Bethlehem Steel FC will have nine Union players on roster available for selection when the team takes on Louisville City FC Friday night at 7:30 p.m. ET.
In order for an MLS contracted player to be available for selection in USL Playoffs, said player must have at least five appearances with the USL club. The following Union players meet those requirements:
- Ken Tribbett
- Josh Yaro
- Aaron Jones
- Marcus Epps
- Derrick Jones
- Adam Najem
- Auston Trusty
- Jake McGuire
- Giliano Wijnaldum
A majority of these players have made a significant impact for Bethlehem Steel FC during the season. Aaron Jones leads all of Steel FC with 28 appearances, all of which have been starts as a defender. He's been a free kick specialist for the team, with both of his goals this season coming off long range free kicks. Following closely in appearances and starts for BSFC is Auston Trusty with 24 and Jake McGuire and Adam Najem with 22 starts each.
Trusty has bounced around the Steel FC lineup, but has been a youthful staple in the lineup and helps link the attack from McGuire and Najem. McGuire has had a fantastic year for Steel FC, setting the record for saves in a season by a keeper. He has five clean sheets for Bethlehem and even registered an assist. Najem, on the other hand, has been an important cog in the offense for Steel FC. Najem scored two goals with Bethlehem, but has been key at the No. 10 spot, dishing eight assists to his teammates, which leads the team.
The rest of the eligible Union players have all chipped in for the success of Bethlehem. Marcus Epps played exceptionally well for Steel FC early on in the season, earning him significant minutes with the Union first team. Derrick Jones used his experience with the first-team in the beginning of MLS season to help serve as a valuable holding mid for Steel FC, and Josh Yaro and Giliano Wijnaldum spent time with both the first team and Steel to gain minutes in their development.
Head Coach Brendan Burke will have some decisions to make when it comes to the gameday 18 Friday, but there will be a few Union players available for selection, further solidifying the two-way pipeline between Bethlehem Steel FC and the Union.