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Philadelphia Union II
Philadelphia Union II logo.png
Full namePhiladelphia Union II
Founded2015; 8 years ago (2015) (as Bethlehem Steel FC)
StadiumSubaru Park
Chester, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Capacity18,500
OwnerKeystone Sports & Entertainment
Head coachMarlon LeBlanc
LeagueMLS Next Pro
20204th, Group F
Playoffs: DNQ
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Philadelphia Union II is an American professional soccer team based in Chester, Pennsylvania competing in MLS Next Pro. Founded in 2015 as Bethlehem Steel FC, the team is the official affiliate of the Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer. The team competed for five seasons in the USL Championship (the first three as Bethlehem Steel FC) before going on hiatus from competition during the 2021 season. The club's current colors are navy blue and gold.

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Association football

Association football

Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played between two teams of 11 players who primarily use their feet to propel a ball around a rectangular field called a pitch. The objective of the game is to score more goals than the opposite team by moving the ball beyond the goal line into a rectangular-framed goal defended by the opposing side. Traditionally, the game has been played over two 45 minute halves, for a total match time of 90 minutes. With an estimated 250 million players active in over 200 countries and territories, it is considered the world's most popular sport.

Chester, Pennsylvania

Chester, Pennsylvania

Chester is a city in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is the only city in Delaware County.

MLS Next Pro

MLS Next Pro

MLS Next Pro is a men's professional soccer league in the United States and Canada that is affiliated with Major League Soccer. It launched in 2022 with 21 teams and will expand to 28 in 2023. The league comprises 27 reserve sides for MLS clubs and the independent Rochester New York FC. MLS Next Pro is classified as part of the third tier of the United States soccer league system.

Philadelphia Union

Philadelphia Union

The Philadelphia Union are an American professional soccer club based in Chester, Pennsylvania. The Union compete in Major League Soccer (MLS) as a member of the Eastern Conference. Founded on February 28, 2008, the club began playing in 2010 as an expansion team. The club's home stadium is Subaru Park, a soccer-specific stadium located in Chester, Pennsylvania on the banks of the Delaware River.

Major League Soccer

Major League Soccer

Major League Soccer (MLS) is a men's professional soccer league sanctioned by the United States Soccer Federation, which represents the sport's highest level in the United States. The league comprises 29 teams—26 in the U.S. and 3 in Canada—since the 2023 season. The league is headquartered in Midtown Manhattan.

USL Championship

USL Championship

The USL Championship (USLC) is a professional men's soccer league in the United States that began its inaugural season in 2011. The USL is sanctioned by the United States Soccer Federation as a Division II league since 2017, placing it under Major League Soccer in the hierarchy. The USL is headquartered in Tampa, Florida.

History

Since the formalized partnership between United Soccer League and Major League Soccer in 2013, MLS teams had begun to form and field their own teams on the then third tier. This endeavor was largely driven to fill in the missing piece of player development between high school/college players and professional soccer players. In June 2015, the Philadelphia Union sent out a survey to fans gauging interest in fielding their own USL team.[1] The survey input and directives from the Union front office eventually led to the creation of a team that would play in the Lehigh Valley, officially announced on August 19, 2015.[2] This announcement made the Union the ninth MLS team to independently own and operate a USL club. The announcement also coincided with dissolving the previous affiliation with USL side Penn FC (formally Harrisburg City Islanders), originally established in 2010.[3] After surveying fans for a name of the team, the results ended overwhelmingly in favor of “Bethlehem Steel FC” honoring the previous incarnation of the team in the early twentieth century.[4] Bethlehem Steel FC would become the “missing link” of player development between YSC Academy and first team for the Philadelphia Union. The club began to take shape hiring former Union assistant coach, Brendan Burke as the first head coach of the team's history on October 29, 2015.[5] On December 3, 2015, Burke made his first signing to the team in Derrick Jones, who was a player developing in the Union Academy.[6]

First seasons (2016–2018)

In preparation of their inaugural season, Steel FC built a roster with a combination of USL veterans (Mickey Daly, Ryan Richter, Bolu Akinyode), Philadelphia Union draft picks (Josh Yaro, Fabian Herbers), and key international players (James Chambers, Cory Burke). This team would be largely supported by Union players on short-term loans in addition to academy players from YSC Academy.[7] The team's first season saw glimpses of positives but ultimately struggled down the stretch of the season, going winless in their last 12 matches.

