Bethlehem Steel FC USL Superthread

Discussion in 'United Soccer Leagues' started by thomas19064, Aug 14, 2015.

  1. msilverstein47

    msilverstein47 Member+

    Jan 11, 1999
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    games will be closed to the media and there are no plans to show the games on YouTube.
    New York Red Bull II Preseason Schedule:
    March 18 Bethlehem Steel
     
  2. msilverstein47

    msilverstein47 Member+

    Jan 11, 1999
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  3. msilverstein47

    msilverstein47 Member+

    Jan 11, 1999
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  4. msilverstein47

    msilverstein47 Member+

    Jan 11, 1999
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Bethlehem Steel FC announces its first ever Dog Day this Sunday, April 15th at 3pm! Everyone is encouraged to bring man's best friend out to this match and enjoy a day making a lot of new friends! Details for the day consist of:
    Proceeds go to The Sanctuary at Haafsville
    For more details please go to BethlehemSteelFC.com
     
  5. Theopisa

    Theopisa Member+

    Pisa Sporting Club
    Italy
    Oct 7, 2008
    Rockville
    Club:
    Pisa Calcio
    Why is Bethlehem Steel playing its home games at Chester this year?? I just finished watching the game on tv and it looked so sad. Last season I went to a game in Lehigh Valley and it looked like the perfect stadium for the team.
     
  6. kenntomasch

    kenntomasch Member+

    Sep 2, 1999
    Out West
    Club:
    FC Tampa Bay Rowdies
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    No lights at their previous stadium.
     
  7. SoccerPrime

    SoccerPrime Moderator
    Staff Member

    Apr 14, 2003
    Club:
    Real Salt Lake
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    And Union didn’t want to pay for lights. So they took they easy route and moved them to Chester.
     
  8. Theopisa

    Theopisa Member+

    Pisa Sporting Club
    Italy
    Oct 7, 2008
    Rockville
    Club:
    Pisa Calcio
    WOW that's crazy, I knew there were no lights at the stadium but all the games were played in the early afternoon, so it didn't really matter. Who's going to drive all the way to Chester to see BTS? Just a bunch of hardcore fans and that's basically it. Forget families and the occasional fans. WTF is Philly thinking? How to kill soccer in a community.
     
  9. Union42

    Union42 Member

    Jul 29, 2013
    Swarthmore, PA
    Club:
    Philadelphia Union
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I think the USL said they had to play in a stadium with lights so they could play at night, which neither the Union nor Lehigh we're interested in paying for. All the day games probably weren't good for attendance anyway because of the conflicts with youth soccer. I also recall reading they couldn't sell beer because it was an on-campus stadium (not sure if that was an issue with Lehigh or the NCAA), which probably also hurt revenues and attendance.
     
  10. Theopisa

    Theopisa Member+

    Pisa Sporting Club
    Italy
    Oct 7, 2008
    Rockville
    Club:
    Pisa Calcio
    Maybe so, but playing in Chester hurts attendance a lot more, if you have seen the match the other day, you probably have noticed it already. It was distressing.
     
  11. kenntomasch

    kenntomasch Member+

    Sep 2, 1999
    Out West
    Club:
    FC Tampa Bay Rowdies
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Of course it does. But these "2" teams do not exist to generate revenue.
     
  12. Orlando Rays

    Orlando Rays We're not gonna let the elevator break us down
    Staff Member

    Nov 5, 2007
    Orlando
    Club:
    Orlando City SC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I was wondering why their attendance was suddenly in the crapper this year. It didn't make sense for them to get attendance that low if they were still in Lehigh Valley.

    Why bother calling them Bethlehem Steel if they're playing in Philly?
     
  13. kenntomasch

    kenntomasch Member+

    Sep 2, 1999
    Out West
    Club:
    FC Tampa Bay Rowdies
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I would imagine they intend to keep that brand consistent in hopes of moving back (potentially with a drop to USL League One, especially with Penn FC and Rochester returning.)
     
  14. Orlando Rays

    Orlando Rays We're not gonna let the elevator break us down
    Staff Member

    Nov 5, 2007
    Orlando
    Club:
    Orlando City SC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Maybe if they dropped to USL-1, they wouldn’t be obligated to get lights. They’d probably be one of the better-performing teams there.
     
  15. thomas19064

    thomas19064 Member+

    Apr 29, 2008
    Delco
    Club:
    Philadelphia Union
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    The company line is they are still looking for a solution in the Lehigh Valley for 2020. If they are unable to find one (that the Union are willing to do) it's likely they will re-brand.
     
  16. kenntomasch

    kenntomasch Member+

    Sep 2, 1999
    Out West
    Club:
    FC Tampa Bay Rowdies
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    More Baseball Stadium Soccer!
     
  17. thomas19064

    thomas19064 Member+

    Apr 29, 2008
    Delco
    Club:
    Philadelphia Union
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I thought Coca-Cola Park would be the most natural solution, but apparently the dimensions would be too narrow. (Not sure I buy that... rent and sod was probably too pricey for the Union's taste)
     
  18. thomas19064

    thomas19064 Member+

    Apr 29, 2008
    Delco
    Club:
    Philadelphia Union
    Nat'l Team:
    United States

    Actually I take that back (or maybe they took that back, could have sworn I read Tim McDermott say Coca Cola Park wasn't feasible)...but after a quick twitter search:



    (although this is only in relation to 2 games for 2019, not a full season)
     
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