Five Times a Winner
There seems to be some controversy as to the number of times the Bethlehem Steel soccer team has annexed the U. S. F. A. cup competition, anent by a query reaching this department. The cold statistics disclose that the present champions have annexed the honors on no less than five occasions, a record unequaled by any of the major soccer teams in this country. The first cup tie championship, was won in the season of 1914-15 and the Steelmen came through another title the following year. Entering the competition as the defending champion for the third consecutive year, Bethlehem lost out in the final, finishing runner-up for 1916-17. The championship stride was attained the following year and again for two consecutive season -- 1917-18 and 1918-19 -- Bethlehem was crowned National champion. Then following a long lapse, in which other teams shared in the glory. The famous Bethlehems of yesteryear were broken up, many of the players going to other clubs in the American Soccer League, and then started a period of reconstruction. New players were signed and incidentally released and it was not until the start of last year that the club had secured a personnel which was entirely satisfactory. The result was that after several season of experimenting Bethlehem came through for another National championship and will enter the competition, which for Bethlehem starts on Saturday at Philadelphia, as the defending champion. The record in league competition has been one of the most imposing ever experience by a Bethlehem soccer team. That is why Bethlehem is favored to be successful in defending its title.