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Bethlehem Steel FC Make Moves With 2017 in Mind

By Bethlehem Steel FC Communications, 09/29/16, 10:00AM EDT


Steel FC Turns Attention to club’s second season

After concluding its inaugural season earlier this week, Bethlehem Steel FC turned its attention to 2017 by announcing four roster moves Wednesday.

In its first season in the United Soccer League, Philadelphia Union’s affiliated club compiled a record of 6-14-10. With plans already forming for the future of this franchise Steel FC chose to part ways with rostered players Jamie Luchini, Gabe Gissie, Nick Bibbs and Fred. Overall the group appeared in 52 games and combined for over 2,100 minutes of action.

“The first season with Steel FC was about laying the foundation and building a culture that matched that of Philadelphia Union,” head coach Brendan Burke said. “I thank the four players for helping play a part in the inaugural season of the team and for helping bring to life a professional culture that not only benefited all the players in the locker room but the whole organization.”

A product of Lehigh University, Jamie Luchini started two games while making 16 appearances overall. Against New York Red Bulls II on June 5, Luchini attempted a season high three shots. Gabe Gissie saw time in 18 matches, scoring once.

A defender from Philadelphia, Nick Bibbs logged six starts and played in 12 games overall. Bibbs scored his only goal of 2016 on his first shot of the season, scoring against Toronto FC II on July 31.

Fred, the Brazilian midfielder and former member of Philadelphia Union, served as a player/coach for Steel FC, playing in just six matches during the season.