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December 5, 2016
GONE IN 180 SECONDS
MLS Cup final tickets sell out in 3 minutes

Major League Soccer announced Monday that tickets for MLS Cup sold out three minutes after going on sale to the general public.


December 5, 2016
NO SURPRISE, NO SURPRISE
NYC FC's Villa, Red Bulls' Kljestan, Wright-Phillips named to MLS Best XI

In what should be no surprise to fans, the three Major League Soccer MVP finalists from the area were named to the MLS Best XI by the league Monday. They were New York City FC striker David Villa and Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan and forward Bradley Wright-Phillips.


December 5, 2016
MY TWO CENTS
5 points demand 2 Cosmos owners sell their controlling shares in the team

5 Points, the Cosmos supporters group, shared this message with the soccer community Monday in wake of the recent news of the two-time defending North American Soccer League champions


December 5, 2016
SIGNING ON
NYC FC inks USL MVP, top scorer Sean Okoli

A day prior to learning whether one of its players has earned MVP honors in MLS, New York City FC Monday signed one from another American soccer league. United Soccer League MVP Sean Okoli, the league-leading goal-scorer for FC Cincinnati, signed with the Blues.


December 4, 2016
THEY'RE FIGHTING ON
USC Trojans trip West Virginia, win second NCAA title

The USC Trojans became the fourth multiple winner of the NCAA Women's College Cup, recording a 3-1 victory over No. 1-ranked West Virginia in the final before a 6,612 crowd at Avaya Stadium Sunday.


December 4, 2016
CUTTONE'S CONCEPTS
Once in a Lifetime was enough

For the second time in my lifetime I am watching the New York Cosmos die a slow agonizing death. Once in a lifetime was enough.


December 4, 2016
STILL A CHANCE, BUT BARELY
Source: Cosmos have ceased operations as they negotiate with NYC company to buy the team; players released

Barring a last-minute miracle between Sunday night and Monday morning, it appears the Cosmos have played their final soccer game. The two-time defending North American Soccer League champions have ceased operations, a source with knowledge of their situation told BigAppleSoccer.com Sunday.


December 4, 2016
OFFSIDE REMARKS
Toronto, Ontario, what a wonderful town!

This week I'm heading to Toronto, Ontario, Canada for the 21st MLS Cup at BMO Field next Sunday. If you have never been there, Toronto is a fabulous city, part North America, a little European thrown in and all Canada. It is the most populous Canadian city (an estimated 2.6 million people).


December 3, 2016
OFFSIDE REMARKS
A quick look at the 3 MLS MVP finalists

Here's a quick look at the three MLS MVP finalists from the Red Bulls (Bradley Wright-Phillips and Sacha Kljestan) and New York City FC (David Villa).


December 3, 2016
NEW YORK, NEW YORK, NEW YORK
MLS MVP will be announced Tuesday

Major League Soccer cannot be criticized for picking New York City as the venue of its Landon Donovan MLS MVP award Tuesday because all three finalists come from New York teams.


December 3, 2016
GOING FOR TWO IN A ROW
USWNT's Ellis on FIFA coach of year shortlist

For the second year in a row, U.S. national team head coach Jill Ellis has been named to the three-person shortlist for 2016 FIFA women's coach of the year and the 2016 FIFA women's player of the year.


December 2, 2016
TAKING THE LEAD
LISFL Round-up: East Hampton wins, moves atop Division I Group A

East Hampton FC recorded a vital victory that allowed the side to move ahead of Glen Cove Avellino and into first place of Group A in Division 1 in the Long Island Soccer Football League last Sunday.


December 2, 2016
MLS INFORMER
Buying local

While expansion club Atlanta felt it needed to go all the way to Argentina for its coach, the MLS original LA Galaxy seems to think staying closer to home is a better bet.


December 2, 2016
IN THE RUNNING AGAIN
Lloyd among finalists for women's top player

Reigning FIFA women's world player of the year Carli Lloyd of the United States was named among the three finalists for the 2016 award, the organization announced Friday.


December 2, 2016
OPEN AND SHUT CASE
Pancyprian blanks Greek Americans in Open Cup, 4-0

In a confrontation of fierce rivals, the Pancyprian Freedoms recorded a 4-0 win over the New York Greek Americans in the U.S. Adult Soccer Association's Open Cup at the Metropolitan Oval in Maspeth, Queens Thursday night.


December 1, 2016
OFFSIDE REMARKS
My gut feeling: I fear the Cosmos will sit out at least a year if not more unless a miracle happens

Well, we're going to have to wait at least another day, if not more, before discovering the fate of the Cosmos and the North American Soccer League for 2017 and beyond. At the moment, both organizations are still standing. For how long is another question.


