The Globe-Times -- Bethlehem
Friday, October 26, 1928
A Swing Along Athletic Row

Startling News
The Southern New York State Association has resigned as a member of the United States Football Association. This announcement today is another episode in the so-called soccer war. To the average layman this news may be quite startling, but to those more intimately interested in the United States Football Association and the newly organized Eastern Soccer League, the move was exactly as anticipated. In fact, it was more or less urged by the U. S. F. A. in order to remedy the attitude of the S. N. Y. A., which with Nathan Agar, manager and owner of the Brooklyn Wanderers, an American Soccer League club, as an executive, was acting against the interest of the parent body. There is no need for soccer fans to become alarmed. Steps are already under way to organize another association to govern soccer in that district and to become affiliated with the national body. It is believed that the majority of the clubs in the district comprising the S. N. Y. A. are in the least interested in the soccer fight and will remain members of the national body.

No Favorable Action Expected
When the U. S. F. A. suggested that the Eastern League clubs secure permission from their respective state associations, it was in line with the usual policy. With Nat Agar in an executive position in the New York district it was believed that he would propound propaganda against the interests of the U. S. F. A. Whether or not he did is not known, but the action of the association he is affiliated with practically speaks for itself.

The Upper Hand
The American Soccer League claims to have the upper hand in the soccer dispute. It does not seem so with all the noise they are making while the Eastern Soccer League is going ahead attending to its own business in a quiet and seemingly satisfactory manner. The outlawed organization, it appears, is resorting to all kinds of subterfuge to discourage the existence of the new league. Rumor is heard around the loop that the Brooklyn management is planning to file an injunction against several of the Jewish players who jumped the club to play with the New York Hakoah. If they do, the Hakoah will be ready to meet the situation.

Maxwell Jumps New Bedford
Sturdy Maxwell, former Bethlehem player and in recent years a star on the New Bedford club, has jumped the team and cast his lot with the revamped Philadelphia Centennials. Sturdy will be in harness for the Quakers, along with the half-dozen players Bethlehem shipped to the City of Brother Love, and with this aggregation the reconstructed Phillies now size up favorably with any of the other clubs in the league. Sturdy, it is understood, did not jump New Bedford because he was entirely in sympathy with the new league but more in resentment because of the treatment he alleges he received.

On the Hospital List
It seems that whenever Fall Rive and New Bedford meet the officials are unable to handle the game and fistic fireworks are usually thrown in as one of the features. It so happened that on one occasion in a game at Fall River, Maxwell was the target of this antagonistic attitude and after all was said and done Sturdy was swathed in bandages, occupying a cot in a hospital and nursing fractured bones. It happened that New Bedford had another game to play with Fall River and Sturdy suggested to the management that his absence in the game would be to the interest of all concerned and particularly to his physical well being. New Bedford couldn't see it that way and Maxwell bolted. He didn't play against Fall River and in turn took an indefinite suspension. That meant that Maxwell was not available to any other club in the American Soccer League. The Eastern League, however, is in the market for players of Maxwell's ability and he experienced little trouble in securing a new berth. This is the story they tell.

Bethlehem Steel Soccer Club