The Twilight Effect
If officials in general showed the inefficiency apparent in the work of Mose Bloom while tooting the whistle in the Bethlehem-New York National setto on Lehigh field yesterday afternoon, it might be suggested that the American Soccer League immediately put a ban on all twilight encounters and games played under artificial light. Perhaps Mose will have the alibi that the rain was in his eyes when he missed a hatful of decisions and incidentally decisions that were to the disadvantage of Bethlehem. The job is a hard one and the arbiter, in most instances is entitled to the benefit of the doubt, but when infractions are so glaring that they are plainly visible in the stands, there is no excuse for the official to repeatedly miss or ignore them. And Bloom missed a bushel, the most glaring of which was a penalty Bethlehem was entitled to in the first half, when Slaven deliberately handled in the restricted area. On two other occasions penalties might have been called while on a fourth to call or not to call was a matter of discretion. He missed a flock of offside plays, one in particular on which Stark was on the ball with a visiting fullback several feet ahead of him and he was absolutely blind to body tacking. When the veteran Bob MacGregor, always cool and collected and one of the most gentlemanly players ever to trod a soccer pitch, gives vent to his feelings by addressing the referee, something certainly must be wrong.
Last Minute Switches
The loose methods of the American Soccer League have been criticized probably more often than commended and last night's game justified another slap at the executives. Charles Creighton, of Boston, was originally appointed to took the whistle in the important clash but at the last minute, according to the league, he became ill or something happened, and Bloom, a New York official, was hurried along on the scene. One doesn't question Bloom's honesty, neither does one question the honesty and sincerity of the two Bethlehem linesmen, but it would seem that with the important issue at stake neither one of the three had any business to take part in the game. Neutral officials, if that distinction might be applied, would have been the logical appointments to make.
The Need of a Rule
The eligibility of players is restricted in cup ties but apparently not when a league championship is at stake. Can anyone imagine the big league baseball clubs signing up new and star talent on the eve of a world's series? They do it in soccer and the Nationals did it for the two-game series with Bethlehem. "Hooks" Leonard, an arrival last Friday from Scotland, and Mike Connaboy, a c0ompaion on the same boat, both stars with the Cowdenbeath first division club across the pond, made their debut as New York players against Bethlehem. Leonard played on the forward line and accounted for the New Yorkers' lone goal. Connaboy also was substituted to the forward line in the second half. If there is no rule restricting the eligibility of players in a playoff championship series, it would seem that one is badly needed.