The Globe-Times -- Bethlehem
February 15, 1928
Jersey Team Appears to be Wreckers of Hopes of Other League Teams

The "T.N.T." of the American Soccer League , wrecker of potential champions and on more than one occasion quite a surprise package for the top notch teams in the loop, will be the opponents of the Bethlehem Steel Soccer club in a league game on home loam on Saturday afternoon. True, the Jerseymen finished the first half of the league schedule low in the standings, but that does not dim the brilliant success of Newark in many of the games played and in which they more than once shattered the title aspirations of some of the recognized stronger clubs.

And of the latter it seems that Newark cherished more keenly its success in humiliating the expert Steel club on the home field than any other club in the circuit. But for a quite unexpected victory score d by Newark over Bethlehem in a league game here the Steelmen would not now have to be worrying over a play-off schedule for next week in which the locals and New Bedford will fight it out for the runner-up position to Boston, winner of the first half of the league.

That Newark plays best on the home grounds of the Steelmen than the team does at home , is quite apparent by the league record of the games played here. In two starts on the local pitch Newark annexed three points, meaning that the Steelmen were unable to subdue them in any of their starts here and lost one game while in the other the points were shred in a draw. In contrast Bethlehem annexed all four points by two victories at Newark.

Efforts will be made to field a club intact and keep it as such for the remainder of the season. Much of the inconsistent form displayed by the Steelmen in recent games is attributed to the drastic changes necessitated by injuries. These changes have been most pronounced on the forward line where with the exception of Goldie at outside left, the players have been shuffled around frequently.

The Steelmen are now engage in the race for the second half league honors and the management hopes conditions brought about by injuries in the first half can be eliminated. The Newark game here on Saturday is the first of a strenuous campaign opposing Bethlehem for the next week and if possible the club to take the field on Saturday will be the one to meet the other opponents. On Sunday the Steelmen journey to Brooklyn to meet the Wanderers. Next Wednesday, Washington's birthday, Bethlehem will meet New Bedford in the play-off or second place position in the first half schedule. The later game will be played at Tiverton, R. I., the home grounds of Fall River. Charlie Creighton, of New York, has been assigned to handle the whistle.

Bethlehem Steel Soccer Club