Lovers of the cup tie competition in soccer will not be disappointed this season according to action taken at a meeting of the American Soccer League moguls held in New York on Sunday afternoon. When the American Soccer League clubs, recognized as the strongest in the country, withdrew from participation in the National Cup competition, many supporters of the game mourned this action contending that the most spirited and best play was witnessed in cup competitions.
However, it seems that the rivalry engendered and interest prevalent in the league games in battling for the pennant is equal to that of cup competitions but many old soccer enthusiasts refused to be reconciled to this belief. This sentiment prevailing throughout the circuit brought the matter to the attention of the soccer moguls and then for the purpose of selecting a team by the process of elimination to meet the champions of the St. Louis district in a post-season game the league executives at their meeting yesterday approved and endorsed an American League challenge cup competition which will be confined exclusively among the members of the circuit.
That the matter had been in mind for some time was readily evidenced by the approving sentiment and the draw immediately for the first two rounds with the first round games to be played on January 24 and 25. This bit of news will be welcomed by the vast army of soccer devotees.
The incentive which assures spirited battling is the fact that the National Commission will not cut in on one-third of the gate receipts in the final rounds but that the receipts will be retained in the league with certainly the clubs receiving the major portion. Should Bethlehem and Fall River appear in the final and the game be played at Fall River, it's a safe risk to bet that the game would attract no less than twenty thousand fans. The post season games to be played with the winner of the St. Louis League, the date for which is set for the first week in April, promises to be equally as attractive and draw a gate high into the thousands. The latter series will be the best two out of three with one game each on the home grounds and if necessary a third game to be played on a neutral ground.
Fall River had the breaks in the draw which gives them their first two games at home. Bethlehem steel, on the other hand will play its first cup tie game at home on January 24 and is drawn to meet Indiana Flooring. In the second round the winner of this game will meet Brooklyn or New Bedford, whichever of the latter two win in their first round tilt.
The cup competition will, it is believed, inspire a greater interest throughout the circuit and at the same time not reflect on the interest that prevails in the league games. The cup ties will intersperse the league contest and will, of course, have preference, but with the progress made thus far the finish in the league will not be delayed by the cup tilts. The draw resulted as follows:
The games to be played on the grounds of the clubs first mentioned.