Soccer enthusiasts who missed the opportunity of journeying to New York last year to witness the world famous Hakoah booters of Vienna in action, will have the majority of that brilliant aggregation performing in their own back yard on Saturday afternoon, when the Brooklyn soccer team journeys to Bethlehem for the first time this season. No less than five of the Vienna team will be included in the lineup for the visitors in the American Soccer League clash.
The Hakoah outfit shattered all attendance records during their sensational tour and as a soccer playing aggregation created such a favorable impression that hardly had they completed their American scheduled before practically every team manger in the American Soccer League tendered them contracts. Nat Agar, a shrewd promoter, who has put soccer on a sound basis in Bethlehem, beat all of his rival managers to it and signed the cream of Hakoah talent.
Included among these players who will sport the uniform of Brooklyn are Fischer, in goal; Grotz, a fullback; Drucker, a center halfback; Eisenhoffer, an inside left, and last but not least Neufeld, a phenomenal performer at outside right. In addition to these Jewish players the Brooklyn team will present Konrad, an Austrian, who with Neufeld gives the Brooklyn club one of the best right wings in the country.
When the Greater New Yorkers come here for their first visit they will meet a team no longer handicapped by injuries and illness but one that is as near normal condition as possible and ready to field its strongest club. This was evident when Whitey McDonald made his comeback after a month’s absence at Boston last Saturday afternoon and seemed none the worse for his long layoff. With McDonald back in the lineup Andy Rankin, who has played a sterling game in his position, will be available for other berths. Johnny Rollo is also expected to celebrate his return to the game against the Brooklyn team.
While this will be the first visit of Brooklyn here it will be the second meeting between the two clubs. Early in the season the league leaders journeyed to Brooklyn and were held to a two goal draw.
The snow covering the field is being removed and the management today gave absolute assurance that the game would be played and that every effort would be made to have the field in the best of condition. It was also learned that many of the followers of the Jewish boys playing with Brooklyn will be among the fans. Several delegations are being organized to accompany the team.