Bethlehem Steel will meet he New York Giants in two games over the weekend of May 15, playing the Saturday game at New York. By the home-and-home-game method, the aggregate score of both games will decide the issue, with the team scoring the most goals in the two contest advancing to the final round.
Because of the small gates at Bethlehem, the New York Giants threateneed to scratch their game with the Steel Workers in the semi-final unless assured a heavy guaranatee to cover the expenses in making the trip to Bethlehem. The Giants agreeed to play the game in Philadelphia or at Brooklyn on a fifty-fifty basis of the gate.
No definite action was taken by the local management, although it was intimiated this morning that Bethlehem, sooner than forfeit the right of playing one of the games on the home field, and in consideration to those who have been loyal in the support ofthe big league soccer here, will agree to the guarantees to have the Giants here for the game.
Bethlehem Steel has to eliminated the Giants to aspire to the top as finalists in the Metropolitan district. Up in the New England bracket, the clubs still eligible for the final are Boston, New Bedford and Providence. The final round will be played on the same basis of home-and-home games.
Although the date for the semi-final round was set for next weekend, the league executives yielded to pressure brought by several clubs in arranging a league schedule over the next weekend and postponing the semi-final in the cup competition until a week later. There were numerous protests but to no availa nad as a result a league game is given precedence over cup tilts for the first time in the history of American soccer.
Owing to the lateness of the season, several clubs have forfeited the points in games still scheduled. Philadelphia forfeited four to Bethlehem and a like number was awarded to the Steel men at the expenese of Shawsheen. With ten points coming their way as a result, the Bethlehem team is now tied with Boston for third place, with a total fo 49 points. New Bedford is second with 55 points.