Bethlehem Steel FC
Bethlehem Steel FC, an American professional soccer team and the official affiliate of the Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer, continues to thrill soccer fans since their inaugural season in 2016. Dedicated fans cheer on the FC at Lehigh University’s Goodman Stadium located in Bethlehem. The team plays in the Eastern Conference of the United Soccer League (USL).
The exciting atmosphere and game day experience has led to near sell-out crowds at home games. So, put on your Navy Blue, Gold and Red and let’s go Bethlehem Steel FC! It’s affordable, family-friendly fun for all!
There is plenty of parking near the stadium, with space for tailgating. Click here for a detailed list of parking lots.
The home of the Bethlehem Steel FC, Goodman Stadium at Lehigh University has been recognized for having the “Best Game Day Atmosphere in the Patriot League” for six straight years. The 16,000-seat facility is located on Goodman Campus with the scenic South Mountain as a backdrop. A spacious stadium house is located at the stadium’s north end directly below the scoreboard.
Goodman Stadium also features concessions to keep fans well fed during the game. The stadium also is equipped with a full stage setup and plays host to numerous sporting events. The parking areas around the stadium are also extremely popular with fans that wish to tailgate prior to the game.
The rich tradition of Bethlehem Steel FC was reincarnated in 2015 by the Philadelphia Union as the club’s official affiliate in the United Soccer League. The Union became the ninth team in MLS to independently own and operate a USL club, but were adamant on individually branding their newest outfit.
Plans for the club were officially announced on Aug. 19, 2015 at a press conference, while the team’s name, crest and colors would be unveiled at a later date pending a fan vote. Fans overwhelmingly chose Bethlehem Steel FC over Lehigh Valley Steel SC, Steel FC and Lehigh Valley Blast and the club was officially born on Oct. 27, 2015.
The Bethlehem Steel FC crest pulls elements from the club’s historic badge, ushering the brand into a new era. The classic I-beam foundation returned, stretching upward to serve as a monument to the past. Steel red then mixed with Philadelphia Union blue and gold, combining in a unified color.
The Union rattlesnake, found in historical Ben Franklin political cartoons, emphasizes the need for Unity and it envelopes the Steel I-beam, linking together the icons of two clubs. Rivets in the crest fold together the two identities, strengthening the bond between MLS and USL. A leather soccer balls anchors the badge, rooting the new identity to the pitch.
The club officially began to take shape on the pitch when they hired Brendan Burke as inaugural head coach. A former Union assistant coach and Reading United head coach, Burke had been in the Union family for six years prior to leaving before the 2015 season.
Seven Union players and Academy product Mark McKenzie wound up making the official match day roster for Steel FC’s first-ever game against FC Montreal on March 25, 2016. Steel FC played in Goodman Stadium for their home opener on April 3, 2016.
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