Talen Energy Stadium will play host to the 2017 College Cup, the NCAA Men's Soccer championship. Monday afternoon, the 48-team bracket was revealed, setting the stage for the tournament. The first round begins Thursday, and the field will gradually get smaller until the final four are left. Those four will travel to Philadelphia and compete for the NCAA College Cup trophy. To learn more about the College Cup bracket, click here.
Year in Review
Monday's look back at the 2017 season featured Richie Marquez and Fafa Picault. Marquez was a part of a crowded centerback group, which resulted in him not playing as many games as he did the year before. However, he did showcase his skills, particularly late in the season, and will once again be competing for a starting job in 2018. As for Picault, he had a very successful first season with the team, one where he was the Union's second-leading scorer on the team and had the most goals by a newcomer on the Union. To read more about Richie Marquez, click here, and to read more about Fafa Picault, click here.
Steel's Success Tied to Burke
Bethlehem Steel FC had a very successful campaign in 2017, as the team made the USL playoffs for the first time in their history and in just the second year of the franchise's existence. Much of that success was tied to the coaching prowess of Brendan Burke, who has been at the helm of Steel FC for the past two seasons. Burke managed more than 40 different players throughout the season, and had a new starting XI nearly every match. But Steel FC still managed to rack up 12 wins and make the playoffs. To read more about Burke's influence on Bethlehem, click here.