Bethlehem Steel FC announced Friday that they have signed defender Matt Mahoney to his first professional contract. The deal is pending league and federation approval.
“While going to college, I knew that I wanted to keep playing professionally and I’m lucky to have this opportunity with Bethlehem Steel FC,” Mahoney said. “It’s been an amazing experience ever since I joined on trial, the team has welcomed me into their family. The team is growing a really great program here and I’m looking forward to being a part of it.”
“Matt’s name came through another coach in our system but luckily we’ve been able to see him play and mature being down the road at Temple,” head coach Brendan Burke said. “When he joined us at the start of training camp, he came in and made an impact showcasing his fitness and ability to understand our style of play. He has a great deal of talent and brings a great amount of effort to each practice and we need players on the club that do that.”
Mahoney initially joined Steel FC on a trial when preseason camp opened on Feb. 1 at YSC Sports. The 21-year-old right back impressed the team staff during over the opening month of training camp.
A four-year letterman and two-year captain at Temple University, Mahoney is also incredibly durable, having appeared in all 78 games during his Owl career. During the period, Mahoney earned 62 starts including a streak of 55 straight starts to cap off his Temple career. The Buffalo, New York native scored contributed to 17 clean sheets throughout his career and added three goals and five assists.
Prior to his senior season, Mahoney played with the New Jersey Express in the Premier Development League. Mahoney started all 14 games for the club, going 90 minutes in all but one match and had an assist.
With the recent additions of Mahoney and Charlie Reymann, Bethlehem Steel FC’s roster sits at 12 players with the duo joined by Amoy Brown, Cory Burke, James Chambers, Seku Conneh, Josh Heard, Santi Moar, Matthew Perrella, Matthew Real, Hugh Roberts and Yosef Samuel.