Bethlehem Steel FC (@1.8) vs Swope Park Rangers (@4.0)

Our Prediction:

Bethlehem Steel FC will win

Bethlehem Steel FC – Swope Park Rangers Match Prediction | 01-09-2019 18:00

Burkes squad will now have to transition their mindset from defending a tall, physical team in the Riverhounds to defending a quick, technical, strategic attack from Swope Park. The 2019 USL Championship regular season will be Swope Parks first in the Leagues Eastern Conference. The Rangers currently sit on a 0-1-1 record after two matches; with a 3-1 loss at the hands of New York Red Bulls II to start the season and a 2-2 draw at home to Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC. Steel FC and Swope Park Rangers have not previously played each other. Steel FC comes into the match with a 1-2-1 record through four matches.

So you have to decide if you want to sit and compact the field, if you want to press and try to generate turnovers, but whatever you do youd better be very aware of the size that they build with. Theyre big [and] play wide open in a 4-3-3, similar to their First Team, theyre good passers and committed to playing out of the back and when they catch you the field is wide open, said Steel Head Coach Brendan Burke. Its very similar to the way that we used to play, which makes it, not easy to prepare for, but easier.

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Although Swope Park is in a rough run of form right now, 0-5-0 in their last five matches, and will be missing a few key pieces of their own (Head Coach Paulo Nagamura and midfielder Alexsander Andrade), they can be bolstered at any time by reinforcements from the Sporting Kansas City first team. The Rangers style is more wide open and technical than the teams the Steel have played in the last few weeks, so this one looks to be an exciting affair with a lot of space on the field for both sides to operate. Steel FC will be without Santos this time around since, along with Faris, he received a red card last weekend. The last time Steel and Swope Park met was a wild 4-3 win for the Steel at Childrens Mercy Park, with Philadelphia Unions Sergio Santos notching the game-winner in the third minute of stoppage time.

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Itll be a very good surface that we play on this weekend and a highly technical team, so thats a tough combination. Theyre good at playing through the lines and they do an excellent job of keeping the field wide open when theyre building. If you miss assignments, [Swope Park Rangers] will make you pay with their feet. Thats part of the beauty of the League, noted Burke.

We did a good job of that, for the most part, after those first five or 10 minutes of the Pittsburgh [Riverhounds] game; we did a pretty good job of that throughout. I think getting everyone behind the ball is important, Burke stated when asked how to defend the Rangers when they get forward. I think thats key to this system and style of play.

Bethlehem Steel FC vs Swope Park Rangers

All teams will play a regular season total of 34 matches between teams within their respective conference. At the conclusion of the regular season, the top eight (8) teams from each conference advance to the 2018 USL Playoffs for a chance to compete for the USL Championship Title. The 2018 USL season will be contested by 33 teams, 16 of which compete in the league's Eastern Conference.