Starting the Cup Competitions
The middle of February will see the first of the soccer cup competitions when the opening round in the American Soccer League cup is played. This affair is exclusively for members of the circuit, with the trophy to be annexed a beautiful cup donated by H. E. Lewis, of this city. Last yearís champion was the New Bedford club, Bethlehemís opponent in a league game here on Saturday. The competition operates somewhat differently from that of the National cup and was arranged so to give the home town fans an opportunity of seeing their club in action in surviving the early rounds. The one and out plan rules in the early rounds. The semi-final and final rounds are somewhat different from the U. S. F. A. competition. In the latter, itís one defeat and out and the sectional survivors meet for the National title. With the American Cup arrangement the home town fans can see their club in action. Two games are played and when both are completed the team possessing the highest goal scoring total for the two games is proclaimed the winner. Although winning the National title last season, Bethlehemís showing in the American Cup was not very impressive, being ousted in the semi-final by the New York Giants.