The Globe -- Bethlehem
Thursday, August 5, 1926
A Swing Along Athletic Row

Tom Cahill Out of Soccer
For the purpose of adopting a schedule, the American Soccer League held a meeting at Providence Sunday. The schedule drawn up by President Cunningham was not accepted and will have to be materially revamped before satisfactory to the league. Most important of the meeting was the resignation of Thomas W. Cahill from an advisory position with the league. Tom, after years devoted to the promotion and development of soccer, is washing his hands entirely of American Soccer League activities. The writer, for one, does not believe that Cahill will retire. Soccer is his first and last love and after years devoted to it, surely is not retiring to give his remaining years to some other pursuit. Tom stands pretty solid in the St. Louis district and there is where he probably will locate. This might be a good thing for soccer, since the East is recognized far superior to the Wets in its brand of play. Cahill might work to inject some imported stock in the Western teams and if he succeeds, the Western teams should become more of a threat in challenging for the National supremacy. Cahill didn't like the idea of being dropped as secretary to act in an advisory capacity.

A Tribute to the "Old Roman"
While it has frequently been intimated that Cahill played politics and for that reason has been shorn of his power as secretary of the big professional soccer league, he is deserving of the credit for thoroughly establishing the game in this country. A clipping from a Boston newspaper reached this desk in which the following tribute to Cahill, in spite of what his faults might have been, will be approved as well merited:

"Tom Cahill has been identified with the kicking game for many a year -- in this country as an executive and across the pond as pilot of teams sent to Europe to cement international soccer relations with "old country" clubs. As a matter of fact, Tom Cahill worked harder for soccer than any other individual in the United States. Last season he was secretary of the American Soccer League, but recently when Mr. Cunningham succeeded Fred Smith, of Brooklyn, as president, the new head of the circuit naturally desired a Boston man to handle the secretarial duties. However, it was the vote of the league delegates to keep Mr. Cahill in an advisory capacity, but the veteran impresario of the sport, when waited upon by a committee, refused to accept the advisor position and preferred to step down altogether.

Anent Mr. Cunningham
The writer does not know Mr. Cunningham personally and therefore is no judge to criticize his executive abilities. The season will tell. We are told that Mr. Cunningham has been an ardent soccer devotee for a very brief period and in that event will probably have much to learn. We do know, however, that if Mr. Cunningham devotes the time and efforts to soccer that has been the lot of Thomas Cahill and along the right channels, the game will grow bigger and better and his success is assured. There can be no politics or lending an ear to undue influences. Everybody must get a square shake and it is on the latter that the success of the league is assured.


1926-1927
Bethlehem Steel Soccer Club