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Former St Pats' midfielder enjoys eye-catching end to his debut season in North America

James Chambers has excelled in his first campaign in the United Soccer League.

FORMER ST. PATRICK’S ATHLETIC midfielder James Chambers swapped Inchicore for Pennsylvania in January and joined the brand-new Bethlehem Steel of the United Soccer League- the third tier of North America’s football ladder.

And despite the club having failed to make the post-season, the 29-year-old has excelled in his debut campaign.

He’s made 26 regular-season appearances, scored three times and racked up four assists.

The latest goal came last weekend in a 1-1 draw with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. It was a pretty deft effort too – an instinctive diving, chested finish to the far corner.

That made it three goals in his last five games – the other two being long-range free-kicks – with Chambers really finishing the season strongly.

With over 2000 minutes under his belt, he can look ahead positively to next term as the franchise will look to develop further.

Speaking to The42 in April, Chambers was reluctant to look too far down the line but will certainly draw encouragement from how well things have gone for him since moving to the east coast.

“I can’t say what I’m going to do long-term because you don’t know what’s around the corner in life, never mind in football”, he said.

“Depending on what opportunities arise down the line, then I’d be prepared to sit down and see what happens.”

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