The Globe-Times -- Bethlehem
March 24, 1927
Steelmen Play Phillies in Quaker City Saturday, Victory is Expected.

The interest of Eastern soccer fans will be centered this coming weekend on the first round proper of the National Cup competition, in which nine American Soccer League clubs will participate.

Locals Look Like Winners

The chances of Bethlehem remaining the National championship, which they won last year by trouncing the Ben Miller F. C., of St. Louis, by 7 goals to 2, do not appear to be in any immediate danger of passing from their grasp, in their impending game against the Philadelphia S. C. in the Quaker City on Saturday. Bethlehem's record for the current season is an enviable one, with 26 victories, 6 draws and 5 defeats, in its league schedule of 37 games. They did not lose a single contest from December 19th until last Saturday, when they lost at New Bedford.

Another New England fixture which is creating more than ordinary interest is the Providence-J & P Coats fracas. This is scheduled for Kinsley Park, Providence. Since their reorganization the Clamdiggers have displayed a classy brand of ball but the Coats' defenders are equal to any in the league and a repetition of the Newark victory may be the outcome.

Fall River vs. New Bedford

The outstanding game in this round and one that is likely to create an attendance record, for American League clubs, is the Fall River-New Bedford tilt which is down for decision next Sunday at Mark's Stadium, Tiverton, R. I. This will mark the initial appearance upon which these clubs have ever faced each other in the national title chase. Both these clubs are evenly matched as is indicated by t his season's league record in which each club has captured one game and a third resulted in a tie. The advance sale of tickets for this match is the largest ever experienced by the Fall River management. It is expected that more than 5,000 supporters of the New Bedford eleven will make the journey to Tiverton.

Another inter-city tilt which may tax Indiana-New York oval to its capacity brings together the Indiana Flooring Company and the New York Giants soccer elevens on Sunday. These clubs are bitter local rivals and t his game will mark the "rubber" for the season, each club having won two league games,. How evenly matched these teams have been all season may be observed from the fact that neither side has gained better than a one goal margin in any of these encounters.

Boston, on the surface, would appear to have an easier assignment than any other American League club, but the close game which their opponents, the Fore River F. C., of Quincy, Mass., gave them last season, when the Hub eleven barely nosed out the shipbuilders by 3 goals to 1, is still fresh in the minds of the big leaguers.

Other games will take place in Buffalo, N. Y., and Trenton, N. J., where the contestants will be: Buffalo Hungarian F. C. vs. Whittall Carpet Mills F. C., of Worcester, Mass., and Trenton F. C. vs. Viking A. C., of New York City.

Bethlehem Steel Soccer Club