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.


Chaos: The Canadian Premier League, NASL, and USL

Soccer Canada has approved the Canadian Premier League for play in 2018. NASL met Friday to try to appeal from U. S. Soccer’s demoting them from division 2. The only certainty about the future of minor league professional soccer in North America is that it won’t be the same in 2018.

Analysis / Featured / Philadelphia Union II

The Steel and the playoffs — it’s gonna be close

PSP looks at the Steel’s playoff chances, both the old-fashioned eyeball instinctual way and using Chris Sherman’s statistics. the techniques both old and new say it will be extremely close against Red Bulls 2 for the final slot and the right to go to Louisville on Friday October 20th.

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Match Report Bethlehem 2-2 Tampa Bay

Bethlehem Steel score two equalizers to take a point from the 4th place Tampa Bay Rowdies, only the second point they have taken from an eastern conference top four side all season. But both have occurred in the last 12 days.

Philadelphia Union II

Match report: Bethlehem 3-2 Pittsburgh

Bethlehem Steel FC returned to the playoff picture with a big win over Pittsburgh, thanks to big days from Santi Moar, Adam Najem, and Cory Burke.


A more frugal 2018 Union bench?

Possible off-season organization roster promotions ranging from plausible to bold. They would clear salary space for needed help, if our salary guesses are anywhere close to reasonable.

Analysis / Philadelphia Union II

Distance, time and money: USL conference realignment

PSP analyzes travel time and travel costs for the USL east and the USL west, and guesses what realignment into three conferences might look like.

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Irma challenges the Steel

Mother Nature is not helping Bethlehem make the playoffs. Their home Tampa match is postponed to the end of the month, creating a back-to-back home-and-homes within a four-day span.

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Three veteran constants in Bethlehem Steel’s 2017 universe

Three veterans put the competitive steel in the Bethlehem Steel in 2017. They are Cory Burke, Hugh Roberts and James Chambers.

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Match report: Bethlehem Steel FC 1 – 1 Orlando City B

Bethlehem Steel FC salvaged a draw against Orlando in the humidity and heat.

Analysis / Philadelphia Union II

Steel playoff chances revisited

At the three-quarter mark of the season, Bethlehem Steel FC are still in the playoff picture but are in a dogfight with four other sides for one of the bottom three qualifying slots. Here’s our opinion of their chances.