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Bethlehem Steel FC debuts Saturday

Bethlehem Steel FC makes their Lehigh Valley debut on Sunday, April 3 when they play their first home game at Lehigh University’s Goodman Stadium against FC Cincinnati at 3pm.

Steel FC are coming off a 1-0 victory over FC Montreal last Friday, as Fabian Herbers slotted in the winning goal in the 43rd minute of action to give the expansion side a victory in their inaugural contest.

Herbers was the sixth overall selection by the Philadelphia Union in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft, as last week’s contest featured four players on the Steel FC roster that saw time with the Union first team last season, including goalkeeper John McCarthy and midfielders Leo Fernandes and Eric Ayuk.

As the focus shifts to Sunday’s home opener against fellow expansion team FC Cincinnati, the Bethlehem club will look to stay near the top of United Soccer League (USL) standings after two weeks of action.

Sunday’s game will be televised live on Service Electric Cable TV2, as the cable partner will also be airing a weekly show titled, Steel Soccer 360, throughout the season.

The show will air every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., Thursday at 10 p.m. and Friday morning at 11 a.m. Service Electric TV2’s Steve Degler and Dan Fremuth will host the show with Gwen Begley as the feature reporter.

Bethlehem Steel FC’s season schedule consists of 30 matches, 15 at home and 15 away, all against Eastern Conference opponents culminating on September 25 against Orlando City B.

They’ll play New York Red Bulls II, Pittsburgh Riverhounds, FC Montreal and Harrisburg City Islanders three times and each of the remaining nine Eastern Conference teams twice.

Bethlehem Steel FC are a USL affiliate of the Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer.

Bethlehem Steel FC soccer supporters Michael and Terri Barone of Northampton celebrate the new professional team's win.PRESS PHOTO BY TIM GILMAN