A tour of Austria to play soccer during the summer months is a likelihood for the Bethlehem Steel F. C. This became apparent today when it was learned that the Hakoah society, of Vienna, not only extended an invitation to the Steelmen for an exhibition tour, but have already gained permission for the trip.
While the Bethlehem management is receptive to such a tour for the team, the conditions covering guarantees and other expenses involved are a matter of concern. It is understood that these details will be worked out and then presented to the American Soccer League champions.
If the tour is arranged, it will probably take place immediately after the Hakoah club, now touring this country, have completed their schedule. Permission would have to be sought from the American executives, but it is believed that this would readily be given.
In the meantime the Steelmen are going ahead making plans to complete their season. Due to the late date, it is feared that the league executives might cancel the remaining games, since the championship is no longer at stake. For that reason the Bethlehem management negotiated successfully for a dual bill over the weekend where otherwise only one game would have been scheduled.
The team left Bethlehem today for New Bedford, Mass., where a league game will be played on Saturday afternoon. On Sunday J & P Coats will be the opponents of the Steelmen on the home grounds of Fall River, at Tiverton, Mass.
Whether or not any more league games will be played at home depends entirely on the disposition of the league executives. Since the championship race is decided and little other change possible in the present standing of the clubs, it is believe that owing to the late date the complete schedule of forty-four games will not be played.
The Bethlehem team started on the New England invasion minus the services of Archie Stark and Bob MacGregor. Both of these players were left at home to nurse injuries. Johnny Granger will probably take Stark's place at inside right while "Bill" Reid will replace MacGregor on the halfback line.