Lining Up for the Cup
Along about this time of the season soccer interest swerves to the cup competitions and it will not be many more weeks before the first round games are played in the National Challenge Cup throughout the country. At a recent meeting of the U. S. F. A. the pairing for the first round was made in all the districts, including those in the Western Division which will get started two weeks after the Eastern Division have launched their cup games. The National Challenge Cup, the blue ribbon classic of the country, will be conspicuous this year by the absence of the outlawed American Soccer League clubs. It was the opposition of the outlaw outfit relative to participation in this competition which caused the rift between soccer factions.
The Fight in the East
Unless some other club accomplishes the unexpected, the laurels for the Eastern division will probably involve four clubs. These are Bethlehem, Newark, New York Giants, former American Soccer League members, and the Hakoah All-Stars. These four teams are without doubt the most formidable eligibles in the East this season. The cup games to be played on Feb. 2 or 3 will see Bethlehem pitted against the Canton S. C. of Baltimore, on that latter's pitch. The pairing for the first round is such that the four above-mentioned clubs should come through their games with little effort.