The Globe -- Bethlehem
Friday, February 3, 1928
BIG SOCCER CONTEST HERE TOMORROW
Bethlehem Steel and Brooklyn Wanderers to Try Once More to Decide Cup Issue.

IN TIE BATTLE A WEEK AGO

With interest at fever heat, the soccer game to be played on Lehigh Field on Saturday afternoon promises to be waged in true characteristic cup style when Bethlehem Steel Soccer Club will make a determined bid to remain in the running for the National soccer honors and to do so will have to defeat its rival, the Brooklyn Wanderers. No other game played in Bethlehem this season has created the interest manifest in this clash which incidentally is a replay of the second round brought about when last Sunday the same two clubs battled for two hours to a one-goal deadlock.

Adequate police protection will be provided and the more rabid patrons are urged to restrain their enthusiasm insofar as it might reflect on the sportsmanship of the Bethlehem team, a reputation that Bethlehem has enjoyed ever since its affiliation with big league soccer.

Only one change in the Bethlehem lineup is likely and that will not be made unless circumstances are such that it cannot be helped. This change involves the veteran John Granger, a typical cup player and who has probably featured in more such important contests as a member of the Bethlehem team than any other player on the squad. Through his hard and aggressive playing, Granger is usually a constant visitor to the dispensary and his physical condition after completing the big Thursday training was such as to make his inclusion in the lineup problematic.

In the event that Granger is unfit, Johnny Rollo, the crack utility performer, will be pressed into service.

The Brooklyn team to invade the local field on Saturday afternoon will include several newcomers who will play their first game in Bethlehem this season. Outstanding of the new men is Jisda, a center forward, recent importation from Austria. Jisda, together with two or three other players signed just in time to make them eligible for the cup competitions.

With Jisda at center forward, the flanking wings will comprise players who possess speed, ball control and are each dangerous shots. On the right Adair and Curtis promise to give the Bethlehem defense plenty of work while the left side of the forward line will see the choice made from among Eischhoffer, Lylell, or Yule, any one of which are a dangerous threat.

As a matter of comparison, the effectiveness of the two forward lines, each recruited to its full strength, will be a matter of quite some interest to the fans. On the defense Edwards in goal, will view with Smith, the Brooklyn custodian, while the backs will see the celebrated Grosz, of Hakoah fame, and McMillan, strut their stuff in contrast to McMeekin and McDonald, the Bethlehem backs.

While Brooklyn, with Robertson, Brown and Norris, boast of one of the best halfback lines in the country, Bethlehem fans are confident they cannot be compared with the Bethlehem celebrated trio comprising W. Reid, "Bill" Carnihan, and Captain Robert MacGregor.


1927-1928
Bethlehem Steel Soccer Club