December 1, 2016
REGIONALLY, SPEAKING
3 Monmouth women earn Northeast honors

Three members of the Monmouth University women’s team were selected to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division I Women's All-Northeast Region Teams.


December 1, 2016
CATCHING ON
Ex-Red Bull II defender Carroll signs with Orlando City B

It did not take defender Zach Carroll very long to find a new team. Ten days after his option for 2007 wasn't exercised by Red Bulls II, Carroll signed with Orlando City B Thursday


December 1, 2016
GOODBYE, JIMMY
Old Westbury assistant Kiriakos passes away

SUNY Old Westbury assistant women's soccer coach Jimmy Kiriakos recently passed away. Kiriakos died Nov. 18. He was 29.


December 1, 2016
MET OVAL DERBY
Pancyprian Freedoms vs. Greek Americans in USASA Open Cup tonight

In one of the most compelling amateur derbies and battle of former national champions, the New York Greek Americans will take on the Pancyprian Freedoms in a U.S. Adult Soccer Association Open Cup match Thursday night.


December 1, 2016
LEAGUE IN CRISIS
Report: Rayo OKC releases all of its players, not represented at NASL meeting

While the North American Soccer League tries to keep its league together, news has come out of Oklahoma that Rayo OKC has released all its players.


November 30, 2016
A GAME FOR THE AGES
In one of the greatest MLS playoff games, Toronto outlasts Montreal in extratime; will host MLS Cup

In one of the league's most memorable playoff games, Toronto FC managed to survive a classic confrontation with the Montreal Impact to reach its first MLS Cup Wednesday night.


November 30, 2016
CHANGES, BUT FAMILIAR RESULT
CSL Report: despite injuries, sickness, Lansdowne Bhoys blank Pancyrpian Freedoms, 2-0

On a quiet Thanksgiving weekend in the Cosmopolitan Soccer League, champions Lansdowne Bhoys blanked archrivals Pancyprian Freedoms, 2-0, in a rescheduled fixture at St. John’s University last Sunday.


November 30, 2016
TOP REGIONAL HONORS
Monmouth's Turner ECAC coach, Gibson rookie of year

Monmouth University women's coach Krissy Turner earned the Eastern College Athletic Conference coach of the year award and redshirt freshman Madie Gibson was selected as its rookie of the year, the organization announced Wednesday.


November 30, 2016
THE ECAC'S BEST
St. John's Poulin named top goalkeeper

A day after earning a spot on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Northeast Region second team, St. John’s University senior goalkeeper Diana Poulin was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference women's defensive player of the year, the organization announced Wednesday.


November 30, 2016
OFFSIDE REMARKS
Has the NASL found a savior in Carlos Slim?

You're guess is as good as mine in trying to figure out what will transpire in the second day of the North American Soccer League board of director meetings in Atlanta.


November 30, 2016
TOPS IN THE REGION
NSCAA fetes St. John's Baldursdottir, Poulin

After leading one of the nation’s best defenses this season, St. John's University defender Anna Maria Baldursdottir and goalkeeper Diana Poulin have been honored as All-Region selections by the National Soccer Coaches Association.



November 29, 2016
JOINING IN
Source: Gulati, USL executives at NASL board meeting as tensions rise; some, if not all Cosmos players paid

As of Tuesday night, the Cosmos were still standing as was the North American Soccer League, although tensions apparently were on the rise at the league's board of directors meeting in Atlanta.


November 29, 2016
MAC HERMANN TROPHY
Hatch, Sullivan head list of semifinalists

U.S. Women’s National Team members Ashley Hatch (BYU) and Andi Sullivan (Stanford) are among 30 semifinalists for the MAC Hermann Trophy award, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America announced Tuesday.


November 29, 2016
REGIONAL STAFF OF THE YEAR
St. Francis Brooklyn coaching staff is honored

The St. Francis Brooklyn coaching staff has been named the Men's Northeast Region Staff of the Year for Division I schools by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.


November 29, 2016
NOT SEMIFINAL TOUGH ENOUGH
U.S. women fall in U-20 World Cup semis to North Korea

Ri Hyang Sim scored a minute into extratime to North Korea to a 2-1 victory over the United States in the semifinals of the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea Tuesday.


