A revamped Bethlehem Steel Soccer Club may line up against Brooklyn in the American Soccer League game to be played here on Saturday afternoon due to the many injuries again hampering the club.
While it is not definitely ascertained, Johnny Jaap, the brilliant little outside right, may be among the veterans who will be forced to the sidelines. In announcing the lineup his name was included but it was intimated that his condition will have to improve considerably if he is to be used.
Another veteran who will be absent and an important cog in the forward line of the Steelmen is the veteran Malcolm Goldie. It is practically certain that Goldie will not play for Arthur Robertson is named to take his position, while Johnny Rollo will break into the lineup at inside left.
To add to these worries the club will be minus the services of McConnell, the leading goal scorer in the league. McConnell was injured at Hartford last Sunday and it is doubtful if he will be ready for the next couple of weeks.
In spite of these changes players are quite optimistic and more determined than ever to avenge the lone defeat suffered this season and scored against Bethlehem by Brooklyn. Intensive sessions of training were carried on this week and the players that will be used are in good physical condition.
Hugh Reid, the big Irish fullback, who returned to the club this week after an absence of two years, will see service in the game on Saturday. Both Barrie and Allan, regular backs, are among the daily visitors to the dispensary, and the backs for the Brooklyn game will be McMeekin and McDonald, both newcomers to the club this season.
Brooklyn will include in its lineup several of the former Hakoah players and will field practically the same team which gave the league champions one of the most humiliating setbacks in their career. The forward line with Adair, Curtis, Nelson, Eisenhoffer and Yule is especially dangerous, being fast and tricky and accurate in locating the goal.
The strongest asset of the Wanderers is probably the defensive side of the club with Grosz, former Hakoah star of two seasons back, and McMillan, recognized as two of the strongest backs in the league. Robertson, Drucker and Morris form the halfback line while in goal the visitors will have the sensational Smith as custodian.
As an added feature of the game the early arrivals will be entertained by music furnished by the Portuguese orchestra. The probable lineup follows:
Bethlehem – Brooklyn
Edwards – G – Smith
H. Reid – RFB – Grosz
McMeekin – LFB – McMillan
McDonald – RHB – Robertson
Carnihan – CHB – Drucker
MacGregor – LHB – Morris
Jaap – OR – Adair
Stark – IR – Curtis
Gillespie – CF – Nelson
Rollo – IL – Eisenhoffer
Robertson – OL – Yule
The weekend schedule of league games follows: