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.

Analysis / USL

Monday’s night’s player development lessons

While Red Bulls did not win Monday night’s first leg hosting Toronto in the playoffs, their excellent player development process was fully on display.

Philadelphia Union II

The Steel should lock in Burke

Brendan Burke has grown since the beginning of the Bethlehem Steel project, and his departure would be a significant loss.

USL Match report

Match report: Louisville City FC 4-0 Bethlehem Steel FC

Louisville controlled the match against a Bethlehem side that couldn’t overcome the absence of Santi Moar and the presence of some very one-sided officiating.

Philadelphia Union II

Meaningful late-October soccer, in Louisville

This week the Bethlehem Steel are getting the attention their season’s performance deserves. Playoff soccer is a different animal. PSP reviews the key points of the regular season games, guesses the Steel’s line-up, and identifies a potentially key Louisville personnel difference.

Philadelphia Union II

Steel playoff update

With a win Bethlehem will finish 6th and play at the Tampa Bay Rowdies. With either draw or a loss, they will finish 8th and play Louisville in Louisville Friday night.

Philadelphia Union II

Steel clinch playoff spot

Bethlehem Steel FC qualify for the USL playoffs for the first time in their modern history since the Tampa Bay Rowdies eliminated Orlando City B 2-0 Thursday evening. They could finish 8th, 7th or 6th, and will have an away playoff game the weekend of October 20-22.

Philadelphia Union II

Bethlehem Steel: Progress at striker

The numbers back the eye-test. Cory Burke and Seku Conneh are much more productive strikers in the 2017 season. Standing pat worked.


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.

USL Match report

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.