By the Numbers: Red Hot Steel FC
BETHLEHEM, Pa. (August 27, 2018) – With the race for the USL Cup Playoffs heating up, the second youngest team in the Eastern Conference responded to the pressure with a historic August slate. Facing an uphill climb of being outside the playoff line with six contests ahead, Brendan Burke’s squad put together a plan that now has the side fighting for a possible home contest in the playoffs.
Starting the month with seven wins, Steel FC turns its attention to September with 12 victories and on track for the best season in its young history. Let’s take a deeper dive into Steel FC’s hot August.
1: Losses by Bethlehem Steel FC in August
3: Goals allowed in 540 minutes of August action.
3: Goals scored by winger Santi Moar.
4: Shutouts in August by the boys in blue
4: Road wins in August, the most in Steel FC history for a single month.
4: Different players that have scored multiple goals during the month (Omar Holness, Michee Ngalina, Chris Nanco, Moar).
5: Place in the USL’s Eastern Conference that Steel FC sits as the club enters September.
7: Points clear of the current Eastern Conference playoff line.
7: Players that appeared in all six contests (Matt Mahoney, Matt Real, Olivier Mbaizo, James Chambers, Brenden Aaronson, Moar, Nanco).
8: Different goal scorers for Steel FC (Aidan Apodaca, Adam Najem, Drew Skundrich, Chambers, Holness, Ngalina, Nanco, Moar).
8: Points collected by Moar in August (three goals, two assists).
11: Combined assists by Steel FC during the stretch.
13: Goals scored by Steel FC in August, the most in a single month in franchise history.
13: Pointed collected by Moar (3G, 2A) and Nanco (2G, 1A)
18: Points the club has earned since July 29, the most in the USL.
20: Different players used in August.
30: Opponent shots blocked by Steel FC defense.
325: Minutes played of experience gained in August by current members of the Philadelphia Union Academy (Ben Ofeimu, Aaronson).
410: Shutout minutes on the road by goalkeeper Jake McGuire, the most in club history.