Packed with regional soccer fans Reading United hosted rival Lehigh Valley United Sunday night at Wilson High School’s John Gurski Stadium. As Reading’s last home game, the team celebrated with fan appreciation night, giving away t-shirts, mini soccer balls, and hosting a post game autograph session.
Providing the ceremonial first kick, Reading United acknowledge their “fan of the year” Rodney LaPearl, and Fleetwood High School’s Boys Soccer Coach, Keith Schlegel.
“Iv’e been coming to United games since 2006.” Said LaPearl after the first kick. “I’ve just enjoyed seeing them play and they’re more hands on meeting coaches and players, I like that.”
Starting strong, Reading quickly gained the lead scoring their first goal in the first 15 minutes by Felipe Hideki. Minutes later Hideki scores again with a penalty kick. Taking no time off and forcing Lehigh Valley United’s hand, Troy Anspacher comes back a minute later to score Reading’s third goal. Reading lead lasted until the half 3-0.
Half time for the game included a special appearance by Cosplayers Care, a non-profit organization that blends their love of cosplay and helping others, to bring smiles and cheer to children and their families, in their time of need. In addition, fan appreciation night included the Kona Ice shaved ice truck and water balloon fight between the fans and United’s interns.
The second half of the game was full of exciting action, with Hideki’s scoring another goal, 3rd for the night, seventh for the season. To finish out the game, Bakary Bagayoko scored the final goal, leaving Lehigh Valley defeated 5-0.
With the end of the regular season at hand, Reading hosted a special autograph signing session after the game.
The win sends Reading United into the 2019 USL League Two playoffs.