Jamaica int’l Burke loan to Bethlehem Steel permanent

Jamaica international Cory Burke (pictured) joined Bethlehem Steel FC permanently on November 14, 2016. (Photo courtesy of Bethlehem Steel FC)

BETHLEHEM, Pennsylvania – Bethlehem Steel FC made the loan move of Cory Burke permanent, announcing Monday that it purchased the Jamaica international, who joined from Jamaica Red Stripe Premier League side Rivoli United in February.

The 24-year-old forward scored four goals in 20 USL games for the first-year U.S.-based club.

“We are excited to make Cory’s move permanent after he showed an ability to consistently impact games in a positive way this year,” Bethlehem head coach Brendan Burke said. “Cory is doing very well with his time in the Jamaican National Team and hopefully establishing himself as someone that they can rely on as well. Now that he knows the league and has some time to adjust, we are expecting a big year for Cory in 2017.”

Burke scored his second goal for Jamaica on November 11 as the Reggae Boyz defeated visiting Suriname, 1-0, to advance to the 2016/17 Scotiabank CFU Men’s Caribbean Cup semifinals and secure a place in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

With Rivoli United, Burke netted 25 times in three seasons.