Preseason is over for the Steel. It is time to fearlessly forecast their future. PSP's Tim Jones looks at Bethlehem's projected lineup, how they'll play, and how the Union loanees and Union Academy players fit in.
The Union lost in Chester. The Steel lost in Harrisburg. In Frisco, a group of teenagers brought joy to the field, finishing fourth in the Generation Adidas Cup. The Philadelphia Union U17s are PSP's players of the week.
There might be help for the Union down on the farm from reserve players who have been showing well there. PSP's Tim Jones evaluates Giliano Wijnaldum, Adam Najem, Marcus Epps, Jack Elliott and Auston Trusty for Union duty.
The scoreline is secondary to some really solid play between the two pro teams in the Union organization
It was a perfect day to soccer in Chester, as the Philadelphia Union and Bethlehem Steel FC met for a scrimmage in front of a few dozen fans. While there were referees and score was kept, that was less important than the squads getting a tune up and the coaches getting a chance to evaluate the players.
* As I will be on vacation next week with limited access to my computer/programs, there will not be a new forecast next week. I will run it for over-time-graph purposes, but the next published forecast will be on the 29th. Below are the updated season forecasts using data [...]
Former Syracuse star inks a USL deal, becoming the fifth 2017 SuperDraft pick to sign with the organization
While the Philadelphia Union didn't have a first round pick in January's SuperDraft, Earnie Stewart and company still managed to put together a decent draft class while also acquiring one of the top college prospects via a trade with New York Red Bulls.
Mental quick study Derrick Jones may become the first product of the Union Academy and wholly-owned affiliate Bethlehem Steel FC to start for the Union as a complementary player to Haris Medunjanin and Alejandro Bedoya.
Once again, Philadelphia Union have had a quiet start to their off-season. PSP's Dan Walsh takes a look at this and the impact of late signings in previous years. Then, a look at several players who could draw interest in Thursday's MLS Re-Entry Draft, stage 2.
Bethlehem went from being a mid-table team getting hot in July to a 12-game season-ending winless streak. Head coach Brendan Burke talked to PSP to reflect on the season, the lessons learned from it, and how that could impact Bethlehem going forward.
After a very successful opening weekend for the new second division league, Week 2 seeks to deliver further entertainment for the USL.
Saturday opens the slate with several compelling matches to watch. The Pittsburgh Riverhounds and FC Cincinnati clash in a regional rivalry match after the former tied in a shootout in week one with the New York Red Bulls II, who themselves will face the Richmond Kickers.
The Cameroonian winger will head to Zambia to play in the Africa U20 Cup of Nations
Philadelphia Union and Bethlehem Steel FC winger Eric Ayuk got an early birthday present, getting another call up to the Cameroon U20s side. The Cameroon U20s will face off against the Sudan U20s on Thursday, March 2 in the opening round of the 2017 Africa U20 Cup of Nations in Zambia.
Bethlehem gives everyone a Christmas gift by signing a very promising center back
Bethlehem Steel FC have announced the signing of Hugh Roberts for the 2017 season. Joining from Richmond Kickers in the USL, the All-League First Team center back put together 30 games with 2700 minutes and will definitely aid an otherwise troubled center back position for Bethlehem Steel FC.
Chris Nanco and Santi Moar impress despite the defeat
Starting out slow plagued Bethlehem Steel FC, with Harrisburg City Islanders only needing the opening 20 or so minutes to take a 2-0 lead on Saturday night. Apparently the theme this year, at least early on, is having former Union players score goals.
PSP photographer Mikey Reeves was on hand for Bethlehem Steel's preseason match with the University of Notre Dame on March 17. Auston Trusty clears the ball away from the Notre Dame attacker. Hugh Roberts brings the ball up the pitch. Jake McGuire quickly throws the ball out to the [...]
Three first half goals powered Steel to their second straight preseason win on Wednesday
Three first half goals were enough for Bethlehem Steel to win a preseason match against a heavily depleted Villanova University squad on Wednesday. But it wasn't always pretty.
Academy midfielder Josue Monge opened the scoring early for the visitors with a shot from outside the 18 just six minutes in and 10 minutes later Josh Heard set up a goal-bound Santi Moar shot that was cleared off the line right to Yosef Samuel for his second goal of preseason.
The Bethlehem Steel FC Striker will figure into the Reggae Boyz fixtures against the United States and Honduras
Cory Burke has been on a tear this off-season. For the third consecutive time this year, the stand out forward will represent his country along with Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Andre Blake for their upcoming matches against the United States on February 3rd and Honduras on February 16th.