Soccer, one of the popular Fall sports, will make its advent in Bethlehem for the 1925-26 season on Saturday afternoon when the Bethlehem Steel F. C. fire their first gun on the Steel Field in the American Soccer League campaign.
Runner-up to Fall River, league champions last season, and eliminated in the cup competition which eventually brought the National professional title to the Boston Hubmen, the Steel Workers are determined to retrieve some of the honors previously held by t he team and hope to get started in the league grind with a decisive win.
Indiana Flooring, of New York, the team which in recognition of playing and coaching ability, recently appointed Bob Millar, the veteran forward and former Steel Worker, as player manger, will be the Bethlehem opponents in the opening league match. Millar has collected a bevy of soccer stars which includes some of the players who comprised the team last season.
With the visitors it will be a team intact and one that is practically definitely arranged for the season. Indiana Flooring can hardly boast of as many players under contract as Bethlehem but what they lack in number is more than offset in quality. Indiana Flooring can be expected to field one oft he strongest clubs in the league.
While in some spots the Bethlehem outfit is still an uncertainty the practice this week will determine the players to sport the Blue of Bethlehem in the opening game. Two departments especially will be given attention for with the loss of Turner and Maxwell, the right wing severely blasted. However, Granger, Forrest, Cameron and Purvis, the latter two new acquisitions, are the eligibles. Either one of these players in a combination should be able to hold down the assignment.