Professional soccer will be back in Bethlehem and the Philadelphia Union made things official on Wednesday afternoon at Lehigh University's Goodman Stadium.
The union held a press conference announcing they will continue their player development structure by launching their own team in the lower division United Soccer League.
Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz was joined by Lehigh University president John Simon and USL CEO Alec Papadakis for the announcement.
The team is expected to play in Goodman Stadium and implements an important element in the club's player development.
The saga of expanding the PIAA football classifications from four to six classes will continue into the fall.
The PIAA's two committees responsible for the matter the strategic planning committee and the football steering committee met in late July to discuss the eight proposals on the table for football classification expansion.
Ultimately, no decisions were made on the fate of moving to six classes, as the boards agreed to table the discussion for this fall when the strategic planning committee meets in September, followed by a PIAA board meeting in October.
Mike Coccia had off on Monday from the grind of NFL training camp and came home to spend the day with his family in the Lehigh Valley.
It's been a surreal summer for the Freedom graduate, as he competes for a roster spot with the Philadelphia Eagles, battling amongst offensive lineman for a coveted role on the team.
So, a day after Coccia and the Eagles took part in an open practice to over 43,000 fans at Lincoln Financial Field, he was back at his stomping grounds.
The Lehigh Valley lost a wrestling legend with the recent passing of former Bethlehem Catholic coach Tony Iasiello.
The heavyweights of the sport all came to pay respects to a man that has given so much, not only to Bethlehem Catholic, but to the sport of wrestling and the Lehigh Valley.
Iasiello coached at Becahi for 38 years and won 408 matches, as well as crowning nine PIAA state champions, but the true testament of Iasiello's work lays in how he helped promote the sport not only locally, but across the state and around the country.
Former Philadelphia Eagles kicker David Akers made a career out of kicking footballs in the NFL, but Akers certainly showed that he has a knack at scoring in public speaking too.
Akers spoke for nearly 45 minutes to a large group of Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce members last Friday afternoon at the Holiday Inn Conference center in Breinigsville about more than just football.
More than 8,500 people showed up at Bethlehem's SteelStacks on Sunday to soak up the USA Women's soccer team's epic World Cup title by defeating Japan 5-2.
It was the monthlong culmination to the tournament on Bethlehem's South Side, which started with thunderstorms and indoor attendance for the USA's group stage opener against Australia, but finished with blue skies and plenty of fanfare for Sunday's final.
The Lehigh Valley lost a wrestling legend last week with the passing of former Bethlehem Catholic coach Tony Iasiello.
Iasiello, 72, was buried on Monday and the heavyweights of the sport all came to pay respects to a man that has given so much, not only to Bethlehem Catholic, but to the sport of wrestling and the Lehigh Valley.
Darrun Hilliard got a phone call from his agent and left his Bethlehem living room right before the Detroit Pistons selected him with the 38th pick in the second round of last Thursday's NBA Draft.
The Liberty graduate knew his name was going to be broadcast across the country, but wanted to watch the reaction of his family through the window of his home.
Shortly before midnight, you can say that the Hilliard household made a lot of noise and Hilliard took it all in from a distance. It was a surreal night for one of Bethlehem's sons, and one that he will always remember.
Jake Kober knew his friends were going to enjoy themselves at the beach for Senior Week this month, but Kober would rather do nothing but enjoy playing football.
The former Catasauqua wide receiver gave up sun and sand for two weeks of football practice, culminating in last week's 45th annual Lehigh Valley McDonald's All-Star Classic.
If there was one overwhelming sentiment that came from last week's meeting at Whitehall High School in regards to the PIAA moving to six classes in football, it's that the idea to increase classes has a long way to go.
District 11 chairman Bob Hartman and District 11 football chairman Jason Zimmerman spoke for nearly an hour to local football coaches, principals and media members about the road ahead in the eyes of the PIAA and having class reform for the 584 schools in Pennsylvania that participate in varsity football.