The Globe -- Bethlehem
January 13, 1925
A Swing Along Athletic Row

Soccer War Looms On The Horizon
That the U. S. F. A., will not take kindly to the plans of the American Soccer League to operate a challenge cup competition on the cup tie basis is a foregone conclusion. However, the attitude of many of the "in" in soccer activities are of the opinion that it was a greedy and selfish motive of the National Association that alone is responsible for the condition. In the event of a war, it is more likely the National Association, that will be dealt the hardest blow for the St. Louis League is in sympathy with the sister organization in the East and since these two circuits comprise the strongest professional clubs in the country there seems little need to worry. Outlawed, or not, the plans of the American League in establishing a cup competition to be confined exclusively among its members seems to meet with the popular approval of all fans. It might be somewhat hard on players who sign contracts for American League soccer and then if found wanting in merit released. Such players would no doubt find it hard to affiliate with some other club outside of the scope of the American Soccer League.

Action Taken After Long Delay
Ever since differences arose between the American Soccer League and the National Association which date back several months to the annual meeting held in Detroit, Mich., and for weeks prior to that time, the American League executives have delayed in taking the action that materialized at the session held in New York on Sunday. This delay, it is believed, was occasioned by the hope that in time differences could be amicably settled and before the National challenge cup competition had progressed very far, the American League clubs would be affiliated. However, the strained relations continued just the same and with the season having passed the mid-schedule mark that action was highly necessary.

Championship Series Spurred Officials On
If not wrongly advised the cup tie competition was established for the sole purpose of determining a representative team to compete against the winner of the St. Louis League for the professional championship of the country and not as a medium of battling the U. S. F. A., in detracting from the interest in the National cup competition. To be more explicit since chances of a reconciliation were remote the American League decided to operate entirely independent of the National Association and paddle its own canoe. St. Louis petitioned for the post season games. In the St. Louis League the season ends, it is believed, late in May. The American League schedule extends a bit later. Therefore, the Eastern moguls could not await the close of the season for a representative team to oppose the Westerners. This condition, together with the apparent desire for cup games prevalent throughout the circuit, we are told, resulted in establishing the competition. The inner will be recognized as the bona fide Eastern representative to oppose St. Louis' best.

The Breaks Against Bethlehem
Not only does Bethlehem Steel have a tough road to travel in the American Soccer League race, but the breaks seem also against the Steel Workers in the draw of the first two rounds of the cup competition and decidedly favoring Fall River, the heated rival of Bethlehem and league leaders. Bethlehem is drawn to play its first game at home against Indiana Flooring. For the second round the Steel Workers will have to go away to meet either Brooklyn or New Bedford and present indications are that if Bethlehem wins in the opening round the team to be opposed will be Brooklyn. Fall River has drawn both games at home, the first against Providence and in the second will meet either Coats or Newark.

Brooklyn a Dangerous Opponent
Should fate decree that the Steel Workers clash with Brooklyn in the second round of the cup competition, the locals will be pitted against one of the most dangerous teams in the circuit. Early in the season Brooklyn did not look very dangerous but lately has assumed a most threatening aspect. Including two exhibition games won in St. Louis, the Brooklynites have gone though the last nine league games without a defeat.

Agitation for Consolidation
The consolidation of Fleisher Yarn and the Philadelphia F. C. is advocated by Philadelphia soccer critics. It listens like a good proposition and one that would benefit all around. By molding the best players of both teams into one the Quakers would be much stronger on the field and at the same time a more liberal support would practically be assured. As it is neither club is drawing an overwhelming gate, each seeming to have its equal quota of partisan fans. Adding the two delegations together the Quakers could no doubt play to a crowd that would make soccer activities worth while in Philadelphia.

Bethlehem Steel Soccer Club