The Bethlehem soccer team will fight to retain its prestige at the top of the American Soccer League standing on grounds away from home over the weekend. Leading by a scant margin Bethlehem promises to be hard pressed but hopes to annex the four points possible and retain the league leadership.
While Coats and Newark are not listed among the topnotch or contending teams, nevertheless, the advantage of playing on the home grounds of together with the cherished hope of defeating the league leaders and national champions, usually sees the rivals of the Steelmen at their best.
Against Coats on Saturday afternoon the club will be without the services of two and probably three players. These players will contribute to the strength of the All-American selection, to meet an All-Canadian outfit. The game is to be played on Ebbetts Field, Brooklyn. For the game against Newark on Sunday, the Bethlehem Club will be at its full strength and will also be able to muster together a strong lineup for the meeting with United Ulster, Canadian champions, in Toronto, Canada, on Monday afternoon.
Boston, runner up to Bethlehem for first place in the circuit, has an excellent opportunity of going in the lead should Bethlehem falter in either one of its two games. The Hubmen, with an aggregation of soccer stars as luminous as Bethlehem booters, take on Philadelphia in the Hub, but while Philadelphia has come through with the unexpected in more than one game, the Hubmen are strong favorites to annex the two points. Boston, by the way, plays only the one game over the weekend. The Bethlehem team left this afternoon for Providence.
The league games scheduled over the weekend are:
Coats vs. Bethlehem at Pawtucket. Referee, Fred Odell.
Boston vs. Philadelphia at Boston. Referee, A. Hart.
Springfield vs. Fall River at Springfield. Referee, S. Quinn.
New Bedford vs. Indiana Flooring at New Bedford. Referee, George Lambie.
Providence vs. Philadelphia at Providence. Referee, W. Norse.
New York Giants vs. Fall River at Indiana-New York Oval. Referee, J. Connachin.
Newark vs. Bethlehem at Newark. Referee, J. Coutts.
Brooklyn vs. Indiana Flooring at Brooklyn. Referee, C. Ward.