Play Behind the Defense
Bethlehem Steel FC prefer to play a high line defensively, aiming to catch opposing attackers in an offside position and make it hard for opponents to get in good positions in the final third.
To counter this, Legion FC will need to be quick in their decision making. Playing early, over-the-top through balls gives the boys an opportunity to get in behind the defense and get shots on goal.
The pairing of JJ Williams and Brian Wright has been a nightmare for opposing defenders to handle as of late. Standing at 6’4” and 6’1”, respectively, both Williams and Wright have used their size and strength to their advantage and have excelled in winning the ball in areas of the field that, more often than not, lead to scoring opportunities.
Whether it’s going up to meet a ball sent forward from the backline and flicking it on to an onrushing attacker, or holding play up to give the midfield time to move up the field and get involved in the attack, utilizing the size of Williams and Wright will be crucial for the black and gold as they look to extend their unbeaten streak to seven straight games.
At 32-years-old, midfielder James Chambers brings experience to Steel FC. The Irish midfielder has made over 100 appearances for the club and is also their all-time top goal scorer with 16 goals. Chambers’ tenure in Bethlehem has seen him become the focal point of the Steel FC midfield, with a majority of their attacks going through him.
Chambers ranks fifth in the USL Championship Eastern Conference (seventh in the entire league) in total passes, with Bethlehem’s #45 completing 1,224 passes so far this season. To prevent Steel FC from creating good looks, Legion FC will have to deny Chambers and force Bethlehem to focus their attack somewhere else.