Old Regime Continues in Soccer
By the election of officers of the United States Football Association, the national soccer organization, made yesterday during the annual meeting in Detroit, Mich., it is noted that there is practically no change in the previous regime. It was expected that the delegates who had lined up with Thomas W. Cahill, expelled secretary, would insist on a change in the personnel of the executive staff but apparently lacking sufficient number of votes to put it through. With the exception of two offices, that of president and the other of treasurer, the former officers were reelected. Morris W. Johnson, of Philadelphia, succeeds Peter J. Peel, of Chicago, as president. It is understood that the election of Mr. Johnson was a foregone conclusion and that by some arrangement negotiated at the annual meeting last season, Mr. Peel withdrew from the nomination for officers. William S. Haddock, of Pittsburgh, an ex-sheriff and a very able executive, was replaced as treasurer by W. L. Cummings, of Chicago.
New President a Philadelphian
Morris W. Johnson, the new president of the association, is an investment broker in Philadelphia, residing in the suburb of Overbrook. He has been connected with soccer in Philadelphia for the last 12 years and is a member of the Philadelphia Cricket Club. He has been prominent in the Cricket Club Soccer League in that city since his college days. Mr. Johnson has been an officer of the National Soccer Association for some years, and last year, as first vice president, was chairman of the committee formed to promote soccer in the high, preparatory and grammar schools of the country. The sum of $1000 was appropriated by the National Association for the use of this committee.
League Relations Still Uncertain
While the association granted practically every request of the American and St. Louis Soccer Leagues, it is understood that their relation with the national body in regard to the annual cup competition will not be definitely decided until the next meeting of the respective circuits. It may be that the leagues, or to be more explicit, the professional side of the sport, will decide to paddle their own canoe and whether these professional teams will decide to create a competition among the clubs of their rank and file or compete in the annual U. S. F. A. competition remains to be seen. The out come of these meetings will be of great interest to soccer fans, particularly in the East and Middle West sections. It is not an antagonistic attitude toward the National Commission but believed by many of the professional boosters that for the good of the sport it might be wise to relinquish all affiliation with the amateur side and conduct professional competition exclusively among the professional teams. In the past several years this soccer has been superior to all other.
Want Leagues to Combine
Advices from Detroit state that the association went on record to instruct the American Soccer League and the St. Louis Soccer League to combine and join the U. S. F. A. as a unit. Each league sought individual membership in the association. While the friendliest relations exist between these two circuits it is doubtful if such procedure will take place. Individual membership recognized would mean representation of two representatives on the National Commission. In the event of combining as a unit in accepting membership this representation would be cut down to one. This matter is really one of the most important projects to be thrashed out at the next meetings of the respective circuits and may be instrumental in the severance of all future relations with National Association. Such a procedure would be a hard blow to the association and one that would involve probably thousands of dollars by having the strong professional clubs out of the annual cup competition.