November 28, 2016
D-DAY IS COMING
Cosmos' fate could be determined at NASL board of governors meeting next 2 days

The Cosmos' fate for 2017 and beyond is expected to be decided at the North American Soccer League board of governors meeting in Atlanta Tuesday and Wednesday. The Soccer Bowl champions have taken a wait-and-see attitude on which direction the league will take before deciding to move forward for next season.


November 28, 2016
SOME HOUSECLEANING
Red Bulls won't pick up Ouimette, Zubar options, but want to re-sign latter; Davis, BWP, Duvall will be back

The Red Bulls announced Monday that they will pick up contract options on midfielder Sean Davis and defenders Chris Duvall and Justin Bilyeu. The club will not pick up options for defenders Karl Ouimette and Ronald Zubar, although the MLS team is interested in resigning the latter.


November 28, 2016
COMINGS AND GOINGS
NYC FC doesn't renew Hernandez's option; Bravo, Mendoza loan agreements end

Veteran defender Jason Hernandez, midfielder-defender Connor Brandt, defender Diego Martinez and forward Tony Taylor will not have their contract options renewed by New York City FC, the Major League Soccer club announced Monday.


November 28, 2016
A SILVER LINING
Estonia FA honors ex-Red Bull Lindpere

Former Red Bulls midfielder Joel Lindpere has been bestowed a honor by the Estonian Football Association by receiving the organization's Silver Badge.


November 28, 2016
WAIT TIL NEXT MONTH
NYC FC must be patient until MLS Cup to see if it reaches CONCACAF Champions League

New York City FC will have to wait until the MLS Cup to see if the team will participate in the 2017-18 CONCACAF Champions League.


November 28, 2016
THE GREAT INDOORS
Registration is on for New York Futsal

Having kicked off in 2010 with 24 teams, New York Futsal has grown exponentially as enters its eighth season expecting more than 100 youth soccer teams to register once again under the umbrella of the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association.


November 27, 2016
MLS PLAYOFF ROUNDUP
Morris powers Seattle to Western Conference crown, into MLS Cup

MLS rookie of the year Jordan Morris scored the only goal Seattle Sounders FC needed to defeat the Colorado Rapids 1-0 Sunday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park and sail through to the MLS Cup by a 3-1 aggregate score.


November 27, 2016
ONE WIN, ONE LOSS
LISFL Round-up: East Hampton eliminated from National Amateur Cup, but reaches McKim Cup final

East Hampton F.C. finds its cup half-filled. The Long Island Soccer Football League side was eliminated from the U.S. Adult Soccer Association National Amateur Cup last week, but clinched a berth in the league's McKim Cup final.


November 26, 2016
OFFSIDE REMARKS
It’s time to do some soccer mathematics before conference final 2nd legs

Well, before we venture into the second leg of the Major League Soccer conference finals beginning Sunday, I think it’s important to do some math, soccer style.


November 26, 2016
A FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING
Bradley earns 1st win as Swansea coach as City survives a wild 5-4 encounter with Crystal Palace

When he took over the Swansea City coaching reins, Bob Bradley knew it wasn't going to be easy turning around the faltering fortunes of the English Premier League club. Saturday's wild and crazy 5-4 triumph over Crystal Palace turned out to be Exhibits A, B and C.


November 25, 2016
MLS INFORMER
Life of the playoff party

Not that it will be a major surprise to the suits on Fifth Avenue or other close followers of the league, but if Major League Soccer really wants to make sure its playoff attendance numbers remain high, it needs to assure Seattle and Montreal are invited to the party.


November 25, 2016
A HELL OF A HELLENIC DERBY
CSL Report: 10-man Greek Americans outlast Pancyprian in PKs, win ENY leg of U.S. O-30 nat'l cup

In a Hellenic derby on one of the coldest nights of the year, 10-man New York Greek Americans defeated Pancyprian 5-4 on penalties at the Metropolitan Oval Tuesday night to win the Eastern New York leg of the U.S. Over-30 National Cup. NYGA now advance to the regional Level.


November 25, 2016
COMEBACK KIDS
Late goals lift U.S over Mexico in quarterfinals of U-20 Women's World Cup

The U.S. men might have experienced problems defeating their Mexico counterparts in a World Cup qualifying match Nov. 11, but don't tell that to the U.S. women's Under-20 side.


November 24, 2016
OFFSIDE REMARKS
A blast from the past: soccer is featured in the Newsday 1940 Thanksgiving Day edition

Props to Newsday for including a special Thanksgiving insert -- its Nov. 21, 1940 edition on Thanksgiving Day. The 28-page section was the 58th newspapers published by the Long Island newspaper.


