USL - Bethlehem Steel FC

Analysis

Predicting the USL East

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Our foolishly fearless forecast is made without benefit of any on-pitch observations.

Pressure creates diamonds – the Steel’s 2018 schedule

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The newly-released USL game schedule for 2018 demands that the Steel improve markedly as spring progresses through summer into fall.

The Real, McKenzie signings’ implications for the Steel

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While Bethlehem will need to sign another player to replace Matt Real for practice and to fill its minimum USL roster, recovering McKenzie back into the defense on game days plugs a significant hole with a proven USL player since both men are likely to play their games with the Steel next season.

Bethlehem Steel FC 2017

Roster-building: Bethlehem Steel 2018

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Lessons from Bethlehem's 2016 and 2017 rosters and 2018's partial list allows an incomplete guess at 2018 in the Lehigh Valley.

Bethlehem Steel: Progress at striker

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The numbers back the eye-test. Cory Burke and Seku Conneh are much more productive strikers in the 2017 season. Standing pat worked.

Explaining the Steel’s 2017 road record

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Bethlehem Steel head coach Brendan Burke explains why the 2017 road record is already 250% better than 2016's -- two points and the away records table.

Coach credits “continuity” for recent Steel success

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The Steel have been winning lately, and Coach Burke attributes it to continuity.

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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.

Match Report: Bethlehem Steel 0-1 Charlotte Independence

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Bethlehem Steel FC fall 1-0 to Charlotte Independence

Bethlehem Steel’s academy pipeline resets

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As last year's academy graduates leave to pursue college, the beginning of the new school year provides and opportunity to meet new young players. Brendan Burke sets out evaluative criteria and introduces us to some of them.

Dare we think Steel and playoffs?

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A club record unbeaten streak, a 6-point season sweep of last year's champions, lying fifth in the table, and achieving these while missing a major defender and two mainstay attackers provokes thoughts of eastern Pennsylvania sports fans favorite "P" word, "Playoffs."

Match Report: Bethlehem Steel FC 1 – Richmond Kickers 1

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After a 92-minute rain delay, Bethlehem Steel FC and Richmond Kickers played to a 1-1 draw Saturday evening at Goodman Stadium.

Bethlehem, Reading and West Chester play for charity

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Match results were less significant than the act of playing during Tuesday's benefit doubleheader in West Chester, providing support to the Connecticut town that lost so many small children in a 2012 school shooting.

Bethlehem Steel

Coach of the Year: Brendan Burke

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Brendan Burke earns honors for steering Bethlehem Steel FC to their first ever playoff birth.

In Pictures: Bethlehem Steel 1-1 St. Louis FC

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Rob Simmons was on the scene as Bethlehem Steel FC drew against St. Louis.

Steel playoff update

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With a win Bethlehem will finish 6th and play at the Tampa Bay Rowdies. With either draw or a loss, they will finish 8th and play Louisville in Louisville Friday night.

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.

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?

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.

Commentary

Three veteran constants in Bethlehem Steel’s 2017 universe

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Three veterans put the competitive steel in the Bethlehem Steel in 2017. They are Cory Burke, Hugh Roberts and James Chambers.

Steel’s Burke comments on USL’s competitive mix

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The 2017 United Soccer League mixes together traditional, stand-alone, independent teams newer and older, with more recent wholly-owned Major League Soccer farm teams. Bethlehem head coach Brendan Burke has commented on the "unique mix."

Reviewing the Union organization’s depth chart

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Wondering about moves during the transfer window? PSP attempts a combined depth chart of the Philadelphia Union-Bethlehem Steel-Philadelphia Union Academy professional rosters.

The Rest

The Steel’s preseason exeriment

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Bethlehem Steel FC is trying a new conditioning theory this preseason.

Bethlehem’s 2018 USL home opener and conference alignment

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The USL will continue with a two conference alignment in 2018, and Bethlehem will remain in the east, but the surprises are the absences of Rochester and Orlando City B, and the last-minute addition of Indianapolis in addition to known expansion sides Nashville and Atlanta 2.

Breaking news: Steel sign defender

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Bethlehem Steel FC have begun construction of its new central defense with the signing of former Notre Dame national champion defender Brandon Aubrey who spent 2017 on loan to Toronto FC II from the parent club.

With many roster needs, Bethlehem remains silent

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Bethlehem Steel FC's roster -- and its 2018 United Soccer League competitive milieu -- has not yet emerged from 2018's decision-making cocoon.

Who’s ready to jump from USL to MLS?

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PSP analyzes which of the Bethlehem Steel's players might be ready to jump to the Union first team.