The second New England invasion in as many weeks took place today when the Bethlehem Steel soccer team left here at 11 o'clock in the morning en route to New Bedford, Mass., for the second round tournament of the American Soccer League cup tie competition. New Bedford qualified for the round by defeating the strong Brooklyn Wanderers and a hard game is anticipated by the Steel Workers.
Although in previous meetings except one when New Bedford downed the Steel Workers, the Bethlehem clan looked the best but since those games the New England dribblers have been materially strengthened and are now ranked second only to Fall River in that District.
Realizing the prestige to be gained by a victory over the strong Bethlehem team and also the fruits in store for the latter rounds of the competition, New Bedford can be expected to give the invaders a hard battle. In their efforts they will be inspired by thousands of home town enthusiasts. It is estimate that close to 10,000 will witness the game since it is the only soccer title listed among league clubs in that district on Saturday.
When the Bethlehem Steel Workers left on the trip everyone expressed confidence of returning with the laurels and was in fine fettle for the game. Strenuous sessions of practice were held this week and the team work and goal shooting was practically perfect. The lineup of the Bethlehem team is somewhat in doubt insofar as two positions are concerned and the choice will depend largely on the ground conditions. If the going fast and dry the veteran "Jock" Ferguson will pair off at fullback with Young where if the ground is heavy it will be Davy, the younger of the brothers who will get the assignment.
Ground conditions concern also the choice for the inside right on the forward line. This choice is pending between "Sturdy" Maxwell and Johnny Granger. IF the ground is heavy it will most likely be "Sturdy" Maxwell whose ball control under such condition is perfect. If the turf is dry and fast Granger will probably get the call.
Carson will be in goal with the celebrated halfback line comprising Capt. Carnihan, at center half and flanked by McDonald and the veteran MacGregor. Archie Stark at center forward with Georgie Forrest at the outside berth on the right wing and Goldie and Rollo comprising the left wing. With this lineup the Steel Workers hope to annex the cup victory.