Although the Philadelphia F. C. is hardly expected to give the Steelmen the opposition some of the other American League clubs might, the Steel Workers, profiting by their unexpected setback in the exhibition game against Wolfenden Shore recently, are quite serious in their preparations for the second round National Cup tie game which will be played in Philadelphia on Saturday afternoon.
The Quakers, since reorganized and under new management, have displayed a far better brand of soccer than heretofore, and have several notable games to their credit. Then again the contest is a cup affair which as a rule brings out the very best the players possess.
Training for the game was started yesterday afternoon. Handball is being resorted to as a conditioner and the courts in the Steel gym were utilized by the players. Just what lineup the management will decide upon will probably depend on the weather and field conditions for the game. However, it is doubtful if any drastic changes will be made over that of the team which appeared against Fall River last Saturday.
Archie Stark, forced to play under wraps against the league champions last Saturday because of an injured knee, came through the game none the worse for the experience. It is expected that by Saturday all traces of his injury will have disappeared and that he will be at his best for the cup affair. It is also probable that Johnny Rollo will be back in harness at the inside left position in preference to Arthur Robertson.
Determined to give soccer a trial, Michael "Gyp" Downey responded to the invitation of the management to come out with the team and reported yesterday for his first workout with the Steelmen. Although handicapped by an injured shoulder, Downey went to the task immediately and started to limber up with several rounds of handball. The management believe that with the athletic prowess of Downey that he is a valuable acquisition and while he probably will not be used for some time, can be developed into a crack goalie.
Rumors reached Steel headquarters that Findlay Kerr favored returning to Bethlehem. However, the report is not taken seriously for it is not believed that Fall River would consent to the transfer.