The Globe-Times -- Bethlehem
January 4, 1928
A Swing Along Athletic Row

A Wrong Impression
Attention is called to a wrong impression entertained relative to the manner in which a deadlock in the first half of the American Soccer League race is decided. However, the rule covering such a condition might be construed as conveying two meaning, and it was the lot of the writer, together with other soccer critics, to accept the wrong one. It was the opinion of the writer that in the event of a tie at the end of the first half schedule, the team possessing the best goal scoring average for the season would be recognized as the first half champion. Others, apparently, were under the same impression, for quite recently the league made this point clear and quite timely, too, for on Saturday the three teams involved will try to decide the issue. The league announces that in the event of a continued tie with the final games played, the league leaders, or rather the clubs in the deadlock, will engage in a play-off series. The number of games to comprise such a series has not been announced. However, it's a safe bet that there will be plenty of strife and argument if such a series is not arranged for a home and home game. In that event the best goal scoring record for the two games would be necessary to decide the title.

More Games
The possibility of more games added to those already arranged for the balance of the soccer season with the three leading clubs to take part, makes one wonder how it will be possible to jam though all these contest. Should Bethlehem, New Bedford and Boston each win their final games, the play-off series will be necessary. And in addition to these the league hopes to play a second half schedule of 28 games and two cup competitions, in four months. The remainder of the season provides in the neighborhood of 34 playing dates. Make allowance for the gamble with the weather conditions and then try and figure it out.

Bethlehem Steel Soccer Club