CHESTER, Pa. (March 12, 2019) – After leading Bethlehem Steel FC to victory over Birmingham Legion FC in the club’s first regular-season match of 2019, midfielder Zach Zandi was named to the USL Championship Team of the Week for Week One.
The accolade marks the first time in Zandi’s career that he has earned an appearance on the USL Championship Team of the Week and the first such honor for Steel FC this season. Zandi made his debut appearance for Steel FC in the match against Birmingham and notched his first-career goal in the second half. He found the ball at the top of the 18-yard box, after a cutting pass from Matt Real, and slotted it past the keeper and off the post for a 68th-minute goal.
A native of West Chester, Pa., Zandi joined Steel FC on January 8, 2019 from Villanova University, where in four seasons he made 63 appearances (60 starts), scored 14 goals and provided 10 assists, leading the team with seven goals scored in 2018. He earned numerous honors during his time with Villanova, being named to the 2018 All-BIG EAST Second Team, 2016 BIG EAST All-Academic Team and BIG EAST Honor Roll, 2015 BIG EAST All-Freshman Team and Philadelphia Soccer Six All-Rookie Unit and was named Philadelphia Soccer Six’s 2017 Player of the Year. Zandi is also a product of the Union Academy.
Bethlehem Steel FC returns to Philadelphia for the club’s 2019 home opener against North Carolina FC at Talen Energy Stadium on Saturday, March 16. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on ESPN+.