Ratican Very much in Soccer
Harry J. Ratican, one of the most popular soccer players ever to sport the colors of the Bethlehem Steel F. C. and who for years held sway as the top-notch center forward, is no longer actively engaged in the sport as a player, but that does not mean that Harry has relinquished all interest in the dribbling game. In fact Ratican is probably more involved in the sport than ever before and coming out this year as the manager of a team has created quite a sensation in the competition in the western division of the current National soccer championships. Ratican is manager of the St. Louis Pants Store eleven and the trouser clan has been playing havoc with the clubs that have dominated for years in the Western Division.
Knocked Out Scullins in Early Round
Scullin Steel has been ace high in Western division soccer for a number of years, but has already taken the count in the current national soccer championship. In issuing a warning to the Eastern clubs, inspired by the upset in the Western division, it is intimated that the new one back rule has been to the liking of the Western clubs and that a surprise may be in store for the crack Eastern teams when the competition gets down to intersectional play. Not only have the Scullin Steels, of St. Louis, national finalists in former years, been eliminated before the rounds proper got under way, by the St. Louis Pants Store eleven, but all of the dozen or more strong Detroit entries have been knocked out. With the success thus far attained. Ratican promises to become equally as famed as a manager as a player. Harry has tried his hand at every angle of the sport, coming to Bethlehem as a product of the St. Louis sand lots and a fine player. Later he went to Robins Dry Docks, a club long since abandoned and then for a time coached soccer at West Point. Since he has returned to his home in St. Louis, a hot bed for the dribbling sport, and has held various managerial jobs leading up to the one he has now. Quite interesting, really, if Bethlehem and the St. Louis Pants outfits were to meet in the National final.
No Complaint to Register Here
Stressing the hard luck that has trailed the Bethlehem Steel clan in cup draws and games, players, management and fans can find no fault with the break of good fortune that has been their lot in the draw of the American Soccer League clubs in the National Challenge Cup competition now underway. Bethlehem has been mighty fortunate, getting Newark as an opponent for the first round. For the second round the Steelmen will meet either Philadelphia or Trenton, the opponent to be the one to survive the replay between these two clubs this weekend. If Trenton wins the game will be played at Trenton. If Philadelphia wins, Quaker City fans will see the Steel Workers in action.
Can Boston Repeat
Most of the interest in the second round National cup game will probably center on the tilt involving Boston and Fall River. Boston will meet the champions and present league leaders on the home grounds and every indication points to a torrid battle. If Boston can repeat the feat of last season, Fall Rive will be consigned to the can so far as future campaigning in the cup tie competition is concerned. It was the Hubmen who eliminated Fall River in the American League Cup competition last season. Regardless of which club wins, another dangerous opponent will be eliminated. Another game that carries with it more than usual significance is the New Bedford-Coats fracas which will be played at New Bedford. The draw makes Bethlehem's chances in the cup competition brighter than it has been in the last several seasons.