November 24, 2016
GONE FOR GOOD
Ex-Galaxy star Gerrard retires from soccer

Former Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard, who left the LA Galaxy last week, is now leaving the game. On Thursday he announced his retirement from soccer.



HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
From the staff of BigAppleSoccer.com

The staff of BigAppleSoccer.com wishes the soccer community a Happy Thanksgiving!


November 23, 2016
MEN'S PLAYER OF THE YEAR
25 nominated for College Boot

Twenty-five of the nation's top men's college soccer players have been named finalists for the 2015 Soccer News Net College Boot award, recognizing the men's college player of the year.


November 23, 2016
WOMEN'S PLAYER OF THE YEAR
32 nominated for College Boot

Thirty two of the nation's top women's college soccer players have been named finalists for the 2016 Soccer News Net College Boot award, recognizing the women's college player of the year.


November 23, 2016
OFFSIDE REMARKS
About that picture of Bruce Arena

Here on Long Island, it is a cold day on Thanksgiving Eve. Compared to the events of the past two days, it has been a slow news morning in our favorite sport, so I figured I would tackle a subject that has been in the news the past few days: Bruce Arena. And Arena's haircut back in the day.


November 23, 2016
SOME KEY DATES
In MLS post-season

Here are some key dates in the Major League Soccer post-season over the next two months.


November 22, 2016
MLS PLAYOFF ROUNDUP
Impact, Sounders seize advantage in conference finals

Just when it looked like the Montreal Impact was going to run away with the first league of the Eastern Conference championship, Toronto FC came up with two late road goals and trim the Impact's lead to 3-2 Tuesday night at sold-out Stade Olympique.


November 22, 2016
NOT SO PERFECT PITCH
Centaurs had a similar field problem in ’95 as MLS conference final did in Montreal

The field snafu that delayed the kickoff of the Montreal Impact-Toronto FC game in the first leg of the MLS Eastern Conference final at Olympic Stadium Tuesday certainly was not a first in North American soccer.


November 22, 2016
OLDER BUT WISER
A new and improved Bruce Arena (at least that's what he says) takes over reins of U.S. national team

Ten years older but wiser, Bruce Arena feels he is better prepared in his second time around as U.S. national coach. He has had a decade to hone his already impressive coaching skills, first with the Red Bulls and more recently and much more successfully with the LA Galaxy.


November 22, 2016
A FACEBOOK FAREWELL
Klinsmann thanks USA fans after his sacking

A day after he was sacked as U.S. national coach, Jurgen Klinsmann posted a farewell video on his Facebook page Tuesday.


November 22, 2016
SO, JUST WHO IS BRUCE ARENA?
A look at the new/old U.S. national coach

Before the 2002 World Cup, there were some concerns from the media that U.S. coach Bruce Arena would not be up to the task of keeping up with international tactics. He laid those worries to rest, manipulating his lineup from game to game with a team that was wracked by injuries and suspensions.


November 22, 2016
SOME MORE ARENA FUTBOL
U.S. Soccer names Bruce Arena national coach to succeed Klinsmann

Bruce is back. LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena was named the new head coach of the U.S. national team Tuesday afternoon by U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati.


November 22, 2016
GETTING THEIR DUE
Referee organization honors 4 game officials

The New York Metro Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association honored four game officials at its annual award dinner at the Sterling in Bethpage, N.Y. Nov. 14.


November 22, 2016
MY TWO CENTS
Five Points wants some answers to its questions to the Cosmos

Over the course of the 2016 season the Cross Island Crew, La Banda Del Cosmos and the Borough Boys (collectively known as the Five Points), have continued to give their unwavering support to their soccer club, the New York Cosmos.


November 21, 2016
THE LAST TIME IT HAPPENED
When U.S. replaced Osiander with Gansler as coach in 1989

For the first time in 27 years, U.S. Soccer changed coaches right smack in the middle of a World Cup qualifying cycle with Monday's dismissal of Jurgen Klinsmann.


November 21, 2016
RELEASED
Miami FC cuts ex-Red Bull Dane Richards

Former Red Bulls midfielder Dane Richards was released by Miami FC Monday.


November 21, 2016
AUF WIEDERSEHEN
Klinsmann out, Arena expected to be named as U.S. national coach

The tumultuous tenure and reign of error of Jurgen Klinsmann is over. Klinsmann, the former World Cup winner with Germany, was fired as head coach and technical director Monday after the United States dropped its opening two matches of the CONCACAF hexagonal of World Cup qualifying.


