"If the Steel Workers lose out in the cup competition of the American League, it will not be because of lack of condition or determination for the boys are primed for this important contest," remarked on of the players after a long round of conditioning yesterday afternoon. Reference is made to the game to be played on the Steel Field on Saturday afternoon when Bethlehem Steel F. C. takes on Indiana Flooring in the first round of the cup tie affairs.
The cherished ambition of every players is to romp through the cup tie games and then oppose the St. Louis clubs for the professional and inter-league championship. If successful the outcome of the American League race will more or less dim in significance although the laurels at stake in the league are also highly coveted.
The Steel Workers have passed the .700 mark in goal scoring averages, having boosted the mark to .708. The Bethlehem players have scored 80 goals and allowed 33 against them. Fall River has a figure of .722 for one more games played but the Steel Makers' 80 goals are the largest number tallied in the league.
Anent Indiana Flooring the home clan will not be opposing the strongest club in the circuit based on statistics but one that has proven dangerous at all times and spirited with cup ambitions can be relied upon to be at their best. Indiana holds second place in the second division due to a slump of recent date but seems to have fully recovered and again playing soccer similar to that of early season when for a good many weeks the New Yorkers were at the top of the league ladder. The team has a goal average of .480 for the 35 goals scored and the 37 counted against them. However, figures mean little when goals fall in any one contest.
While it was generally understood that the price of admission will be 785 cents for all cup games, local fans will welcome the announcement made this morning that a recent ruling of the league has again altered admission. It was decided to keep the price the same insofar as general admission is concerned, meaning that fans will be admitted to the game for fifty cents. The extra twenty-five cents will involve only the reservation in the covered stand on the Steel Field. J. Walder, of Philadelphia, will referee the game where and will be assisted by P. J. Howley and Fred Smart as linesmen.
American Soccer League clubs will play six games Saturday and Sunday. Four of these will be contest in the American League Challenge cup play and the other two will be league matches.
This cup play was decided upon because of demands by the soccer fans in the twelve cities in the league who desired to see restoration of the old lose-and-out system among the leading professional clubs of the country.
There was another idea behind the cup games. St. Louis has been famous for years on account of its great professional clubs which comprise the St. Louis Soccer League. Eastern clubs have gone out there to play but the games were never more than exhibitions. When the Brooklyn F. C. went out there over the Christmas season and defeated the Ben Millers and the Scullin Steel teams, there was instant recognition of the fact that the American Soccer League caliber must be high.
This round robin of play is to produce the best team in the east that will in turn clash with the pennant winner in the St. Louis circuit in a series of three games. One contest will be played in the west and one in the east. If a third is necessary, the choice will be made after the second game has been played.
The winner of this series will be declared the inter-league champion. All the great professional players are member either of teams in the St. Louis Soccer League or the American Soccer League.
There is considerable enthusiasm all over the circuit over these games the first round of which will start this weekend.