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USL Preview: Toronto FC II vs. Bethlehem Steel FC

By USLSoccer.com Staff, 07/05/16, 9:08AM EDT

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Midweek clash sees both teams looking to rebound from weekend defeats


Photo courtesy Martin Bazyl / Toronto FC II

VAUGHN, Ontario – Toronto FC II and Bethlehem Steel FC will both try to bounce back from defeats this past Saturday when they meet for a midweek contest at the Ontario Soccer Centre on Wednesday night. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET.

Matchcenter: http://www.uslsoccer.com/game/show/13218666

Toronto FC II news and notes

  • Current record: 3-11-4, 13 points
  • Toronto fell 3-0 to Wilmington Hammerheads FC on Saturday night as a side missing some key players fell behind early and was unable to recover at Legion Stadium.
  • The defeat was Toronto’s fourth in a row since a three-game undefeated streak at the start of June.
  • TFC II leading scorer Raheem Edwards made his MLS debut on Saturday as he came on as a substitute in a 1-1 draw against Seattle Sounders FC
  • Toronto will face another Pennsylvania-based side this Sunday when it visits the Harrisburg City Islanders in its next contest.

Bethlehem Steel FC news and notes

  • Current record: 4-5-6, 18 points
  • The Steel were edged out on Saturday night by FC Cincinnati, which took a 1-0 victory behind Jimmy McLaughlin’s second-half goal.
  • Bethlehem is winless in its last three contests, and now sits two points back of Wilmington for the eighth and final place in the playoff positions.
  • The Steel have been limited offensively over their past five games, recording only two goals in that span.
  • Following Wednesday’s game, the Steel will open a six-game home stand on Sunday afternoon against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.

2016 Team leaders

  • Goals: Toronto – Raheem Edwards, 5; Bethlehem – Four players tied with 2
  • Assists: Toronto – Five players tied with 1; Bethlehem – Five players tied with 1

Series notes

  • This is the first meeting between the teams.

Officials

  • REF: Justin Tasev
  • AR1: Peter Pendli
  • AR2: Gianni Facchini
  • 4TH: David Barrie

Game hashtag:

  • #TORvBST

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