July 10, 2018
By: Gwen Begley
Coming off of what coach Brendan Burke considered one of their worst performances of the season, steel FC looks to start a new streak when they head to Atlanta to face Atlanta united 2 for the very first time.
I wasn’t there and I’m not a coach, but I wouldn’t exactly say this was their worst performance of the season. This was a match where both teams were trying to earn their sixth straight unbeaten match. Penn FC, formerly known as the Harrisburg city islanders, last lost a match on June 2nd to Nashville. Since then it’s been three wins and two draws, setting them up for an attempted 6th match unbeaten on their home turf.
As for steel FC? The road to five unbeaten wasn’t as clean cut, in fact only two wins came out of the streak and the rest were battles for a draw. One battle saw Bethlehem come back from a two goal deficit against New York Red Bull’s II. Perhaps I am giving them the benefit of the doubt, but their road to 5 was a little more treacherous than Penn FC’s.
So let’s put their last 3-2 loss to Penn FC that was played on a baseball field conformed to a soccer field behind and focus on the task ahead. You have to have a short memory in sports, after all.
The task involves Atlanta United 2, USL side of Atlanta United. This is a team that on paper, should be easily beatable, but history teaches us that is never the case. Atlanta is currently 2-9-5 with their most recent loss a whopping 6-1 setback to NYRB II. They are second to last in the eastern conference standings only ahead of Toronto FC. This teams only advantage is the fact that they are home, which is where their only two wins were accomplished.
I am predicting a 3-1 result in favor of Steel FC for this match, but only if they can erase the memory of their loss at the hands of Penn FC. If they fester, they will fail. We will see on Wednesday night at 7pm, a match that will be shown live here on Service Electric TV2 and 502 HD. If Steel wins this match, and Charlotte loses theirs against Nashville on the same night, Bethlehem could be sitting just below playoff contention.