Although it was understood that the Bethlehem Steel-Boston F. C. game, played on the Steel Field Saturday a week ago would be the closing soccer tilt in Bethlehem for the present season, fans will be favored with another game to be played on Saturday afternoon and which will wind up the American League schedule insofar as the Steel Workers are concerned.
The game became possible when it was learned that the Philadelphia F. C. scheduled for the closing game with Bethlehem was unable to secure its regular field and agreed to a transfer to this city. Since it is the home game for the Philadelphia club all local arrangements will be made by the visitors and as a result many season tickets in possession of Bethlehem fans will not be recognized for admission.
In transferring the game to Bethlehem hometown fans will be provided with an opportunity of seeing several new players in the Steel Workers' lineup. And only for this transfer it is probable that this privilege would not have been forthcoming before next year.
There are several new players on the roster of the Bethlehem club, players who have worked out with the Steel Workers for weeks and are in the prime of condition. However, circumstances were such in the league race that their inclusion in the lineup was not warranted. Now since the issue is decided in favor of Fall River, the newcomers to the Steel ranks will be given an opportunity to show their stuff in a regular game.
Of the new talent most prominent are John McClintock, a goalie, and Hugh Reid, a back, the latter more recent from Ireland, from where McCormick also migrated. McCormick had one game since signing with the Steel Workers and that was in goal for the Wanderers against Allentown, played at the latter place. Reid came to Bethlehem with a reputation of being a star player with Glentoren, a first division team in Ireland, and has made a favorable impression with his work in practice. Another newcomer who will be given an opportunity to show his stuff is Huyland, a Norwegian halfback. Although a stranger to the team he has been located in Bethlehem for some time and is employed as a draftsman in the Bethlehem offices of the Steel Company.
While this game will close the league season it will by no means conclude activities for the Bethlehem players. Nothing definite was done in the matter of a triangular series involving Boston, Fall River and Bethlehem at a league meeting held on Saturday night and as a result the clubs have gone ahead at their own initiative and arrange for exhibition games. In one of these the Bethlehem players will go to Fall River to meet the winners of the American League pennant on Sunday, May 24. Returning from this trip the Steel Workers will prepare for their invasion to Cleveland, where on May 30 and 31 they are scheduled for two games against a picked team.
An invitation to play at Brooklyn this month had to be turned down due to a conflict in dates, but it is likely that after the trip to Cleveland several more games will be played.