Bethlehem Steel FC

USL - Bethlehem Steel FC

Head coach Brendan Burke pleased despite lack of early wins

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Bethlehem Steel FC have utilized Lehigh University's Murray H. Goodman Stadium as their home venue for three seasons now. PSP's Matt McClain chatted with Steel FC head coach Brendan Burke following the club's longest home-stand of the 2018 USL season: three straight at Goodman Stadium. His team failed to earn a victory during that stretch finishing 0-2-1.

Bethlehem Steel FC: Matchday roster changes frequently, but Brendan Burke relies on four returning players for 2018 season success

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Bethlehem Steel FC head coach Brendan Burke is continually asked to handle last minute matchday roster changes as a result of the club's affiliation with MLS Philadelphia Union. But Burke relies on four returning players to help keep his matchday units in cohesion. PSP spoke with Burke about those players and the impacts they bring to his club in an ever changing, ultra competitive environment like Steel FC houses.

Why you should follow Bethlehem Steel FC in 2018

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Why pay attention to a second-division pro team whose main purpose is to serve as the Philadelphia Union's feeder system? PSP explores the key reasons behind why you should follow Steel FC in 2018.

Match report: Villanova 3-2 Bethlehem Steel FC

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Bethlehem Steel FC continued their preseason with a trip to the Mainline against Villanova. The result was a 3-2 loss and a disappointed head coach frustrated with his teams flat play. Only three matches remain in preseason play for Steel FC.

Breaking News: Steel sign midfielder

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Bethlehem Steel FC have signed the 2016 5th pick in the Super Draft, central midfielder Omar Holness who is 5 months into recovering from ACL surgery.

The Steel should lock in Burke

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Brendan Burke has grown since the beginning of the Bethlehem Steel project, and his departure would be a significant loss.

Match report: Bethlehem Steel FC 1-1 St. Louis FC

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Bethlehem ended the regular season with frustrating home draw, with Matt Real scoring his first goal as a professional.

Steel clinch playoff spot

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Bethlehem Steel FC qualify for the USL playoffs for the first time in their modern history since the Tampa Bay Rowdies eliminated Orlando City B 2-0 Thursday evening. They could finish 8th, 7th or 6th, and will have an away playoff game the weekend of October 20-22.

Match Report: Bethlehem Steel FC 0-1 Rochester Rhinos

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Bethlehem Steel FC fall 1-0 to Rochester Rhinos

The Steel and the playoffs – it’s gonna be close

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PSP looks at the Steel's playoff chances, both the old-fashioned eyeball instinctual way and using Chris Sherman's statistics. the techniques both old and new say it will be extremely close against Red Bulls 2 for the final slot and the right to go to Louisville on Friday October 20th.

Match report: Bethlehem 3-2 Pittsburgh

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Bethlehem Steel FC returned to the playoff picture with a big win over Pittsburgh, thanks to big days from Santi Moar, Adam Najem, and Cory Burke.

Match Report: Bethlehem Steel 2-2 Louisville City

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Match Report: Bethlehem Steel FC 2-2 Louisville City

Irma challenges the Steel

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Mother Nature is not helping Bethlehem make the playoffs. Their home Tampa match is postponed to the end of the month, creating a back-to-back home-and-homes within a four-day span.

Steel playoff chances revisited

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At the three-quarter mark of the season, Bethlehem Steel FC are still in the playoff picture but are in a dogfight with four other sides for one of the bottom three qualifying slots. Here's our opinion of their chances.

Match Report : Bethlehem Steel FC 2 – 3 Pittsburgh Riverhounds

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Bethlehem Steel FC fail to get a result against in-state-foe Pittsburgh Riverhounds and lose 3-2 on the road in a high-scoring affair.

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Match report: Bethlehem Steel 1-1 Charleston Battery

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A valiant effort to secure the first win over Charleston Battery in Steel history fell short, even though Bethlehem were the better side on the pitch and fought back to tie 1-1 behind Cory Burke's finish.

Match report: Louisville City FC 4-0 Bethlehem Steel FC

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Louisville controlled the match against a Bethlehem side that couldn't overcome the absence of Santi Moar and the presence of some very one-sided officiating.

Match Report Bethlehem 2-2 Tampa Bay

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Bethlehem Steel score two equalizers to take a point from the 4th place Tampa Bay Rowdies, only the second point they have taken from an eastern conference top four side all season. But both have occurred in the last 12 days.

Match report: Bethlehem 1 – 3 Louisville

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While the Steel lost to Louisville, they were not outclassed by the elite side from Kentucky.

Philadelphia Union

Iverson Brisma goal earns Union U19s a point in Continental FC derby

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The Union picked up four wins and a draw against their local rivals as the Development Academy season resumed on Saturday

Entering the second half of the Development Academy season on opposite ends of the division standings, there was very little to separate the Continental FC and Philadelphia Union U19 teams in their first match against each other this season on Saturday.

News Roundup: UNION WIN, Steel mixed results, and Opening Weekend excitement

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Plus: Picault Suspended, Toronto upended, and Bayern's title defended.

