Bethlehem Steel FC had an immediate splash for the start of 2018 with the announcements of three signings this week. The week kicked off with the signing of 2016 USL Rookie of the Year Brandon Allen. While that move made supporters wish the season was starting, the club announced a day later the signing of the No. 5 selection of the 2016 MLS SuperDraft in Omar Holness. With a forward and midfielder inked to suit up in the navy and gold, 2017 first round selection Brandon Aubrey joined the club to anchor the defense.
With players reporting for workouts and training just around the corner, we decided to take a closer look at what the trio brings to the Lehigh Valley.
1: MLS goals by Omar Holness, scored on the road at FC Dallas on June 3, 2017
2: Amount of hat tricks Brandon Allen has tallied, including one in the 2016 USL Cup Final
2: College teammates of Allen that are on the Philadelphia Union, Keegan Rosenberry and Josh Yaro.
4: Goals scored at the University of North Carolina by Holness
6: Starts in Major League Soccer by Holness
7: Assists by Allen over the past two seasons as a member of New York Red Bulls II
9: Goals scored by Aubrey during his senior season at Notre Dame
11: Career assists by Holness during his three years at UNC
15: Goals scored by Aubrey during his time at Notre Dame
17: Assists by Allen while at Georgetown University between 2012 and 2015
18: MLS career appearances by Holness with Real Salt Lake
21: Appearances with Toronto FC II by Aubrey
21: International appearances with Jamaica for Holness
21 Overall selection that Aubrey was drafted in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft:
23: Fouls committed by Aubrey last year
24: Goals scored in the USL by Allen over the past two seasons
47: Appearances by Allen in the USL, including four in the USL Cup Playoffs
50: Goals that Allen scored in college, the most in the school’s history
52: Victories that Aubrey contributed to during his four years in college
54: Career points accumulated by Allen in his USL career
76: Appearances by Aubrey with the Fighting Irish between 2013-16.
82: Interceptions by Aubrey, the most on Toronto FC II last season
98: Minutes played by Holness with the senior Reggae Boyz
121: Defensive clearances by Aubrey in 2017
538: MLS minutes by Holness over the last two years at Real Salt Lake
612: Career minutes in the USL by Holness during his time with the Real Monarchs
1,781: Amount of minutes Aubrey spent in the USL last season
3,361: Minutes that Allen has played in the USL over the past two seasons