Bethlehem Globe
Wednesday, July 2, 1924
A Swing Along Athletic Row

Soccer Moguls in Important Confab
The annual meeting of the moguls of the American Soccer League was by far the most important than the mere adding of four clubs to the circuit and by some of the action taken and others suggested in which the executives appeared unanimously in favor, the aspect of the sport for the coming and future seasons my be materially changed. The league went on record to abandon competition in all cup competitions with the exception of the National Challenge Cup and there is some doubt whether the league clubs will partici9pate in this former big soccer classic. It is more strongly favored to operate soccer on a basis similar to that of baseball in the big leagues and if such plans materialize it means fare-thee-well to cup competitions for the American League clubs. In which event the cup affairs would be devoid of competition of the strongest professional clubs in the country.

Show Down in July
Just what action the American League clubs will take in regard to the National Cup competition will probably be definitely ascertained after the annual meeting of the National commission to be held in the Middle West the latter part of this month when delegates from all over the country will be present. It is understood that the rules committee of the National Commission has already recommended that the request of the American League be complied with and that the strong professional clubs be eliminated from the third or fourth rounds of the cup competition. That was the request of the league before additional clubs were admitted to the circuit, but since then a more important issue has arisen and one that may mean a complete reorganization in regards to a cup competition in which only the strongest teams in the country, such as the American League clubs, four from the St. Louis district and probably four outside strong clubs which would limit the competition to about twenty clubs. Such a plan, it is believed, is more strongly favored and some of the more optimistic boosters of the sport feel that such an arrangement will go through. It is understood that the league clubs do not feel kindly toward the one-third of the total gate receipts garnered by the National Commission in the semi-final and final rounds of the cup competitions. It is felt that the game has developed along a strong professional basis and that the money can be well applied in a more equal distribution of the gate receipts among the competing clubs in strengthening their clubs.

For the Good of Soccer
That the plans entertained by the executives of the American Soccer League would be to the best interest of the sport, but from a standpoint of equal competition and in creating interest is the sincere belief of those behind the movement. It would assure competition in all games with teams of like caliber and not dribbling aggregations far inferior as has been the case in the past in the cup games when in the earlier rounds many good playing dates were lost with clubs far inferior and clubs that as box office attractions proved dismal failures. Sports lovers like equal competition and the game with the outcome a foregone conclusion is hardly an attractive feature. Then when the financial fruits are to be realized in the closing rounds the National Commission cuts in for one-third of the receipts, a total amount which during the last season, it is certain, netted the commission more than $10,000. Soccer has long since passed the experimental stage and clubs can no longer be maintained on a s[...].

New Clubs Means Longer Season
Soccer will breeze forth long before the opening of the gridiron season and will continue even longer after the American football players hang away their moleskins. With twelve clubs competing it naturally means a longer schedule and with the weather in the winter months a gamble on an early start is necessitated. Because of these conditions the opening gun or rather the opening games in the soccer league will be played on September 13, a date three weeks earlier than the inaugural in seasons past. The playing season will extend up to May 31. Should the league approve its own cup competition the title winner would be decided on the basis of elimination with the competition taking place early in spring and before baseball interest infected the fans. The schedule of league games has not yet been adopted, but it is more than probable that it will comprise four games against each team or a total of 44 games for each club. This would mean two games at home against each club in the league or a total of 22 home games for the season. And every one of those 22 games against opponents of like caliber.

To Retain All Last Season's Player
In spite of the luring offers from other clubs in bartering for players it is understood that the Bethlehem Club will retain all of its old players. This news comes from an official source and will be heralded with delight by the soccer followers in general. Apparently t he players have already signed their forms for next season and in that event should they seek other climes they would be ineligible to affiliate with any of the American League clubs. It is understood that the management is well satisfied with the present personnel of the club and that if any new players are added to the roster there will hardly be more than one or two. With the sport growing in popularity and the gate receipts making it worth while the management of numerous clubs is making attractive offers to the talent that has been included among the celebrities for the last several years. From what is learned the personnel of the majority of the clubs of last season will remain intact.

Tom Cahill Back in Harness
Tom Cahill, former National secretary, who was rather suddenly and unexpectedly relieved of his duties, will be back in harness again next year and attending to the secretarial work of the American Soccer League. Cahill, founder of the circuit three seasons ago, was honored with the secretaryship of the circuit, assuming the office formerly capably held by the ever obliging and congenial Mike Kelly, of New York City, representing the Bethlehem Steel soccer team interests. Mr. Kelly aspires tot he office of vice president instead. Cahill's untiring efforts have been greatly responsible for the rapid progress of soccer in this country and in electing him secretary he was probably honored in recognition of his excellent work. However, his activities will be guided by the vote of the league executives, comprising a staff of officers who are well versed and solid in American soccer activities. The league's relations in regard to cup competitions and other suggestions that were presented at the annual meeting last Sunday were formulated, it is understood, long before Mr. Cahill was considered for the secretary post.

Bethlehem Steel Soccer Club