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December 21, 2014
WHEN 0-0 EQUALS A LOSS
Tie gives tournament title to Brazil over USA

BRASILIA, Brazil – Playing in steady rain on a saturated pitch, the U.S. Women’s National Team tied Brazil 0-0 in the championship match of the 2014 International Tournament of Brasilia,


December 21, 2014
MLS INFORMER
KC's Dwyer has U.S. hopes

Sporting KC's English forward Dom Dwyer's contract extension with the club apparently has him thinking about club AND country. With a U.S. green card in hand for nearly three years, he's a little more than two years shy of getting American citizenship that would make him eligible for the U.S. national team.


December 21, 2014
THE NEW BOSS
Sources: Ali Curtis to succeed Andy Roxburgh as Red Bulls sporting director

BigAppleSoccer.com has learned that the Red Bulls are set to announce Ali Curtis as their next sporting director, replacing the recently departed Andy Roxburgh.


December 21, 2014
THE YEAR'S BEST -- NO. 9
Christie Rampone scores 1st pro goal, becomes 2nd player to perform in 300 international matches

Christie Rampone's year was defined by two numbers -- a first and a 300th. As in her first professional goal and her 300th international appearance.


December 20, 2014
LET'S MAKE A DEAL
Report: why Shea is with Orlando City and why Wingert, Grabavoy are with NYC FC

You want to know why midfielder Brek Shea is a member of Orlando City FC and instead of New York City FC and why Chris Wingert and Ned Grabavoy are members of the city team and in Florida?


December 20, 2014
NEW SEARCH
Report: NYC FC looking for stadium in Queens, Brooklyn

Scratch the Bronx off the list of a stadium venue for New York City FC. The 2015 Major League Soccer expansion team is looking at two other boroughs to build its soccer-specific stadium -- Queens and Brooklyn, according to the New York Daily News.


December 20, 2014
MOVING ON UP
Bischof promoted to Hofstra women's associate head coach

Tobias Bischof has been promoted to associate head coach of the Hofstra women's soccer program, it was announced by head coach Simon Riddiough.


December 20, 2014
NEW TITLE
De Grandpre's named Red Bull GM to reflect his wide-ranging responsibilities

It is the same job, just a slightly different – and perhaps more fitting - job title for Marc de Grandpre, the general manager of the Red Bulls.


December 20, 2014
THEY'RE NO. 2
USA women fall to second in FIFA rankings

Well, the U.S. women's national team will have something else to shoot for besides winning the Women's World Cup in 2015 -- recapture the No. 1 spot in the FIFA rankings.


December 20, 2014
THE YEAR'S BEST -- NO. 10
Four colleges make it to the big dance

Four area colleges -- three men and one women -- reached the NCAA Division I soccer tournament in a mixed bag of success.


December 19, 2014
ONE STAYS, THE OTHER GOES
Cosmos re-sign Mulligan; Diaz leaves

The Cosmos brought back one player and said goodbye to another. They announced that they signed defender Jimmy Mulligan to a contract extension, but could not reach agreement with Diomar Diaz.


December 19, 2014
A LOAN PLAYER NO LONGER
Cosmos acquire Flores from El Salvadoran club

Christmas came six days early for El Salvadoran national team captain Andres Flores. He got his wish -- he was acquired by the Cosmos from El Salvadoran club from Turín-FESA Fútbol Clube.


December 19, 2014
20th OPENER
Red Bulls open at KC March 8, host United March 22

The Red Bulls will begin their quest for the MLS Cup title by visiting Sporting Kansas City, the same time they had eliminated in the MLS playoffs wildcard game in October, on Sunday, March 8 at 7 p.m.


December 19, 2014
FOR OPENERS
NYC FC makes MLS debut vs. Orlando in nationally televised game March 8; home opener on March 15

The team hasn't won a game yet, but New York City FC is going to Disney World. Well, to the land of Disney World. In a battle of expansion teams, NYC FC will make its Major League Soccer debut against Orlando City FC at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla. in a nationally televised game on Sunday, March 8.