News roundup: Steel FC @ YSC tomorrow, USSF Presidential Campaign heats up, Week 27 EPL

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Philadelphia Union return home to Philadelphia for a brief time Saturday 02/11. Bethlehem Steel FC begin preseason play tomorrow @ YSC Sports in Wayne, PA @ 2PM v. FC Motown. USSF Presidential campaign becomes a bit nasty prior to election day.

News roundup: C.J. Sapong returns to Union camp, Jim Curtin conference call, EPL Week 26 story-lines

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Goal scoring forward C.J. Sapong returns with team in Clearwater, FL. Head coach Jim Curtin began his weekly conference calls again Thursday afternoon. EPL Week 26 news. Why the sudden influx of South American players?

News roundup: Union sign two YSC Academy grads, 2018 MLS Superdraft, goodbye Ronaldinho

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Union announce two homegrown deals for YSC Academy graduates, 2018 MLS Superdraft is today, Steel FC newest midfielder Omar Holness expresses excitement ahead of 2018 season, plus a couple links honoring the great Ronaldinho.

News roundup: 2018 MLS Schedule revealed, National TV schedule, USWNT star Tobin Heath injured

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Philadelphia Union 2018 MLS schedule released. National TV game times also revealed. Atlanta United FC on verge of another massive signing. Tobin Heath undergoes minor ankle surgery.

12 players with ties to the Union called into U.S. youth summit camp in Florida

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Mark McKenzie, Anthony Fontana, Matthew Real, Justin McMaster and eight current academy players received invites

A dozen players with ties to the Philadelphia Union are among the 153 players heading to Florida next week for a United States youth international camp for players across the U16 through U20 teams.

News roundup: Seattle to face Toronto in final

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MLS Cup finals are set, U17s lose, and more in today's roundup.

Bethlehem Steel won’t leave the Lehigh Valley, but they should still move

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As Columbus Crew SC is ripped away from it's fanbase, a Lehigh Valley native ponders how moving a team could be a good thing.

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Steel FC sign Jamaican International Omar Holness

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The midfielder joins from Real Salt Lake

Well, the rumor was a younger guy with a huge pedigree and a lot of experience for his age would be heading to Bethlehem Steel FC.

The 23-year-old Jamaican international Omar Holness fits that bill perfectly.

Starting in college at the University of North Carolina, Holness notched five goals and 11 assists in 59 matches while helping to lead the Tar Heels to three NCAA tournament appearances.

The kids aren’t alright

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The Union plan to build through their academy. But there's no proof the current staff can manage young players once they're ready for first-team minutes. Peter Andrews on the regression of the Union's youngsters this season.

The Rest

Union Academy players to watch in USL this season

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Brenden Aaronson, Tomas Romero and Michael Pellegrino lead a group of Union Academy players who will compete for minutes this season with Bethlehem Steel FC

One of the benefits of having Bethlehem Steel FC the past two seasons has been the opportunity the team has provided for players in the Philadelphia Union Academy to compete for minutes in USL.

AJ Paterson’s journey from the Florida Keys to pro soccer anything but typical

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The Key Largo native went to Ohio for college and after being drafted by NYCFC has started his pro career with Bethlehem Steel FC

When you grow up surrounded by ocean water in the Florida Keys as AJ Paterson did, you get used to traveling long distances.

But even by Key Largo standards, going from Florida to Dayton, Ohio, to New York City to Bethlehem, Pa.

Bethlehem Steel sign Olivier Mbaizo

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The Cameroonian defender was a teammate of Eric Ayuk at the Africa U20 Cup of Nations

Not to start off with a shameless self plug, especially during player signing things but here's that international player I alluded to on the USL Show.

Bethlehem Steel FC needed a right back that they wouldn't have to share with the Union and now they have their man.

News Roundup: David Accam!, MLS SuperDraft, and classy Middlesbrough fans

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Plus- Big moves in the NWSL, roster moves from around MLS, and bonus FIFA corruption

Steel FC Sign Brandon Allen

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Former All-League, Rookie of the Year returns to USL

After the departure of Seku Conneh to the K-League and the first team signing Cory Burke to a contract, Bethlehem Steel FC had a bit of a hole at striker to fill.

Enter Brandon Allen, who you might remember as the former USL all-league and 2016 rookie of the year selection.

Brotherly Game Daily links 10/14/17

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Philadelphia Union News

Bethlehem Steel FC Secures First USL Playoff Berth
With the help of a conference foe, Bethlehem Steel FC has earned a spot in the USL Playoffs for the first time in the club's modern history.

MLS News

MLS playoffs: Schedule, dates & teams in the race for the MLS Cup
Goal has your complete guide to the upcoming playoffs as Major League Soccer prepares for its most exciting time of year.

Bethlehem Steel FC could make history in Rochester

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It's as easy as win and in

What a year it has been. In a season of twists and turns, hot and cold runs, and a few surprising season series wins, Bethlehem Steel FC are three points away from the USL playoffs. They just have to get past a pretty cohesive Rochester side.

After a solid and really entertaining throttling of a struggling Toronto FC II side, Bethlehem just need another similar performance against Rochester, who are also practically a lock for the playoffs this year.

Local Spotlight: More than just a soccer match on Sunday in Bethlehem

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Bethlehem Steel FC have partnered with Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley for a Gold Match this Sunday against in-state foe Pittsburgh Riverhounds. Steel FC players will play in honor of PCFLV children and families.