On January 5, 2017, the United States Soccer Federation granted USL provisional Division II status; making the 2017 season the first time the Steel FC would compete as a Division II team.[8] Steel built on their inaugural season continuing to integrate more amateur players from YSC Academy and other young players. The emergence of Seku Conneh and Cory Burke as reliable scoring threats helped Steel FC double their previous season's win total, finished 8th in the Eastern Conference and earned their first playoff appearance.[9]

In 2018, Steel FC took another step forward with their best season to date, setting a record earning 50 points and 14 wins. Steel FC finished 6th in the Eastern Conference and won their first playoff match against in-state rivals Pittsburgh Riverhounds. Advancing to the Conference Semi-finals, Steel FC ultimately lost to eventual 2018 USL Champions, Louisville City FC.[10]

Relocation and rebranding (2019–present)

At the conclusion of the 2018 season, Bethlehem Steel announced that it would play the 2019 season at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pennsylvania; home of Steel's MLS parent club, Philadelphia Union. The relocation was prompted due to Goodman Stadium not having stadium lighting, limiting the scheduling possibilities and being in non-compliance with USL requirements. The team front office pledged to continue seeking out potential venue solutions that meet the USL Championship requirements for the 2020 season.[11][12]

On December 12, 2019, the Philadelphia Union announced that the Bethlehem Steel would change their name to Philadelphia Union II for the 2020 USL Championship season.[13]

On October 16, 2020, the Philadelphia Union announced that Union II would be withdrawn from the USL Championship and did not play competitively in 2021.

MLS Next Pro

The club announced on December 6, 2021, that it was joining the 21-team MLS Next Pro for the inaugural 2022 season.[14]

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Major League Soccer

Major League Soccer

Major League Soccer (MLS) is a men's professional soccer league sanctioned by the United States Soccer Federation, which represents the sport's highest level in the United States. The league comprises 29 teams—26 in the U.S. and 3 in Canada—since the 2023 season. The league is headquartered in Midtown Manhattan.

Lehigh Valley

Lehigh Valley

The Lehigh Valley, known colloquially as The Valley, is a geographic region formed by the Lehigh River in Lehigh County and Northampton County in eastern Pennsylvania. It is a component valley of the Great Appalachian Valley bound to the north by Blue Mountain, to the south by South Mountain, to the west by Lebanon Valley, and to the east by the Delaware River on Pennsylvania's eastern border with Warren County, New Jersey. The Valley is about 40 miles (64 km) long and 20 miles (32 km) wide. The Lehigh Valley's largest city is Allentown, the third largest city in Pennsylvania and the county seat of Lehigh County, with a population of 125,845 residents as of the 2020 census.

Penn FC

Penn FC

Penn FC was an American professional soccer team based in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States. Founded in 2003, the team most recently played in the USL Pro, the second tier of the United States soccer league system. In October 2018, the club formally announced it will not participate in the 2019 season and would have resume play in 2020 as a member of USL League One, a league in the third tier.

Brendan Burke (soccer)

Brendan Burke (soccer)

Brendan Burke is an American soccer coach and former player who is currently an assistant coach for Major League Soccer club Houston Dynamo FC. During his playing career, he mainly played as a center back for several teams in the Premier Development League before beginning his head coaching career at age 25 for Reading United where he was very successful.

Derrick Jones (soccer)

Derrick Jones (soccer)

Derrick Jones Amaniampong is a professional soccer player who plays as a midfielder for Major League Soccer club Charlotte FC. Born in Ghana, he represented the United States national under-23 team.

2016 Bethlehem Steel FC season

2016 Bethlehem Steel FC season

The 2016 season is Bethlehem Steel FC's inaugural season of competitive soccer – its first season in the third division of American soccer and its first season in United Soccer League. Steel FC compete in the league's Eastern Conference.

Michael Daly (soccer)

Michael Daly (soccer)

Michael "Mickey" Daly is an American soccer player.

Bolu Akinyode

Bolu Akinyode

Boluwatife Akinyode is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for Miami FC in the USL Championship.

