Team celebration - Swope Park Rangers vs. Bethlehem Steel FC - April 6, 2019
Nick Smith

Preview: Rangers visit Bethlehem Steel FC in Sunday showdown at Talen Energy Stadium

Two clubs in the bottom half of the USL Championship Eastern Conference standings will lock horns Sunday as the Swope Park Rangers (3-14-6, 15 points) visit Bethlehem Steel FC (6-13-5, 23 points) at Talen Energy Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 5 p.m. CT with a live stream on ESPN Plus. Fans can also follow @SwopeRangers on Twitter or the USL Championship MatchCenter for in-game updates.

Led by second-year head coach Paulo Nagamura, the Rangers took a 5-1 home loss to conference leaders New York Red Bulls II last Saturday. Wilson Harris equalized for SPR within the first 20 minutes, but a second yellow card to left back Alexsander gave the visitors a man advantage for the rest of the match.

Under the guidance of fourth-year head coach Brendan Burke, Bethlehem suffered a 3-2 home defeat to Birmingham Legion FC last Sunday. Legion FC surged ahead 3-0 before the hosts responded midway through the second half, receiving goals form Michee Ngalina and Olivier Mbaizo.

Steel FC won a 4-3 thriller in the first meeting between the clubs on April 6, bagging a 93rd-minute winner courtesy of Philadelphia Union forward Sergio Santos at Children’s Mercy Park.

The Rangers are currently mired in a five-game losing streak, while Bethlehem are winless in four since knocking off two-time defending USL Cup champion Louisville City SC on July 20. SPR has seen standout performances throughout the season from 21-year-old Sporting KC Academy product Felipe Hernandez, who has a team-best eight goals to go with three assists.

On the Steel FC sideline, 19-year-old Cameroonian Faris Pemi Moumbagna leads the side with six goals, while 23-year-old midfielder Zachary Zandi has a team-best five assists.

Match Information

USL Championship: Game 24 of 34
Date: Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019
Kickoff: 5 p.m. CT
Location: Talen Energy Stadium (Chester, Pennsylvania)

Swope Park Rangers: 3-14-6 (15 points, 18th place in Eastern Conference)
MLS Affiliate: Sporting Kansas City

Bethlehem Steel FC: 6-13-5 (23 points, 13th place in Eastern Conference)
MLS Affiliate: Philadelphia Union

ESPN+ Live Stream Link: Click here
USL Championship MatchCenter: Click here
Match Notes: Click here

SOCIAL TAGS
Game-specific hashtag: #BSTvSPR

Swope Park Rangers
Twitter@SwopeRangers
Instagram@SwopeParkRangers

Bethlehem Steel FC
Twitter@BSteelFC
Instagram@BSteelFC

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