The Globe-Times -- Bethlehem
Saturday, January 26, 1929
A Swing Along Athletic Row

Worthless Ballyhoo
Since the major soccer league controversy, the propaganda and ballyhoo of the American Soccer League and its associated clubs on every point of substance has been defeated and it is little wonder that the outlaw circuit is rumored willing to make concessions to return to the good graces of the United States Football Association. The latest episode of worthless ballyhooing was a recent announcement that the enterprising Nat Agar, of the Brooklyn Wanderers, and league was concluding plans to tour the Motherwell team of the Scottish League in this country. While Agar was given plenty of publicity on the proposed plan anyone familiar with the ethics of organized soccer was well aware that under the existing conditions such a tour was utterly impossible. Perhaps Agar was a bit too premature in his announcement, hoping in the meantime to be restored in good standing with the parent body. At any rate, it seems that in every undertaking the league has been defeated. Court actions were dismissed and international relations denied.

Agar's Dream Shattered
Just what chances Mr. Agar or the American Soccer League and its associates have in sponsoring a tour of any foreign team is self-explanatory in the following from the headquarters of the National Association: "Out of the maze of mis-statements in connection with the controversy between the United States Football Association and the American Soccer League, the membership of which circuit has been canceled by the governing soccer body in this country, comes reassuring words from the Scottish Football Association that the Motherwell team of the Scottish League will not be permitted to engage clubs outside the jurisdiction of the U. S. F. A. Last week it was reported that the American Soccer League had been advised by its agent abroad that the sailing date of the Motherwell club had been approved and games in the metropolitan district agreed upon. This did not cause any great anxiety in organized soccer circles in view of the recent correspondence between the parent bodies of the United States and Scotland that all suspensions imposed by the U. S. F. A. on players and officials who are now outlawed would be recognized. However, Sec. Thomas W. Cahill, of the U. S. F. A., cabled the Scottish Football Association inquiring whether it would permit the Motherwell team to engage clubs in this country who are not in affiliation with the U. S. F. A. Sec. George G. Graham, of the Scottish Football Association replied: "No application from Motherwell. Permission will not be granted to play clubs outside your jurisdiction."

Read it and Weep
Big leaguers on the wrong side of the fence and some who might contemplate returning to the old country and affiliate with clubs if things go blooey in the American Soccer League, will find little consolation in another interesting cable received from the Scottish association which throws light on the close harmony in which that organization and the United States Football Association are working. This cable reads: "Clyde Club seek registration Andrew Haddow, late New York Nationals. Please cable earliest if can accept." Haddow engaged for the Nationals after the American Soccer League membership had been canceled and therefore came under the ban of the U. S. F. A., and the Scottish body was informed that he was ineligible. Players in the American Soccer League who remained loyal to their teams when the clubs were outlawed can probably expect some leniency if application is made for reinstatement or a reconciliation is effected between the warring bodies. But woe to those who jumped clubs in good standing with the parent organization to play in the outlaw circuit. To them with rumors of settlement persistent, these must be exceedingly trying days.

Bethlehem Steel Soccer Club