With their spot already clinched in the USL Cup Playoffs, Bethlehem Steel FC will look to cap off its regular season on a high note when the club entertains Saint Louis FC on Sunday, Oct. 15. Kickoff from Goodman Stadium on the campus of Lehigh University is scheduled for 3 p.m. and will be streamed on YouTube and the club’s website.
Bethlehem Steel FC earned its first USL postseason appearance Thursday evening, when Orlando City B fell, 2-0, to the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Steel FC can finish as high as sixth position in the eastern conference table should the club win their regular season finale and the New York Red Bulls lose or draw their finale at Toronto FC II.
Steel FC saw it’s sixth-match unbeaten streak come to an end earlier this week when the club fell to the Rochester Rhinos, 1-0. Facing off against a Rhinos squad that had notched 13 shutouts entering the Tuesday night affair, Steel FC was unable to capitalize in limited chances against the defensive squad. Rochester tallied the lone goal of the match in the first half, as Jochen Graf tallied his second game-winning goal against Steel FC this season.
“I have a ton of respect for all that Coach Lilley and everyone on their staff because they are highly organized and we had a really tough time breaking them down,” Bethlehem Steel FC head coach Brendan Burke said. “They have some really big bodies and are committed defensively plus we just weren’t sharp in the final third. But that doesn’t take away from the overall road trip that we had. I thought it was a successful trip and happy that we got three points. They’re an important three points as they keep us in the driver’s seat heading into the weekend in terms of playoff seeding. We need to win on Sunday, regardless of other results.”
Sunday’s match will be second meeting all-time between the two sides, with Steel FC defeating Saint Louis FC on June 11, 2-1. Steel FC rallied back from a first-half own goal with goals from Seku Conneh and James Chambers to pick up the three points on the road.
“St. Louis hasn’t been out of a game all year long so we have to respect what they bring to the table in terms of their individuals and the experience of their staff,” Burke said. “They won’t be taken lightly because of the spot on the table and we’ve been planning for them like any other match.”
Saint Louis FC currently sits tied for 12th place in their first season in the USL’s Eastern Conference, having picked up nine victories and eight draws. The club has struggled on the road with only two wins and five draws away from St. Louis. The club is led offensively by Christian Volesky’s eight goals in 2017.