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Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through August 13

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Philadelphia playoffs chances plummet. New Union player +/- analysis is available though!

News roundup: Crippling loss, untrust the process, Cinci Open Cup semi, more

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The implications of the Union's loss to Montreal set in, Bethlehem looks for a USL playoff berth, and FC Cincinnati host NYRB tonight in the U.S. Open Cup semifinals.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through August 6

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The Union improve slightly in this week's SEBA updates.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through July 30

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Philadelphia's playoff chances actually increase a bit, but nowhere near as far as they need to. Bethlehem shows its belly and joins the fray of teams fighting for playoff slots.

Updated MLS, USL, NWSL, and Gold Cup SEBA projections through July 23

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Philadelphia's chances at the playoffs take a steep dive. The USMNT has a very winnable Gold Cup final, even against Andre Blake.

Updated MLS, USL, NWSL, and Gold Cup SEBA projections through July 16

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The USA moves on to the quarter-finals, and the U.S. Open Cup makes progress.

Curtin’s press conference: homegrowns and swan songs

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PSP recaps Jim Curtin's weekly press conference. The coach touched on two Union players' selection in the MLS Homegrown game, the friendly with Swansea City, and the club's overall first half of the season.

Updated MLS, USL, NWSL, and Gold Cup SEBA projections through July 9

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Philadelphia keeps pace with expectations, but still needs to over-perform to make a serious push at playoffs. Gold Cup projections are thrown in as a bonus for those interested.

Player of the week: John McCarthy

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After stealing a point in Kansas City, there's no doubt about who is PSP's player of the week.

Union injury rehabs pose questions for shorthanded Bethlehem side

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By intention, the Steel had one discretionary substitution Saturday. It turns out they needed two. Was it a necessary sacrifice or an unnecessary risk?

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through July 2

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New SEBA projections. Union chances improve a little, but power ranking improves a lot, as the model still tries to figure out what to think of Philadelphia.

News roundup: Steady Haris, midseason awards, top league leaps, more

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The new Union captain brings a cool hand to the midfield and why is it so hard for second tier players to make the jump to MLS?

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through June 24

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Philadelphia's odds improve, but are still in a deep hole. Chicago stays on top.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through June 18

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Philadelphia's playoffs chances continue to crash. Also, the USOC chances get bleak due to unlucky draw.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through June 11

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Despite only a few games this week, Philadelphia's chances continue to decline a little bit.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through June 4

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Chicago at the top of the power rankings. Philadelphia continues declining. They'll need to pull at least 7 points from the next three home matches to improve their playoffs outlook.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through May 28

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Philadelphia moves up in power rankings but down in playoff chances. Toronto is back on top.

Updated MLS, USL, and NWSL SEBA projections through May 21

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Philadelphia moves up to 7th in SEBA's power rankings. NYCFC takes the top spot overall. USOC second round is complete with the fourth round draw decided.

Brendan Burke

Steel outlast Junior Reds in Bethlehem

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Bethlehem keep proving themselves when it matters

The most complete game from Bethlehem Steel FC all year. Full stop. After a big win over Charleston and an even bigger draw against Charlotte, Brendan Burke didn't even mention Toronto FC II's standing in the Eastern Conference all week in preparation for a difficult match.

Match recap: Charleston Battery best toothless Bethlehem Steel FC 1-0

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Romario Williams was charged up for this one

Sometimes you just don't convert your chances. Bethlehem Steel FC had a flurry of chances in the second half, but couldn't find their equalizer as the Charleston Battery continued their domination of the USL, picking up a win yesterday afternoon in the Valley.

USL

USL Week 19 Rewind: Reno rolls past Swope Park Rangers, Battery stumble, and more

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The Charleston Battery once again stumbled and all of the Eastern Conference challengers capitalized on the opportunity.

The Charlotte Independence, Louisville City FC, the Tampa Bay Rowdies, and the Rochester Rhinos all made up ground on the waning Eastern leaders with big wins. The Eastern Conference's top six teams are now separated by just seven points heading into the final third of the season.

USL Week 18 Rewind: Kickers upset Steel, OCSC move closer to playoffs, and more

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The USL's longest unbeaten run came to a sudden end this weekend at the hands of an unlikely foe, as the Richmond Kickers upset the Bethlehem Steel.

The Kickers had been struggling to earn points and were on a 13-game winless streak and gave Bethlehem their first loss since May 25th. Elsewhere in USL action,

Let's take a look at the rest of this weekend's action.

Bethlehem Steel FC

Richmond Kickers finally find the net in win over Bethlehem Steel

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The Kickers' 3-2 win was their first victory since April

Good news out of Richmond over the weekend. The Kickers broke their 13 game winless streak during an epic 3-2 match, and D.C. United loanee Jalen Robinson played a big part in the victory over Bethlehem Steel FC.

Richmond was committed to the attack, throwing players forward early and often.

Match preview: New York Red Bull II vs. Bethlehem Steel FC

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See? Steel can have a marquee match up too!

Match: New York Red Bull II vs. Bethlehem Steel FC

Date: Friday, June 16th

Time: 7:00 p.m. Eastern, 6:00 p.m. Central, 4:00 p.m. Pacific, 11:00 p.m. UTC

Venue: MSU Soccer Park (Montclair State University)

Referees: REF: Luis Arroyo AR1: Tyler Wyrostek AR2: Joseph Paolini 4TH: Dave Breckner

Stream:

Steel FC All Time v Red Bull II (W-L-T): 0-3-0

What Red Bull II Should Look Like:
If you've ever seen Red Bull play at any level, in any league, there you go!

