The Globe -- Bethlehem
Tuesday, May 12, 1925
A Swing Along Athletic Row

All-Star Soccer Team
With the soccer season in the American Soccer League practically at a close some critics venture forth to select an All- Star soccer aggregation, a task that is by no means easy with the high class celebrities included in this loop. As expected exception can be found in the choice of these critics for some positions. Such condition is not surprising for it is only natural that home town admirers were certain to be more or less partial to home town players and fail to recognize merit where others see it. Every team in the American Soccer League can boast of at least two or three players of first division caliber and with the many players eligible for a place in such a team it is difficult or practically impossible to make a selection that would be unanimously approved. However, where the critic has the courage of his convictions and sets it down in type he should be complimented rather than criticized in the attempt to fine comb the American Soccer League and then have the courage to reveal his choice. An All-Star soccer aggregation selected by the Inquirer, is as follows:

First Team

 

Second Team

Player

Team

Position

Player

Team

Steel

Boston

Goal

Kerry

Fall River

Masrshall

Brooklyn

RFB

Kelly

New York

Tate

Fall River

LFB

McArthur

Boston

Hamil

Boston

RHB

McPherson

Fall River

Fryer

Fall River

CHB

Carnihan

Bethlehem

MacGregor

Bethlehem

LHB

McKenney

New York

McNab

Boston

OR

Adair

New Bedford

A. Stark

Bethlehem

IR

Best

Providence

Brittain

Fall River

CF

Stevens

Boston

Morley

Fall River

IL

McKenna

Fall River

Fleming

Boston

OL

Goldie

Bethlehem

Where Opinion Differs
Then after all the choice of such a team is nothing more than a matter of opinion and most certain to vary to a great extent. Such opinion is based on merits expounded by the individual seen in action. However, there are times when athletes, soccer players, of course included, are not at their best and mayhap it is the misfortune of the writer to see such players in action at their worst. The manner in which the schedule was arranged presented the opportunity of seeing each club in the American Soccer League playing on the home ground no less than twice each season. With such opportunity opinino could be more or less intelligibly founded. In analyzing the merits of the various individuals a selection that varies to quite some degree to that of the above is submitted:

First Team

 

Second Team

Player

Team

Position

Player

Team

Kerr

Fall River

Goal

Carson

Bethlehem

Masrshall

Brooklyn

RFB

Robertson

Brooklyn

J. Ferguson

Bethlehem

LFB

McMillan

Boston

McIntyre

Boston

RHB

McDonald

Bethlehem

Carnihan

Bethlehem

CHB

Hamil

Boston

Fryer

Fall River

LHB

Herd

Indiana

McNab

Boston

OR

Hogg

Brooklyn

Carlson

Indiana

IR

Croft

Fall River

A. Stark

Bethlehem

CF

Brittan

Fall River

J. Ballantyne

Boston

IL

Rollo

Bethlehem

Goldie

Bethlehem

OL

Brown

Giants

The Veteran Jock
Jock Ferguson, the veteran Steel Worker, as choice for left back on the first team, is not influenced by the popularity of this player throughout the circuit, as some might think but sincerely believed that on merit alone the "Old Guard" was capable of holding his own with the rest. Ferguson was used by the Bethlehem management in the hardest games of the season and was not found wanting. He might have slipped a bit in clearing but his excellent judgment, clever maneuvering and field generalship it is sincerely believed owes him this distinction. Goal is another position where choice is hard to make but in singling out Kerr and Carson as the foremost custodians we believe that the choice will be approved by the impartial fan. Indiana Floor makers may root for Brown, Brooklyn for Smith and Boston for Steel and while this latter trio stand out prominently we do not believe that either can touch Carson or Kerr. MacDonald and McIntyre stand out boldly in our opinion as the leading right half back and favoritism for either of this pair for the first team would not be misplaced. Eliminating Carnihan and Hamil, the latter of Boston at center half, the next choice would probably be Montgomery. Fryer, Fall River and Herd, Indiana, we mention for left half back, but if influenced by the least partisan attitude would not for an instant hesitate in placing Bob MacGregor the Bethlehem half back at the head of the list. In this trio the choice is likewise hard to make.

Many Good Forwards
Good forwards are also in abundance in the circuit but in its selection of Archie Stark, recognized as the premier center in the country, the choice would be the unanimous selection of soccer fans throughout the circuit. McNab, of Boston and Hogg, of Brooklyn, impress strongly as the leading outside rights with Carlson, of Indiana, and Croft, the Irish Internationalist, of Fall River, at inside right, Stevens, of Boston, and Best, formerly with Providence are good center forwards, but for second choice we believe that Harold Brittan has it on both of them. At inside left we hand the honor to J. Ballantyne, of Boston, and Johnny Rollo of Bethlehem. On the outside left it is probably more difficult to select and right here is where we expect the most opposition. There seems to be more good talent for inside left in the circuit than any other position on the team. The speedy Goldie is a wizard at that position and is probably the most feared wingman in the league. He may lack slightly as a goal getter but his other brilliant assets readily offset that disadvantage. Davy Brown, of the New York Giants, we believe has the call over Whitey Fleming, of Boston, as well as Yule, of Brooklyn, and McGhee of Fleisher, all of which can be classed with the leading inside lefts. For honorable mention on the front line we would include Bob Millar as being at his best at inside left.


1924-1925
Bethlehem Steel Soccer Club