Bushes Have Their Attraction
Across the pond soccer fans are loath to concede the game in this country to be on a par with the European brand. IN American there are many critics who will agree that probably on the whole the sport has not reached the stage of perfection witnessed in England and Scotland, but also that there are plenty of bright spots in American soccer that would make it interesting for the European big timers. Their reason for this belief is based on the display of many foreign big leaguers who come to this country to play. American clubs are, in the opinion of the European critics, what the minor leagues are probably to major league baseball -- sort of bush league outfits. However, whispers come floating to our ears that some of the English outfits are sitting up and taking notice and that there are several American players who would be welcome acquisitions on their club.
Stark and McDonald, Players Sought
Players that would undoubtedly find ready berth on first division clubs abroad are Archie Stark and "Whitey" McDonald. Stark especially for his exploits of the last several seasons, has attracted wide attention. In fact, overtures have been made for his services. Someone living in New Bedford, it is said, is a staunch admirer of the Newcastle United Club of England and is reported to have been prevailed upon to interest the Bethlehem center forward in going to England. "Nothing doing," says Stark, "this little old U. S. of A. and the team I am plying with are good enough for me. I started soccer in America and here is where I stay. Maybe, some day I will be on a team that will invade foreign shores for an exhibition tour. If so, that is the nearest I will get to playing in England."
Greater Respect After Seeing Jackson
Foreign interests have apparently gained a greater respect for American players since the return of Alex Jackson to his native heath. He came to America a novice, but with a fundamental knowledge of soccer. However, it was the experience he got as a member of the Bethlehem Steel team in its league and cup campaigns that earned him the distinction of being the greatest outside right in Europe today. Scarcely a week goes by but that some or all of the athletic publications in England and Scotland devote columns in describing the brilliant exploits of Jackson. "If Americans made Alex, maybe they are developing others," is probably the thought sinking deeper into the minds of our soccer brethren abroad.