The bitter soccer struggle that is certain to materialize on Lehigh Field, former Bethlehem Steel playground, on Saturday is apparent by the interest manifest in the contest and the caliber of players who will wage the battle. Bethlehem Steel, national champions, will field their strongest club and so will Fall River, league champions.
There is considerable speculating among local fans on the success of Sam Marks in strengthening the Fall River club . When Harold Brittan, rated high as a center forward, together with several other luminaries on the club last year were released, there was but one conclusion and that was that Marks had secured better men.
Two new halfbacks are tossing their lot with the league champions, both of which will probably be seen in action Saturday. One of them is Hyslop, a center half, from the Grennock Morton Club, a team from which the Bethlehem team secured Robert MacGregor, the sterling Bethlehem halfback and Dave Edwards, this year's goalie. If Hyslop can toe the mark anywhere near as effective as either MacGregor, whose agility is known, or Edwards, who has shown great promise, Fall River has a find in the new center half. The other halfback is Caldwell, last year with Clyde in the Scottish league.
On the forward line it will be interesting to draw comparisons between Malcolm Goldie, Bethlehem outside left, and McEachern, Fall river's outside left. Both players came from the same club, Goldie having starred at outside left for Clyde Banks before he joined Bethlehem and McEachern succeeding him in the position. The latter is one of the Fall River's new acquisitions from abroad together with Kennedy, a center forward in the Dominion, to fill the position vacated by the release of Brittan.
Sight will not be lost of the old standbys who remain as a nucleus for this year's Fall River team. Of these the most popular are Tom Blair and Findlay Kerr, ranked as the two best custodians to do duty in the American Soccer League. Ned Tate and McGill, a pair of sterling backs; Duggy Campbell, a one time Bethlehem player, Davy Croft, Irish Internationalist, and White, an inside left the latter three forwards.
No attempt has been yet made to even select a tentative lineup of the Bethlehem team, the management withholding action until after the big practice this week. The big scrimmage goes on Thursday, afternoon and after that choice will probably be made.