Saint Louis FC Falls To Harrisburg City, Eliminated From USL Playoff Race

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Saint Louis FC opens the 2017 USL season this Saturday in Louisville.

Saint Louis FC Loses 2-0 At Harrisburg City, Returns To St. Louis Saturday To Face Richmond Kickers At Soccer Park

Saint Louis FC desperately needed a win Saturday against Harrisburg City.

Saint Louis FC did not earn a win Saturday in Harrisburg.

STLFC instead lost 2-0 to the Harrisburg City Islanders on Saturday at FNB Field in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

STLFC fell to 9-13-8 on the season with the loss. The Harrisburg City Islanders improved to 10-14-7 with the win, their fourth in their last five matches and third in a row,

Saint Louis FC returns to World Wide Technology Soccer Park in Fenton this Saturday for the last home match of the 2017 USL season. Kickoff on Saturday October 7 against the Richmond Kickers is set for 7:30 pm at Toyota Stadium. Tickets can be purchased in advance at SaintLouisFC.com or by calling 636-680-0997.

Saint Louis FC takes on the Harrisburg City Islanders in Pennsylvania on September 30, 2017 in a United Soccer League match.
Saint Louis FC takes on the Harrisburg City Islanders in Pennsylvania on September 30, 2017 in a United Soccer League match.

Harrisburg City Scores Early Saturday

The home team struck first on Saturday in front of 3,017 fans at FNB Field. Manolo Sanchez headed a corner kick passed STLFC goalkeeper Devala Gorrick just four minutes into the match for Harrisburg City. Ropapa Mensah would score an insurance goal in the 75th minute.

Harrisburg City coach Bill Becher is a St. Louis native who graduated from Hazelwood East High School before going on to play soccer at Lewis and Clark Community College and eventually the St. Louis Ambush on the indoor side.

Becher is the only head coach in Harrisburg City’s history, having coached the club since 2004. He will be inducted into the St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame later this month.

Harrisburg City also beat Saint Louis FC in early September in St. Louis by a 2-1 score.

Jake Bond, a member of STLFC last season, was on the bench for Harrisburg City on Saturday, but did not enter the match. Bond had a goal and an assist in the match at Toyota Stadium. Bond himself is a St. Louis native, graduating from Christian Brothers College High School here.

Saint Louis FC vs Harrisburg City Islanders highlights

Playoff Hopes Gone

STLFC’s loss coupled with Orlando City B’s 1-0 win over Richmond yesterday means the Chupacabras have been mathematically eliminated from the playoff race in the USL’s Eastern Conference.

With two matches remaining in the regular season STLFC is in 11th place in the conference.  The club could theoretically pull even with New York Red Bulls II for the 8th and final playoff spot. However, NYRBII would take the spot based on the first standings tiebreaker, total wins.

STLFC has yet to make the USL playoffs in three seasons of existence.

Preki Set To Return Saturday

Saint Louis FC head coach Preki will be back on the team’s bench against Richmond. The coach was suspended one match by the league for being sent off while arguing a crucial call late in the September 23rd match at home against FC Cincinnati.

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