Who scored the first FIFA World Cup hat trick? The United State’s Bert Patenaude and it was on this day in soccer history that the forward was born in 1909 and died on this day in soccer history in 1974.
After staring his professional career in the American Soccer League (ASL) in 1928, Patenaude was called to the U.S. national team for the inaugural FIFA World Cup in 1930 in Uruguay. The Red, White and Blue opened the FIFA World Cup with a 3-0 win over Belgium and Patenaude added a late insurance goal.
Four Days later on July 17, 1930, Patenaude made history with the tournament’s first hat trick. The U.S. was facing Paraguay and Patenaude found the back of the net in the 10th, 15th, and 50th minute on the way to a 3-0 win. The feat was not acknowledged by FIFA until November 10, 2006 as there were questions over whether the second goal should be credited to Patenaude or teammate Tom Florie or as an own goal.
The 1930 FIFA World Cup was the only World Cup Patenaude played.
He continued his domestic career with teams from the ASL and St Louis Soccer League winning three U.S. Open Cup titles with the J&P Coats in 1930, Fall River/ New York Yankees in 1931 and St Louis Central Breweries in 1935.
He finished his career in 1936 with the Philadelphia Passon.
Patenaude was inducted into the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame in 1971.
1909 – Bert Patenaude, American soccer player (d. 1974)
1961 – Nigel Worthington, Northern Irish footballer
1972 – Luís Figo, Portuguese footballer
1976 – Mario Melchiot, Dutch footballer
1974 – Bert Patenaude, American soccer player (b. 1909)