November 21, 2016
YOU'RE FIRED!
Klinsmann removed as USMNT coach and technical director; Arena reportedly in line for the job

U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati announced Monday that Jurgen Klinsmann has been relieved of his duties as head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team and Technical Director for U.S. Soccer.


November 21, 2016
LET'S GO TO THE VIDEO
Savarese talks about philosophy, time with Cosmos

Cosmos head coach Giovanni Savarese recently sat down with the North American Soccer League and talked about his coaching philosophy and his time with the club.


November 21, 2016
NO WIN FOR GLORY
Sky Blue's Kerr, Stanton lose in Australia

Sky Blue FC players Sam Kerr and Nikki Stanton returned to Westfield W-League play in Australia over the weekend, as their Perth Glory side (1-1-1) fell to the Newcastle Jets, 1-0.


November 21, 2016
RETURN ENGAGEMENTS
Red Bulls II exercise options of Bezecourt, Flemmings, Najem, Long, Schmoll, Valot

Red Bulls II have exercised the options of Vincent Bezecourt, Junior Flemmings, David Najem, Aaron Long, Tim Schmoll and Florian Valot for the 2017 USL season, the club announced Monday.


November 21, 2016
OFFSIDE REMARKS
Klinsmann's comments are insulting to an educated American soccer public

I must admit, I feel a bit insulted this Monday morning. Actually, make that quite insulted.


November 21, 2016
LOOKING UP AND PUTTING CRITICS DOWN
Report: Klinsmann's optimistic about position, but says critics don't understand soccer or USMNT

Saying he was not afraid for himself while putting down his detractors, U.S. national coach Jurgen Klinsmann told The New York Times he was very comfortable as coach in the wake of back-to-back World Cup qualifying losses within five days earlier this month.


November 20, 2016
'1,000 PERCENT SURE WE'LL QUALIFY'
Report: Beleaguered coach Klinsmann still upbeat on USMNT's World Cup chances

In his first interview since his team was hammered by Costa Rica, 4-0, Tuesday, U.S. national coach Jurgen Klinsmann said he was certain his team will qualify for the 2018 World Cup, according to Reuters.


November 19, 2016
EIGHT IS MORE THAN ENOUGH
NEC honors 8 St. Francis Brooklyn men's players

The Northeast Conference champion St. Francis Brooklyn men had a school-record eight players earn conference post-season honors, it was announced by the NEC.


November 19, 2016
MLS INFORMER
LA Supernova

First Nigel de Jong left. Then Steven Gerrard. Then Robbie Keane. Add eight-year associate head coach Dave Sarachan. And if speculation is right, Bruce Arena could soon follow to replace the as yet-to-be fired Juergen Klinsmann at the U.S. national team.


November 19, 2016
TONY'S REWARD
Tony Meola looks back at the day he and a bunch of 20-somethings changed USA soccer history

On the night prior to the most important game of his young national team career on Nov. 18, 1989, young Tony Meola couldn't sleep. It wasn't his nerves, but the party going on near the Trinidad Hilton in Port of Spain, where the team was staying.


November 19, 2016
SHOT HEARD 'ROUND THE WORLD
Profiling 25-year-old Paul Caligiuri

The United States could not have found a more unlikely hero in its historic 1-0 victory over Trinidad & Tobago Sunday.


November 19, 2016
MORE MILESTONES LIE AHEAD
Paul Caligiuri: there are many more historic goals that are over the horizon for U.S. soccer

Paul Caligiuri certainly is comfortable with his place in American soccer history, though he says he is not through with his contributions to the beautiful game.


November 19, 2016
LOOKING BACK
No revisionist history here: a game story from Nov. 19, 1989 when USA qualified for 1st WC in 40 years

Finally, the long wait has ended. Some 40 years of World Cup frustration and soccer futility were put to rest Sunday as the United States reached international soccer's promised land -- the World Cup.


November 18, 2016
'SOCCER'S UNSPOKEN PROBLEM'
Alecko Eskandarian's story about his concussions

In a piece he wrote for The Players Tribune, Cosmos assistant coach Alecko Eskandarian talks about the concussions he suffered suffered during his playing career and how they impacted his life on and off the field.


November 18, 2016
A REAL SPORTS LOOK AT CHUCK
HBO show will delve into the Blazer affair

REAL SPORTS with Bryant Gumbel will delve into the Chuck Blazer affair when its 236th edition debuts Tuesday, Nov. 22 on HBO at 10 p.m. ET.


November 18, 2016
IN TRIPLICATE
LISFL Roundup: New York Polet wins three games on a cup-heavy weekend

This week in the Long Island Soccer Football League saw several teams advance in the ENYSSA Cup competitions. New York Polet won all three of its games, while East Hampton FC came away with two victories. Several league games were also made up to keep the league on course before the winter break in December.


