Brooklyn Served Knockout Potion
Analyzing the playing of the game here on Saturday afternoon when the Bethlehem Steel Soccer Club lost the second round replay of the U. S. F. A. cup tie, it is hard to conceive a reversal of form so apparent in the work of the Steelmen and yet having practically all oft he second half of the game and how it was possible for Brooklyn to gain the one goal advantage. Nevertheless, it was done and as a result of that defeat the Steelmen are not alone shorn of the chances of annexing the National title but lose heavily financially when the returns of a semi-final and probably final round could have been applied to good advantage in maintaining the club. It's all over. Of that there is no doubt and probably putting on the sob stuff at this time is uncalled for. However, something was wrong with the Bethlehem club and unless the ailment is diagnosed and the Steelmen go into their American Soccer League cup competitions displaying better form, defeat is staring them in the face.
Played Typical Cup Tie Form
In contrast to the playing of the Steelmen, Brooklyn was a typical cup tie team on Saturday. The rushing, kicking game adopted by the visitors and their speed on the ball was a much more effective game than Bethlehem's short passing and ball manipulating style. That the Steelmen failed to adapt themselves to the condition of the heavy going on a muddy field there is no doubt, especially in the first half. Brooklyn got the upper hand and played with an aggressiveness characteristic of a winning team.
Criticize the Defense
The criticism of the defense is well merited. However, the forwards were not entirely entitled to be spared in sharing adverse panning. From the instant McDonald, with seemingly plenty of time to clear, slipped the ball back to Edwards and came within inches of scoring an accidental goal, the defense seemed to go to pieces. The clearances were in contrast with the lusty drives of Brown, the visitors' center halfback, and McMillan, the sorrel topped Brooklyn back. They did what Bethlehem should have done, lashed the ball down the field for great distance. "Too much Dundee soccer," as one ardent rooter declared in leaving the grounds, about sums up Bethlehem's style of playing in the first half.
Why Spare the Forwards?
If the New York Giants with the aggressive Davy Brown and his front line playmates had been presented with the opportunities accorded Bethlehem, the Gotham tribe would have probably beaten Boston by seven more goals. And perhaps Brooklyn if presented with the same opportunities Bethlehem was, could have won in a far more decisive manner. The Steelmen's ineffectiveness on corner kicks was glaringly weak. It is hard for one to conceive fourteen corner kicks -- five in the first half, seven in the second half and two in the over time -- and not one of them productive. And added to these opportunities the many foul kicks just outside the penalty area. A half a dozen at least on which more often than not the ball was cleared immediately and without entering into a scrimmage. Such was the work of the forwards and one can form his own conclusions.
George Lambie, of Boston
Sympathies are as a rule with an arbiter, be it soccer, football, baseball or any other sport for it is quite easy to "miss one." In the case of George Lambie, of Boston, the latter "missed one" that any one from any location on the spacious field could not help but detect and one that no doubt proved quite costly. It was along in the second half when the Steelmen, playing a much better brand of soccer than in the opening period, were pressing close to the Brooklyn goal the ball seemed deliberately handled. Plainly visible to practically all of the spectators but missed by the referee, Robertson, it is believed, was the guilty party, who knocked it down. The Steelmen's protest went unheeded and while ready enough on another occasion to consult the linesmen, Lambie paid no attention to the cries of "foul." Yet the referee took out time early in the game to prevail upon an officer to intercede against the rooting of Bethlehem fans.