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November 27, 2014
MEXICAN LEAGUE APERTURA
Liguilla Quarterfinals first leg roundup

Tigres and Pachuca traded own goals on their way to a 1-1 draw in their Liguilla quarterfinal series opener Wednesday at Estadio Hidalgo.


November 27, 2014
FROM THE WINGS
Heaps figures out a way to build a winner

Jay Heaps certainly didn't have the credibility that Steve Nicol did when he got the job as manager of the New England Revolution. An MLS Rookie of the Year Award, along with U.S. Open Cup and North American “Superliga” titles as a player with the Revs, doesn't stack up against five English first-division league championships and a European cup crown with Liverpool.


November 27, 2014
MLS INFORMER
Contract season has begun

The annual MLS player contract game has begun with three clubs announcing whose options they're not picking up, including some recognizable names like Edson Buddle, Marvelle Wynne, Omar Cummings, Andy Gruenebaum and Sal Zizzo.


November 27, 2014
STATE FINAL BOUND
CSL Report: Pancyprian Freedoms edge rival Greek Americans in Open Cup, to play Lansdowne Bhoys for title

German ace Yannick Reyering scored twice on Tuesday night as Pancyprian Freedoms edged Cosmopolitan Soccer League rivals New York Greek Americans, 2-1, in the USASA Open Cup at St. John’s University.


November 27, 2014
MOVING DOWN
USA men drop to 28th in FIFA rankings

These aren't the best of times for the United States men's national team in the most recent FIFA rankings. Off several disappointing and underachieving results, the Americans dropped five spots to 28th spot in the latest rankings.


November 27, 2014
SOME RETIRING THOUGHTS
Revs' Joseph mulls hanging them up

The end is near for Shalrie Joseph. He just doesn't know if it will be this season or next. The veteran New England Revolution defensive midfielder is contemplating retirement from the game he loves.


November 27, 2014
HAPPY TURKEY DAY!
Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving

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


November 27, 2014
MY TWO CENTS
So, what are you thankful for?

Soccer fans from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, the United States and the world, BigAppleAppleSoccer.com has a question for you: Just what are you thankful for in 2014?


November 27, 2014
SOCCER NEWS NET SALUTE
Virginia's Doniak Is Women's College Player of the Week

University of Virginia junior Makenzy Doniak is the Soccer News Net Women's College Player of the Week for the week ending November 23.


November 27, 2014
SOCCER NEWS NET SALUTE
UNC's Andy Craven is Men's College Player of the Week

North Carolina's Andy Craven is the Soccer News Net Men's College Player of the Week for the week ending November 23.


November 27, 2014
THE JONES EFFECT
DP Jermaine Jones makes Revolution a better team -- and they know it

There is little doubt that Jermaine Jones was the last piece of the puzzle for the New England Revolution. Just ask his teammates. The Revs host the Red Bulls in the second leg of their conference final Saturday.


November 26, 2014
FURTHER EDUCATION
Mkosana touts coaching staff’s encouragement to make him a better player as reason to join Cosmos

The opportunity to join the most recognizable North American Soccer League club, one continuously with ambitious goals, but more importantly a place to grow as a player, was too good to pass up for Lucky Mkosana.


November 26, 2014
TEAM HIGHS HONORS
BWP Red Bulls' MVP, Robles earns 3 awards

A man known for his hat-tricks in 2014 and a goalkeeper who made off with a rare hat-trick of awards dominated the Red Bulls' postseason honors.


November 26, 2014
SOME HOUSECLEANING
Cosmos decline options on Johnson, Nealis, Diaz

After failing to reach the Soccer Bowl, the Cosmos began some offseason housecleaning Wednesday. The North American Soccer League team announced it decided not to offer contract extensions to goalkeeper Steven Diaz, winger Jemal Johnson and defender Jimmy Nealis.


November 26, 2014
NO CHANGES
Petke: Jones' non-suspension won't affect Red Bulls

That Jermaine Jones wasn't suspended by the league won't affect the Red Bulls, so says head coach Mike Petke as his team gears up for the second leg of the Eastern Conference finals this Saturday.


November 26, 2014
NOTHING DIFFERENT
Petke: Henry's preparing for turf as he would for grass

A game on artificial turf is a rarity for Red Bulls captain Thierry Henry, who rarely has played on the stuff since coming to MLS in 2010. But he will do just that on Saturday afternoon in the second leg of the Eastern Conference finals against the New England Revolution.


November 26, 2014
STILL SEEKING THE CALL
Stokkelien eyes call-up to Norwegian national team, more consistency in the future

Mads Stokkelien was one of the surprise signings of the season for the Cosmos. A little known striker from Norway, he had mixed results in his first season in the North American Soccer League.


November 26, 2014
SOME HIGH GRADES
NJIT gets academic honors from NSCAA

The National Soccer Coaches Association of America recognized the NJIT men's and NJIT women soccer teams for the NSCAA's annual team academic awards for the 2013-14 academic year.


