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.

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Memorial Day musings

Some observations about the Bethlehem Steel and the USL, from serious issues of future stability to a whimsically fleeting table analysis.

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Match Report: Bethlehem Steel FC 3 – Harrisburg City Islanders 1

Bethlehem Steel FC took their first ever victory over Harrisburg City Islanders Sunday afternoon.


Barebones summary: USA 1 – KSA 1 at U20 World Cup

U-20 USMNT earn its group’s 1st place in Korea to advance to play New Zealand next Wednesday June 1st.

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Match report: Bethlehem Steel FC 0 – Charleston Battery 1

On a rainy day in Bethlehem a proven striker demonstrated to local school children why having such a player is an advantage.

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Goliath, and little David from Bethlehem

Head coach Brendan Burke modestly understated the matter when he described his most recent opponent as a big-budget, fully-resourced side. While they lost a third game to them Saturday, the two previous clean sheet victories deserve remembrance and praise.

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Interchangeable parts in Bethlehem, 2017

Earnie Stewart’s interchangeable parts idea may work better with soccer players than previously thought.


The Union Academy’s future

The academic portion of the Philadelphia Union’s Academy is of necessity undergoing a transition, as it explores a cutting edge in educational technique while still displaying mainstream, rock-solid, independent school values. PSP’s Tim Jones, a retired teacher, explains.

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Young women at the Union Academy, and other Steel points

Three practical realities indicate YSC Academy will remain an all boys school for the immediate future. And other Steely tidbits.

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Match Report: Bethlehem Steel FC 1-0 FC Cincinnati

The Steel score dramatically in the 87th minute to steal three points from highly regarded FC Cincinnati.

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Lessons from the Steel’s loss to Orlando

As PSP readers struggle to discern a way forward for the Philadelphia Union organization, here are some follow-up thoughts from down on the farm.