The Globe-Times -- Bethlehem
March 11, 1927
Local Champions Likely to Clinch League Victory in Next Few Games

The final practice in preparing for the invasion of the J & P Coats soccer team, of Pawtucket, R. I., here on Saturday afternoon, was a spirited affair carried on on Lehigh field by the Bethlehem Steel soccer team on Thursday afternoon, after which the team to oppose the Threadmen to the American League contest as selected.

The management is partial to the same lineup as the one used last Saturday against Philadelphia, with the exception of a change on the forward line. Against Philadelphia Granger started the game at inside left but gave way to Forrest at the start of the second half. Granger was injured in that game and although ready for an assignment, Forrest will probably be the choice to start the tilt.

Expect to Clinch Victory

With this lineup it becomes apparent that the Bethlehem management is anticipating a hard and close game and in the race to clinch the American Soccer League championship is taking no chances against the Rhode Islanders. The champions do not need many more victories to clinch the league honors and are determined to have the decisive result made known as soon as possible.

After the game on Saturday the home affairs for the remained for the season will be few and far between. In fact, the visit of the Coats makes possible the last home game for this month and with the arrangement of the cup draw, which includes Bethlehem away for the first two rounds, it will be late in April before the Steelmen come back to their home bailiwick.

Bethlehem Steel Soccer Club