According to the Steel management, a practically entire new lineup comprising reserves and new men, will take the field against the Jerseyites in the American Soccer League tilt. The game affords the opportunity for these players to display their merit and at the same time is a precaution against possible injury in nursing along the regulars in preparation for the cup games.
Most interest will probably be centered in the debut of Gerrit Visser, a Dutch Internationalist, secured by the club several weeks ago, and Frank Harris, a more recent arrival with big league experience abroad. Both these players will sport a Bethlehem uniform for the first time.
Visser joined the club with quite a reputation as a forward. He represented Holland in nine international games and also was a member of the Dutch Olympic team, which was defeated in the final for the championship. In spite of this brilliant career, Visser is quite young. He can play either an inside position or center forward.
If he makes good at center forward, the position he will be seen in against Newark on Saturday, his acquisition will be a most welcomed one. Archie Stark, Bethlehem's premier goal booter, has really been without a capable understudy and as a result has been forced to play in games whether in condition or not. Stark is deserving a good man and if Visser makes good, will more than likely get it.
Harris, another new member, is a left halfback and will make his debut in that position. His big league experience abroad was with the Manchester United, but for the last several seasons has been playing in Canada. With the reserves available, Bethlehem's celebrated halfback line, comprising Messrs. Carnihan, MacGregor and McDonald, will be conspicuous by their absence on Saturday.
While Newark has failed to flash winning form and is low in the second division of the league table, nevertheless, the Jerseyites have turned in quite a few close games and it is usually against the Steelmen that they give their best.
The field is rapidly being put into condition, but will need some moderate weather during the next several days. The snow has all be cleared, but a heavy coating of ice makes the playing pitch more treacherous than if some of the snow had been allowed to remain.