Ahead of the Union’s first game of MLS Regular Season Sunday at FC Dallas, Bethlehem Steel FC played a friendly against Syracuse University at the Union Training Center giving fans their first glimpse of the USL expansion side.
The Bethlehem Steel started strong and found the back of Syracuse’s net within the first minute with a goal from Corey Burke.
Four more goals would follow for Bethlehem Steel, as Samir Badr had a quiet game in goal.
Trialist Mohammad Diallo made the score 2-0 shortly after the first goal. Just before the half, Eric Ayuk was taken down in the box giving Bethlehem Steel another opportunity on goal with a PK. Gabe Gisse made no mistake with the shot and sent it into the top right hand corner of the net.
The second half saw two more goals coming from trialists Diallo and Jamie Luchini.
Bethlehem Steel will play another friendly against Georgetown on March 20 at the Union training fields ahead of the Philadelphia Union’s home opener against New England Revolution.
Bethlehem Steel FC starting XI:
Goalkeeper: Samir Badr
Defense: Taylor Washington, Mickey Daly, Joshua Yaro, Ryan Richter
Defensive Midfield: Bolu Akinyode, James Chambers
Midfield: Gabe Gisse, Corey Burke, Eric Ayuk
Forward: Muhammad Diallo
Corey Burke (Josh Heard), James Chambers (Lamie Conte), Mohammad Diallo (Amoy Brown), Taylor Washington (Matt Real), Mickey Daly (Auston Trusty), Joshua Yaro (Mark McKenzie) and Gabe Gisse (Jamie Luchini)