For the second straight week, Bethlehem Steel FC fell to an opponent at home by a 1-0 final with a loss that happened to be the first victory in Memphis 901 FC franchise history on Sunday night at Talen Energy Stadium.
Ben Ofeimu’s back pass in the 58th minute was picked off by Rashawn Dally, who beat Matthew Freese fro the lone goal of the match. Zach Zandi and Chavany Willis both had shots hit woodwork and as a team the Steel controlled the run of play with 60 percent of the possession.
Brendan Burke made seven changes in his starting lineup from a 1-0 loss to North Carolina FC in the home opener. Philadelphia Union defenders Mark McKenzie and Olivier Mbaizo started on the back line, which was missing Matt Real and Jamoi Topey on international duty.
Michee Ngalina and Faris also made their season debuts for the Steel and 19-year-old left back Walter Cortés made his first regular season appearance starting at left back.
Anthony Fontana played for the second straight day in Chester after coming in off the bench in Saturday night’s 3-0 Union win over Columbus Crew. All four Union players who saw the field played the full 90 minutes in the match. Marco Fabián, who was serving the second game of a two-game suspension in MLS, was on the bench but did not play.
Patrick Bohui, the 15-year-old academy striker, made his second straight appearance off the bench in the 63rd minute and fellow academy forward Shanyder Borgelin replaced Zandi in the 85th minute.
Union Academy and Strath Haven High School grad Morgan Hackworth made his first career start and Lancaster, Pa. native Todd Pratzner, who spent time in the Union’s youth academy while at PA Classics, also played for the visitors.