That Bethlehem hopes of successfully defending the National soccer championship are not seriously considered by league executives became apparent when the Steelmen were scheduled for two hard league games over the weekend. In fact of the injuries prevalent among the players and the exhibition game against the Hakoahs here a week from Wednesday, the defending champions face a grueling task before going into the Eastern final National Cup round the Sunday following.
Indiana Flooring and the New York Giants are the teams Bethlehem is scheduled to face in league games over the weekend, Indiana plying on Lehigh field on Saturday afternoon. For the Sunday game Bethlehem will journey to the home grounds of the New York Giants.
What is most regretted by the local management and which will undoubtedly reflect on the league executives is that the game in New York, where the fans have always been loyal to Bethlehem and turned out in large numbers, the management will more than likely field a reserve lineup.
With all these injuries Bethlehem will be hard pressed by the two league games over the weekend. Furthermore, discounting the injuries, there is not a sufficient number of reserves available to field two distinct teams.