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"It's a matter of beating them at their own game" | Bethlehem Steel begin the home stretch against free-scoring Toronto II

Things are not always what they seem in USL.

For instance, Bethlehem Steel’s opponent this weekend is Toronto FC II, the bottom team in the Eastern Conference. TFCII has been — by almost any measure, but let’s just use 21 losses for now — fairly bad all season. But recently the Canadian club has been losing while putting together extremely dangerous offensive performances. Tsubasa Endoh has a ridiculous eight goals in nine games for Toronto, and the recently-acquired Jon Bakero also gives MLS quality to the current basement dwellers.

When Steel head coach Brendan Burke looks at his club’s position in the standings — three points above the playoff red line and three points below fifth place Indy Eleven with four games (two at home) to go — he knows that his team has to be structurally sound, physically energetic, and mentally focused to lock up three vital points this weekend.