December 19, 2014
JOINING THE ARMADA
Ex-Cosmos Johnson signs with Jacksonville

Former Cosmos midfielder-forward Jemal Johnson has signed with the Jacksonville Armada for the 2015 North American Soccer League season.


December 19, 2014
RSL FLAVORING
Report: RSL trades Velasquez to NYC FC

New York City FC has taken on more of a Real Salt Lake flavor. The Salt Lake Tribune reported Thursday that it had traded Sebastian Velasquez to the 2015 expansion team for allocation money.


December 18, 2014
SAM MEWIS GETS THE HONDA
UCLA star earns national accolade

LOS ANGELES - Senior midfielder Sam Mewis of UCLA has received the Honda Sports Award for Soccer.


December 18, 2014
PUTTING ON A PRESS
Christen Press scores 4 goals, Lloyd adds 3 as USA women rout Argentina, 7-0

The U.S. Women's National Team needed to win big to put itself in position to potentially advance to the final of the 2014 International Tournament of Brasilia, and its offense came through.


December 18, 2014
LIMITED WINDOWS OF OPPORTUNITY
Yankees schedule gives NYC FC 11 slots to fit in games

Trying to realize a viable home schedule for New York City is like trying to negotiate some room between a rock and a hard place.


December 18, 2014
LOOKING AT ALL THEIR OPTIONS
NYC FC taking to several USL PRO teams

You might say New York City FC is dating various USL PRO teams, looking for the right marriage partner as the expansion team pursues the right development club.


December 18, 2014
ROAD WARRIORS?
NYC FC could play Open Cup games on the road

Don't be surprised if New York City FC turns down hosting Lamar Hunt/U.S. Open Cup matches at other local stadiums if the competition's schedule falls during Yankee home games.


December 18, 2014
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Pernetti: NYC FC's 1st 2 games on national TV

Talk about hitting the ground running. New York City FC's first two games in Major League Soccer will be nationally televised, according to Chief Business Officer Tim Pernetti.


December 18, 2014
FAME FINDS HIM
Steigerwald inducted into ENY Soccer Hall

John Steigerwald was inducted into the Eastern New York Soccer Hall of Fame at the 2014 holiday party at Marina del Rey in the Bronx Dec. 7.


December 18, 2014
GROUND-BREAKING AGREEMENT
NYC FC on TV (YES Network) and English-speaking radio, a 1st for MLS in NY

New York City Football Club, New York City’s new Major League Soccer franchise, today announced a multi-year agreement with the YES Network, making YES the Club’s exclusive local television home. The agreement complements an existing partnership with WFAN, which will serve as the Club’s flagship station and radio rights holder. New York City FC is set to begin its inaugural season in March 2015 at Yankee Stadium.


December 18, 2014
OH, YES!
YES Network to televise NYC FC games; WFAN radio partner

For the first time since Major League Soccer came to the New York area, a local team will not only have games available on television but in English on the radio as well.


December 18, 2014
HANGING UP HIS GLOVES
Repost: veteran Cuban goalkeeper Molina will call it a career after the Gold Cup

Regardless what transpires in Cuba’s encounter with Belize in the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Tuesday, it should be an emotional day for Odelin Molina, especially after the final whistle.


December 18, 2014
ANOTHER KIND OF REVOLUTION
Slowly, but surely, soccer is beginning to take hold in Cuba

The only shots fired in this 21st century revolution will be at the goal. The country that still revels in its great revolution of some 54 years ago, finds itself undergoing yet another one on the sporting landscape, although it is a more of the silent variety and might take longer to come to fruition.


December 17, 2014
ON A MISSION
Charlotte Eagles play for God and a title

It takes a special soccer player to play for the Charlotte Eagles. Sure, talent is a pre-requisite, but being a good person with faith is even a higher priority, such as a belief in God.


