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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Grading Bethlehem Steel’s players so far

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

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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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