Soccer fans are forming parties to journey to Brooklyn by bus and more than one of these convenient vehicles will be chartered. Others are banding together to benefit by an excursion rate on the railroad and all in all indications are that five hundred, if not more, local enthusiasts will be on hand to root for the eastern representatives.
It has been several years since Bethlehem had the opportunity of annexing the National championship and more significance is probably attached this year to the contest than ever before. Since the days when the Steelmen made it a habit to win titles, interest has seemed to wane, but with the present day competition it is realized that the game will produce a battle worth seeing.
With its entire foreign lineup, the Bethlehem has earned the reputation of being the finest eleven in this country in the style of game that flourishes abroad. So on Sunday when the grand finale in the National Challenge Cup competition is played at Ebbett's Field, the style that is held in such high esteem abroad will be tested out as Bethlehem is called upon to face the fast, young Ben Miller F. C. of St. Louis, foremost exponents of the so-called American style.
The system of play used by Bethlehem is the "carpet" or "pattern-weaving" style which calls for skill, accuracy and superior technique.
In the present cup competition's earlier rounds, through which the Steelmen came without defeat, their power was amply demonstrated. Not one of these games was played on a Bethlehem pitch and the hostile out-of-town spirit prevailing amidst the crowds had to be discounted.
The Ben Millers had no such difficult task, as they played only one of their cup contests abroad.