The Globe -- Bethlehem
January 14, 1925
A Swing Along Athletic Row

Second Rate Clubs in U. S. F. A.
Generally conceded that the professional clubs comprising the American Soccer League and the St. Louis League are the strongest in the country, some critics scathingly criticize the idea of proclaiming the winner of the U. S. F. A. cup competition as the national champion. Generally throughout the East the cup competition arranged by the American Soccer League is met with approval. The idea is to establish a representative club to oppose the St. Louis League champion in a post-season game and the winner of the latter will undoubtedly be recognized as the National soccer champion. One critic in referring to the competition pens the following:

"The annual U. S. F. A. cup series is held to decide the National championship of the country. With none of the big teams in that loop, the idea of awarding a second-rater soccer combination is quite impossible. The United States Football Association, however, insists that the winner of the series this year will be the National champions, whatever kind of team remains in the finals. It is known among the fans that awarding an amateur or semi-professional soccer team a national championship is a lot of bunk. The U. S. F. A. can award an amateur soccer title, but to class the winner of its annual trophy this season as the greatest team in the country is hokum. It's time for the U. S. F. A. to get down to business and realize what a powerful organization is the American Soccer League."

Wonder Team of Boston Withdraws
The why's and wherefore's of the Boston team associated with the clubs listed for competition in the U. S. F. A. cup competition have frequently been sought and fans were at a loss to understand why the Wonder Team of the hub should affiliate for competition after all other American Soccer League clubs turned down the proposition. From what is learned the Boston management was ill advised and lost little time in filing application for competition. Enlightened on the relations between the organization since then the Boston management has aligned the club with others in the American loop and by refusing to meet the club drawn in the first round has practically submitted formal notice that the Hub-men will have nothing to do with the National Cup competition. It would be little surprise if eventually the U. S. F. A. confines its competition exclusively to amateur circles with the American Soccer League and minor aggregations that may develop therefrom monopolize the professional end.

Bethlehem Steel Soccer Club