You can never have too many weapons when the object of a game is to outscore your opponent. Bethlehem Steel FC added one such weapon midseason in the form of 18-year-old Faris. Being recognized by a single-name brought uniqueness to the young player but as he learned the organization’s system after arriving in June, he only got stronger.
As the season progressed so did Faris and the Union began to take notice. The young attacker was invited to train with the first team to steepen his progression. Those sessions paid dividends late in the season as Faris contributed to Steel FC’s final push for the postseason. Challenged to make an impact yet again, he did so against Toronto FC II and in record-breaking time.
Once again Faris’ strength and determination were on display at Indy Eleven in a match that pitted two teams fighting for a chance to clinch a postseason berth and higher seeding. With Union Academy goalkeeper Tomas Romero getting the start for Steel FC, Faris knew he needed to make the most of his chances on goal to ensure the club collected a much needed point. He did and they did; Steel FC earned a playoff spot and subsequently knocked off Pittsburgh Riverhounds in an epic back-and-forth match in the Hounds’ first playoff game at Highmark Stadium. Faris had arrived midseason but by the end of the year, he was an integral part of an epic postseason push. Now the entire Union organization is hoping he will continue to grow in 2019.