CHESTER, Pa. (May 19, 2019) – Despite a tough battle and the help of five Philadelphia Union players, Bethlehem Steel FC fell 3-0 against an Ottawa Fury FC side that is on fire in their last four matches.
The first half from the Steel looked very promising. Philadelphia Union defender Olivier Mbaizo was dominant pushing down the right wing and continued to put dangerous crosses into the box throughout the match. The Steel were able to get on the end of some opportunities, as well as earn a couple free kicks outside the box, but unfortunately were not able to capitalize. Mbaizo led the way with a team-high two shots on goal, both coming in the first half.
Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Carlos Miguel Coronel did everything he could in the second half to keep Steel FC in the match, making four total saves, including a diving effort to his left. The Ottawa attack proved to be in great form though, adding two goals in the last 45 minutes. Union defender Fabinho, forward Michee Ngalina and midfielder Anthony Fontana put in great efforts tonight as well, with Fontana leading all Steel players with a passing accuracy of 89.5%.
Bethlehem Steel FC looks to get back on track as they welcome Louisville City FC next week to Talen Energy Stadium on Sunday, May 26 (2:00 PM ET | Talen Energy Stadium | Chester, Pa. | ESPN +).
Bethlehem Steel FC 0 – Ottawa Fury FC 3
Talen Energy Stadium (Chester, Pa.)
Sunday, May 19, 2019
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TODAY’S MATCH INFO:
Venue: Talen Energy Stadium (Chester, Pa.)
Referee: Sergii Demianchuk
Assistant Referees: Will Aten, Zeno Gyu Ho Cho
Fourth Official: Patrick Casey
Weather: 79 degrees and clear
OTT - Christiano Francois (Carl Haworth) 32’
OTT - Wal Fall (Christiano Francois) 57’
OTT - Mour Samb (Christiano Francois) 82’
BST – Fabinho (caution) 14’
Bethlehem Steel FC: Carlos Miguel Coronel; Fabinho ©, Ben Ofeimu, Jamoi Topey, Olivier Mbaizo; James Chambers, Chavany Willis; Anthony Fontana (Shanyder Borgelin 64’), Walter Cortés (Patrick Bohui 71’); Michee Ngalina, Faris
Substitutes not used: Tomás Romero; Nathan Harriel, Steve Kingue, Issa Rayyan
Ottawa Fury FC: Callum Irving; Jeremy Lapare, Nana Attakora, Thomas Meilleur, Carl Haworth ©; Charlie Ward, Chris Mannella, Wal Fall (Obasi Onua 79’); Kevin Oliveira (Amar Sejdic 63’), Mour Samb, Christiano Francois (Aidan Daniels 84’)
Substitutes not used: David Monsalve; Jamar Dixon
Goalkeeper Carlos Miguel Coronel returned to the starting lineup this week, making four total saves and increasing his Steel-leading total to 24 saves in the 2019 USL Championship regular season.
Midfielder Chavany Willis stood strong defensively in the midfield, making a team-high six tackles.
Philadelphia Union midfielder Anthony Fontana led all Steel FC starters with a passing accuracy of 89.5%.
James Chambers played all 90 minutes and led the team in total touches with 69 in the match.
Steel FC next hosts Louisville City FC at Talen Energy Stadium on Sunday, May 26 (2:00 PM ET | ESPN +).