Bethlehem Steel FC announced Thursday two preseason matches ahead of its second season in the United Soccer League. The two games will see Steel FC square off against a pair of local universities--Villanova and Temple--in the first week of March.
With training already ongoing at YSC Sports in Wayne, Penn., the preseason slate begins on Wednesday, Feb. 22, against National Premier Soccer League member Junior Lone Star FC. The games against Villanova and Temple are scheduled the following week. A full preseason schedule will be announced at a later date.
The preseason matches serve as tune-ups prior to the regular season starting for Steel FC on Saturday, April 1 when the club hosts 2015 USL champions Rochester Rhinos at Goodman Stadium, on the campus of Lehigh University.
“It’s great for us to be able to schedule some quality college competition as we ramp up the volume and difficulty of our preseason games with an eye on the season opener on April 1,” Bethlehem Steel FC head coach Brendan Burke said. “Both of these teams have done well over the past few years and we are looking forward to two solid tests.”
Steel FC starts the preseason slate against NPSL squad, Junior Lone Star FC at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at YSC Sports in Wayne, Penn. Junior Lone Star FC went 6-3-3 last season in the Keystone Conference and finished second in the conference with 27 goals scored.
The team will then travel to face Villanova University for a March 1 contest. Kickoff is slated 4 p.m. from the Higgins Soccer Complex. The Wildcats are coming off a NCAA Tournament appearance after a 10-win season that saw them advance to the Big East conference semifinals.
Three days later, Steel FC will face off against Temple University on Saturday, March 4. The match will be held at the Power Training Complex with kickoff scheduled for 12 p.m. Last fall, the Owls notched their second consecutive 10-win campaign under head coach David MacWilliams.
All three preseason matches are open to the public and free of charge.
2017 Bethlehem Preseason Schedule
Time Date Opponent Venue
2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22 Junior Lone Star FC YSC Sports
4 p.m. Wednesday, March 1 Villanova University Higgins Soccer Complex
12 p.m. Saturday, March 4 Temple University Power Training Complex