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.


On the current USL league meetings

USL owners criticize the so-called MLS2 player development sides that make up 37% of USL. Will they stay in Division Two or be dropped to Division Three?


USL game schedule to expand next season

USL announced an additional week and an addition two games per team for its 2018 schedule.It further referenced three expansion sides for next season, although so far only two have been officially announced, Nashville and Fresno. Many expect Las Vegas will be the third.

Philadelphia Union II / Roster News

Bethlehem Steel’s academy pipeline resets

As last year’s academy graduates leave to pursue college, the beginning of the new school year provides and opportunity to meet new young players. Brendan Burke sets out evaluative criteria and introduces us to some of them.

USL Match report

Match Report: Bethlehem lose to Charlotte 0-4

Bethlehem suffered their worst home defeat ever, matching the four goal loss away to New York in second game ever last season. Charlotte were simply the better team.

Photo by Earl Gardner

On concussions

The rules for treating concussions properly and the rules governing a soccer game are incompatible, as Derrick Jones’s recent injury may help to illustrate. That incompatibility is, and continues to be, unacceptable.

USL Match report

Match report: Richmond 3 – 2 Bethlehem

Richmond Kickers ended Bethlehem Steel’s undefeated streak while stopping their own string without a win 3-2 at City Stadium in Virginia’s capital.

Philadelphia Union II

Steel’s Burke comments on USL’s competitive mix

The 2017 United Soccer League mixes together traditional, stand-alone, independent teams newer and older, with more recent wholly-owned Major League Soccer farm teams. Bethlehem head coach Brendan Burke has commented on the “unique mix.”

Philadelphia Union II / Union

Reviewing the Union organization’s depth chart

Wondering about moves during the transfer window? PSP attempts a combined depth chart of the Philadelphia Union-Bethlehem Steel-Philadelphia Union Academy professional rosters.

Philadelphia Union II / USL / USL Match report

Match Report: Bethlehem Steel FC 1 – Pittsburgh Riverhounds 1

Playing for the first time in 2017 without any players loaned from the Philadelphia Union, Bethlehem maintained its undefeated streak by drawing the Pittsburgh Riverhounds 1-1. The team’s “character players” rose to the challenge.

Philadelphia Union II / USL

Dare we think Steel and playoffs?

A club record unbeaten streak, a 6-point season sweep of last year’s champions, lying fifth in the table, and achieving these while missing a major defender and two mainstay attackers provokes thoughts of eastern Pennsylvania sports fans favorite “P” word, “Playoffs.”