. Bolagno, Avilez, Ojeda. Sub: Sorelli

Montreal Carsteel: George Jenkins; Garner, McKean; Campbell, Finlayson, Stott; Sam Chedgzoy, Bardell, Shorrock, Ballantyne, Ford.

Audax Italiano: Azerman; Caroca, Cotto; Orrego, Riveri, Gornali; Aranera, Sorelli, Avilez, Guidice, H. Bolagno.

After the match there was rumors that the Chileans were doped before each match and Senor de Roland had to offer that the trainer’s kit was examined. After the match the Chileans returned to the United States and continued their tour.

Player sketches of the Audax Italiano players:

Isaías Azerman – goalkeeper. Born on July 21, 1912 in Santiago, Chile. Of Jewish heritage. 5 foot 9 inches.

Victorio Steffani – goalkeeper. Of Yugoslavian heritage. Rated as the best goalkeeper in Chile.

Jose Caroca – fullback. 24 years old. Born in Chile.

Guillermo Cotto – fullback. 23 years old. Born in Cartago, Costa Rica.

Maximo A. Fischer – fullback. 24 years old. Born in Chile. Of Jewish heritage. Known for his ability to control the ball with his head!

Conrado Welsh – fullback. Born in Chicago but raised in Chile. Rated as the finest fullback that had ever been seen in Chile.

Luis Alberto Orrego – half back. 23 years old. Born in Chile.

Guillermo Arturo Riveros Conejeros – centre half back. Born on February 10, 1902 in Talcahuano, Chile. Former club La Cruz Valparaiso. A member of the Chilean team at the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam.

Guillermo Gornall Ávalos – left half back. 24 years old. Born in Chile.

Enrique Sorrell

Filidor Enrique Sorrell Contreras – outside/inside right. 20 years old. Born on February 3, 1912 in Linares, Chile.

Carlos Zorro Vidal – inside right. 28 years old. Born in Chile.

Joaquín Carlos Giudice Ghío – forward. 27 years old. Born June 3, 1906 in Villa Alemena, Chile. Former clubs Santiago Wanderers and Penarol (Uruguay).

Moisés Elías Avilés Obregón – forward. 24 years old. Born on February 12, 1909 in Chile.

Hernán Bolaños Ulloa – forward. 21 years old. Born on March 12, 1912 in Nicaragua. Former club Alajuelense (Costa Rica). Twin brother of Oscar Bolaños.

Tomás Ojeda

Tomás Ojeda Alvarez – forward. 23 years old. Born on April 20, 1910 in Coquimbo, Chile. Started his career with Antofagasta.

Enrique Araneda Dinamarca – forward. 26 years old. Born on November 11, 1907 in Chile.

Abel Peragallo – 32 years old. Born in Chile.

Victorio Pablo Romero – 27 years old. Born in Chile.

Manuel Iturrieta – outside right. 22 years old. Born in Chile.

Oscar Bolaños – outside left. 21 years old. Born on March 12, 1912 in Nicaragua. Twin brother of Hernan Bolaños.

Azerman; Caroca, Cotto; Orrego, Riveri, Gornali; Aranera, Sorelli, Avilez, Guidice, H. Bolagno.

Audax: Azerman; Fischer, Welch; Avanades, Riveri, Orrego; O. Bolanos, H. Bolanos, Sorrel, Aviles, Ojeda.

Audax Italiano 1933 tour results:

