Bethlehem Steel FC defeated FC Montreal 1-0 in the club’s inaugural match Friday night at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal.
The first half saw Bethlehem Steel FC with strong attacking opportunities and Eric Ayuk proving a menace on the wing.
Steel FC saw the first good chance on goal in the 9th minute when James Chambers had a shot after a give-and-go with Leo Fernandes. The Irish international fired the ball at the Montreal goal only to hit the post.
Restrepo found Herbers unmarked in the Montreal box. The Union’s sixth overall draft pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft took one touch to control the ball before sending it flying past Montreal keeper David Paulmin.
John McCarthy made a few important saves to earn his first shutout of the season and the keep the 2016 expansion side in the lead.
Bethlehem Steel FC now have a record of 1-0-0 in the 2016 inaugural season. They return to action on April 3 for the home opener against FC Cincinnati at 3 p.m. at Lehigh University’s Goodman Stadium.
FC Montreal 0, Bethlehem Steel FC 1
BSFC – Fabian Herbers (Walter Restrepo) 43’
MTL— Aron Mkungilwa 35' (Yellow)
BSFC — Mickey Daly 40’ (Yellow)
MTL — Wandrille Levére 44’ (Yellow)
MTL — Janouk Charbonneau 73’ (Yellow)
BSFC — James Chambers 75’ (Yellow)
BETHLEHM STEEL FC STARTING XI
John McCarthy, Taylor Washington, Mickey Daly, Joshua Yaro, Ryan Richter, Bolu Akinyode, James Chambers, Walter Restrepo (Gabe Gissie 84’), Leo Fernandes, Eric Ayuk, Fabian Herbers (Amoy Brown 90+1)
Unused subs: Samir Badr, Josh Heard, Fred, Nick Bibbs, Mark McKenzie
FC MONTREAL STARTING XI
David Paulmin, Aron Mkungilwa, Wandrille Lefévre, Kyle Fisher, Janouk Charbonneau, Louis Béland (Fabrice Mbvouvouma 77'), Jérémy Gagnon, Fabio Morelli (Yacine Ait-Slimane 56'), Mastanabal Kacher (Charles Joly 67'), Michael Salazar, Jacques Haman (Heikel Jarras 71')
Unused subs: Charles Desrochers, Simon Lemire, Nevello Yoseke