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Bethlehem Steel FC (USL)

Bethlehem Steel FC
Full name Bethlehem Steel Football Club
Founded 2015
Ground Goodman Stadium
Ground Capacity 16,000
Owner Philadelphia Union
Head Coach Brendan Burke
League USL

Bethlehem Steel FC is an American professional soccer team based in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, part of the Lehigh Valley region. Founded in 2015, the team plays in the United Soccer League, the third tier of the American Soccer Pyramid. The team is the official affiliate of the Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer. Its colors are navy blue, gold, and red. Brendan Burke is the Steel's Head coach.

Contents

  • Colors and badge 1
  • Facilities 2
    • Stadium 2.1
    • Training facility 2.2
  • Coaching staff 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Colors and badge

On October 27, 2015, Bethlehem Steel FC's name, crest, and colors were officially announced during a ceremony held at the ArtsQuest at SteelStacks. "Steel FC" alludes to the historical Bethlehem Steel F.C., which played from 1907 to 1930.[1] The name was chosen following a fan poll held between September 8, 2015 and September 28, 2015; the other three options were Lehigh Valley Steel SC, Lehigh Valley Blast, and Steel FC.[2]

The colors of Bethlehem Steel FC are navy blue and gold, and red, alluding to the primary colors of both the original Bethlehem Steel F.C. and the Philadelphia Union. The team's crest is elongated, representing the foundation of a new player developement program and expansion of the Union brand. Its gold rivets symbolize the union of the Bethelehem and Philadelphia clubs. The Union's rattlesnake pays homage to the "Join, or Die" political cartoon by Benjamin Franklin that was featured in the 1754 Pennsylvania Gazette, and is also reminiscent of the Gadsden flag, another Revolutionary icon. The red beam in the middle of the crest is a tribute to the original logo of Bethlehem Steel F.C.

In February 2013, the Union unveiled a third uniform that harked back to Bethlehem Steel F.C.[3][4][5] The kit was primarily black with white trim and featured a sublimated Union emblem and a Bethlehem Steel F.C. jock tag.[6][7]

Facilities

Stadium

Lehigh's Murray H Goodman Stadium

Bethlehem Steel FC will play home matches at Goodman Stadium in Bethlehem, also home to the Lehigh University Mountain Hawks football team. It features 16,000 seats and a natural grass field.

Training facility

Bethlehem Steel FC will practice at the training fields next to PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania, where the Union play their home games.

Coaching staff

  • Brendan Burke - Head Coach
  • TBD- Assistant Coach


References

  1. ^ "Press release". October 27, 2015. Retrieved October 27, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Philadelphia Union open fan vote for USL team name". October 27, 2015. Retrieved October 27, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Jersey Week: Union pay homage to Bethlehem Steel with retro 3rd shirt". MLSsoccer.com. 
  4. ^ "Philadelphia Union honors Bethlehem Steel soccer club on new jerseys". lehighvalleylive.com. 
  5. ^ "The Philadelphia Union: Following the Ghosts of Bethlehem's Soccer Tradition" by Stephen Barrow, 7 July 2012
  6. ^ "Philadelphia Union unveil new third jersey, inspired by Bethlehem Steel". Philly.com. 
  7. ^ "Todo Sobre Camisetas: Philadelphia Union Adidas Third Jersey 2013". todosobrecamisetas.blogspot.com.ar. 

External links

  • Bethlehem Steel FC
  • USL
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