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Steel FC Looks to Clinch Playoff Spot at Rochester Rhinos

By Bethlehem Steel FC Communications, 10/09/17, 10:30AM EDT

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Club looks for first postseason berth in USL Game of the Week

With so much history already created during the 2017 regular season, Bethlehem Steel FC will look to create even more as the club concludes its regular season road schedule at the Rochester Rhinos on Tuesday, Oct. 10. Steel FC will battle the Rhinos in the USL’s Game of the Week which will be streamed exclusively on the WatchESPN app and website. Kickoff from Capelli Sport Stadium is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

After extending its current unbeaten run to six matches, Steel FC finds itself on the verge of the club’s first USL Playoffs. The squad finds itself in control of its own destiny and could clinch one of the final Eastern Conference playoff spots with a victory on the road at Rochester. Steel FC is currently in a battle with New York Red Bulls II, Orlando City B, FC Cincinnati for the final three playoff spots.

Steel FC picked up its sixth road win of 2017 on Friday, defeating Toronto FC II, 4-2, to complete the regular season sweep. Santi Moar sparked the offense in the first half, scoring a brace in a three-minute span to give the squad a two-goal lead. Steel FC continued to pour on the goals as Derrick Jones tallied his first Steel FC goal of the season while Seku Conneh scored for the third-consecutive match to become the club’s first double-digit goal scorer with 10.

Bethlehem Steel FC boasts the third-most road victories in the USL’s Eastern Conference with six and could tie for the conference lead with three points at Rochester who sports a 7-2-5 record in front of their home fans.

Rochester is coming off a 2-0 road victory at Pittsburgh over the weekend that helped the club clinch its spot in the postseason. The Rhinos jumped out to a quick lead as forward Jochen Graf slotted home a Christiano Francois volley 22 seconds into the match. Rhinos’ leading scorer Wal Fall added the insurance goal in the 14th minute with a strike inside the box to secure the club their playoff spot. Wall leads the squad with nine goals in the regular season while goalkeeper Tomas Gomez sports the USL’s lowest goals against at 0.76.

The two clubs squared off up in the season-opener on April 1st, with the match going to the final whistle. The visiting Rhinos jumped out to a two-goal lead with goals from Darius Madison and Fall but Steel FC fought back as Philadelphia Union forward Charlie Davies converted a penalty kick in first-half added time. Steel FC drew even in the 72nd minute as Conneh scored a penalty kick goal but a late headed effort from Graf proved to be the difference in the 88th minute.