Joshua Yaro

Joshua Yaro

Joshua Yaro is a Ghanaian footballer who currently plays for St. Louis City SC in Major League Soccer.

Fabian Herbers

Fabian Herbers

Fabian Herbers is a German professional footballer who plays as a forward for Major League Soccer club Chicago Fire.

James Chambers (Irish footballer)

James Chambers (Irish footballer)

James Chambers, born 14 February 1987 in Dublin, is an Irish former professional footballer who played for Shelbourne, Waterford United, Drogheda United, Shamrock Rovers and St Patrick's Athletic in Ireland, Solihull Moors in England, Hamilton Academical in Scotland and Bethlehem Steel in the United States.

Cory Burke

Cory Burke

Cory Lamar Crossgill Burke is a Jamaican professional footballer who plays as a forward for the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer and the Jamaica national team.

Colors and badge

Bethlehem Steel FC Crest (2016–2019)
Bethlehem Steel FC Crest (2016–2019)

On October 27, 2015, Bethlehem Steel FC's name, crest, and colors were officially announced during a ceremony held at the ArtsQuest at SteelStacks. "Steel FC" alludes to the historical Bethlehem Steel F.C., which played from 1907 to 1930.[4] The origin of the clubs' name is the Bethlehem Steel Corporation, which was once America's second-largest steel producer and largest shipbuilder and was important to the economy of the area. The name was chosen following a fan poll held between September 8, 2015 and September 28, 2015; the other three options were Lehigh Valley Steel SC, Lehigh Valley Blast, and Steel FC.[15]

The colors of Bethlehem Steel FC are navy blue and gold, and red, combining the primary colors of both the original Bethlehem Steel F.C. and the Philadelphia Union. The team's crest is elongated, representing the foundation of a new player development program and extension of the Union brand. Its gold rivets symbolize the relationship between the Bethelehem and Philadelphia clubs. The Union's rattlesnake alludes to the "Join, or Die" political cartoon by Benjamin Franklin that was featured in the 1754 Pennsylvania Gazette, and is also reminiscent of the Gadsden flag, another Revolutionary icon. The red beam in the middle of the crest is a tribute to the original logo of Bethlehem Steel F.C.

Before sponsoring a team in the USL, the Philadelphia Union commemorated the original Bethlehem Steel F.C. once before. In February 2013, the club unveiled a third kit with Steel F.C.'s colors, featuring a black jersey with white trim, a sublimated Union logo, and a Steel F.C. jock tag.[16][17][18][19][20]

In 2016, the crest earned a third place recognition for "2016 Primary Logo of the Year."[21]

Sponsorship

Period Kit Manufacturer Shirt Sponsor Ref
2016–2018 Adidas Lehigh Valley Health Network [22]
2019
2020–present Sun East Federal Credit Union [23]

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Navy blue

Navy blue

Navy blue is a dark shade of the color blue.

Gold (color)

Gold (color)

Gold, also called golden, is a color tone resembling the gold chemical element.

Red

Red

Red is the color at the long wavelength end of the visible spectrum of light, next to orange and opposite violet. It has a dominant wavelength of approximately 625–740 nanometres. It is a primary color in the RGB color model and a secondary color in the CMYK color model, and is the complementary color of cyan. Reds range from the brilliant yellow-tinged scarlet and vermillion to bluish-red crimson, and vary in shade from the pale red pink to the dark red burgundy.

Join, or Die

Join, or Die

Join, or Die. is a political cartoon showing the disunity in the American colonies. Attributed to Benjamin Franklin, the original publication by The Pennsylvania Gazette on May 9, 1754, is the earliest known pictorial representation of colonial union produced by an American colonist in Colonial America.

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin was an American polymath who was active as a writer, scientist, inventor, statesman, diplomat, printer, publisher, forger and political philosopher. Among the leading intellectuals of his time, Franklin was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, a drafter and signer of the United States Declaration of Independence, and the first United States Postmaster General.

Gadsden flag

Gadsden flag

The Gadsden flag is an historical American flag with a yellow field depicting a timber rattlesnake coiled and ready to strike. Beneath the rattlesnake are the words: "DONT TREAD ON ME". Some modern versions of the flag include an apostrophe.

