Articles written by: Tim Jones

Still learning soccer after four decades. A southwestern Ohio buckeye transplanted to Chester County. Loves history, new ideas, baking bread, being a sports fan, and apparently unconnected connections. Though he wouldn't tell you, the PSP crew wants you to know he's a retired high school soccer coach.


Another Steel loss spotlights lack of depth

Another Bethlehem Steel loss has exposed the same institutional problems as the prior ones: Insufficient depth on a roster far too small. PSP’s Tim Jones illustrates how.


Why did Bethlehem and Philadelphia loan a top player for nothing?

Bethlehem Steel’s playoff chances may have ended once they loaned former USL all-star center back Mickey Daly to the Carolina RailHawks, seemingly for nothing. So why were Bethlehem and parent club Philadelphia Union so charitable? Tim Jones has a theory.

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Bethlehem Steel’s roster is too small and too flawed

Bethlehem Steel FC have played multiple games without a full substitutes bench, going without a backup goalkeeper or backup center back.. What gives? PSP’s Tim Jones explains the situation.

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Crystal ball reveals Bethlehem’s playoff chances

PSP stumbled upon a crystal ball that showed us how Bethlehem Steel would fare down the stretch as they push for a playoff run. Here’s what that crystal ball revealed.

Photo by Earl Gardner
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Questions emerge in Bethlehem’s loss to Toronto

A bare bones roster? A substitutes bench with no backup goalkeeper? Questions about the state of the club emerge in Bethlehem’s 3-2 loss to Toronto.

Union Notes

Union open practice and Q&A: Four observations (and a request)

Tim Jones recently attended a special “Practice and Q & A” for season ticket holders. Tim shares some of what he saw and heard, including observations from Jim Curtin and Earnie Stewart.


Grading Bethlehem Steel’s players so far

Tim Jones hands out grades for how Bethlehem Steel players have performed in the season thus far.

USL Match report

Match report: Bethlehem Steel 1-1 Rochester Rhinos

An early Derrick Jones goal wasn’t enough to hold off a Rochester team that responded well in a battle of tactical smarts and excellent game plans.

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Four snapshots of Bethlehem Steel players

Bolu, Jambo, Taylor and Cole. Recent real improvement characterizes their play for Bethlehem Steel. PSP’s Tim Jones take a look at the arc for the two Philadelphia Union loanees and two signed to the Steel.

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Match report: Bethlehem Steel 2-0 Pittsburgh Riverhounds

Bethlehem returned home in dominating fashion.

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