The Bethlehem Steel band will be present at the soccer game between Fall River and Bethlehem Steel on Steel Field on Saturday and furnish music throughout the entire contest. The organization will parade from the band rooms to the field.
When the champion Fall River F. C. clashes with the Bethlehem Steel F. C. at the latter's home grounds Saturday, one of the feature games of this week's American Soccer League schedule will be under way.
These elevens are more evenly matched than their position in the league would indicate. Fall River has a goal scoring average of .750 the highest in the circuit, while Bethlehem, which has accounted for five points less in the standing of the clubs, has a mark of .630. The Steel Workers are led by five elevens in the race, but they stand fourth in goal scoring ability. Fall River is tied with Boston F. C. for first place in the league race and most everyone agrees it will be the club that will have to be beaten by the pennant winner in the struggle for American League honors this season.
What has kept Fall River and also the Boston F. C. away up in the standing is the draw games they have played. Each has four to its credit. Bad breaks kept Bethlehem from accomplishing as many tie contests. The Pennsylvanians having but one to their credit out of the nine they have played thus far.
Nearly all of Bethlehem's defeats have been by the margin of one goal, their loss at the toes of the New Bedford F. C. kickers last Saturday, being an evidence of that the scoring having been 1 to 0.
American Soccer League games this season have been close affairs. Of the eight games played last Saturday and Sunday, there was an average of only 2 1-2 goals to the game, twenty-two all told having been scored in the battles. This is pretty tight football. The breaks of the game are liable to make almost any of the teams low in the standing a winner over a club higher up.
Another fine New England club is going to visit Pennsylvania (Saturday) when the Providence F. C. will take issue with the Philadelphia F. C. in the Quaker City.
Providence is fresh from a 1-1 draw with the champion Fall River outfit last Saturday and has a high scoring average of .535. Philadelphia, though low down in the standing, last Sunday held the fast Indiana Flooring Co. F. C. to a 1-1 draw. The Fleisher Yarn F. C., the other Pennsylvania eleven in this league, will play one game this weekend, being the opponent of the New York Giants at New York Oval in New York Sunday.