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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USL - Philadelphia Union II

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.

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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.

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The captain’s return

Maurice Edu has gotten his first match minutes since September of 2015, playing a little over a half an hour for Bethlehem Steel on Sunday. How did he look?

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Some history

The Union’s USL project is unconventional to the point of experiment, valuing player development above all.

USL Match report

Match Report: City Islanders 2-2 Bethlehem Steel

After coming from behind to take a 2-1 lead, Bethlehem conceded an 81st minute equalizer and are now winless over the last eight games.

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Match Report: Louisville 1-0 Bethlehem

Bethlehem falls on the road to Louisville and are now winless in the last seven games.

Roster News

Roster rights to Bethlehem’s Daly traded to RailHawks

Mickey Daly’s roster rights have been traded to NASL-side Carolina RailHawks for both a loan fee and a transfer fee.

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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.