Bethlehem Steel's chances in competing to determine the championship of the American Soccer League will probably be determined over the weekend when they go away for two of their hardest games on the second half schedule. The New York Nationals, who have a fighting chance of overhauling the Steelmen, will also be engaged in two torrid encounters.
The Bethlehem team will invade New Bedford and Providence, and usually when the Steelmen visit the Metropolitan district it is to meet the stiffest opposition in the league. New Bedford just nosed out Bethlehem for second place in the first half of the schedule and is again in the runner up position in the second half race.
Providence, the team managed by Sam Fletcher, former Bethlehem fullback, usually takes keen delight in trimming the cup champions and the encounter on the home lot of the Rhode Islanders will hardly be an exception. To win one of the two games would just about put Bethlehem in the running for the league playoff, which will be started on June 2.
The Nationals, National Cup champions, and contending for Bethlehem's position in the second half of the league race, will be away for both the weekend games. On Saturday the Nationals will meet Boston, winner of the first half of the league schedule, and a quite formidable opponent. Boston, after a poor start, seems to have again struck its stride, and if anything the odds will be in favor of the Hubmen.
In New York on Sunday the Nationals will engage in another one of those things whereby a riot squad of policemen will again have to patrol the park. The Nationals collide with the Giants on the latter's home lot and some quite interesting doings can be expected.
The Nationals inched a bit closer to the Steelmen when they defeated Providence by the score of 1 to 0 in the twilight game played at the Polo Grounds at night. As night exponents of soccer the Nationals seem to be the class having defeated Fall River, Bethlehem and now Providence in the night games, each by the margin of one goal.