Stoneham Knew His Soccer
Charley Stoneham knew his onions when it came to dabbling in soccer. The wise owner of the New York Nationals, the Polo Grounds and all that goes with the baseball outfit, watched the progress of soccer in this country until he considered the time ripe to step in, and in he stepped to buy the Indiana Flooring franchise and team at the start of the present season. Stoneham immediately began to revamp the outfit and succeeded in developing a winning club. In his first year as a manager he enjoys the distinction of putting across the Eastern finalist in the National Cup competition and has a swell chance of grabbing the cup honors. Stoneham's club tied with the Chicago Bricklayers, the latter Western finalists, and the two teams will again go to bat in Chicago over the coming weekend. Victory was denied but a balm to any troubled conscience relative to the out come of the repay was the attendance which is estimated at no less than 16,000 and more likely closer to 20,000. That game alone made it worth while for the magnate to step into the soccer picture. The attendance, it is understood, surpasses the record for a cup final in the East at Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, two years ago.
Replays and Extra Periods
In no other previous soccer season has the campaigning in the cup and league games been as closely waged. This is evident by the many replays, extra period games and draw results which prevailed in the games this season. The first half of the American Soccer League race was a tight affair, decided only after the very last game was played. Among other close games was the draw result after extra periods in which the Steelmen were eliminated by Brooklyn in the National Challenge Cup; the extra time session necessary for Bethlehem to defeat Boston on Saturday in the first game of the final round for the Lewis trophy; the extra time deadlock between the Nationals and Chicago Bricklayers in the final of the National Cup, and many other such games which could be dug out of the resume of the season to date. It means that the development of soccer has progressed in leaps and bounds and that playing merit is pretty equally distributed among the contending clubs. The days when one club could tie up for all the major soccer laurels seems to have faded into oblivion.