The Globe-Times -- Bethlehem
Monday, March 14, 1927
A Swing Along Athletic Row

Postponements That Cannot Be Helped
After consulting time tables and making certain deductions in plans, some traffic experts interested in soccer point out that J & P Coats, the scheduled opponent here for Bethlehem in an American Soccer League game Saturday afternoon, might have reached the field in spite of the several hours' delay in docking in New York. Certainly such disappointments are not going to help the sport for there are some enthusiasts who are not willing to overlook and forgive. However, when conditions are such that cannot be helped, the excuse is well founded. The fact that the Coats players were on the boat en route to Bethlehem and came as far as New York is indicative that the intention was well meant. These traffic experts that point out the possibility of arriving on time must not forget that not everyone is as well versed in arranging travel schedules. Non-appearance of a team when scheduled for a game in the American League is a serious offense, punishable by a heavy find as well as forfeiture of the points. However, it is doubtful if the league executives will mete out this punishment in face of the condition, which might well be termed as "unavoidably absent." To Bethlehem the postponement delayed the ambition to clinch the American Soccer league title
Bethlehem Steel Soccer Club