The Globe-Times -- Bethlehem
Monday, January 2, 1928
A Swing Along Athletic Row

Disastrous Weekend
Playing the most disastrous weekend away from home this season, the Bethlehem Steel Soccer Club today finds its chances of winning the first half of the American Soccer League campaign seriously threatened by both Boston and New Bedford. The Hubmen seemed in the better position to strike the stinging blow and today's game will probably decide the issue. Bethlehem's opportunity to tie the gonfalon in a knot was presented at Boston on Saturday but instead of winning and clinching the title the Steelmen were humbled by a 5 to 2 verdict against them. The even break scored at Fall River kept Bethlehem in the running. IN the matter of points Bethlehem and New Bedford at tied with 41 each, one more point than the Boston total. However, Boston is the league leader by virtue of having played one less than either Bethlehem and New Bedford and boasts the highest percentage. Incidentally both Bethlehem and New Bedford will meet the New York Giants next weekend in closing shop for the first half of the schedule.

Up to Fall River
Bethlehem's chances to win the first half of the league pennant can and practically must be improved today in the Boston-Fall River clash on the home grounds of the Marksmen. Unless the National champions take Boston into camp, there is little reason to believe that Newark can turn the trick when the Hubmen invade the Jersey town this weekend for the final game. If Boston defeats Fall River the odds will be strongly in favor of the Hubmen. Or if Boston draws with Fall River and then defeats Newark and Bethlehem defeats the Giants the points and percentage would be a draw but Boston with a better goal scoring average than the Steelmen would be recognized champion of the first half. In the New York Giants the Steelmen will meet a much stronger team in the closing game than Boston will in Newark. However, both teams are reputed as "wreckers of champions" and it remains to be seen which of the two will live up to this reputation, if any. The standing of the three contending teams, not concluding the Boston-Fall River game to be played today, is as follows:

 

P

W

D

L

Pst.

Pct

Boston

27

17

6

4

40

.741

Bethlehem

28

18

5

5

41

.732

New Bedford

28

17

7

5

41

.732

May Prove Costly
That defeat on the home lot administered by Newark against a flock of Bethlehem reserves may prove costly. But for that setback the champions would be riding pretty at the top of the circuit with one game to the good. With the regulars in harness there is little doubt but that the two points of the game here against Newark would have result in a victory for the Steelmen later reversed the decision playing practically the same team on Jersey soil. However, a game played, whether won or lost, is water over the dam, and the result cannot be changed.


1927-1928
Bethlehem Steel Soccer Club