Bethlehem Steel FC looked to continue a good run of form against a staunch Charleston Battery on Sunday afternoon. With the Battery content to sit back and try to play counter-attacking ball, Bethlehem couldn't pick any of the locks and the game ended in a disappointing 0-0 draw.
Let's get the offense out of the way. Charleston striker Romario Williams was discussed at length by Steel FC coach Brendan Burke and his team during the week and it showed. Anderson saw his first action for Bethlehem and paired well with Auston Trusty who continues to look like a big part of the future. Bethlehem limited Charleston to two shots on goal and both of the Battery's efforts were cleaned up relatively easily by Steel FC keeper John McCarthy. Praise also goes to Steel FC for their ability to defend all eight of Charleston's corners. Bethlehem committed 18 fouls, which I'm sure is a bit too high for anyone's liking, but only substitute James Chambers went into official Jaime Hererra's book for BSFC.
Offensively Steel FC didn't look anywhere near as sharp as they did last week. Granted Charleston has a pair of very very good center backs in Taylor Mueller and Shawn Ferguson, but I still thought Bethlehem could have done better to create more. Fabian Herbers had both of Steel FC's shots on goal, but his best look, a second half free kick, was hit right at Odisnel Cooper. Walter Restrepo still strikes me as someone who has yet to really show what he can do at this level, and although he came into his own a bit more in the second half, he should really be a driving creative force for a full 90' game.
Next week Bethlehem take on Eastern Conference leaders Louisville City FC at home on May 1st at 3:00 EST. If Steel FC can combine the steel trap of a defensive effort they had this week with the potent offense they showed off against Richmond, it should be a good game.