November 18, 2016
CALLING IT A CAREER
NYC FC midfielder Ballouchy retires

Veteran Mehdi Ballouchy became the third midfielder to leave New York City FC this week as he announced his retirement from pro soccer Friday. Ballouchy joined former English international Frank Lampard, who will return home to his native country to reportedly pursue his coaching badge, and Andoni Iarola, who also called it a career.


November 18, 2016
REFEREE COURSE
CJSL, NYRA to host one in Brooklyn

The Cosmopolitan Junior Soccer League is teaming up with the New York Referees Association to offer a Grade 8 Referee Certification Course in Brooklyn, N.Y. in December.


November 17, 2016
CAN'T STOP THESE SOARING EAGLES
BC eliminates Fordham men on late goal, 1-0

Senior Zeiko Lewis scored his fourth goal in this postseason in the 82nd minute to lift Boston College to a 1-0 victory over Fordham University in the opening round of the NCAA Division I men's soccer tournament Thursday night.


November 17, 2016
FALLING IN OT
St. Francis Brooklyn loses in NCAA men's 1st round

Matt Danilack scored the game-winning goal in the second extratime to propel the Dartmouth men past St. Francis Brooklyn, 1-0, in the opening round of the NCAA Division I men's soccer tournament Thursday night.


November 17, 2016
HE'S KEANE TO LEAVE
Robbie departs after leading Galaxy to three MLS Cup titles

Forward Robbie Keane will depart the LA Galaxy after helping the team win three MLS Cup titles, the team announced Thursday.


November 17, 2016
HANGING UP HIS BOOTS
NYC FC's Iraola retires from soccer

Andoni Iraola, a key to New York City FC's midfield success this season, announced his retirement from pro soccer Thursday morning.


November 17, 2016
TRIPLING THEIR PLEASURE
CSL Report: 3 wins in 5 days for Lansdowne Bhoys, who win ENY Amateur Cup final

Lansdowne Bhoys’ third win in five days – and their second over the same team – put them in the Eastern New York final of the U.S. Amateur Cup Tuesday night. The Yonkers Irish side outlasted Cedar Stars Academy, 9-8, on penalties after a 1-1 draw at Tibbetts Brook Park.


November 16, 2016
JUST DESSERTS
Ivy honors 5 Columbia players, coach Anderson

The Columbia University men had five players and the coaching staff honored by the Ivy League Thursday.


November 16, 2016
NO SURPRISE HERE
NYC FC names Villa its top player

Spanish international striker David Villa Wednesday was named New York City FC’s Most Valuable Player and offensive player of the year.


November 16, 2016
OFFSIDE REMARKS
How Klinsmann handled a 2006 'disaster' with Germany

It's always intriguing to see how people handle crises and disaster. Perhaps my book, World Cup Soccer, 2006 edition, will give us a little insight into Jurgen Klinsmann, whose team dropped the first two games of the CONCACAF hexagonal, 2-1 at home to Mexico Friday night and 4-0 at Costa Rica Tuesday night.


November 16, 2016
MORE SANCTIONS
NSCAA refuses to give Harvard men any awards or recognition in wake of scandal

The National Soccer Coaches Association of America board of directors has voted to sanction members of the Harvard University men’s soccer team by revoking their eligibility for NSCAA awards and/or recognition for the remainder of the 2016 season, the organization announced Wednesday morning.


November 16, 2016
OFFSIDE REMARKS
Perhaps the U.S. national team is ready for some more Arena futbol

OK, so last March I asked for the head of Jurgen Klinsmann. If U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati wants to make a change -- so far he has been steadfast in staying the course with Klinsmann -- I have a candidate for him: Bruce Arena.


November 16, 2016
OFFSIDE REMARKS
Is this the time the USA misses out on reaching soccer's promised land?

I can't recall exactly when the conversation occurred, but I certainly remember the contents of it. It was a while ago when Filip Bondy and I were writing for the New York Daily News. Filip brought up this sobering subject and prediction: Someday the United States will not qualify for the World Cup.


November 15, 2016
MASSACRED
USMNT routed at Costa Rica in World Cup qualifying

The United States has endured and experienced more than its share of problems, headaches and struggles in Costa Rica over the years. On Tuesday night, the Americans hit a new low, even for themselves.