December 17, 2014
BEFORE EMBRACING IT . . .
. . . Steffens rebelled against religion

For someone whose life revolves around faith and religion, you would think that the last person to rebel against religion would have been Charlotte Eagles coach Mark Steffens.


December 17, 2014
NEW CHALLENGE
Syosset's Steffens named Riverhounds coach

The Pittsburgh Riverhounds also on Wednesday announced the hiring of Syosset, N.Y. naive Mark Steffens as head coach.


December 17, 2014
MY TWO CENTS
One fan's letter to Santa

Long-time soccer fan Will Smith of Brooklyn asks Santa for some presents for the three area pro soccer teams.


December 17, 2014
TV DEAL LOOMING?
NYC FC, YES to make announcement Thursday

New York City FC and the YES Network have called a press conference on Thursday to make announcement concerning the Major League Soccer team's television and perhaps radio coverage for its 2015 expansion season.


December 17, 2014
SPRING AHEAD
Cosmos, Raul to host Rowdies in home opener

Raul will make his home debut for the Cosmos when they host the Tampa Bay Rowdies at James M. Shuart Stadium on Saturday, April 18.


December 17, 2014
NO MORE COMEBACKS
Report: Henry on why he decided not to play with Arsenal

Former Red Bulls captain Thierry Henry, who announced his retirement from soccer on Tuesday, explained to The Daily Telegraph in England why he decided not to return to his former English club Arsenal.


December 16, 2014
THE RUMOR THAT WON'T DIE
Kansas City CEO Heinemann tweets that Red Bulls have a discovery claim on Gerrard (not true)

It is the rumor that just won't die.


December 16, 2014
IT'S KAAN'S GAME
Mattituck senior forward Kaan Ilgin is showered with awards as the best area player

There is very little doubt as to who is the best high school boys soccer player in the metropolitan area. Kaan Ilgin is the runaway winner.


December 16, 2014
FABULOUS FIFTEEN
15 Red Bulls Academy players earn NCAA D-I all-conference honors

Fifteen members of the Red Bulls Academy have been recognized with NCAA Division I all-conference awards for the 2014 season, including 14 players that carry a homegrown tag with the organization.


December 16, 2014
TOUR DE AMERICA
USMNT to play in Frisco, Foxborough, Kansas City in group stage of Gold Cup next summer

CONCACAF announced Tuesday the 13 North American cities that will host games of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Toronto will host games.


December 16, 2014
IN THE RUNNING
MetLife Stadium to host Gold Cup knockout round, perhaps the final

Not only is MetLife Stadium hosting a knockout round date in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, but it is in the running to hold the final July 26, the confederation announced Tuesday.


December 16, 2014
TURNED DOWN
Red Bulls reject Orlando offer for Dax: multiple draft picks, 'hefty allocation amount'

Red Bulls midfielder Dax McCarty was a target of Orlando City and a league source tells BigAppleSoccer.com that the expansion club was set to pay a premium for the player.


December 16, 2014
THE OTHER SHOE DROPS
Henry retires from soccer; no Arsenal comeback

Leave it to Thierry Henry to make two retirement announcements from the beautiful game. On Dec. 1, the former French World Cup winner said he would not return to the Red Bulls. Fifteen days later on Tuesday, he announced he was quitting the game for good.



A HALL OF A SELECTION
LaRosa inducted into ENY Hall of Fame

Steve LaRosa has been inducted into the Eastern New York Soccer Hall of Fame.


December 16, 2014
A FOND FAREWELL
Hilda Wolfe, long-time ENYYSA office manager, to retire next month

At their holiday party on Dec. 7, the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association and Eastern New York State Adult Soccer Association bid a very fond farewell to Hilda Wolfe upon her retirement at the beginning of 2015.


December 15, 2014
CALLING IT AN INTERNATIONAL CAREER
Beasley (4 World Cups) stand down for USA

Defender DaMarcus Beasley, who has played in more World Cups -- four -- than any other U.S. national team player, has announced his retirement from international soccer, it was announced Monday.


