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Players with local ties to watch in USL this season

Bethlehem Steel FC isn't the only club with ties to the greater Philadelphia region.

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Union's new USL team won't be the only team in the third division league featuring players with ties to the greater Philadelphia region. Here's a list of players to keep an eye on - all the league's games are streamed on YouTube - this season.

Manolo Sanchez, Forward, San Antonio FC
The Philadelphia native joined one of the other expansion clubs in the league in San Antonio FC in the offseason after a year he made 25 total appearances with New York Red Bulls, three of those with the first team in his first year as a pro. A Reading United player for two seasons, Sanchez played two seasons at Louisville and spent his last two seasons at Clemson before becoming the 79th overall pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft by the New York Red Bulls.

Greg Cochrane, Defender, San Antonio FC
The journeyman defender will add to San Antonio's Philadelphia feel this year as he suits up for fourth club since being drafted in the second round in 2013 by the LA Galaxy. The Council Rock High School grad has also played for Chicago Fire, Saint Louis FC on loan and spent a season playing for Reading United in 2012.

Tyler Miller, Goalkeeper, Seattle Sounders FC 2
The Woodbury, N.J. native recently logged his first start for the first team, but he's also listed on the USL roster so look for him to get playing time when he's not in the 18 for the first team. Miller went to high school at Bishop Eustace and also played in South Jersey for Premier Development League club Ocean City Nor'easters for a summer while at Northwestern University.

Evans Frimpong, Midfielder, Oklahoma City Energy FC
The Ghanan played at the University of Delaware for two seasons from 2010-2011, tallying 12 goals and five assists and became the first Blue Hen to be selected in the MLS SuperDraft in 2012 by the Chicago Fire. Frimpong also played for Reading United AC for three seasons and has played professionally for Tampa Bay Rowdies and Fort Lauderdale Strikers. This is his first season with the second-year club Energy FC.

Joseph Farrell, Defender, Rochester Rhinos
The son of La Salle head coach Pat Farrell, Joe was a four-year starter with the Explorers, spent some time in the Philadelphia Union Academy in its "club and country" days and grew up in nearby Blue Bell. He recently signed his first professional contract with the defending champs.

Dante Marini, Midfielder, Charleston Battery
The Chadds Ford native is entering his third season with Charleston Battery. The Salesianum School (Delaware) grad spent four years at Northeastern University, playing two seasons over the summer with Reading United in 2012 and 2013.

Jimmy McLaughlin, Midfielder, FC Cincinnati
The Malvern native needs little introduction to Union or USL fans. The second homegrown player signed to the Union, McLaughlin made five appearances for the first team over four seasons, spending the bulk of his time with the Harrisburg City Islanders. He joins former Union players Austin Berry, Corben Bone and Antoine Hoppenot on the expansion side coached by former USMNT star John Harkes.

Shane Campbell, Defender/Midfielder, Harrisburg City Islanders
The York native recently signed his first professional contract with the City Islanders after finishing his college career at Louisville. The defender and midfielder spent time with the Philadelphia Union Academy and made two appearances with the Union Reserves while also captaining FC Delco.

Chris Hill, Defender/Midfielder, Harrisburg City Islanders
Hill was announced just this week as a new signing after his finishing his final college season at Villanova. The North Jersey native spent three seasons at Villanova after the Richmond University program was disbanded and was a reliable and versatile player for Tom Carlin's team.

Antoine Hoppenot, Forward, FC Cincinnati
A regular in the USL the past two seasons after defenses in MLS figured him out, the former Union man who went to high school and college in Princeton won't have to wait long for his homecoming - Cincinnati is the opponent for Bethlehem Steel's first home game on April 3.

Corey Hertzog, Forward, Pittsburgh Riverhounds
The well-traveled forward from Reading will play for a team in his home state for the first time since he was a Penn State and Reading United player in college. He's made stops with the New York Red Bulls, Wilmington Hammerheads, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, FC Edmonton, Orlando City and Tampa Bay Rowdies in five seasons as a pro.

