The Globe -- Bethlehem
Friday, September 11, 1925
American Organization in Many Eastern Cities Ready for an Active Season

Intensive training season is at an end; exhibition games have been played to test the relative merit of the players and with the teams selected, the American Soccer League, the premier organization in the country, will launch their season on Saturday afternoon.

Coincident with the opening of the season is the game to be played on the Bethlehem Steel athletic field in which the Steel Workers take on for their first engagement the Indiana Flooring eleven of New York City. Bethlehem was fortunate in being awarded an opening game and with the following home tilts well scattered until the close of the gridiron season hereabouts the soccer populace in the Lehigh Valley will not miss the opportunity to see the machine that threatens to make a spirited in a clean sweep of soccer honors in the 1925-26 campaign.

There are numerous features of attraction to arouse more keenly the interest of spectators. The less initiated fan is going to find the sport far more attractive and easier to follow than heretofore for with the revision of the offside rules one of the most perplexing details is eliminated. This revision is also going to give more action for with a wider latitude allowed the forwards the initiative of both front lines will be materially speeded.

Then there are several newcomers to the ranks of the Bethlehem aggregation, players who with their excellent reputations as exponents of the dribbling art are certain to excite the curiosity of the fans. Some of the former favorites will be missing but in their stead are new men who not only promise to capably fill the shoes of those released but are expected to excel in their performances. The tendency through the circuit has been to strengthen the clubs and to keep apace with the activities along these lines in other cities new acquisitions have been deemed necessary.

With anticipation as keen as that of the football fan, hunter, baseball enthusiast or sportsman partial to a certain sport, to the soccer enthusiast Saturday will be the red letter day for him. Weeks of gossip relative to plans, etc., have served to whet the appetite and with curiosity and interest so fever pitch the appointed day has at last arrived. It will be the start of a long season, a season which will run into May of next year and during which there will be two cup competitions in addition the league race.

Determined to annex the early season games which with defeats last year proved disastrous to the Bethlehem team, the management will field for the home tilt what in their opinion will be the strongest club. For this reason the forward line was slightly revised over that favored earlier in the week and instead of staring an entire new right wing. The veteran Johnny Granger will be at inside right instead of "Jim" Purvis, the latter to play on Sunday against Newark. Cameron, the twenty year old flash and new acquisition will be on the right wing.

The most complete change in the lineup over that of last season will be at the back positions where the Ferguson brothers, the veteran "Jock" and "Dave" will be given a day of rest. The new backs for the job are Allan and Reid. Referee Coutts will have charge of the game with kickoff at 3 o'clock. The probable lineup of the teams follows:

Bethlehem Steel -- Indiana Flooring
Carson -- G -- Brown
Allan -- RFB -- Levine
Reid -- LFB -- Rankin
MacGregor -- RHB -- Terris
Carnihan -- CHB -- Cameron
McDonald -- LHB -- Herd
Cameron -- OR -- Miller
Granger -- IR --
Stark -- CF -- Sehylander
Rollo -- IL -- Carson
Goldie -- OL -- McGhee

Bethlehem Steel Soccer Club