On April 10, 2016 Philadelphia Union Academy member Auston Trusty made his first start for Bethlehem Steel FC, becoming the first academy player in club history to earn minutes with the inaugural USL team.
Named to the starting XI against New York Red Bulls II, Trusty,17, played alongside Philadelphia Union center back Josh Yaro during the away loss. Since then, he has started in five more games for Steel FC, helping the team achieve a 2-0-3 record in those games.
“I felt confident,” said Trusty about his first league game with Bethlehem Steel FC. “The team took me in and guided me. They accept me as a player and that helped out a lot.”
A member of the Philadelphia Union Academy’s 2016 graduating class, Trusty has been part of the organization since Union Juniors in 2009 and was on the first academy teams established in 2013. A native of Media, Pa., Trusty has experience not only at the academy level, but he also received a call up by the U.S. Men’s National U-17 team for the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
Although Trusty has competed at the local and national level with the academy, he has found there to be a different kind of mentality with Bethlehem Steel FC.
“Although the mentality is similar, at Bethlehem Steel it is different because the guys are playing for their families,” Trusty said. “There is more drive to succeed and do well. I really like that because it helps me get better.”
Trusty first played with Steel FC during preseason. It was then that Trusty felt he could compete at the USL level.
“During the preseason game against Red Bull, I think I showed everybody that I could play with them,” Trusty said.
During Saturday’s game against Rochester Rhinos, Trusty made his sixth start for Steel FC helping the team tie 2-2. In the second minute of second half stoppage time, Trusty made a goal line save to keep Steel FC in the lead, even though Joe Farrell scored the equalizer two minutes later.
For the remainder of the season, Trusty hopes he can help Steel FC earn some wins as the team looks to make a name for itself in USL.
“I really want to show everybody that this team is really good and we can show the entire MLS and USL that we can play.”
Steel FC return to Goodman Stadium this Sunday, June 5 at 4 p.m. to face New York Red Bulls II for the second time this season. The game will be broadcasted on Service Electric TV2 and tickets can be purchased online at www.bethlehemsteelfc.com.
This was a segment of the June 1 edition of the We Are One newsletter. We Are One is delivered bi-weekly to Philadelphia Union fans through email.