May 11, 2017 USL Toronto FC II--Toronto FC vs Bethlehem Steel FC preview--story on James Chambers (from bethlehemsteelfc.com)
James Chambers Set to Grow Bethlehem Steel FC Legacy This Weekend By Bethlehem Steel FC Communications, 05/11/17, 9:30AM EDT Next appearance to make the captain the club’s all-time leader in appearances Despite 35 different starting lineups in 36 matches, there has been a constant for Bethlehem Steel FC. While the opening month of the season was spent without the team’s captain, James Chambers is set to cement his legacy with an appearance against Toronto FC II this weekend. With an appearance, most likely in the starting XI, Chambers will surpass former team captain Ryan Richter for the most appearances in Steel FC’s history. While the club is only in its second season, the club has faced numerous lineup changes however Steel FC head coach Brendan Burke has been able to rely on his Irish midfielder. “It’s important to have some type of consistency in the group,” Chambers said. “Obviously it’s difficult because you really don’t know which players will be selected week to week. I think it’s important for all the Steel FC guys that they have someone that they can look up to and help them grow and be a familiar face both in training and on the field.” Chambers has become a fan favorite since signing with Steel FC in January 2016. A constant professional and veteran, Chambers played for seven different clubs across Europe, but in 2016, the Irish midfielder took a chance and came across the pond to play in the United States. With all those different experiences, Chambers said he has learned to appreciate each chance he has been given. “I've gained invaluable experience both good and bad from each of the teams I've played for,” Chambers said. “I've learned how to become a better player & professional but more importantly a better person. In some cases, it wasn't always a good experience but you have to learn from that too. After all of my experiences, I now cherish every time I get to play the game whether that be a training session or match even more.” Overall, Chambers tied for the club record in assists (four), second in shots (46), third shots on goal (16), and rising up the chart in starts where he could break that record against Harrisburg City Islanders on May 28th if he starts each Steel FC match. Chambers will look to become Steel FC’s all-time appearance leader on Saturday, May 13, when the club continues its three-match road trip for May in Canada. Steel FC will face off against Toronto FC II at BMO Field, with kickoff scheduled for 6 p.m.
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