Bethlehem or Brooklyn. One or the other of the two contending clubs in the American Soccer League race will take undisputed possession of third place in the club standings after the Saturday afternoon clash on Lehigh Field. The kickoff has been changed to 2:30 instead of 3 o’clock.
The two teams are deadlocked for third place and not so far behind the leaders. In fact the outcome of the games over this weekend are of vast importance and apt to make a material change in the percentage column of the leading clubs.
That Bethlehem is determined to annex this victory is apparent by news emanating from the training quarters of the Steelmen. Good news which forecasts that the league champions will be in a position to field one of its strongest clubs of the season.
While it was feared that Dave Edwards, star goalie, would be on the sidelines for several more weeks nursing his injuries, he responded rapidly to the treatment and now the management is confident that the citadel will be well taken care of with Edwards again between the uprights.
Not only was Edwards come along physically in surprising manner but McConnell, injured a month or so ago at Hartford, again ready to don his uniform and in all likelihood will see service on the forward line.
There is no contemplated change in the rearranged forward line of last week which at that time more or less of an experiment to increase the goal duced (sic) the desire result.
Archie Stark will continue at center forward with Tom Gillespie, former center, on the outside wing and Johnny Jaap, moved from outside right to inside right again at that position. The only doubt prevailing relative to the forward line involves the inside left position. Granger was slightly injured against Fall River and is a quite doubtful starter. However, Rollo, is again in fine fettle and with McConnell anxious to get going, it is certain that either one or the other will be played in the position.
The Steelmen have a game in New York on Sunday but will not conserve any of their strength for that setto. They have a score to settle with Brooklyn and one that carried with it a weighty sting when the Wanderers rolled up a 6 to 0 victory in the first league game played in Brooklyn. On Sunday Bethlehem meets the Giants.
Brooklyn is also certain not to invade Bethlehem with a makeshift lineup for the Nat Agar troupe is making a valiant fight to remain at the top of the league race. For a time Brooklyn was first in the standing, mainly through the upset in being one of two clubs to defeat Bethlehem this season.
The Wanderers forces have been strengthened from time to time with new acquisitions of which the transfer of the veteran Jock Marshall, famed internationalist, was one of the big deals to transpire this season. Local soccer patrons need no introduction to the big fullback, knowing full well his versatility and effectiveness as well as that of the galaxy of stars that comprise the Brooklyn outfit. In soccer the Steelmen’s game against Brooklyn will vie strongly with the scene to be enacted in Taylor Stadium between Lehigh and Lafayette. Each will be fighting for victory that will mean something in deciding a successful season.
The league games for the week end, to be played on the grounds of the club first named, follows:
Bethlehem vs. Brooklyn
New Bedford vs. Providence
Nationals vs. Newark
J & P Coats vs. Fall River
Boston vs. Giants
Fall River vs. New Bedford
Providence vs. Nationals
Giants vs. Bethlehem
Brooklyn vs. J & P Coats
Newark vs. Boston