December 15, 2014
LOOKING GOOD
Red Bulls technical director Campos attends USL PRO meetings as team prepares reserve team for league

Need further proof that the Red Bulls will have a reserve team this upcoming season? This is as solid as it can get. Technical director Ricardo Campos was spotted at the USL PRO meetings last week in Clearwater Beach, Fla.


December 15, 2014
IT IS NOW OFFICIAL
Roxburgh will not return to Red Bulls in '15

In what was probably the worst-kept secret in the league, the Red Bulls officially announced Monday that sporting director Andy Roxburgh will not return to the club in 2015.


December 15, 2014
A REGIONAL HAT-TRICK
St. John's Parker earns NSCAA honors again

Defender Tim Parker has earned third team National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Great Lakes Region honors to cap a standout career with a third straight selection to an NSCAA All-Region team.


December 15, 2014
FINDING SOME FAME
NYMWSL's Arana voted into ENY Hall

The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association and Eastern New York State Adult Soccer Association have announced that New York Metropolitan Women’s Soccer League president Milagros Arana has been inducted into the Eastern New York Soccer Hall of Fame.


December 15, 2014
REGIONAL HONORS
3 St. Francis Brooklyn players feted by NSCAA

Three members of the Northeast Conference champion St. Francis Brooklyn men's team were named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's All-Northeast Region team.


December 15, 2014
MY TWO CENTS
Give your opinion on the story, stories of the year

So, what do you think was the soccer story of the year in the metro area?


December 15, 2014
ASSISTANT REFEREE COURSE
In Dix Hills, N.Y. Jan. 24-25

The Long Island Referees Association is sponsoring an assistant referee course for candidates interested in officiating this Long Island Junior Soccer League Spring season.


December 15, 2014
YEAR IN REVIEW
Area top 10 countdown begins Dec. 20

So, what stories were the biggest in the metropolitan New York area?


December 14, 2014
LIGA MX APERTURA
America take the title

Club America capped their wire-to-wire domination of the Liga Mx Apertura with a championship-clinching 3-0 win over Tigres Sunday at Estadio Azteca.


December 14, 2014
MARTA 3, USA 2
Brazilian star leads the way in comeback win

Despite taking an early two-goal lead, the U.S. Women’s National Team lost 3-2 to Marta and Brazil in the USA’s second match of the 2014 International Tournament of Brasilia.


December 14, 2014
NOTHING DOING
Source: Gerrard not on Red Bulls' radar

Despite rumors that the Red Bulls have interest in former English international Steven Gerrard, the Liverpool captain does not appear headed to Major League Soccer. At the very least not at the present time.


December 14, 2014
GETTING THEIR (PENALTY) KICKS
Virginia prevails over UCLA in shootout to win NCAA men's title

It came down to penalties at Wakemed Soccer Park. And after 110 minutes of play, Virginia (14-6-3) scored four times on five opportunities, while two UCLA players slammed attempts off the crossbar, and the 4-2 margin gave the Cavaliers the school's seventh NCAA men's soccer championship.


December 13, 2014
THE CITY GAME
Manchester City manager Pellegrini wants Lampard to stay longer on loan from NYC FC

Usually the battle for a player will pit club vs. country. This time its club vs. club in two countries -- and both teams are under the same umbrella and are operated by the same owner.


December 13, 2014
CONTINGENCY PLANS
O'Brien: If Belmont stadium is not approved, Cosmos will look elsewhere in LI, NYC, NJ

The Cosmos, who are optimistic New York State will approve their proposal to build a stadium at Belmont Park. But if it isn't they are making contingency plans to look elsewhere on Long Island, New York City and New Jersey. Yes, New Jersey.