Adidas

Adidas

Adidas AG is a German multinational corporation, founded and headquartered in Herzogenaurach, Bavaria, that designs and manufactures shoes, clothing and accessories. It is the largest sportswear manufacturer in Europe, and the second largest in the world, after Nike. It is the holding company for the Adidas Group, which consists 8.33% stake of the football club Bayern München, and Runtastic, an Austrian fitness technology company. Adidas's revenue for 2018 was listed at €21.915 billion.

Lehigh Valley Health Network

Lehigh Valley Health Network

Lehigh Valley Health Network is a healthcare network based in the Allentown, Pennsylvania in the Lehigh Valley region of eastern Pennsylvania. The healthcare network serves eastern and northeastern Pennsylvania. Its flagship hospital is Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest, located on Cedar Crest Boulevard in Allentown.

Facilities

Stadium

Lehigh's Murray H Goodman Stadium
Lehigh's Murray H Goodman Stadium

Philadelphia Union II plays home matches at Subaru Park in Chester, also home to the Philadelphia Union. Previously, they played matches at Goodman Stadium in Bethlehem for three seasons.

Period Stadium Location Capacity
2016–2018 Goodman Stadium Bethlehem, PA 16,000[24]
2019–present Subaru Park Chester, PA 18,500[25]

Training facility

Philadelphia Union II practices at the training fields next to Subaru Park in Chester, Pennsylvania.

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Subaru Park

Subaru Park

Subaru Park is a soccer-specific stadium located in Chester, Pennsylvania, located next to the Commodore Barry Bridge on the waterfront along the Delaware River. The venue is home to the Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer.

Philadelphia Union

Philadelphia Union

The Philadelphia Union are an American professional soccer club based in Chester, Pennsylvania. The Union compete in Major League Soccer (MLS) as a member of the Eastern Conference. Founded on February 28, 2008, the club began playing in 2010 as an expansion team. The club's home stadium is Subaru Park, a soccer-specific stadium located in Chester, Pennsylvania on the banks of the Delaware River.

Goodman Stadium

Goodman Stadium

Goodman Stadium is Lehigh University's 16,000-seat stadium located on its Goodman Campus in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. It opened in 1988, replacing Taylor Stadium, which stood in the main academic campus from 1914 until 1987. The former Taylor Stadium site now holds the Rauch Business Center, the Zoellner Arts Center, and a parking garage.

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Bethlehem is a city in Northampton and Lehigh Counties in the Lehigh Valley region of eastern Pennsylvania, United States. As of the 2020 census, Bethlehem had a total population of 75,781. Of this, 55,639 were in Northampton County and 19,343 were in Lehigh County. It is Pennsylvania's seventh most populous city. The city is located along the Lehigh River, a 109-mile-long (175 km) tributary of the Delaware River.

Chester, Pennsylvania

Chester, Pennsylvania

Chester is a city in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States. It is the only city in Delaware County.

Club culture

Supporters

After announcing the creation of Bethlehem Steel FC, a supporters collaboration was soon formed. Largely organized through Facebook, the official supporters group emerged as the East End Army.[26] The East End Army support the team from the lower bowl section of Goodman Stadium, dubbed "the Forge." The official pub partner for Philadelphia Union II is Golazo House located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.[27]

Rivalries

Philadelphia Union II is one of three USL teams in Pennsylvania, the others being Penn FC and the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. Since the 2015 season, Penn FC (formerly Harrisburg City Islanders) and Riverhounds compete for the Keystone Derby Cup, which currently excludes Bethlehem Steel FC.[28]

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Facebook

Facebook

Facebook is an online social media and social networking service owned by American company Meta Platforms. Founded in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg with fellow Harvard College students and roommates Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes, its name comes from the face book directories often given to American university students. Membership was initially limited to Harvard students, gradually expanding to other North American universities and, since 2006, anyone over 13 years old. As of July 2022, Facebook claimed 2.93 billion monthly active users, and ranked third worldwide among the most visited websites as of July 2022. It was the most downloaded mobile app of the 2010s.

Goodman Stadium

Goodman Stadium

Goodman Stadium is Lehigh University's 16,000-seat stadium located on its Goodman Campus in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. It opened in 1988, replacing Taylor Stadium, which stood in the main academic campus from 1914 until 1987. The former Taylor Stadium site now holds the Rauch Business Center, the Zoellner Arts Center, and a parking garage.

