Articles written by: Tim Jones

Still learning soccer after nearly five decades. A southwestern Ohio buckeye transplanted to Chester County. Used to teach history, enjoys new ideas, sometimes bakes bread, is a sports fan, and loves apparently unconnected connections.

Philadelphia Union II / Roster News

Bethlehem Steel sign 15-year-old U.S. youth international Selmir Miscic

The Bethlehem Steel FC have signed a 15-year-old U.S. youth international midfielder Selmir Miscic.

Analysis

CONCACAF’s Nations League

Two new international soccer initiatives commence in the FIFA international window this weekend. Tim Jones describes and explains one, the Concacaf Nations League. You may watch bits of the other, the UEFA Nations League, on TV Thursday through Tuesday.

USL Match report

USL match report: Penn FC 3 – 1 Bethlehem Steel FC

Penn FC ended Bethlehem’s run of August success decisively on the second day of September at Lehigh. A sustained run of emotion, focused effort came a cropper against mature, experienced desperation as Penn faces a challenging path to the playoffs. Bethlehem must finish strongly after its upcoming trip to Pittsburgh against the Riverhounds.

Analysis

Fortress Bethlehem: What the Steel must do to make the playoffs

Bethlehem’s current position in the table, 5th, reflects that they have played the most games in the league, and that a “points-currently-won” table hides the fact. A points-per-game statistic is a more accurate comparison, and PSP has calculated one. We have also sketched out a possible path to the playoffs.

Analysis

Jay Sugarman on player development

Several days ago Union principal owner Jay Sugarman introduced new Sporting Director Ernst Tanner to the Media at Talen Energy Stadium. Tim Jones listened carefully and has been thinking about what he said.

Philadelphia Union II / Roster News

Bethlehem Steel acquire Congolese midfielder

Bethlehem have brought in 18-year-old center midfielder Antonio Lokwa in a move announced this week.

USL Match report

Match report: Bethlehem Steel 1-2 Pittsburgh Riverhounds

Bethlehem’s dominant streak came to an end as an exhausted side fell 2-1 to a superior Pittsburgh Riverhounds side on Sunday afternoon.

Analysis / USL

From Bethlehem to Canada – soccer and player development updated

Tim Jones charts the internal structure of the Steel’s current roster, shares a summary of the “MLS 2” sides in 2018, updates USL’s plans for Division 3 in 2019, and discusses progress toward 2019’s Canadian Premier League.

USL Match report

USL match report: Bethlehem Steel FC 3 – 0 Richmond Kickers

Bethlehem won on the road with a clean sheet to sweep the season’s series from the rebuilding Richmond Kickers.

Analysis / Philadelphia Union II

Earnie Stewart’s Bethlehem legacy

Earnie Stewart saw his last USL match as Sporting Director for KeyStone Sports’s soccer teams Sunday. in the second half there was a new phenomenon on the pitch. It will be part of his legacy.