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3 Things to Watch: Bethlehem Steel FC

By James Thomas, 04/15/19, 11:30AM EDT


Independence are McKenna Strong versus Bethlehem

The Charlotte Independence face the first test of depth on a two-day turnaround following Saturday's match with New York Red Bulls II. Newcomer Niki Jackson provided a spark to the offense by netting the game's opening goal, but two goals in three minutes left the Independence short of gaining points. 

Bethlehem Steel FC enters Tuesday's road test on their best run of form this season, earning two wins and draw in their most recent fixtures. Forward Kacper Przybylko bagged a brace in his last outing, which proved to be the game-winner against the Charleston Battery. 

Stats Snapshot


Charlotte Category Bethlehem
6 Goals 11
1.2 Goals Per Game 1.83
11 Goals Against 8
2.2 Goals Against Average 1.33
6 Assists 6
11.8 Shots Per Game 8.50
3.8 Shots on Target Per Game         3.83
17 Saves 25
3.40 Saves Per Game 4.17



3 Things to Watch For:

  1. Short rest 
  • Tuesday's match against Bethlehem Steel comes just two days after the Independence faced off with New York Red Bulls II on Saturday night. The advantages the Independence hold are the back-to-back home fixtures and Bethlehem also played on Saturday, meaning both teams are on equal rest.  

  1. Keep clean 
  • The Independence has failed to keep their opponents off the scoreboard in the first half this season. In fact, the last shutout for the Independence came in August of last season against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. The good news is the Independence is coming off a scoreless defensive second half against New York, and both of Bethlehem's defeats have come when the team has been shutouts. 

  1. Mckenna strong
  • Today's game the Charlotte soccer community once again rallies in support of 15-year-old McKenna Woodhead. Last summer, McKenna was paralyzed in a jet ski accident but has inspired so many with her resiliency. So much so she was awarded the 2019 US Women's National Team SheBeileve Hero. The Woodhead family will be honored at tonight's halftime presentation. All tickets proceeds for the 2nd Annual McKenna Strong game will go to help her recovery. You can support McKenna and her family with tickets purchased here


Bethlehem steel fC last Starting XI

[Right to Left]

GK: #31 - Carlos Miguel Coronel 
D: #40 - Issa Rayyan, #51 - Cole Turner, #44 - Ben Ofeimu, #33 - Fabinho
M: #46 - MicheeNgalina, #39 - Chavany Willis, #45 - James Chambers, #38 - Zach Zandi
F: #23 - Kacper Przybylko, #35 - Faris 


Game info

Charlotte Independence vs Bethlehem Steel FC
Tuesday, April 16th - 7:00 PM ET
Sportsplex at Matthews

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