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Bethelehm Steel FC Makes a Name in USL

by Marissa Blackman

Bethlehem Steel FC, one of the six clubs competing in USL for the first time this season, is certainly making its presence known.

Steel players are already standing out. The team captain, Ryan Richter has been included in the USL's week one Team of the Week. Fred, a Brazilian midfielder, who has experience with D.C. United, Philadelphia Union, and several other clubs in Brazil and Australia recently joined the Bethlehem squad as both player and assistant coach

Today, Bethlehem Steel FC, recognized the East End Army as its official supporters group. Although this is Bethlehem's inaugural season, the East End Army already stands over four hundred members strong. The group has a designated seating section, The Forge, within Goodman Stadium, the home field of Bethlehem Steel FC.

Most notably, the Leigh Valley team won its inaugural match against FC Montreal. Fabian Herbers' goal in the forty third minute was enough to tally three points for his club.

On Sunday, Bethlehem Steel FC will mark another historic first by playing at Goodman Stadium. Head coach Brendan Burke says of his expectation for the match against FC Cincinnati, "It will be important to replicate what we were able to accomplish in the first half of the game in Montreal, which was pressing and keeping the game in their half of the field on both sides of the ball, so that no matter who had it, we were able to effectively play the game in their half. That's really what were after from the start on Sunday."

Will Bethlehem Steel FC be able to continue its, albeit short, unbeaten streak?

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