Fresh off a three-game road trip, Bethlehem Steel FC returns to the friendly grounds of Goodman Stadium for an early morning kick off against the USL Eastern Conference leading Charleston Battery on Thursday, May 25. Kick off from Bethlehem is set for 11 a.m. in collaboration for the club’s Education Day, with students and teachers from around the Lehigh Valley attending the match. The match can be streamed online both on YouTube and on Steel FC’s website along with locally on Service Electric.
Steel FC enters Thursday morning’s tilt coming off a weather-shortened, 2-1, loss to FC Cincinnati in the third match up between the two clubs this season. Newly acquired forward Danny Konig provided Cincinnati its offense, netting his first brace with the club. Seku Conneh drew and then converted a penalty kick in the 33rd minute to tie the match up at 1-1. The goal was Conneh’s fourth of the season and sixth of his Steel FC career, making the Liberian forward the club’s all-time leader in goals scored.
“I was really happy with the game in Cincinnati and thought we deserved more from the game,” Bethlehem Steel FC head coach Brendan Burke said. “We had nine shots from inside their box, 18 in total, which is great output regardless of where you’re playing. It was special given we had six or seven guys that hadn’t played in an environment like that but I was really happy with how the guys responded with the number of quality chances we created.”
The match against the conference leaders is the second and final regular season matchup between Steel FC and Charleston. The Battery lead the all-time series 2-0-1 and defeated Steel FC, 1-0 back on May 6 at MUSC Health Stadium in Charleston. The hosts notched the match’s only goal in the 18th minute, as Ataulla Guerra scored on a counter attack. Steel FC fought back in the final half, dominating possession and firing three shots on goal but were unable to beat Battery goalkeeper Odisnel Cooper.
Charleston enters the match off a 2-2 draw at Harrisburg on Saturday. After falling behind, 1-0, in the first half, the Battery recovered with goals from Guerra and Romario Williams just minutes apart to retake the lead. In the waning second of stoppage time, Harrisburg scored an equalizer that forced Charleston to leave the Island with a single point. Along with the draw, the Battery will be without two key contributors due to suspensions. Center back Forrest Lasso will miss Thursday’s match due to yellow card accumulation while Tah Brian Anung will sit due to a pair of yellow cards against Harrisburg.
Tickets for the matinee match can be purchased online with the club offering a special ticket price of $5. Fans can take advantage of the ticket deal online here, or by calling the Bethlehem Steel FC ticket office at 844-STEELFC.