Many soccer fans contend that the Bethlehem Steel Soccer players have not let loose to the full extent of their ability in the American Soccer League games played to date. Any doubt relative to this assertion will be revealed when the Bethlehem clan tackle Indiana Flooring on the Steel field on Saturday afternoon.
Every soccer laurel possible will be at stake in this contest for it will be the first round of the American League cup competition which ultimately will decide the logical representative of the circuit to compete against the winner of the St. Louis league for the National professional soccer championship.
While hard and spirited games have been witnessed in the American Soccer League thus far this season and more of the same caliber are to follow, it cannot be denied that the playing in contests is not spirited as that waged in the competition. The stakes are not as heavy and naturally while players give their best in league games they seldom take the chances they do in cup competition.
Speculation on the lineup for the cup competition is rife among the fans who will anxiously await the definite announcement which should be forthcoming the day before the game. In the forward line greatest doubt exists at the outside position where Johnny Granger, who fitted in nicely with the combination against Fleisher on Saturday, will fight it out with “Sturdy” Maxwell. The remainder of the front line will probably be the same as it has been with Rollo and Goldie, the left wing, Stark, center forward, and Georgie Forrest, outside right.
In the halfback line the only doubt of choice seems to rest between “Bob” MacGregor and “Whitey” McDonald where merit will hardly be considered but rather field and other conditions on the day of the game. “Bill” Carnihan at center half flanked by Robertson will comprise the remainder of the line.
The selection of the backs, also presents some doubt which involves the Ferguson brothers. In recent games the veteran “Jock” has been given preference over his younger brother, Davy, but it is likely that the latter was rested up just for the cup competition. As for the other back not the least doubt exists but that “Jock” Young will be at his regular position. Carson, in goal, will probably complete the defensive side of the team.