USL - Bethlehem Steel FC

Bethlehem Steel FC

Goliath, and little David from Bethlehem

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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.

Match Report: Bethlehem Steel FC 1, FC Cincinnati 0

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

Match report: Bethlehem Steel FC 2 – 3 Harrisburg City Islanders

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Bethlehem Steel fought back after City Islanders charged furiously out of the gate. But after pulling even, Bethlehem fell at the death. Former Union men Aaron Wheeler and Pedro Ribiero contributed to the City Islanders' win.

Match report: Bethlehem Steel 1-1 Harrisburg City Islanders

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A hybrid side of Steel professionals and Academy amateurs holds Harrisburg City Islanders full preseason squad in the wind in Wayne.

Match report: Bethlehem Steel 1-0 Temple

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Steel blanked Temple on the back of an Adam Najem goal. Fellow Union players Brian Carroll, Giliano Wijnaldum and Marcus Epps also featured.

Steel sign trialist defenders

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Bethlehem Steel FC create competition and depth at left back by signing University of Kentucky trialist Charlie Reymann from Worthington, OH

Steel Profile: Josh Heard

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A glance at the potential of Bethlehem Steel midfielder Josh Heard

News roundup: Union give up two leads, Steel win big, CCL fever, more

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A late goal leads to a Union draw, Bethlehem crushes Junior Lone Star, all-MLS CCL draw, and a bevy of preseason action.

Match report: Bethlehem Steel FC 7-0 Junior Lone Star

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Bethlehem dominated the NPSL side from Philly in a scrimmage that was as much for conditioning as it was for the soccer.

Steel continuity and change from 2016 to 2017

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PSP's Tim Jones provides a brief look at some of the changes coming to Bethlehem Steel and USL this season.

Steel profile: Cory Burke

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PSP continues our series of profiles looking at key contributors for Bethlehem Steel FC. Up this week is Jamaican international Cory Burke.

James Chambers: Elder statesman

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Bethlehem's lone returning veteran, James Chambers, will play a central role on a young squad in 2017.

Match report: Bethlehem 0-2 Orlando City B

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Bethlehem closed their season Sunday with another loss and failing to qualify for the USL playoffs.

Bethlehem Steel

Interchangeable parts, 2017

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

Match Report: Bethlehem Steel 0-1 Charleston Battery

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An early goal and a solid defensive effort saw Charleston Battery drop Bethlehem Steel on the road.

Match report: Bethlehem Steel 0-2 Orlando City B

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Bethlehem Steel were beaten Sunday by a brace that included the Orlando shooter's first professional goal.

Should Bethlehem play in the second or third division?

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PSP explores the question of which division Bethlehem should play in once USL splits into two divisions.

In reserve: Which Union loanees could help them now?

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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.

Bethlehem Steel outlook for 2017

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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.

Match report: Bethlehem Steel 1-2 Notre Dame

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Najem, Moar, and Epps impress, but Bethlehem Steel fall 2-1 to Notre Dame in the second of two preseason scrimmages.

Steel profile: Anthony Fontana

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Is Newark Delaware's Anthony Fontana, a YSC Academy junior who practiced with the Philadelphia Union start-to-finish this preseason, their next home grown signing?

Player to Watch: Derrick Jones

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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.

Auston Trusty: Trailblazer

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Auston Trusty broke new ground in 2016, and he can do so much more going forward.

Bethlehem Steel announce 2017 schedule

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The Steel will face Harrisburg City Islanders and Pittsburgh Riverhounds, as well as FC Cincinnati and Toronto FC II, three times in 2017.

Brendan Burke on Bethlehem Steel lessons learned

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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.

The next wave of potential Union Academy breakthroughs

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Auston Trusty and Derrick Jones blazed the trail. Now PSP's Tim Jones takes a look at the wave of Philadelphia Union youth prospects bubbling up through the academy to Bethlehem Steel.

Bethlehem’s problems and solutions may lie on the practice field

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It's rare for Bethlehem Steel's entire starting lineup to practice together before a game. It happened last week, and the results were impressive. PSP's Tim Jones wonders whether this will be a lesson learned and implemented for next season.

Match report: Bethlehem Steel 1-1 Pittsburgh Riverhounds

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James Chambers scored a beauty of a goal, but it wasn't enough as Bethlehem was mathematically eliminated from playoff contention.

Match report: Charleston Battery 2-1 Bethlehem Steel

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Maurice Edu went the full 90 for Bethlehem, but it wasn't enough as Bethlehem's winless streak extended to 10 on Saturday.

Match report: Bethlehem Steel 0-2 NYRB2

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Maurice Edu started for Bethlehem Steel, but the Union's USL affiliate still lost to extend their winless streak to nine.

Match report: FC Montreal 3-2 Bethlehem Steel

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Bethlehem surrendered two goals in the final 15 minutes to drop a key road game to last place Montreal.

Match Report: Pittsburgh Riverhounds 2-1 Bethlehem Steel

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Two players who grew up near Bethlehem and Philadelphia led a Pittsburgh team that downed Bethlehem on Saturday night.

Seku Conneh

Lessons from the Steel’s loss to Orlando

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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.

Match report: Bethlehem Steel FC 2, FC Cincinnati 0

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Bethlehem picked up their first win since July off the back of a Seku Conneh brace.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 3-1 Bethlehem Steel

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C.J. Sapong scored twice, but Bethlehem held their own for much of the match in their final USL season tuneup. PSP has a match report.

Major League Soccer

USL to create Division 3 all over again

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Having spent two years working hard to win promotion from division three status, less than three months after succeeding has the league announced its new D3 entity in a complex gambit to absorb the remnants of NASL?

USL hybrids, profits and imitating baseball

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As professional soccer evolves in the United States, it has begun to imitate the oldest of American pro sports. PSP's Tim Jones explains.

Bethlehem Steel FC 2017

Scorecard: the 2017 Bethlehem Steel

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An in-depth bullet list explains from where a Steel game-day lineup is assembled and itemizes the players most likely to be in the game-day 18s.

Meet Santi Moar

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Santi Moar, a Spanish left channel attacker, has made a strong impression in preseason, providing defense, assists,and goals.

The Rest

Young women at the Academy, and three other Steel points

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