December 13, 2014
REGIONAL HONORS
3 Monmouth men feted by NSCAA

Monmouth University seniors Matt Jeffery, Dom Sarle and Emmanuel Senyah Agyemang were named to the NCAA Division I Men’s All-Northeast Region, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America has announced.


December 12, 2014
ACCRUING PICKS
Sky Blue deals Nick to Dash, gets 2 draft choices

Sky Blue FC announced Friday that it has acquired second round (No. 10 overall) and fourth round (No. 28 overall) picks in the National Women's Soccer League college draft from the Houston Dash.


December 12, 2014
IT'S DOWN TO VIRGINIA VS. UCLA
Old guard win semis of College Cup

CARY, N.C. -The College Cup semifinals matched two of the old guard, UCLA and Virginia, against two upstarts, Providence and UCLA.


December 12, 2014
REINFORCEMENTS
Cosmos expect to sign Chilean Jaime Valdez

Reinforcements appear to be on the way for the New York Cosmos, as BigAppleSoccer.com has learned that the North American Soccer League side could be closing in on a deal with Chilean Jaime Valdez.


December 12, 2014
STILL IN THE RUNNING
Hermann Trophy finalists announced

Three male and three female NCAA Division I athletes have been selected as finalists for the Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy.


December 11, 2014
RE-ENTRY DRAFT SET
62 players with MLS experience available

NEW YORK – A total of 62 players are on Major League Soccer's Re-entry Draft eligible player list.


December 11, 2014
TWO FOR THE COMBINE
St. John's Parker, Iona's Maganto get MLS invites

St. John’s defender Tim Parker and Iona College forward Ignacio Maganto have been invited by Major League Soccer to the 2015 Major League Soccer player combine.


December 11, 2014
READY FOR RE-ENTRY
Red Bulls' Kimura, Convey can be drafted

Two players who performed with the Red Bulls in 2014 -- right back Kosuke Kimura and defender-midfielder Bobby Convey -- are eligible for the MLS re-entry draft.


December 11, 2014
STATE CHAMPIONS
CSL Report: Greek-Americans (Amateur Cup), Pancyprian Freedoms (Open Cup) win respective titles

Chris Megaloudis’ late leveler in the 83rd minute set up a dramatic 3-1 penalty-kick shootout win for defending USASA national champions New York Greek Americans over United FC in the Eastern New York State Amateur Soccer Association final pf the Amateur National Cup on Randalls Island last week.


December 11, 2014
FROM THE WINGS
Donovan deserved last title, and more respect

When Landon Donovan walked off the field Sunday afternoon with another big trophy in his hands, there were some of us – well at least one of us – who felt, “Good for him.”


December 11, 2014
HE'S AN OWNER NOW
Strikers add Ronaldo to investor group

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.--- Former Brazilian star Ronaldo has become a part owner of the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.


December 11, 2014
HE'S A KEEPER
NYC FC signs GK Akira Fitzgerald

For the second time on Thursday, New York City FC added another goalkeeper. New York City FC Thursday afternoon announced the signing of former Carolina RailHawks goalkeeper Akira Fitzgerald Earlier in the day, the Red Bulls loaned Ryan Meara to NYC FC.


December 11, 2014
NEW HOMEGROWN PLAYER
Red Bulls sign Holmdel, N.J. product Sean Davis

The Red Bulls announced Thursday that they signed Holmdel, N.J. product Sean Davis as a homegrown player.


December 11, 2014
SIX-GAME SUSPENSION
Ex-Red Bull Espindola to miss start of MLS season

In the spirit of the holiday season, Major League Soccer gave D.C. United striker Fabian Espindola a present Thursday afternoon, albeit an unwanted one.


December 11, 2014
FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING
In teams' 1st deal ever, Red Bulls send Meara on loan to NYC FC, which deals Zizzo to rivals

In the best tradition of the Yankees and Mets, Major League Soccer's Hudson River rivals officially completed their first deal together, although one of the teams hasn't even kicked a soccer ball in actual competition yet.


