The Globe -- Bethlehem
Monday, March 1, 1926
A Swing Along Athletic Row

Glaring Upsets in Soccer
When Coats walloped Boston in the semi-final round of the National Challenge Cup competition and the New York Giants took the measure of Brooklyn in same competition on Sunday afternoon, the dopesters received a terrible jolt. Coats, trailing along in third last position in the league race, wasn't even given an outside chance against Boston, conqueror of Fall River. The Giants were expected to make it interesting for Brooklyn, but few of the close followers of big league soccer expected a New York victory. All of which illustrates more forcibly than ever that cup play is entirely different from league competition. The one defeat and out fires the players to greater ambition, inspires them to take reckless chances and on a whole these contests teem with spirit.

Giants vs. Bethlehem
By their victory over Brooklyn, the New York Giants will be the opponents of Bethlehem Steel in the metropolitan bracket of the semi-final round to be played on Hawthorne Field, the same field on which the Giants conquered Brooklyn, next Sunday afternoon. The winner will meet Coats in the final round of the Eastern division and then the winners of the final will be pitted against the winners of the Western division. Comparative results would give Bethlehem the break, but then, what do comparative scores amount to after such an outcome of the games in the cup competitions this season. Early this season the Giants came to Bethlehem and took over the Steelmen by the score of 3 to 2. Later Bethlehem journeyed to New York and played a one goal draw, but that game was thrown out and ordered replayed when Jimmy Douglas, a goalie, was declared ineligible. In the replay, Bethlehem defeated the Giants 1 to 0 and then later won from the Gotham booters in Bethlehem, 5 to 2. The record of these teams discloses that Bethlehem, with one exception, was better than the Giants in cup tie games. The one exception dates back three or four season, when the New Yorkers eliminated the Steelmen in a Christmas Day game in New York.

A Typical Cup Team
The Giants are a typical cup team, a club that plays best with the stakes the biggest. The success of the team can well be attributed to the brilliant work of Davy Brown, who must be recognized as one of the most dangerous forwards in American League soccer. In describing the play against Brooklyn, a local enthusiast and spectators referred to Brown as the "Red Grange of soccer." He was here, there and everywhere and the king pin of all the Giant attacks. With his speed, coupled with his accurate shooting and playing with reckless abandon, he was a continual threat to the Brooklyn defense. Brown is a player who cannot be taken cheaply and it will be well for the Steelmen to remember that. He is fast, elusive and a dangerous shot and any player that combines such assets must be seriously considered. In referring to Bethlehem's 5 to 2 victory over the Giants in Bethlehem, it is well to recall that the celebrated Brown did not appear in the visitors' lineup.

Dutch Forward a Wicked Shooter
Unless the management misses its guess, Gerritt Vesser, the Holland Internationalist and Olympic star who made his debut on the front line of the Steel Workers against Newark on Saturday, is a find of the season. This opinion we are safe in saying, was unanimous among the spectators who witnessed the game. Vesser played at inside left and although ground conditions were anything but ideal for a true display of merit the big Hollander created a very favorable impression, so much so, in fact, that he will probably be given some consideration for a berth on the front line when the Steel Workers lineup against the Giants in the cup tilt next Sunday. ON the heavy going Vesser at times seemed a bit awkward, but that might be attributed to the slushing condition of the field together with the unfamiliarity with his teammates and their style of play. He did convince everybody that when anywhere in the vicinity of the goal he is dangerous with his speedy shots.

Question of Wisdom
While Vesser created a favorable impression, his inclusion in the lineup against the Giants next Sunday is a question of wisdom for such an important cup game. His lack of familiarity with American soccer and the fact that he is not overly familiar as yet with the Bethlehem men and their style of play, might make it unwise to include him on the front line. However, the management recognizes his ability and will no doubt be more or less tempted to include him in the lineup. Special training sessions are to be held this week and with weather favorable for outdoor work, the showing of the new forward may warrant him a chance in the cup game. Vesser in physique is of the Harry Ratican and Dan McNiven type. He is tall and weighs 178 pounds, the type of player that is not easily brushed off the ball and is ideally built to carry the ball through the opposing defense. Whether he is clever in handling the ball remains to be seen. While Vesser went big in his initial tryout, another player who also looked the stuff and is capable for a call at any time is Frank Harris, who played in Carnihan's position at center halfback.


1925-1926
Bethlehem Steel Soccer Club