First Legal Victory
Legal threats made by the American Soccer League against clubs, players and the U. S. F. A. will in the future be given more serious consideration before thrown into court. Although not directly against the parent body, the U. S. F. A. virtually was the one to profit mostly when the injunction proceedings in the case against Sigfried Wortmann were thrown out of court. Wortmann jumped the New York Nationals when the American League was ruled an outlaw organization and joined up with the Hakoahs, an all-Jewish organization represented in the new Eastern Soccer League.
Violated No Contract
In denying the injunction to restrain Wortmann from playing with another club except the New York Nationals, owned and financed by Charles A. Stoneham, State Supreme Court Justice Ingraham held that when the American Soccer League was outlawed in the dispute with the United States Football Association, the contracts of players for the Nationals and other clubs in the league were voided. The decision also held that the Nationals had not made out a clear case that they had suffered and "irreparable injury" as a result of the Wortmann action. Nat Agar is awaiting decision in similar proceedings in which he sought to restrain several of his former Wanderers from playing with Hakoah. The above decision just about clears up one legal entanglement insofar as the battle between the two soccer bodies is concerned.