The Bethlehem Steel Soccer team has completed training for the first round of the American Soccer League cup competition against the Philadelphia F. C. on the latter's home pitch, at Tenth and Butler streets, on Saturday afternoon. A strenuous program of training was the routine during the week, the players showing the same pep and dash as was witnessed when working for the recent National cup classic against the St. Louis Ben Millers.
Bethlehem will field the same club which won the National championship with the exception of one player. Whitey McDonald, right halfback, will be on the shelf. McDonald is nursing a dislocated elbow, which, although much improved, does not yet warrant his inclusion in the lineup. Furthermore, the management is more concerned in having him available for later round games, providing the team makes the grade.
Gossip emanating from the Quaker City that the Phillies are out to scoop in the biggest coup of the soccer season has served merely to inspire the local aggregation. Down in Philadelphia fans are quite confident, basing their attitude on the sensational late season work of the Phillies, who bowled over some of the top notch clubs in league games. The advantage of playing at home is also believed to be a big asset to the rejuvenated Phils.
On the right wing will be Johnny Granger, veteran of cup games, and who is usually at his best in settos of such importance, at inside right, and Johnny Jaap, recognized as one of the season's finds, at outside right. With this quintet functioning perfectly, the Philadelphia backs and goalie promise to be busy individuals on the field.
The combination of Allen and Barryman is sufficient to ensure Bethlehem rooters that the defensive department of the team will be well taken care of. Berryman was not quite on form against the Ben Millers last Sunday, but with that one bad game out of his system, should come back to play a slam bang game. As for Allen, he has but to repeat his efforts of last Sunday to contribute to a Bethlehem victory. Dave Carson will be in goal. The team will leave for Philadelphia on Sunday morning.