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Bethlehem is a city in Northampton and Lehigh Counties in the Lehigh Valley region of eastern Pennsylvania, United States. As of the 2020 census, Bethlehem had a total population of 75,781. Of this, 55,639 were in Northampton County and 19,343 were in Lehigh County. It is Pennsylvania's seventh most populous city. The city is located along the Lehigh River, a 109-mile-long (175 km) tributary of the Delaware River.

United Soccer League

United Soccer League

United Soccer League (USL), formerly known as United Soccer Leagues, is a soccer league in the United States and Canada. It organizes several men's and women's leagues, both professional and amateur. Men's leagues currently organized are the USL Championship, USL League One, USL League Two, and the youth Super Y League. A new women's league, the USL W League, began play in 2022. It is directly affiliated with the United States Soccer Federation and the United States Adult Soccer Association. The USL is headquartered in Tampa, Florida.

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania, officially the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is a state spanning the Mid-Atlantic, Northeastern, Appalachian, and Great Lakes regions of the United States. It borders Delaware to its southeast, Maryland to its south, West Virginia to its southwest, Ohio to its west, Lake Erie and the Canadian province of Ontario to its northwest, New York state to its north, and the Delaware River and New Jersey to its east.

Penn FC

Penn FC

Penn FC was an American professional soccer team based in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States. Founded in 2003, the team most recently played in the USL Pro, the second tier of the United States soccer league system. In October 2018, the club formally announced it will not participate in the 2019 season and would have resume play in 2020 as a member of USL League One, a league in the third tier.

2015 USL season

2015 USL season

The 2015 USL season was the fifth season of the United Soccer League (USL) and the first under its new name. This season represented a substantial expansion from 14 teams in 2014 to 24 teams in 2015, and the division of the league into two conferences. It is also the 29th season of third-division soccer in the United States.

Keystone Derby Cup

Keystone Derby Cup

The Keystone Derby Cup is the name of a competition held between Penn FC and Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC of United Soccer League (USL), the second division of soccer in the United States.

Players and staff

For details on former players, see All-time Bethlehem Steel FC roster.

Current roster

As of October 1, 2022
No. Pos. Player Nation
21 FW Nelson Pierre  United States
22 GK Brooks Thompson  United States
32 FW José Riasco  Venezuela
35 DF Gino Portella  Italy
36 MF Ian Abbey  United States
37 MF Carlos Paternina  Colombia
38 MF Maike Villero  Venezuela
39 DF Francis Westfield  United States
44 DF Jackson Gilman  United States
50 MF Juan Perdomo  Venezuela
52 MF Boubacar Diallo  Senegal
55 MF Bajung Darboe  United States
75 DF Nathan Nkanji  Venezuela
98 FW Stefan Stojanovic  United States
99 GK Damián Alguera  El Salvador
DF Juan Castillo  Colombia
MF Pedro Álvarez  Venezuela
  1. ^
    Philadelphia Union first team player.
  2. ^
    Signed to Philadelphia Union Academy contract.

Coaching staff

Position Staff Nation
Head Coach Marlon LeBlanc United States United States
Goalkeeping Coach Karl Spratt United Kingdom United Kingdom
Video Analyst Austin Reynolds United States United States
Athletic Trainer Brian Betz United States United States
Equipment Manager Andrew Vaccaro United States United States

Coaching and Technical Staff as of April 21, 2022[29]

Head coaches

This list includes all those who have managed the club since 2016, when the club joined United Soccer League for the first time, whether coaching on a full-time or interim basis. Games played include all League, Playoff, and the win percentage is calculated from the total of games.

  • Figures correct as of March 13, 2022. Includes all competitive USL and playoff matches. Playoff matches decided by penalties officially recorded as draws.

M = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost;

Name Nat Tenure M W D L Win % Notes
Brendan Burke  USA October 29, 2015 – February 12, 2020 133 40 33 57 30.1%
Sven Gartung  GER February 12, 2020 – August 5, 2020 5 0 1 4 0.0%
Marlon LeBlanc  USA August 5, 2020 – present 11 2 2 7 18.2% Interim coach through March 2, 2021[30][31]

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All-time Bethlehem Steel FC roster

All-time Bethlehem Steel FC roster

These lists include all players who have made at least one appearance in a competitive match for the Bethlehem Steel FC since the team's first USL season in 2016. Players who have been listed on the team's roster but have not made any appearances are not listed.

