Match Preview: Bethlehem Steel FC and Indy Eleven ready to square off at Lucas Oil Stadium

CHESTER, Pa. (September 13, 2019) – Bethlehem Steel FC (7-13-6, 12th place in East) comes off a strong comeback draw away to North Carolina FC and heads to Indianapolis, Indiana for a matchup with Indy Eleven (16-5-5, 2nd place in East) at Lucas Oil Stadium this Saturday at 7:00 p.m. ET. The match will be a tough test to start off a series of three matches in eight days for the Steel, but the boys looked poised to make a serious challenge in Indy.

It took some work in the second half of their last match for the Steel to comeback from 3-1 down to 3-3 level at North Carolina FC, but the Boys in Blue showed their mettle to fight back into it for a well-earned point on the road. It all happened with a free-kick goal from team captain James Chambers, Yomi Samuele Scintu’s first Steel FC goal and Shanyder Borgelin’s first professional mark. They’ll need just as much commitment and effort this weekend when playing Indy Eleven, one of the best teams in USL Championship right now.

It was a tough result to swallow between the two sides earlier this season, as Indy left Talen Energy Stadium with the 3-0 win. Indy saw production from the likes of Neveal Hackshaw, Tyler Pasher and USL legend Dane Kelly. The Eleven are set up well for this match, but they did have a midweek game, so the Steel will look to take advantage of that and create any sort of opening for themselves. This is no small task for the Boys in Blue as the men from the Circle City haven’t lost at home all year, posting a record of 10-0-4 at Lucas Oil Stadium. The good news for Steel FC is that the club has played remarkably well on the road, with a record of 4-5-3 when playing away from home. Either way this is going to be difficult, but Brendan Burke’s squad will look to commit everything and rise to the challenge.

The Boys in Blue travel to take on Indy Eleven at Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday, September 14, at 7:00 p.m. ET, live on ESPN+.

2019 USL Championship Regular Season
Date: September 14, 2019
Kickoff: 7:00 p.m. ET
Location: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Ind.
Referee: Kevin Broadley
Assistant Referees: Michael Nickerson; Jeffrey Swartzel
Fourth Official: Nabil Bensalah

Bethlehem Steel FC: 7-13-6, 12th place
Indy Eleven: 16-5-5, 2nd place

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