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April 18, 2014
MLS SATURDAY
A look at the upcoming games

The Philadelphia Union close out a grueling three-games-in-eight-days run at home on Saturday against the Houston Dynamo. Philadelphia stretched their winless run to five games with Wednesday night’s 2-1 loss to the New York Red Bulls


April 18, 2014
NORTH OF THE BORDER
Cosmos face first road test against Edmonton

After recording a four-goal win in their home opener last Sunday, the N ew York Cosmos will look to be even better on the road Saturday.But traveling to Edmonton will be no easy task for the Cosmos.


April 18, 2014
THE ALBERTSON CONNECTION
Four former Fury players are on the Thorns

In what could be a record, four players from the same youth soccer club plays for a National Women's Soccer League team. Midfielder Allie Long, defenders Emily Menges and Rebecca Moros and goalkeeper Michelle Betos once starred for the Albertson Soccer Club in the Long Island Junior Soccer League. They now perform forthe Portland Thorns, who visit Sky Blue FC in the latter's home opener at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, N.J. at 7 p.m. Saturday.


April 18, 2014
A UNIQUE HOMECOMING
Riley expects several hundred spectators from Albertson SC and eastern Pa.

If you're attending Sky Blue FC's home opener against the Portland Thorns FC on Saturday night, don't be surprised if there is a lot of cheering for the visiting team.


April 18, 2014
STAYING PUT
Riley on Thorns: I probably have the No. 1 women's club job in the world

Paul Riley isn't going anywhere.

The Portland Thorns FC coach has been mentioned in some circles as a possible successor for the fired Tom Sermanni as U.S. women's national coach, but he said that he has more than enough on his plate with the defending NWSL champions.


April 18, 2014
THE BEST OF THE BEST
Riley on Christine Sinclair: 'She is the best finisher I've ever seen in the game'

There is no doubt in Paul Riley's mind that Christine Sinclair is the best women's soccer player in the world. "She is, without question," the Portland Thorns FC head coach said. "She is the best finisher I've ever seen in the game, especially in the women's game. I haven't seen many male finishers better than [her]."


April 18, 2014
HOME OPENER
Sky Blue vies for 1st win of season

After opening the National Women's Soccer League season on the road, Sky Blue FC returns to Yurcak Field in Piscataway, N.J. on Saturday for its home opener against the defending champion Portland Thorns FC at 7 p.m.


April 18, 2014
WOUNDED KNEE
McNamara shelved by ACL, meniscus tear

The promising rookie season of Chivas USA midfielder Thomas McNamara could be over.


April 18, 2014
THE TROUBLE WITH TURF
Cosmos won’t make excuses despite not ideal playing conditions in Edmonton

Playing at James M. Shuart Stadium, the New York Cosmos are no stranger to artificial surfaces. However, the turf at Clarke Stadium, home of FC Edmonton, is a completely different challenge.


April 18, 2014
STILL HUNGRY
Cosmos are not satisfied with performance, even after 4-0 opening win

Eric Wynalda, technical director and manager of the Atlanta Silverbacks, caused a stir Sunday, claiming that the New York Cosmos “weren’t that good.” And that was after Silverbacks lost their North American Soccer League opener at Shuart Stadium, 4-0. The Cosmos, however, agreed to a point.


April 17, 2014
ROLLING ON
CSL roundup: NY Greek Americans reach Amateur Cup semis with 5-0 victory

New York Greek Americans continued the Cosmopolitan Soccer League’s two-prong thrust for national honors with a 5-0 destruction of Mass United in the U.S. Adult Soccer Association's Region 1 Men’s Amateur Cup quarterfinals in Lynn, Mass. last Sunday.


April 17, 2014
FOUR MORE YEARS
Howard signs 4-year extension with Everton

In one what could be his final contract as a player, former MetroStars goalkeeper Tim Howard has signed a contract extension with Everton FC through the 2017-2018 English Premier League season.


April 17, 2014
AND YOU CAN QUOTE ME
NYC FC's youth affiliates talk about working with MLS expansion team

Here's what each of the eight youth affiliates of said of their agreement with New York City FC:


April 17, 2014
EIGHT IS ENOUGH
NYC FC names 8 youth organizations as its official affiliate clubs

New York City FC announced Thursday that eight youth soccer organizations throughout greater New York City will serve as New York City FC’s official affiliate clubs.


April 17, 2014
RETURN ENGAGEMENT
De Grandpre returns to Red Bulls

It's official. As previously reported by BigAppleSoccer.com, former Red Bulls managing director Marc de Grandpre has returned to the Red Bulls.


April 17, 2914
STADIUM ANNOUNCEMENT
NYC FC officially expected to make Yankee Stadium as its temporary home on Monday

New York City FC is expected to make it official on Monday morning when the Major League Soccer expansion team officially nameds Yankee Stadium as its temporary home for its first three seasons.


April 16, 2014
ALEXANDER THE GREAT AND VERSATILE
Midfielder shifts to the left and shifts the Red Bulls into high gear and to a win

Eric Alexander is a central midfielder by nature and a right midfielder by necessity. On Wednesday night, Alexander, the great team player, reminded the soccer world how versatile he really is. He started the game at left midfield and he wound up celebrating his 26th birthday two days later in the best possible way, playing a strong game and helping set up both Red Bulls' goals in their 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union.


April 16, 2014
THE SHORT CORNER
What we liked and didn't like

The Red Bulls won on Wednesday night (finally!) in a match that wasn't always pretty but got the end result. Now with that first win under their belt, New York heads into a weekend without soccer to get ready for the Houston Dynamo next Wednesday night.


April 16, 2014
MLS ROUNDUP
Red Bulls crack the win column

HARRISON, NJ—Eric Alexander set up two goals as the New York Red Bulls posted their first win of the season, 2-1 over the Philadelphia Union Wednesday night at Red Bull Arena.


April 16, 2014
THANKS, THEY NEEDED THAT
Red Bulls secure 1st win of the season

Finally, a win from New York, which got into the 'W' column on Wednesday night in a 2-1 home result over derby rival Philadelphia Union. That the Red Bulls needed this result is a bit of an understatement, even if they won't admit to it.


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