In an effort to capitalize on the raid made on the Bethlehem soccer team New Bedford boasts of the capture of three local stars. Slightly incorrect, this writer would say. Dave Edwards, one of the alleged deserting trio who was lured to the New Bedford club by attractive terms, is a star of first magnitude and ranked as one of the foremost goalies in the country. And at that Dave had his off days, particularly when cup honors were involved. His loss to the Bethlehem team is a severe one. "Jimmy" Barrie, a regular back, was slightly above the average backs in the big soccer leagues but Jimmy is likely to crack at any moment, for a knee injured some two years ago is not what it should be and likely to cave in at any time. Until he regains the confidence to establish his play characteristic of what it was when he joined Bethlehem there are quite a few backs in American soccer who can make the former Bethlehemite hurry for mythical honors. As for Willie Barrie, his loss cannot be compared with that of the former two players. Willie is young and willing but his several games played with Bethlehem as a halfback reveal that he needed quite some grooming to step with his teammates. For that reason, and to speed along his development, the younger Barrie was transferred to Philadelphia some time ago.
No Further Danger
The Bethlehem management is resting easy, satisfied that the inroads of raids by the outlawed clubs has reached its peak and that the players, many of whom were approached with lucrative terms, have pledged their loyalty to remain with the team. It is no secret that among others sought by the outlawed clubs was Archie Stark, the latter received a bid to play either with New Bedford or the New York Giants. The wholesale raid contemplated did not materialize with the devastating effect expected.
Jeopardising Their Futures
In the event of a reconciliation and the U. S. F. A. remains as the recognized parent body of American soccer, it is hard to conceive what chance players leaving organized soccer to play with outlaw clubs have of continuing in the sport. If playing is their livelihood, contract jumping is most certainly to leave them in the cold. It is not known whether the players who deserted received signing on fees or not. If t hey did their contracts for a good basis for legal action.