The Bethlehem Steel Soccer Club comes back for another home stand on Saturday afternoon when Newark, the club that knocked the league champions out of the American Cup competition last year, will be the opponents.
The return of the Steelmen after their glorious invasion into the New England states last weekend when New Bedford was held to a tie score and Providence was administered its first defeat of the season, will be welcomed by soccer fans.
Newark will come to Bethlehem a much more formidable club than the team of last year. This has been made possible by the acquisition of several new players who have injected the strength where the club was weak.
The campaigning of Newark to date, against the strongest teams in the league, indicates that Bethlehem will be in for a hard battle. The most recent accomplishment of the team was to defeat the Phillies last Sunday in a decisive manner.
While last year probably a contrast between the Phillies and Newark would have passed up as meaning nothing, the playing merit of the two clubs thus far this season is entirely different. The Phillies hopped into prominence by decisive victories over Fall River, national champions, and in the following game by defeating the strong Boston club. Newark’s best display of strength was evident when the Phillies fell.
There has been no pennant celebration by the club thus far and it is planned to take cognizance of this feat when Boston comes to Bethlehem the following weekend. While arrangements are yet tentative, it is understood that the celebration will be a gala affair.