It has been a busy preseason for Bethlehem Steel FC filled with friendlies, two-a-days and weight lifting sessions as the team gears up for the inaugural season set to start on March 25 at FC Montreal with the first home game on April 3 at 3 p.m.
The expansion side started off the series of preseason friendlies with a 5-0 win in an open scrimmage against Syracuse University on Sunday, March 6. Since then, the team has participated in several closed-door friendlies enabling the technical staff to try various tactics and lineups leading up the start of the season.
On Tuesday, March 8, Bethlehem FC faced Villanova in a closed preseason friendly match where they fell 3-2.
On Friday, March 11, New York Red Bulls II, NYRB II, hosted Steel FC. Both teams saw many attempts on goal, but NYRB II found the back of the net first with a goal in the 74th minute. Defender Noah Powder gained possession of the ball near the penalty spot where he struck a left-footed shot giving them the lead.
The home team’s lead did not last for long, however, as Eric Ayuk tied the game in the 75th minute. Ayuk’s immediate reaction to a poorly controlled pass enabled the midfielder to take possession and send the ball into the back of the net. The game concluded as a 1-1 tie.
On Tuesday, March 15, Bethlehem Steel FC hosted their first preseason match at Goodman Stadium against Harrisburg City Islanders. Steel FC and snagged the 1-0 victory with a goal from Amoy Brown.
Coming up this Sunday, March 20 at 11 a.m., Steel FC will play an open friendly against Georgetown University. The game will take place on the Union training fields leading up to the first Union home game vs. New England Revolution scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m. Sunday’s match at the Union Training Center is open to the public and patrons will have to pay for parking.