Articles written by: Tim Jones

Still learning soccer after four decades. A southwestern Ohio buckeye transplanted to Chester County. Loves history, new ideas, baking bread, being a sports fan, and apparently unconnected connections. Though he wouldn't tell you, the PSP crew wants you to know he's a retired high school soccer coach.

Steel playoff update
USL - Bethlehem Steel FC

Steel playoff update

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.

Steel clinch playoff spot
USL - Bethlehem Steel FC

Steel clinch playoff spot

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.

Photo courtesy of Bethlehem Steel FC. Chris Nanco and James Chambers pose while wearing the special gold warmups for match benefiting PCFLV.
USL - Bethlehem Steel FC

Bethlehem Steel: Progress at striker

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

Chaos: The Canadian Premier League, NASL, and USL
Analysis

Chaos: The Canadian Premier League, NASL, and USL

Soccer Canada has approved the Canadian Premier League for play in 2018. NASL met Friday to try to appeal from U. S. Soccer’s demoting them from division 2. The only certainty about the future of minor league professional soccer in North America is that it won’t be the same in 2018.

The Steel and the playoffs — it’s gonna be close
Analysis / Featured / USL - Bethlehem Steel FC

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

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 2-2 Tampa Bay
USL Match report

Match Report Bethlehem 2-2 Tampa Bay

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.

Photo Rob Simmons of PSP
USL - Bethlehem Steel FC

Match report: Bethlehem 3-2 Pittsburgh

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.

A more frugal 2018 Union bench?
Analysis

A more frugal 2018 Union bench?

Possible off-season organization roster promotions ranging from plausible to bold. They would clear salary space for needed help, if our salary guesses are anywhere close to reasonable.

Distance, time and money: USL conference realignment
Analysis / USL - Bethlehem Steel FC

Distance, time and money: USL conference realignment

PSP analyzes travel time and travel costs for the USL east and the USL west, and guesses what realignment into three conferences might look like.

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USL - Bethlehem Steel FC

Irma challenges the Steel

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.