Commentary

On the current USL league meetings
Commentary

On the current USL league meetings

USL owners criticize the so-called MLS2 player development sides that make up 37% of USL. Will they stay in Division Two or be dropped to Division Three?

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.

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.”

Seku Conneh contests the ball v Richmond
Commentary / USL - Bethlehem Steel FC

Union injury rehabs pose questions for shorthanded Bethlehem side

By intention, the Steel had one discretionary substitution Saturday. It turns out they needed two. Was it a necessary sacrifice or an unnecessary risk?

A year on: 2017 Bethlehem Steel Roster v. 2016
Commentary / USL - Bethlehem Steel FC

A year on: 2017 Bethlehem Steel Roster v. 2016

Tim Jones compares a younger, more versatile 2017 Bethlehem Steel roster to the team’s inaugural squad.

The US Women's National Team took on China in an International Friendly
Commentary / USL - Bethlehem Steel FC

Memorial Day musings

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

FC Cincinnati vs Bethlehem
5/20/2017
Nippert Stadium
Cincinnati, OH

Photographer: Brett Hansbauer
Commentary / USL - Bethlehem Steel FC

Goliath, and little David from Bethlehem

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.

Interchangeable parts in Bethlehem, 2017
Commentary / USL - Bethlehem Steel FC

Interchangeable parts in Bethlehem, 2017

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

Lessons from the Steel’s loss to Orlando
Commentary / USL - Bethlehem Steel FC

Lessons from the Steel’s loss to Orlando

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.