Since it has become known that the management is seriously considering transferring the team, several cities have already made a bid for the franchise. Newark, it is understood, is one of the cities which would welcome Bethlehem with open arms and attractive overtures have also been made by Trenton to have the club transferred to that city.
However, the management has not definitely determined to make any changes, future action depending largely on the reception accorded the team with the league experiment in Philadelphia.
The reason for the change back to home loam for the New York National game is on account of the Football Association of Pennsylvania and Eastern District having a double header in that city. Bethlehem was prevailed upon to remain at home, contending that by playing the game in Philadelphia it would detract greatly from the interest of the twin bill which had previously been scheduled. The double header is being played for the purpose of trying out players capable of making the Olympic team to represent America. The receipts of these games will be contributed to help defray the expense of the trip to Holland, Amsterdam, where the Olympics will be held next June.
If the game on Saturday happens to be the night cap of big league soccer in Bethlehem, it would prove a fitting climax to many years of campaigning of the Steelmen in this city. A more formidable opponent than Charles Stoneham's Nationals could not be desired. T he Nationals, it will be remembered, are finalists in the National Challenge Cup, emblematic of soccer champions of the United States.
It is also likely that when Bethlehem fields the club on Saturday afternoon a newcomer will be seen sporting the blue and while of the local clan. William Barrie, a brother of James Barrie, a crack player on the Bethlehem defense last season, joined the team last Friday and having shaken off his sea legs and benefited by a few licks of practice with the Bethlehem team, will probably be seen at a fullback position.
James Barrie, the elder brother and regarded as one of the best backs in the league last summer, is contemplating returning to America and if he does will cast his lot with Bethlehem. Barrie was injured early in the season and returned home for special treatment.