December 10, 2014
A SPORTING CHANCE?
Source: Red Bulls target Soehn to be new sporting director

BigAppleSoccer.com has learned that current New England Revolution assistant and former Vancouver Whitecaps sporting director Tom Soehn appears to be the man targeted for the position. A team source told BigAppleSoccer.com that Soehn has been offered a contract by the club in recent weeks and that, barring any setbacks, a deal could be announced soon.


December 10, 2014
MANY HAPPY RETURNS
Source: Red Bulls to receive close to $200K for Olave

In a move that materialized very quickly, the Red Bulls sent Jamison Olave to Real Salt Lake on Wednesday night as they continue the reshaping of the club this offseason. But the deal might well be a masterstroke, at least in terms of what the team got in return.


December 10, 2014
EXPANDING DEAL
Meara headed on loan to NYC FC, which will send Zizzo to Red Bulls

What started off as a loan deal involving allocation money morphed into a deal that not only got the Red Bulls a chance to get playing time for goalkeeper Ryan Meara but netted them depth at right back.


December 10, 2014
MLS INFORMER
Dynamo goes to Europe for new coach

Amid all the attention paid to who was, and, more importantly, who wasn't protected for the MLS expansion draft, a four-hour trade window saw a lot of players go in and out – from the young to the old.


December 10, 2014
THEY'RE FAR FROM FINISHED
NYC FC plans to add even more players from different sources

They're at 19 players, but New York City FC still has some holes to fill -- another goalkeeper or two and some depth. That could come from next month's MLS SuperDraft, trades or loan players from the mother ship in England, Manchester City.


December 10, 2014
A REAL SALTY-TYPE DRAFT
Ex-RSL coach Kreis takes 2 of his former players from the Utah team for NYC FC

How appropriate. New York City FC's expansion draft started with a Real Salt Lake player and ended with one as well. That should not be surprising because head coach Jason Kreis directed the team's fortunes for seven years before he left the team to direct the 2015 expansion side.


December 10, 2014
ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY
Ex-Red Bull Ballouchy joins 6th MLS team -- NYC FC

Mehdi Ballouchy's tour de Major League Soccer will take him back to the metropolitan area. New York City FC became his sixth MLS club in his nine-year career when the team selected the veteran midfielder in the sixth round of Wednesday's MLS expansion draft.


December 10, 2014
CLUB OVER COUNTRY
When Wingert chose college over Olympic qualifier

Facing two distinctly different high profile challenges this weekend, St. John's All-American defender and captain Chris Wingert was forced to make one difficult and rare decision for a college soccer player.


December 10, 2014
FIT TO BE TIED
Lloyd scores lone goal in 1-1 draw with China

The U.S. Women’s National Team tied China PR 1-1 in its first match of the International Tournament of Brasilia.


December 10, 2014
THE CHRIS WINGERT FILE
Some things you should know about NYC FC's new defender

Here are some things you should know about Chris Wingert, a Babylon, N.Y. native who will return to New York after he was selected by New York City FC from Real Salt Lake in the MLS expansion draft Wednesday.


December 10, 2014
YOU CAN GO HOME AGAIN
After an 'emotional rollercoaster' of a day, Wingert excited about returning home, joining NYC FC

Chris Wingert was scheduled to fly into New York to visit his family for the holidays Wednesday night. Little did he realize he was going to have to return to the Big Apple again much sooner than later on the next stop of his pro soccer career.


December 10, 2014
RETURN TO SENDER
Red Bulls deal Olave back to RSL for allocation money

No Red Bull was taken by either New York City FC or Orlando City in the Major League Soccer expansion draft Wednesday, but they still "lost" a player. Several hours after the draft the Red Bulls traded center back Jamison Olave to Real Salt Lake in exchange for allocation money.


December 10, 2014
SHAPING THEIR ROSTERS
New York City FC, Orlando City SC make expansion draft picks

New York City FC and Orlando City SC took big steps towards bolstering their rosters ahead of their 2015 league debuts as each team added ten players in Wednesday’s MLS expansion draft.


