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.


2017 USL takes shape

What’s new for the newly Division 2 USL in 2017?


What might stand in the way of Division 2 sanctioning for the USL?

If the USL fails in its bid for Division 2 sanctioning, it is the stadium capacity of a significant number of MLS-owned teams that may have been the issue.

Union Academy

A day at YSC Academy

PSP’s Tim Jones, a former longtime independent school teacher, reports his observations from spending a day in the classroom with the players who attend YSC Academy.

YSC Academy

YSC Academy opens its doors: Three points

Tim Jones recaps some of the highlights of the YSC Academy open house on Tuesday night.

USL - Bethlehem Steel FC

The Bethlehem theory of interchangeable parts

Continuing PSP’s review of Bethlehem’s season, Tim Jones looks at the Bethlehem-Philadelphia template of interchangeable parts to gauge whether it’s working.

USL - Bethlehem Steel FC

The next wave of potential Union Academy breakthroughs

Auston Trusty and Derrick Jones blazed the trail. Now PSP’s Tim Jones takes a look at the wave of Philadelphia Union youth prospects bubbling up through the academy to Bethlehem Steel.

USL Match report

Match report: Bethlehem 0-2 Orlando City B

Bethlehem closed their season Sunday with another loss and failing to qualify for the USL playoffs.

Photo by Earl Gardner
USL - Bethlehem Steel FC

Bethlehem’s problems and solutions may lie on the practice field

It’s rare for Bethlehem Steel’s entire starting lineup to practice together before a game. It happened last week, and the results were impressive. PSP’s Tim Jones wonders whether this will be a lesson learned and implemented for next season.

USL Match report

Match report: Bethlehem Steel 1-1 Pittsburgh Riverhounds

James Chambers scored a beauty of a goal, but it wasn’t enough as Bethlehem was mathematically eliminated from playoff contention.


The player development path and latest notes on Cap’n Mo

Tim Jones on how the Union’s development path differs from NYRB’s and observations on Maurice Edu’s 90-minute performance with Bethlehem against Charleston Battery.