Forward (association football)

Forward (association football)

Forwards are outfield positions in an association football team who play the furthest up the pitch and are therefore most responsible for scoring goals as well as assisting them. As with any attacking player, the role of the forward relies heavily on being able to create space for attack.

United States Soccer Federation

United States Soccer Federation

The United States Soccer Federation (USSF), commonly referred to as U.S. Soccer, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the official governing body of the sport of soccer in the United States. Headquartered in Chicago, the federation is a full member of FIFA and governs American soccer at the international, professional, and amateur levels, including: the men's and women's national teams, Major League Soccer, National Women's Soccer League, youth organizations, beach soccer, futsal, Paralympic and deaf national teams. U.S. Soccer sanctions referees and soccer tournaments for most soccer leagues in the United States. The U.S. Soccer Federation also administers and operates the U.S. Open Cup and the SheBelieves Cup.

Goalkeeper (association football)

Goalkeeper (association football)

The goal-keeper is a position in association football. It is the most specialised position in the sport. The goalkeeper's main role is to stop the opposing team from scoring. This is accomplished by having the goalkeeper move into the trajectory of the ball to either catch it or direct it further from the vicinity of the goal line. Within the penalty area goalkeepers are allowed to use their hands, giving them the sole rights on the field to handle the ball. The goalkeeper is indicated by wearing a different coloured kit from their teammates and opposition.

Brooks Thompson (soccer)

Brooks Thompson (soccer)

Brooks Thompson is an American professional soccer player who plays as a goalkeeper for Philadelphia Union II in MLS Next Pro.

José Riasco

José Riasco

José Alexander Riasco Brizuela is a Venezuelan footballer who plays as a forward for Philadelphia Union II.

Venezuelan Football Federation

Venezuelan Football Federation

The Venezuelan Football Federation is the governing body of football in Venezuela. It was founded in 1925 and affiliated in 1952. It is a member of CONMEBOL as well as FIFA, and is in charge of the Venezuela national football team.

Defender (association football)

Defender (association football)

In the sport of association football, a defender is an outfield position whose primary role is to stop attacks during the game and prevent the opposition from scoring.

Italian Football Federation

Italian Football Federation

The Italian Football Federation, known colloquially as Federcalcio, is the governing body of football in Italy. It is based in Rome and the technical department is in Coverciano, Florence.

Midfielder

Midfielder

A midfielder is an outfield position in association football. Midfielders may play an exclusively defensive role, breaking up attacks, and are in that case known as defensive midfielders. As central midfielders often go across boundaries, with mobility and passing ability, they are often referred to as deep-lying midfielders, play-makers, box-to-box midfielders, or holding midfielders. There are also attacking midfielders with limited defensive assignments.

Colombian Football Federation

Colombian Football Federation

The Colombian Football Federation is the governing body of football in Colombia. It was founded in 1924 and has been affiliated to FIFA since 1936. It is a member of CONMEBOL and is in charge of the Colombia national football team.

Records

Year-by-year

Season League Position Playoffs Continental / Other Average
attendance
Top goalscorer(s)
Div League Pld W L D GF GA GD Pts PPG Conf. Overall Name(s) Goals
2016 2 USL 30 6 14 10 32 43 -11 28 0.93 11th 25th DNQ DNQ 2,573 Ghana Derrick Jones
United States Ryan Richter
5
2017 USL 32 12 12 8 46 45 +1 44 1.38 8th 17th Conference QF 3,052 Liberia Seku Conneh 10
2018 USL 34 14 12 8 56 41 +15 50 1.47 6th 14th Conference SF 2,347 Spain Santi Moar
Democratic Republic of the Congo Michee Ngalina
6
2019 USLC 34 8 19 7 49 78 -29 31 0.91 16th 32nd DNQ 478 Cameroon Faris Pemi Moumbagna 11
2020 USLC 16 2 11 3 20 45 -25 9 0.56 16th 32nd DNQ N/A United States Jack McGlynn 5
2021 On Hiatus
2022 3 MLSNP 24 11 9 4 42 39 +3 40 1.67 3rd, Eastern 8th Conference SF DNQ N/A United States Chris Donovan 8

