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USL Preview: Bethlehem Steel FC vs. Wilmington Hammerheads FC

By Staff, 07/13/16, 8:32AM EDT


Steel host Hammerheads for matinee as both push for playoff positions

Photo courtesy Jay Schulman / Wilmington Hammerheads FC

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Bethlehem Steel FC plays host to Wilmington Hammerheads FC for a Thursday matinee at Goodman Stadium with both teams looking to build on victories in their last outing as the playoff race in the Eastern Conference heats up. Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. ET.


Bethlehem Steel FC news and notes

  • Current record: 5-6-6, 21pts
  • The Steel took a 2-0 victory against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds on Sunday afternoon to rebound from a midweek loss to Toronto FC II.
  • Corey Burke scored midway through the first half for his second goal of the season, while Leo Fernandes’ late finish wrapped up the win.
  • The Steel are tied for the sixth-fewest shots on goal in the USL this season with 61.
  • Captain Ryan Richter has played in every minute of every game so far this season for Bethlehem.

Wilmington Hammerheads FC news and notes

  • Current record: 6-5-5, 23 points
  • Wilmington took a 2-1 victory on the road against the Charlotte Independence in its last contest this past Saturday.
  • Casey Townsend and Austin Martz scored for the Hammerheads, but it was goalkeeper Eric Ati who stole the show with a standout seven-save performance.
  • Ati was named to the USL Team of the Week on Tuesday after leading the Hammerheads to their second consecutive victory.
  • The Hammerheads sit two points ahead of the Steel entering Thursday’s contest, having played one fewer game.

2016 Team leaders

  • Goals: Bethlehem – Ryan Richter, 3; Wilmington – Bruno Perone, 4
  • Assists: Bethlehem – Five players tied with 1; Wilmington – Mael Corboz, 4

Series notes

  • The two teams played to a 1-1 draw in their first meeting this season on June 17 at Legion Stadium.


  • REF: Brandon Artis
  • AR1: Rick Rogers
  • AR2: Patrick Casey
  • 4TH: Kevin Lock

Game hashtag:

  • #BSTvWIL

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