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A work of fiction: Gulati’s DONGARBER proclamation
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A work of fiction: Gulati’s DONGARBER proclamation

In an alternate universe, one where the Union season isn’t beginning to look exactly like almost every other one before it, USSF President Sunil Gulati makes a proclamation that changes everything about American soccer.

Yosef Samuel (#49) looks up-field for a connecting pass.
Local Spotlight

Local Spotlight: Yosef Samuel

Yosef Samuel’s journey from Ethiopia to the USA has proved to be successful. Samuel has been finding his stride of late with 14 straight appearances in the 18-man matchday roster for a very hot Bethlehem Steel FC team who begin the second half of their season Saturday.

Former Union assistant coach Brendan Burke. (Photo: Earl Gardner)
Commentary / USL - Bethlehem Steel FC

Steel’s Burke comments on USL’s competitive mix

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
Commentary / Union / USL - Bethlehem Steel FC

Reviewing the Union organization’s depth chart

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

Player of the week: Alejandro Bedoya
Player of the Week

Player of the week: Alejandro Bedoya

If you’re getting tired of us telling you who is the player of the week (Alejandro Bedoya, obviously), now is your chance to let us know. We’ve included a poll where you can cast a vote for your favorite candidate.

Match Report: Bethlehem Steel FC 1 – Pittsburgh Riverhounds 1
USL / USL - Bethlehem Steel FC / USL Match report

Match Report: Bethlehem Steel FC 1 – Pittsburgh Riverhounds 1

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.

Cardinal Dougherty and an alumni soccer match worth watching
Local Spotlight

Cardinal Dougherty and an alumni soccer match worth watching

Cardinal Dougherty High School in Philadelphia may have closed seven years ago, but its alumni haven’t forgotten it. Each year, an estimated 50 players turn out, much as they will this Saturday in North Wildwood. PSP’s Matt McClain offers a slice of local soccer history still trying to stay alive.

Dare we think Steel and playoffs?
Commentary / USL / USL - Bethlehem Steel FC

Dare we think Steel and playoffs?

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.”

Player of the week: John McCarthy
Player of the Week

Player of the week: John McCarthy

After stealing a point in Kansas City, there’s no doubt about who is PSP’s player of the week.

Bethlehem Steel’s “character” players
USL - Bethlehem Steel FC / YSC Academy

Bethlehem Steel’s “character” players

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.