Jason Yeisley, Forward, Richmond Kickers
The Lehigh Valley native is entering his fifth season with the Richmond Kickers and seventh season as a pro after a four-year career at Penn State that included summers in Reading when the team was called the Rage.

Austin Martz, Forward, Wilmington Hammerheads
The 2015 Georgetown grad is returning to the states after a year playing professionally for Pembroke Atleta FC in Malta. The Mechanicsburg native played for PA Classics prior to college.

Kadeem Dacres, Midfielder, Louisville City FC
The Rosedale, New York native's tied to the region through the one season he spent at Mercer County Community College in West Windsor, New Jersey and the summer he spent at Reading United AC in 2013. After debuting with Arizona United in 2014, Dacres was a regular in the lineup for Louisville City FC in their first year in the league last year, making 24 appearances and scoring six goals.

Garret Pettis, Forward, Harrisburg City Islanders
The Elizabethtown native is entering his fourth season with his hometown club. The Lower Dauphin grad came up through the City Islanders Youth Academy and set the all-time goal record at Lipscomb University in Nashville with 34 goals in college.

Danny DiPrima, Forward, Harrisburg City Islanders
The Dillsburg native is entering his third season with his hometown club. The Northern High School grad came up with the City Islanders Youth Academy and played college soccer at St. John's and NC State.

Bobby Warshaw, Midfielder, Harrisburg City Islanders
The Mechanicsburg native who spent time at FC Dallas and in Europe was a big offseason signing for the club as they look to forge a new identity apart from their affiliation with the Union and try to reach into other markets in Central PA. The former U.S. U17 player was a two-time Gatorade Player of the Year for the state and a first-round pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft.

Brett Jankouskas, Forward, Harrisburg City Islanders
Brett returns to the City Islanders for his second season after a five-goal campaign last year. The Palmyra Area High School grad won a Pennsylvania state title with the Cougars and played college soccer at Syracuse and Division 2 Lander University.

Aaron Wheeler, Forward, Harrisburg City Islanders
Wheeler is in his second stint with Harrisburg, this time not as a loanee from the Union. The target forward who had a brief ill-fated stint as a center back spent two seasons with the Union from 2013-14 and played for the Wilmington Hammerheads last season.

Michael Farfan, Midfielder, Seattle Sounders FC 2
The former Union midfielder is on the first team roster, but he's also listed on the second team roster so like Tyler Miller he could be suiting up as an on-loan player in the USL this season.

Chandler Hoffman, Forward, Louisville City
After being loaned from MLS clubs to the league three of the last four seasons, the former Union draft pick is on the second-year team in Louisville as he tries to rediscover the spark that made him the 13th overall pick out of UCLA in 2012.

Raymond Lee, Defender, Tulsa Roughnecks FC
The 2015 draft pick of the Union didn't have to wait long to find a new team after being let go by Bethlehem Steel FC.

Stephen Okai, Midfielder, Pittsburgh Riverhounds
A 2013 draft pick of the Union, Okai never made it past being a trialist with the Union but has found a home in Pittsburgh. The Ghanan spent two summers at Reading United while in college and has also played in the USL with Charlotte Eagles and Orange County Blues.

Aodhan Quinn, Midfielder, Louisville City FC
The third round pick for the Union in the 2014 SuperDraft never made the team, but he made a name for himself in his first season for Louisville.

Eric Bird, Midfielder, Rio Grande Valley FC Toros
The 2015 draft pick made the team but never saw the field for the Union last season beyond three loan appearances with Harrisburg. The former Virginia star is one of two former Union players on the USL expansion team whose name just never seems to end.

Dzenan Catic, Forward, Rio Grande Valley FC Toros
That other former Union player is another 2015 draft pick who spent most of last season on loan at Harrisburg and Carolina RailHawks in the NASL. After scoring a ridiculous amount of goals at NAIA Davenport, Catic has yet to score in a professional game in the U.S.

Mitchell Lurie, Defender, Saint Louis FC
The 2016 draft pick was the only Union draft pick to not make the team this year, but the Atlanta native who played at Portland, Louisville and Rutgers in college quickly found a home in St. Louis.