November 15, 2016
OFFSIDE REMARKS
An embarrassing performance for so many reasons

Regardless how the team performed, regardless of the final score, one of the defining hallmarks of the U.S. national team has been its work ethic. The rest of the word knows that the Americans never quit. Well, at least until Tuesday night.


November 15, 2016
BROOKLYN BOUND?
Cosmos may wind up at MCU Park in '17

The Cosmos are leaning closer to selecting MCU Park in Coney Island in Brooklyn as their home venue next season, although no final decision has been made just yet.


November 15, 2016
LEAVING LA
Galaxy announce Gerrard's departure

A day after his former national team teammate Frank Lampard announced he was not going to return to New York City FC, midfielder Steven Gerrard said that he not return to the LA Galaxy, the Major League Soccer team announced Tuesday.


November 15, 2016
OFFSIDE REMARKS
So, just who replaces Frank Lampard? NYC FC has to get younger, faster and solidify central defense

It was about this time yesterday that New York City FC let the world know that Frank Lampard was going to leave the club at the end of his contract.


November 15, 2016
HANOVER BOUND
St. Francis men visits Dartmouth in NCAA 1st round

The St. Francis Brooklyn men will travel to Hanover, N.H to face Dartmouth in the first round of the NCAA Division I tournament at 5 p.m. on Burnham Field Thursday at 5 p.m..


November 14, 2016
OFFSIDE REMARKS
On Soccer Bowl, Heath and Klinsi

A few quick thoughts from this weekend and the week ahead.


November 14, 2016
HOWARD'S END
Colorado, USMNT keeper out for rest of the season

The U.S. national team's loss has turned out to be the Colorado Rapids' as well. The Rapids announced Monday that goalkeeper Tim Howard will miss the rest of the Major League Soccer playoffs due to an injury he suffered in first half of the United States' 2-1 World Cup loss to Mexico Friday night.


November 14, 2016
ARE THEY RAM TOUGH?
Fordham men begin NCAA's at Boston College

The Fordham University men will play at Boston College in an opening round match-up of the NCAA Division I soccer tournament at Newton Campus Field Thursday at 6 p.m.


November 14, 2016
THROUGH THE YEARS, DARKLY
U.S. is 0-8-1 in WCQ in Costa Rica

This is not a pretty story -- the U.S. national team's attempts at securing a win in this Costa Rica country. The U.S. has never won there. Its lone bright spot was a 1-1 draw in 1985, which was upstaged by a shocking home defeat several days later. And that result eliminated the Americans from qualifying for the 1986 World Cup.


November 14, 2016
HE'S OUT OF HERE
Lampard, whose contract is up, departs NYC FC

Frank Lampard has played his last game for New York City FC. The former English international midfielder's contract runs through December, the second-year Major League Soccer club announced Monday morning.


November 13, 2016
LIONS ROAR INTO FIRST
Columbia rolls, earns share of Ivy League title with win

The Columbia University men won their 10th Ivy League title with a 4-0 victory over Cornell on Sunday.



NEC CHAMPS
St. Francis men edge Saint Francis U, 1-0

For the third time in four seasons, the St. Francis College men secured the Northeast Conference title, earning another bid into this week's NCAA Division I men's soccer tournament.


November 12, 2016
THREE OUT OF FOUR AIN'T BAD
Cosmos repeat as NASL champs, defeating Indy in a shootout, winning 3rd in 4 tries

As if it was impossible to accomplish, the Cosmos legend continued to grow Sunday night. For the second time in the history of the North American Soccer League and for the first time in its modern era, the Cosmos won back-to-back championships. It also was the club's third title in four tries since returning to competitive soccer in 2013.


November 13, 2016
ROUTING ROMANIA
USWNT concludes calendar year unbeaten for first time since '13

The U.S. Women’s National Team concluded the year with an unbeaten record for the first time since 2013, taking a 5-0 victory over Romania in a friendly match at the StubHub Center Sunday night.


November 13, 2016
THAT CHAMPIONSHIP FEELING
Highlights of Cosmos' Soccer Bowl win

Relive the Cosmos winning their third NASL championship in four seasons with this package of video highlights.


November 13, 2016
GIO'S SWAN SONG?
Soccer Bowl victory Savarese's might have been final game as Cosmos coach

If this was the final game for Giovanni Savarese as Cosmos head coach, he went out a winner. Savarese directed the Cosmos to their second consecutive North American Soccer League championship and third in four years Sunday night as New York outlasted Indy Eleven in a shootout.


November 13, 2016
HITTING THE RICHTER SCALE
Cosmos' newest defender converts game-winning shootout attempt

There was never any doubt in the mind of Cosmos defender Ryan Richter that his team was going to lift the North American Soccer League trophy on Sunday night.


