The opportunity for local soccer fans to turn out and express their approval of the way the Bethlehem Steel F. C. have been doing things in soccer competition this season will be presented on Saturday afternoon when the Steelmen oppose New Bedford in an American League game. It will be the first opportunity the fans will have in welcoming the team since winning the eastern final in the National Cup competition.
In New Bedford he Steel Workers will, no doubt, meet the stiffest opposition for the visitors deprived of a chance at the National Cup, are now aiming to overhaul Fall River for the American Soccer League honors. New Bedford is the runner up contender to Fall River and incidentally is trailing in second place by a margin of only four points. The team will, therefore, be out for a victory against the Steelmen.
In the league standing, the New Bedford is in a better position than Bethlehem. However, the New Bedford clan have played in more games the Bethlehem and have also lost more points than has the Bethlehem team.
An attractive feature of the New Bedford-Bethlehem game will be that the visitors will be represented by three former Bethlehem players. Neil Turner, the veteran outside right with Bethlehem for a number of seasons, will be seen at that position with New Bedford. At the inside right position will be Sturdy Maxwell, also a former popular Bethlehem player, who when on his game is conceded one of the cleverest manipulators and distributors of play in the game. The former Bethlehemites will comprise the New Bedford right wing. The third former Steel Worker is Lorimer, the visitors' outside left.
Illness has caused several drastic changes in the Bethlehem lineup and new faces will be seen at both outside positions on the forward line. Malcolm Goldie, the outside left, is confined to his home with illness, and will be missing in the Saturday game. Johnny Jaap has been called to his home in Pittsburgh because of illness in his family.
For above position vacated, the management will trot out Georgie Forrest for the outside right berth, while on the opposite wing Arthur Robertson will receive the assignment. Jim Purvis will pair off with Forrest on the right, while Rollo will be at inside left on the opposite wing. Archie Stark will be in the center position.
Otherwise the Bethlehem lineup will be the same as the team which completely outclassed Coats in the Eastern final at Providence, last Saturday. The probable lineup of the clubs follows:
Bethlehem Steel -- New Bedford
Carson -- G -- Murdock
Berryman -- RFB -- Cowan
Allen -- LFB -- Hunter McDonald -- RHB -- Welsh
Carnihan -- CHB -- Montgomery
MacGregor -- LHB -- Sinclair
Forrest -- OR -- Turner
Purvis -- IR -- Maxwell
Stark -- CF -- Stevens
Rollo -- IL -- McLeavy
Robertson -- OL -- Lorimer
Referee: Tom Cunningham.