Bethlehem Steel FC, along with the USL Championship, has announced the team’s 2019 regular-season schedule. The club will face every Eastern Conference opponent twice in the 2019 regular season.
Dates and times of matches are subject to change based on Talen Energy Stadium availability surrounding Philadelphia Union’s Major League Soccer schedule. That schedule is expected to be announced in the near future, and any resulting adjustments to Steel FC’s fixtures will be announced accordingly.
Steel FC is set to open its 2019 USL Championship account against Birmingham Legion FC on Saturday, March 9 at BBVA Compass Field. Birmingham is one of four expansion clubs joining the Eastern Conference in 2019, including Hartford Athletic, Loudon United FC and Memphis 901 FC. Steel FC will welcome Memphis 901 FC to Talen Energy Stadium the weekend of March 23 for the inaugural meeting between the two sides, with the club’s first meetings against Loudon United FC (May 3) and Hartford Athletic (June 29) happening away from home.
Bethlehem Steel FC will also face two USL Championship opponents formerly of the Western Conference, with Saint Louis FC and Swope Park Rangers both transitioning to the Eastern Conference beginning in the 2019 season. Saint Louis and Swope Park both qualified for the USL Cup Playoffs in 2018, with Swope Park advancing to the Western Conference Semifinals.
Steel FC is scheduled to play a total of six home matches in May and June. The club is set to host Atlanta United 2, Ottawa Fury FC and Louisville City FC at Talen Energy Stadium in May, before traveling to face New York Red Bulls II at MSU Soccer Park on June 1. The club will then return to Talen Energy Stadium to face Nashville SC, Saint Louis FC and the Tampa Bay Rowdies.
Bethlehem Steel FC will finish the 2019 regular-season campaign on a three-match road trip, with the final fixture coming against Charleston Battery on Saturday, October 19 at MUSC Health Stadium.
A detailed preseason training camp schedule and promotional schedule will be announced in the near future.