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The Steel should lock in Burke
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The Steel should lock in Burke

Brendan Burke has grown since the beginning of the Bethlehem Steel project, and his departure would be a significant loss.

Bethlehem Steel won’t leave the Lehigh Valley, but they should still move
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Bethlehem Steel won’t leave the Lehigh Valley, but they should still move

As Columbus Crew SC is ripped away from it’s fanbase, a Lehigh Valley native ponders how moving a team could be a good thing.

Maurice Edu’s return to pitch goes smoothly
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Maurice Edu’s return to pitch goes smoothly

After months of speculation and waiting, Maurice Edu returned to the pitch for live-game action. And it went smoothly.

On the current USL league meetings
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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)
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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
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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?
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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
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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
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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
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Memorial Day musings

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