While Bridgeport is a new club not a few of the players are familiar to local fans with Stevens the outstanding celebrity in the ranks. Prior to the reconciliation between soccer factions the Bridgeport club was known as the Hungaria F. C. and held a berth in the Eastern Soccer League in which Bethlehem was also identified.
Opportunity of the Eastern League clubs to make application for membership in the Coast League was presented and the Hungarians, sporting one of the strongest outfits, was an applicant along with Bethlehem, Giants and Hakoah. Before being accepted, however, the merits of the team were passed upon by a special committee appointed for this purpose and approved as being capable of coping with the best in the big major league circuit in the East.
Therefore, Bridgeport is now one of the select group of soccerites in the East and as such has gone to great ends to develop a team representative of this circuit. Stevens, who knows his soccer from Alpha to Omega was selected as the miracle man to bring the Hungarians up to war strength and the fiery little center forward formerly with New Bedford and New York Giants, has spared neither expense nor time in his efforts to produce a first class club.
Playing the pivot position himself, Stevens has fortified his surroundings on the front line with players of big league ranking and has balanced off the attacking department with a defense that is quite capable of holding its own. The Bridgeport leader is a big threat in himself and his devastating work against ambitious contenders for titles is best recalled by his goal getting proclivities in the National cup game played against Bethlehem last season when almost single-handed he assisted the Giants in rolling up one of the biggest scores ever against Bethlehem in eliminating them from the money round of the cup competition.
After the game today with Hakoah the home players will have a brief rest before tackling Bridgeport the next opponent in the climb to the top of the league standing and fans are fortunate in having another major attraction here so soon. Usually when a holiday game is given the next listing calls for an away from home affair.
Bethlehem has yet to test the prowess of the Saturday foe, meeting Bridgeport for the first time this season in a league clash, and with this in mind along with the important of gaining points if the team is to continue as a contender for the league lead, there is no danger of breaking up the combinations that have performed so excellently in the last several league affairs.