Harry Pearce, big league baseball player and one of the few native-born soccerites to graduate to the ranks of the big league soccer celebrities, will probably before long sport the Bethlehem F. C. uniform. While no definite information was forthcoming that such was the case, it was, nevertheless, learned on rather authentic authority, that negotiations are pending for the services of Pearce and that the latter is expected in Bethlehem some time this week to give his final answer.
The acquisition of Pearce would not only be a valuable asset to the local club, but would undoubtedly meet with the popular approval of local sportsmen.
His debut this season was with Wolfenden Shore and his play in this game in which he frustrated no less than a dozen well-directed Bethlehem shots, strongly impressed the local management. Just what followed the game is not known, but it was learned that Harry expressed a strong desire to sport the colors of the Steel Workers.
Should Pearce attach his signature to a local contract, the Bethlehem management will be in somewhat of a quandary, since the arrival of Adam Mathieson, the Montreal, Canada, goalie, who has also made favorable impression. And then there is Highfield, a goalie who would be welcome on most any of the other big teams. However, these are problems for the management to decide and problems which will no doubt be decided to the best interests of the team, no matter what choice might be made.
With either Pearce, Mathieson or Highfield in goal on Saturday afternoon when the Bethlehems oppose the National Giants of New York the locals should stand a good chance to win.
Thursday has been set down as the big day for the Bethlehem soccerites in preparing for the Saturday tilt. This day will be characteristic of the usual midweek football sessions at Lehigh University, when two soccer teams will be selected and the players sent through a grueling scrimmage. ON the showing made in this practice will depend the selection of the team to start against the National Giants on the Steel Field on Saturday afternoon.