No relief from the two games scheduled for the Bethlehem Steel F. C. over the weekend was granted by a vote of the American Soccer League clubs, and as a result the Steel Workers will leave on Friday afternoon to meet Boston and then Providence, on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
In view of the grand final of the National Cup competition being scheduled for Sunday, April 11, the management of the local club asked to be relieved of one of the two hard games, as a precaution against injury. Thomas W. Cahill, the league secretary, being in St. Louis on business, took the initiative in sounding sentiment of the various members of the league and asked for a vote.
But four favorable responses were received, including the vote of Bethlehem, New York Giants, Boston and Indiana Flooring favored cutting down the schedule to one game instead of two. Those who voted against were Shawsheen, Providence, New Bedford, J & P Coats, Brooklyn and Newark. Fall River and Philadelphia did not vote either way. Since six favorable votes were necessary, the Steelmen will have to go through with the games.
Rather than take chances of injury or any other condition that might jeopardize the loss of players selected for the lineup in the grand final, the Steelmen will probably bring into play the big list of reserves and that game is certain to be the one at Providence on Sunday afternoon. By doing this the club will be willing to sacrifice the two points possible in the league race.
Against Boston, the Steelmen will field their cup lineup, with the probable exception of Granger. The latter, who was injured in the New York Giant game, will be benched to rest up so as to be in condition for the final clash.