The position of the Giants in the league standing is by no means due to a lack of merit among the players who comprise the Gotham eleven, but more probably due to the inability to find their stride during the early weeks of the campaigning. The New Yorkers have probably lost more games than any other club in the circuit.
In years past it was the New York F. C. that usually presented the greatest opposition against the Steel Workers, and this is a condition expected by the Bethlehem clan when the New Yorkers come here on Saturday afternoon. In the recent starts New York has annexed victory, including a draw game, with the strong New Bedford F. C. last Sunday.
Determined to continue its progress in the league race the Steel Workers will field their strongest club, and can well afford to do so since the team is scheduled for but one battle over the coming weekend. This means that the defensive side of the team will probably be the same as the lineup against Boston, while it is hardly expected that any changes will be made on the forward line. Arthur Robertson, the Bethlehem halfback, who is assuming the position of Malcolm Goldie at outside left has impressed so favorably that the management has decided to play him in that position permanently until Goldie returns.
Who is the best goalie in the American Soccer League? Some say Douglas, who recently became affiliated with the Newark F. C.; others like Findley Kerr, of Fall River, and still others Patterson, of Boston.
Bethlehem rooters are perfectly satisfied to swear by "Bill" Highfield, the elongated custodian of the Steel Workers.
Two artists of the highest class type are Johnny Granger and "Sturdy" Maxwell, the two inside forwards. Granger is a wiz at distributing the play, while Maxwell's cleverness in drawing the defense frequently leaves the wings clear. And both can be relied upon to take a shot at goal.
"Bill" Carnihan was at his best on Saturday, and one player that will most emphatically substantiate this assertion is Stevens, the Boston center forward.
Stevens may have been dangerous in previous games, but this attitude was entirely eliminated. Stevens was too busy trying to evade Carnihan to take many shots at goal.
Flanked by "Bob" MacGregor and "Whitey" McDonald, Bethlehem's halfback line is about as formidable as any in the circuit.
And not forgetting "Jock" Young, the sweetest fullback in the league.