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CONCACAF

CONCACAF

The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football, abbreviated as CONCACAF, is one of FIFA's six continental governing bodies for association football. Its 41 member associations represent countries and territories mainly in North America, including the Caribbean and Central America, and, due to geopolitical reasons, three nations from the Guianas subregion of South America—Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana. The CONCACAF's primary functions are to organize competitions for national teams and clubs, and to conduct the World Cup and Women's World Cup qualifying tournaments.

2016 Bethlehem Steel FC season

2016 Bethlehem Steel FC season

The 2016 season is Bethlehem Steel FC's inaugural season of competitive soccer – its first season in the third division of American soccer and its first season in United Soccer League. Steel FC compete in the league's Eastern Conference.

2016 USL season

2016 USL season

The 2016 USL season was the sixth season of the United Soccer League and the twenty-second season of USSF sanctioned Division III play organized by the United Soccer Leagues.

Ghana

Ghana

Ghana, officially the Republic of Ghana, is a country in West Africa. It abuts the Gulf of Guinea and the Atlantic Ocean to the south, sharing borders with Ivory Coast in the west, Burkina Faso in the north, and Togo in the east. Ghana covers an area of 238,535 km2 (92,099 sq mi), spanning diverse biomes that range from coastal savannas to tropical rainforests. With nearly 31 million inhabitants, Ghana is the second-most populous country in West Africa, after Nigeria. The capital and largest city is Accra; other major cities are Kumasi, Tamale, and Sekondi-Takoradi.

Derrick Jones (soccer)

Derrick Jones (soccer)

Derrick Jones Amaniampong is a professional soccer player who plays as a midfielder for Major League Soccer club Charlotte FC. Born in Ghana, he represented the United States national under-23 team.

2017 Bethlehem Steel FC season

2017 Bethlehem Steel FC season

The 2017 season is Bethlehem Steel FC's second season of competitive soccer in the United Soccer League and first season competing in the second division of American soccer. Steel FC compete in the league's Eastern Conference.

2017 USL season

2017 USL season

The 2017 USL season was the seventh season of the United Soccer League. The league was granted provisional Division II status by the USSF. It is organized by the United Soccer League.

2017 USL Playoffs

2017 USL Playoffs

The 2017 USL Cup Playoffs is a postseason tournament following the 2017 United Soccer League regular season, the third since the league rebranded for the 2015 season, and first as a USSF Division II league. Including USL Pro history, it is the sixth postseason tournament. The tournament will begin on the weekend of October 20 and end on the weekend of November 10.

Liberia

Liberia

Liberia, officially the Republic of Liberia, is a country on the West African coast. It is bordered by Sierra Leone to its northwest, Guinea to its north, Ivory Coast to its east, and the Atlantic Ocean to its south and southwest. It has a population of around 5 million and covers an area of 43,000 square miles (111,369 km2). English is the official language, but over 20 indigenous languages are spoken, reflecting the country's ethnic and cultural diversity. The country's capital and largest city is Monrovia.

2018 Bethlehem Steel FC season

2018 Bethlehem Steel FC season

The 2018 season is Bethlehem Steel FC's third season of competitive soccer in the United Soccer League and second season competing in the second division of American soccer. Steel FC compete in the league's Eastern Conference.

2018 USL season

2018 USL season

The 2018 USL season was the eighth season of the United Soccer League and second under Division II sanctioning. The previous season, the USL had provisional Div. II sanctioning from the United States Soccer Federation along with the North American Soccer League, but was given full sanctioning for the 2018 season with a two-year deadline to meet the full requirements set by U.S. Soccer.

2018 USL Playoffs

2018 USL Playoffs

The 2018 USL Cup Playoffs was the postseason tournament following the 2018 United Soccer League regular season, the fourth since the league rebranded for the 2015 season, and second as a USSF Division II league. Including USL Pro history, it is the seventh postseason tournament. The tournament will begin on the weekend of October 20 and end on November 8.

Source: "Philadelphia Union II", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2023, January 25th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philadelphia_Union_II.

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