December 10, 2014
BETTER LAST THAN NEVER
NYC FC selects Babylon, N.Y.'s Chris Wingert as 10th, final pick in expansion draft

Chris Wingert is coming home. The Real Salt Lake left back and Babylon, N.Y. native was selected as the 10th and final pick by New York City FC in the Major League Soccer expansion draft Wednesday afternoon.


December 10, 2014
HITTING THE WALL OF FAME
Galaxy associate coach Sarachan to be inducted into Lancers Wall of Fame; Short, Durante, Funke others

LA Galaxy associate head coach Dave Sarachan was named one of four men who will be inducted into the Rochester Lancers Wall of Fame.


December 10, 2014
LOOKING TO BULK UP
Cosmos plan to add some depth for 2015

With Raul secured for the 2015 North American Soccer League season, the Cosmos will focus on their most immediate need: depth.


December 10, 2014
GETTING THERE
Stover: Cosmos in advanced in negotiations to secure Flores

Don't be surprised if sometime soon the Cosmos announce they have purchased the contract of El Salvador national team captain and midfielder Andres Flores from his club back home, Metapan.


December 10, 2014
LISTEN TO THE EXPANSION DRAFT
At 2 p.m. ET today on MLSSoccer.com

Major League Soccer will hold the 2014 MLS expansion draft at 2 p.m. ET Wednesday.


December 9, 2014
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
Of Raul's 1st press conference with the Cosmos

Here is a quick recap of Raul's introductory press conference with the Cosmos at the Four Seasons Hotel in New York City Tuesday morning.


December 9, 2014
THEY HAD HIM AT PASSION
Why Raul decided to sign with the Cosmos

No words or a hard sell were needed when Raul had to make his mind up as to whether he was going to join the Cosmos when he visited the team and trained with them in Uniondale, N.Y. in early October.


December 9, 2014
THE EXPANSION CONNECTION
Wingert, who played for NYC FC coach Kreis at RSL, is among unprotected players

A number of players with ties to the metropolitan area have found themselves on the unprotected list for Wednesday's Major League Soccer expansion draft.


December 8, 2014
MEET THE PRESS
Cosmos to introduce Raul to media Tuesday

The Cosmos will introduce former Real Madrid striker and Spanish international Raúl González Blanco at a press conference in New York City on Tuesday.


December 8, 2014
THE PROTECTED AND THE UNPROTECTED
Cahill, Luyindula among 15 players Red Bulls have left unprotected for expansion draft

Tim Cahill and Peguy Luyindula were among 14 players the Red Bulls made available for New York City FC and Orlando City for Wednesday's Major League Soccer expansion draft.


December 8, 2014
MAKING A LIST
MLS clubs make players available for expansion draft

Santa Claus isn't the only one making a list this time of year. Each of Major League Soccer's teams have set their available and protected player lists for the Expansion draft which will be held on Wednesday to stock Orlando City SC and New York City FC.


December 8, 2014
FOCUSING ON YOUTH
U.S. Soccer adding teams, expanding Academy

U.S. Soccer is adding to the number of youth national teams as well as expanding the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Program. Youth national teams for both girls and boys will be added at the U-16 and U-19 levels.


December 8, 2014
TRADE AND TRANSFER
NYC FC helps Whitecaps transfer Salgado to an international club

The Vancouver Whitecaps, in collaboration with MLS expansion side New York City FC, announced Monday the trade and transfer of striker Omar Salgado to an international club to be named once there is an agreement of personal terms, medical exam, and receipt of Salgado’s International Transfer Certificate.


December 8, 2014
U-17S GET CONCACAF DRAW
4 teams to advance to 2015 World Cup

CHICAGO - The U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team has been paired in Group A with Cuba, Honduras, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago and an UNCAF qualifier for the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship t


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