November 13, 2016
CROWNING ACHIEVEMENT
Cosmos win 2nd consecutive Soccer Bowl outlasting Indy on penalty kicks

In the end, it all came down to Ryan Richter. Richter, who was on the losing side of The Championship Final a year ago as a member of Ottawa Fury FC, converted a spot kick after 120 scoreless minutes to give the New York Cosmos a second straight North American Soccer League title, winning the penalty kick shootout, 4-2, at Belson Stadium Sunday night.


November 13, 2016
MLS INFORMER
Don't blame Trump for THIS anti-Americanism

The anti-Americanism in soccer is rarely uttered in public. The difficulty of U.S. players and coaches getting any respect – just because they're American – is palpable if not quotable. In the past two weeks, it's become far more glaring.


November 13, 2016
SIDELINED
Howard to miss Costa Rica match with adductor injury

U.S. national team goalkeeper Tim Howard has been diagnosed with an injury to his right adductor suffered during the USA's 2-1 World Cup qualifying loss to Mexico in Columbus, Ohio Friday night.


November 13, 2016
A QUICK HISTORY
Cosmos are 3-1 at Belson since 2014

The Cosmos are 3-1 in four games -- all Lamar Hunt/U.S. Open Cup games -- at Belson Stadium on the campus of St. John's University entering Sunday's North American Soccer League final against Indy Eleven.


November 13, 2016
GOING FOR CRAZY EIGHTH
If Cosmos win, they will tie ASL pro record of 8 national titles

The Cosmos will vie for their second successive North American Soccer League Championship Sunday.


November 13, 2016
NEW HOME, SWEET, HOME
Cosmos give Belson Stadium thumb's up as final venue

Belson Stadium is the Cosmos' unofficial home away from home.
Since James M. Shuart Stadium was not available for the North American Soccer League Championship Sunday, the team selected the St. John's University venue.


November 13, 2016
OFFSIDE REMARKS
The Master Tinkerer tinkers at the worst time

Well, the Master Tinkerer was back in full bloom during the United States' World Cup qualifying loss to Mexico, 2-1, Friday night.


November 12, 2016
THIS DEFENSE NEVER RESTS
Core of Cosmos backline has been together since the first game of their reboot season in 2013

The nature of the sports beast is that teams change, especially if they want to improve and compete. On some teams, players come and players go, sometimes at an alarming rate.


November 12, 2016
NO RETIRING THOUGHTS
Mendes sounds like he's leaning toward returning next year

Regardless how the Cosmos fare in the North American Soccer League Championship Sunday, Carlos Mendes says it won't affect his decision on whether he will return for another season.


November 12, 2016
THE NEMESIS
Cosmos must find a way to overcome Indy Eleven, which has become a thorn in their side

The Cosmos may be the best team in all the North American Soccer League, but they have shown they do bleed and are indeed mortal. Just ask Indy Eleven, their opponents in the NASL Championship game at Belson Stadium Sunday at 7 p.m.


November 12, 2016
RYAN'S HOPE
Richter hopes championship scales tip towards him again

If there is a championship soccer game, then there is a good chance that Ryan Richter will be participating in it.


November 12, 2016
SCORING TOUCH
Matarrita helps Costa Rica to WCQ win

New York City FC defender Ronald Matarrita put the finishing touches on Costa Rica's 2-0 victory over Trinidad & Tobago in the CONCACAF hexagonal opener for both teams at Hasely Crawford Stadium Friday night.


November 11, 2016
RAFA'S REVENGE
Ex-Red Bull Marquez finally wins one in Columbus

It was a 15-year wait, but Rafa Marquez finally had a few things to cheer about at MAPFRE Stadium Friday night.


November 12, 2016
END OF THE LINE
Hofstra men fall in CAA semis, 3-1

The Hofstra University men lost to William & Mary, 3-1, in the Colonial Athletic Association semifinals at Hofstra Soccer Stadium Friday night.


November 11, 2016
A MONMOUTH LOSS
Hawks women eliminated from NCAA tourney, 4-1

The Monmouth University women were eliminated from the NCAA Division I tournament, dropping a 4-1 decision to 15th-ranked Virginia in the first round at Klöckner Stadium Friday night.


November 11, 2016
RAFA'S RAP SHEET
Marquez had plenty of incidents through the years, especially against U.S. players

Former Red Bulls defender Rafa Marquez has a long rap sheet when it comes to U.S. players in international soccer and Major League Soccer over the past decade.


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