Harrisburg, PA (January 27, 2017) – The Harrisburg City Islanders announced today that their 2017 home opener is set for Saturday, April 15th, 2017. The Harrisburg club will face their Eastern PA rival, Bethlehem Steel FC, at FNB Field to kick off their 14th season of professional soccer on City Island.
The Bethlehem Steel FC was formed in 2015 by the Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer (MLS) as their official USL affiliate franchise. In 2016, the Bethlehem Steel FC finished one spot behind the Harrisburg City Islanders. With 6 wins, 14 losses, and 10 ties, they totaled 28 points and ranked number 11 overall in the Eastern Conference.
Last season, the Harrisburg City Islanders outscored their Route 78 rivals in their 3 game series and collected some big performances from key players in these matchups. Forward Aaron Wheeler tied Bethlehem’s total points of the series by himself collecting 3 points on 2 goals and 1 assist in game one. Additionally, returning midfielder Cardel Benbow notched a key game-winning assist in the 72nd minute of game two in Bethlehem.
Harrisburg’s Head Coach Bill Becher is looking forward to the Harrisburg-Bethlehem match-up.
“This is an exciting way to start the year. Last year we played three tough games and we’re expecting that same intensity this time around,” he stated.
The Harrisburg City Islanders continue to prepare for another exciting season of soccer in the state capital. The home opener will kick off on Saturday, April 15th. The full 2017 USL regular season schedule will be announced in the coming days. Stay up-to-date with the club’s news for more match details. Visit www.cityislanders.com for season ticket pricing.
ABOUT THE HARRISBURG CITY ISLANDERS
The Harrisburg City Islanders are entering their 14th Season in Central Pennsylvania as a professional soccer team in the United Soccer League. The league represents the highest level of competition in the United States and Canada outside of Major League Soccer (MLS). In addition to the professional squad, the Harrisburg City Islanders Academy fields youth teams for boys and girls ages 9-23. The City Islanders Academy is dedicated to player development in Central, Pennsylvania. The premier level Academy teams participate in the nationally recognized Super Y-League. For more information about the Harrisburg City Islanders please visit www.cityislanders.com or call 717.441.GOAL (4625).
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