When the Philadelphia Union MLS soccer team take the pitch on March 2 against Sporting Kansas City they will be wearing a piece of Lehigh Valley history.

The team pays homage to the Bethlehem Steel Football Club, which won the U.S. Open Cup in 1915, 1916, 1918, 1919, 1926. The club was one of the most successful early American clubs and one that took the notice of those charged we redesigning the Union's new digs.

Through an immense amount of research, planning and attention to detail, (Mike) Walker (project manager for Adidas) and his design team came up with creating a kit behind the success of the Bethlehem Steel, a city like Philadelphia exemplified that hard working spirit – and as a result celebrated an immense amount of success in its 20-year heyday.

The redesign team noted that the hard worker Bethlehem club defined what they were looking for and wanted to emulated as they moved forward.

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Just about every piece of the kit offers homage to the Bethlehem Steel. There is a jock tag on the lower left corner of the kit in which a felt “B” is emblazoned along with the years of the Steel’s existence: 1911-1930, also found on the back of the jersey by the collar.

Lehigh Valley is proud not only of its Bethlehem Steel heritage and those hard working men and women who made the area known for its resiliency and dedication, but also for the Bethlehem Steel F.C. and its national prowess. And we aren't the only ones.

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Through an immense amount of research, planning and attention to detail, Walker and his design team came up with creating a kit behind the success of the Bethlehem Steel, a city like Philadelphia exemplified that hard working spirit – and as a result celebrated an immense amount of success in its 20-year heyday. SOURCE: The Philadelphia Union

The decision to include Bethlehem Steel into the Philadelphia Union's jerseys is sure to be a fan favorite with Philadelphia and Lehigh Valley area fans. Jerseys are on sale!

And, they look pretty awesome to boot!

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