1933 Peru
Sporting Tobbacco 3
Audax Italiano 3

1933 Peru
Alianza Lima 1
Audax Italiano 2

1933 Peru
Sportivo Tobbacco 1
Audax Italiano 4

1933 Peru
Universidad de Chile 2
Audax Italiano 2

March 5, 1933 Parque Necaxa
América 2, Audax Italiano 4

March 12, 1933 Campo Asturias
Club España 0, Audax Italiano 3

March 19, 1933 Parque Necaxa
Atlante 2, Audax Italiano 5

March 26, 1933 Campo Asturias
Asturias 6 Audax Italiano 1

April 2, 1933 Parque Necaxa
Necaxa 3, Audax Italiano 2

April 9, 1933 Campo Asturias
Atlante 1, Audax Italiano 3

April 14, 1933 Campo Asturias
Club España 2, Audax Italiano 2

April 16, 1933 Campo Asturias
América 1, Audax Italiano 0

April 30, 1933 Campo Guadalajara
Nacional 2, Audax Italiano 2

May 5, 1933 Campo Guadalajara
Club Latino 2
Audax Italiano 5

May 7, 1933 Campo Guadalajara
Guadalajara 3
Audax Italiano 8

1933 San José, Costa Rica
Libertad 2
Audax Italiano 3

1933 San José, Costa Rica
Gimnastica Espana 0
Audax Italiano 3

1933 San José, Costa Rica
Buenos Aires 1
Audax Italiano 3

1933 San José, Costa Rica
Herediano 4
Audax Italiano 2

1933 San José, Costa Rica
Orion 3
Audax Italiano 1

1933 San Salvador, El Salvador
Salvador XI 2
Audax Italiano 3

1933 San Salvador, El Salvador
Santa Ana XI 1
Audax Italiano 11

1933 San Salvador, El Salvador
Salvador XI 0
Audax Italiano 9

1933 San Salvador, El Salvador
Sonsonate XI 3
Audax Italiano 5

1933 San Salvador, El Salvador
San Miguel XI 0
Audax Italiano 8

1933 Honduras
Honduras XI 2
Audax Italiano 4

1933 Honduras
Honduras XI 0
Audax Italiano 1

1933 Honduras
Honduras XI 3
Audax Italiano 4

1933 Honduras
San Pedro XI 0
Audax Italiano 8

1933 Honduras
Progreso XI 1
Audax Italiano 8

1933 Honduras
La Lima XI 1
Audax Italiano 6

1933 Cuba
Fortuna Havana 0
Audax Italiano 1

1933 Cuba
Centro Gallego 3
Audax Italiano 4

1933 Cuba
Juventud Asturiana 2
Audax Italiano 2

September 16, 1933 Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Attendance:
Wisconsin All-Stars 2
Audax Italiano 5

September 17, 1933 Sparta Stadium, Chicago, Illinois
Attendance: 5,000
Chicago Sparta 0
Audax Italiano 2

September 23, 1933 Sparta Stadium, Chicago, Illinois
Attendance:
National Soccer League All-Stars 0
Audax Italiano 2

September 30, 1933 Sportsman’s Park, St. Louis, Missouri
Attendance: 7,500
Stix, Baer & Fuller 6
Audax Italiano 4

October 1, 1933 Sportsman’s Park, St. Louis, Missouri
Attendance:
Stix, Baer & Fuller 2
Audax Italiano 3

October 8, 1933 Slavia Field, Cleveland, Ohio
Attendance:
Cleveland Slavia 2
Audax Italiano 4

October 9, 1933 St. Louis
Attendance:
Stix, Baer & Fuller 3
Audax Italiano 2

October 14, 1933 Detroit, Michigan
Attendance:
Michigan All-Stars 3
Audax Italiano 5

October 15, 1933 Toronto, Ontario
Attendance:
Toronto Scottish 3
Audax Italiano 0

October 16, 1933 Toronto, Ontario
Ulster United 0
Audax Italiano 2


October 18, 1933 Royal’s Stadium, Montreal
Attendance:
Montreal Carsteel 3
Audax Italiano 6

October 19, 1933 Royal’s Stadium, Montreal
Attendance:
Montreal Carsteel 3
Audax Italiano 4

October 21, 1933 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Attendance:
Philadelphia German-Americans 3
Audax Italiano 8

October 22, 1933 Brooklyn
Attendance: 2,000
Brooklyn Celtic 2 (Tommy Donnelly, Tommy Farrell)
Audax Italiano 4 (Carlos Giudice 2, Sorrelli, Moises Aviles)

The Chilean team was booked to sail for Rio de Janeiro on Saturday October 29, 1933.

1933 Guayaquil, Panama
Beering 2
Audax Italiano 6

1933 Guayaquil, Panama
Panama 6
Audax Italiano 3

1933 Tocopila, Chile
Tocopila 1
Audax Italiano 2

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