This is the challenge of the United States Football Association and the three suspended clubs of the American Soccer League to the threatened legal action mentioned in the statement of President Cunningham of the American Soccer League.
So enthusiastic were the representatives who made application for membership in the new circuit that the preliminary details will be speedily attended to so that the league can swing into action with its opening games no later than the weekend of October 13.
The member clubs of the new league will be the New York Soccer Club, formerly the New York Giants; Bethlehem Steel Soccer Club, Newark F. C., Trenton F. C., Philadelphia Centennials, New York Hakoah, a strong Jewish organization; New York Hispano, a combination of Spanish and Argentine players, and a club to play in Brooklyn. In fact three of the New York clubs will be infringing on American Soccer League territory in Brooklyn.
W. L. Lewis, of the Bethlehem team, was temporary chairman and Levi Wilcox, a Philadelphia newspaper man acted as temporary secretary, assisted by James Armstrong, of the New York Giants. League matters were thoroughly discussed and plans laid for formal organization next Wednesday at which time officers will be selected. Committees on schedules, rules, constitution, and bylaws were appointed.
Endorsed by the National Association and acting on the advice and counsel of this body the league plans were formulated. Bethlehem, Newark and the New York Giants are now entirely divorced from the American Soccer League.
The new league will be patterned much after that of the American Soccer League and will be prepared to play double headers over each weekend. Each club will submit a forfeit of $500 and all guarantees will be in keeping with those of the American Soccer League. The league will be more compact and as a result much time and money will be saved by the respective clubs. It is quite evident that the expense to operate will be far less than was the case in the American Soccer League for teams will be able to return home on the same day the game is played. For that reason the guarantee to the traveling club will be materially less than was the case in the American League.
The new league will be known as either the United States Soccer League or the Eastern Soccer League. A U. S. League is already in existence but it is understood that the circuit is in sympathy with the new organization and is willing to surrender its name.
The new league will present an opportunity for local referees. The latter have organized and have applied for a charter to be affiliated with the Eastern Pennsylvania District Association. It is quite probable that many of these will be given an opportunity to officiate whereas heretofore Horace Williams and J. Harry Carpenter were the only local referees recognized by the league. And then their assignments to referee were decidedly few and far between. The fees for the referees will be the same as those of the American Soccer League.
Among the representatives attending the meeting were quite a few who were instruments in the organization of the American Soccer League back in 1921. They were Thomas Cahill, Aleck Pringle, Hugh Magee, Morris Vanderweigh and W. L. Lewis.