With the ambition to capture national soccer honors for the fifth time, the Bethlehem Steel booters will carry their quest for possession of the Dewar trophy to its penultimate stage on Sunday afternoon when they meet the hitherto dark horse of the competition, the J & P Coats F. C. of Pawtucket, R. I., in the Eastern final, at Kinsley Park, Providence, R. I.
The inclusion of Johnny Granger, inside right for the Steel men in the Sunday lineup it was stated at the Bethlehem training quarters is very uncertain, although all the other players are in excellent physical condition and with the exception of the one position, the team will lineup the same as against the N. Y. Giants last Sunday.
In that game Granger sustained a leg injury in the last half and although able to finish, the injury developed more seriously than first anticipated.
With Granger out of the lineup, Vesser, the Holland internationalist, may get an opportunity to play in a big cup classic. Although a member of the team hardly more than a month and with only one league game packed away, and that on a wet and heavy field, he has impressed the management sufficiently to warrant a tryout.
In his one tryout, Vesser impressed as being a dangerous shot, apparently able to direct his drives from most any position when in the vicinity of the goal. He has a terrific kick, the ball traveling with speed and dangerous if opportunity presents itself. Another player to be considered for the position is Jim Purvis, former Philadelphia scoring ace, who has been a member of the Steel clan all season. He ranks within the list of the leading league scorers with a total of only nineteen games. Choice, it is understood, will be made one way or the other between these two players.
The team will leave for Providence on Saturday morning and instead of going by boat from New York, as has been the usual custom, will complete the journey by rail. This will enable the team to arrive in Providence on Saturday night and assure a good night's rest.