USL - Bethlehem Steel FC

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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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Bethlehem Steel FC

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.

Match Report: St. Louis FC 1 – Bethlehem Steel FC 2

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A more disciplined high pressure approach forced by the second half headwind brought the Steel a come back win with an equalizer from Seku Conneh and the winner from James Chambers.

Memorial Day musings

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Some observations about the Bethlehem Steel and the USL, from serious issues of future stability to a whimsically fleeting table analysis.

Match Report: Bethlehem Steel FC 3 – Harrisburg City Islanders 1

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Bethlehem Steel FC took their first ever victory over Harrisburg City Islanders Sunday afternoon.

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

Bethlehem Steel FC 2017

Coach credits “continuity” for recent Steel success

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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?