"Boot the ball," the familiar war cry of the soccer can will echo on the Bethlehem Steel Athletic Field for the last time this season on Saturday afternoon, when the Bethlehem Steel F. C., National champions, show their stuff in the final home appearance against J & P Coats, of Pawtucket, R. I. The contest will be an American Soccer League game.
"Replaying" the game will then be a favorite diversion of the soccer loyals during the hot summer months, when uniforms will be tucked away in camphor awaiting the blast of the trumpet for the call early in fall.
In drawing Coats for the home league tilt, the Steelmen will succeed in staging a fitting climax to a season in which soccer laurels were quite liberally distributed. Bethlehem Steel , Fall River and New Bedford will be inscribed in soccer history as the clubs which performed extraordinarily, the former winning the most coveted honors in American football, the National championship; Fall River, again winner of the league race, and New Bedford, winner of the American Soccer League cup competition, for which the H. E. Lewis cup was awarded.
Clubs that did not share in the big honors yet won laurels in particular games. Of these Coats will undoubtedly point to its successful climb in the New England bracket of the National Cup competition. And there is some consolation in boasting of the New England championship, for the Thread Makers knocked out one of the most powerful clubs in the country to attain that pinnacle. Boston, a long shot favorite, was regarded as having the final stowed away, only to be bowled over by Coats, a team that rose to its peak in that crucial test. Bethlehem's victory over Coats qualified the Steelmen as Eastern finalists, and then came the one-sided victory over the Ben Millers of St. Louis, for the crown.
Bethlehem Aims to Win.
Can Coats rise to the heights experienced in the victory over Boston? If the team can pull together for this closing game, the Steelmen are assured an interesting afternoon. Inspired by the hope of avenging their elimination in the National Cup, Coats is expected to put up a determined from to registered a victory on the Bethlehem Steel lot, an accomplishment that few teams have succeeded in and one that was intact up until several season ago.
While several changes are probable before Saturday, it is likely that Carson will be in goal, with Berryman and Allan as fullbacks. The center halfback line will be the veteran trio of Captain Bill Carnihan, Bob MacGregor and Whitey McDonald. Archie Stark will make his farewell for the season in the center forward position and will [REMAINDER OF ARTICLE MISSING]