USL - Bethlehem Steel FC

Match Report: Bethlehem Steel FC 1 – Pittsburgh Riverhounds 1

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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.

Bethlehem Steel’s “character” players

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PSP takes a look at some lesser known players for Bethlehem Steel who are making an impact. Also, some Steel players now face a choice in the coming weeks on whether to play college ball or sign pro deals to play in USL.

Two mid-June details

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Bethlehem Steel lie 5th in the Eastern Conference table of the USL, and YSC Academy graduated its class of 2017 all but one of whom are off to college. The exception will accumulate college credits on line under the aegis of academy head of school Nooha Ahmed-Lee.

Match Report: Bethlehem Steel FC 2 – 0 New York Red Bulls II

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Bethlehem got their first-ever win against Red Bulls II, currently the highest scoring team in the United Soccer League.

A year on: 2017 Bethlehem Steel Roster v. 2016

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Tim Jones compares a younger, more versatile 2017 Bethlehem Steel roster to the team's inaugural squad.

Union Academy graduation highlights Bethlehem Steel brotherhood

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Due to imminent overseas absence for two almost-graduates, YSC Academy held an early graduation ceremony Friday, June 2, 2017 for two members of the class of 2017. Both play for the Bethlehem Steel.

Harrisburg City Islanders

Match recap: Harrisburg City Islanders vs Bethlehem Steel FC

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Two voices, one recap, same low price of admission

Evan Villella: Bethlehem took the season series last night thanks to a goal from James Chambers. Obviously this was a weird game for a few reasons, but I guess I would just start with saying that Steel have won their last three in a row and are five games unbeaten now.

Match Preview: Ottawa Fury vs Harrisburg City Islanders

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The City Islanders travel to Canada for their first ever meeting with Ottawa Fury FC

Match: Ottawa Fury FC vs. Harrisburg City Islanders

Date: Saturday, June 10th

Time: 7:00 PM Eastern

Venue: TD Place Stadium (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)

Refs: Not Available

Stream:

How Ottawa will look: Ottawa is coming off of a very physical match-up last Sunday against Bethlehem Steel.

Before Dartmouth, a taste of the pros for Dawson McCartney

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Philadelphia Union Academy midfielder has impressed in two straight starts for Bethlehem Steel FC

Years of hard work for one of the more underrated players in the Philadelphia Union Academy system paid off for 18-year-old Dawson McCartney last week when he made a surprise start in the midfield for Bethlehem Steel FC.

Chris and Evan recap Bethlehem Steel FC vs Harrisburg City Islanders

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Didn't think we'd recap this separately did you?

Evan Villella, Bethlehem Steel FC correspondent: Well, that's a bit more like it from a Steel side of things. Your initial thoughts, Chris?

Chris Bratton, Harrisburg City Islanders correspondent: Our issues with nagging injuries definitely had an impact on our lineup for the match.

The Rest

In Pictures: Bethlehem Steel Vs Newtown FC 6/27/2017

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PSP Photographer Mikey Reeves was on hand for the charity soccer game between Bethlehem Steel and Newtown FC on June 27th. Bethlehem Steel and Newtown FC stand together before the night's charity game begins. Santi Moar splits defenders while heading down field. Amoy Brown sets things up from the corner.

Local pro, semipro clubs to play Sandy Hook benefits in West Chester

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Bethlehem Steel FC, Reading United, and West Chester United will join Connecticut-based -- and undefeated this year -- Newtown Pride for the benefit. Tickets are available.

Conneh, Chambers propel Steel to victory

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Seku stays hot and the captain hits a scorcher

The first match between Saint Louis FC and Bethlehem Steel FC was a pretty tight encounter, with Bethlehem grabbing three points late. Of course things started bleakly for Bethlehem, with Ken Tribbett slicing a clearance right into Jake McGuire's net in the third minute.

Preview: Steel meets Saint Louis FC

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Another new team for Steel, but Saint Louis has some names you might recognize

Match: Bethlehem Steelvs. Saint Louis FC

Date: June 11th, 2017

Time: 5:00pm Eastern (4:00pm Central)

Refs: REF- Lukas Szpala AR1- Walter Heatherly AR2- Brooke Mayo 4TH- Spenser Scopel

Stream:

Steel all time vs St Louis: 0-0-0

What Saint Louis will look like:
While this is another unfamiliar foe, with StL switching from Western conference to Eastern conference this year, the side features a few familiar faces.

David Beckham's stadium deal, San Jose Earthquakes new president: Brotherly Game Daily Links 6/1/17

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New month, new links.

Philadelphia Union News

Marcus Epps makes MLS debut at Real Salt Lake
Another game, another MLS debut for the Union.

Union notes: International calls, leaning to the right and a mysterious guest at training
The lineup likely does not change this weekend, judging by the scrimmage we saw on Wednesday between the Union second team and Bethlehem Steel.

News roundup: Blake saves, MLS rivalries, local derbies, USMNT previews, more

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A slow Union news day leave us time for reflection, meditation, and lots of hoopla about the USMNT's upcoming WCQ clashes versus Trinidad & Tobago and Mexico.