A lack of effort and cohesion resulted in a disappointing 3-0 home loss against Ottawa Fury FC Sunday night, making their home record an uninspiring 1-4-2 at Talen Energy Stadium so far.
Steel FC are win-less in their last five. Their last win has been their only home win back on April 13th against Charleston Battery. Times are tough for a constant changing Steel FC roster.
Sunday night’s match could be summed up as agonizing for the average Steel FC supporter. Not only did Head Coach Brendan Burke’s side fail to muster a goal, they allowed three – two of which came in the second half – nailing their coffin shut. The loss became their fourth already at home along the Delaware River. In what hoped to be a fruitful transition from the Lehigh Valley back to Chester has turned into a drought for Steel FC.
It remains difficult to pinpoint just what seems to be the missing link for Burke’s side. With five Philadelphia Union players in the match Sunday, a win and a single goal were nowhere to be found. At times it becomes head scratching to understand. Yet as most Steel FC supporters have learned over the past few seasons, progress comes at much slower paces with their developmental philosophy.
It’s a slow build yet a steady one. So for now, as Steel FC struggle at home, there is still light at the end of the proverbial tunnel. Overall, Steel FC sport a 3-5-3 record. It may not be the flashiest of scorecards and despite a win in their last five, Steel FC are hanging on to the 10th and final playoff spot with 12 points and a -4 goal differential.
The point total and lack of success at home are most definitely gnawing at Burke and team captain James Chambers’ minds. The success level has been set fairly high in years past and so far this year’s group have under performed.
Needless to say, Steel FC need to find wins in their last two match-ups before the calendar turns to June. A second consecutive home match-up against a dangerous Louisville City FC squad is next at 2PM on Saturday May 26th. Then Steel FC travel a short trek north to New York Red Bulls II for a 7PM kick Friday May 31st.
Burke may disagree but it may be safe to say, Saturday’s home match-up may just be an early season ‘must win’ for his young club.
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