Analysis / USL - Bethlehem Steel FC

If Bethlehem defeats Tampa Bay, they make the playoffs

Here’s our best guess at how the east’s season finales will shake out into the conference playoff quarterfinals. Places 5 through 10 are separated by only four points, and Bethlehem’s outcomes range from fifth-place to missing out entirely. Even if there are five other major upsets, If Bethlehem wins on Sunday they will secure the last playoff spot.


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.

Analysis / Union

Postgame analysis: Philadelphia Union v. Orlando City SC

The Union nearly took all three points from Orlando City over the weekend. The team is playing with confidence like never before in their history, and it’s worth exploring what that means to Union players and fans alike.


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.


Postgame analysis: Philadelphia Union 1-0 New England Revolution

The Union weren’t perfect, but they handled New England’s manic press to earn a huge victory over the playoff wannabes.


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.

Analysis / Tactical Analysis

Postgame analysis: Philadelphia Union 2-0 New York City FC

The Union not only played some breathtaking footy Saturday night, but absolutely shredded NYCFC’s game plan by enforcing their will and style on the match.

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.


Postgame analysis: Portland Timbers 3-0 Philadelphia Union

Two dumb penalties and Groundhog’s Day in front of goal doomed the Union in Portland over the weekend.

Analysis / USL - Bethlehem Steel FC

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.

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