The importance of keeping the home record free from defeat was never before this season as important to the Bethlehem soccer team as in the pending clash with the New York Giants in an American Soccer League game here Saturday afternoon.
Although leading the league by a comfortable margin, the advantage is not such that the national champions can afford to take chances, particularly so with many of the following games to be played away from home and against teams that have spent small sized fortunes in bolstering the strength of the teams.
Bethlehem meets the Giants on the home field on Saturday afternoon in the last home game for two weeks. The following weekend the club will make a New England invasion and on this trip will engage Fall River in the last league meeting this season.
With two games away over the following weekend the club will make a New England invasion and on this trip will engage Fall River in the last league meeting this season.
With two games away over the following weekend the importance of winning the home clash here on Saturday is stressed if the club expects to retain its position at the top of the league standing.
The meeting with the Giants promises to be anything but a pink tea, if previous meetings between these two clubs are a criterion. Bethlehem has the advantage of wins thus far this season, but meets a club that has always made the champions fight hard.
In the games against Bethlehem the work of Geudert, the Giants’ goalie, has ranked him as one of the foremost custodians in the circuit. He is always on his game against Bethlehem and his sensational saves of labeled shots has been a matter of much concern to the local players.
The Giants will field a well balanced club, a defense that is strong and effective and a forward line fast and aggressive. In fact, the aggressiveness of the forwards has contributed much to the success of the team this season and has paved the way for Davy Brown to amass the high goal scoring total of thirty-nine which is the highest individual scoring in the circuit. The acquisition of the Hakoahites has added the strength sought to bolster the New York team and has given the club one of the most formidable aggregations in the league.
The big Bethlehem practice was held this afternoon, after which the team will be selected for the game on Saturday. It is understood that there is some doubt relative to several of the positions. Reid, former Philadelphia halfback star, who was recently purchased by Bethlehem, will probably play his first game as a member of the champions.
Reid joins the club with the reputation of being one of the best defending halfbacks in the circuit, a layer whose characteristics are clean in spite of his hard playing, and one that can thoroughly be relied upon no matter how severe the pressure. If Reid does play he will probably play in McDonald’s position.