November 26, 2014
17 YEARS ON
Monmouth women's academics honored again

For the 17th straight year, the Monmouth University women's soccer team was named a 2014 NSCAA College Team Academic Award Winner.


November 26, 2014
ADDING SOME COLOR
Hunter Freeman will get a taste of possible post-playing career as commentator for One World Sports

Hunter Freeman isn’t ready to hang up his boots just yet. However, he’ll be heading into the television booth to call games for ONE World Sports as a taste of what a post-playing career may look like.


November 25, 2014
HANDING OUT THE HONORS
MLS awards defender, referee and humanitarian of the year

NEW YORK--- Seattle Sounders FC defender Chad Marshall been named Major League Soccer's 2014 Defender of the Year. In addition, Mark Geiger has been named Referee of the Year. Paul Scott picked up the Assistant Referee of the Year award. Los Angeles Galaxy defender AJ DeLaGarza was selected as humanitarian of the year.


November 25, 2014
NO FURTHER PUNISHMENT
Source: MLS disciplinary committee won't suspend Revs' Jones

BigAppleSoccer.com has learned that New England Revolution midfielder Jermaine Jones will not receive a suspension from the MLS Disciplinary Committee according to a source with knowledge of the situation.


November 25, 2014
SEVEN IN A ROW
St. John's men academics recognized by NSCAA again

The St. John’s men’s soccer team was recognized for its academic accomplishments by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America as winners of the organization's Team Academic Award for the seventh successive season.


November 25, 2014
MEN'S PLAYER OF THE YEAR
25 nominated for Soccer News Net College Boot

Twenty five of the nation's top men's college soccer players have been named finalists for the 2014 Soccer News Net College Boot award, recognizing the men's college player of the year.


November 25, 2014
THEY'RE AVAILABLE
Rapids won't pick up options of Buddle, Wynne, Mwanga, LaBrocca

Four players with New York/New Jersey ties will not have their options picked up by the Colorado Rapids, the Major League Soccer team announced Tuesday.



SEE YOU IN PHILLY
NWSL college draft at NSCAA convention Jan. 16

The National Women's Soccer League will hold its college draft at the National Soccer Coaches Association of America convention in Philadelphia on Friday, Jan. 16.


November 25, 2014
MOVING ON
Matteo steps down as Express coach

Jeff Matteo has quit as the Jersey Express' head coach.


November 25, 2014
PEGUY'S RENAISSANCE
Luyindula in a comfortable mode for Red Bulls

There has been a renaissance of sorts over the past two months for Red Bulls central midfielder Peguy Luyindula, who is showing his full potential now at the tail end of his second season in Major League Soccer.


November 25, 2014
ATHLETES AND SCHOLARS
Hofstra men, women score in the classroom, too

Both the Hofstra men's and women's soccer programs were recognized as College Team Academic Award honorees for the 2013-14 academic year, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America announced.


November 24, 2014
SEVERAL SCENARIOS
How the Red Bulls can advance to MLS Cup

These are the various scenarios on how the Red Bulls can advance past New England Saturday and into MLS Cup.


November 24, 2014
TAKING THE BLAME
Petke: If BWP didn't know about yellow-card accumulation, then its my fault

Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke takes the blame for Bradley Wright-Phillips not knowing about the yellow-card accumulation situation before Sunday's first leg against the New England Revolution.


November 24, 2014
A KICK FOR THE ATTACK
Sky Blue acquires Kerr from Flash

Sky Blue FC announced Monday that it acquired the rights to forward Samantha Kerr from the Western New York Flash. In exchange for the Australian playmaker, Sky Blue sent a first-round pick (No. 4 overall) in the 2015 National Women's Soccer League college draft and the rights to midfielder Elizabeth Eddy to Western New York.


November 24, 2014
AKINDELE IS MLS' TOP ROOKIE
First Dallas player to win the award

NEW YORK - FC Dallas' Tesho Akindele has been named Major League Soccer’s 2014 AT&T Rookie of the Year.


November 24, 2014
A TURF DECISION?
Not really because Henry, Olave want to play on the artificial surface at Gillette

Playing on the artificial surface of Gillette Stadium this Saturday isn't a second thought for Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke.


November 24, 2014
GETTING LUCKY
Cosmos sign ex-Rowdies forward Mkosana

The Cosmos announced Monday they signed former Tampa Bay Rowdies forward Lucky Mkosana.


November 23, 2014
MEXICAN LEAGUE APERTURA
Liguilla quarterfinal pairings

Two-leg quarterfinals begin Wednesday, November 26 at the lower seed.


November 23, 2014
MEXICAN LEAGUE APERTURA
Match Day 17 roundup

Omar Bravo scored twice in the first 13 minutes to lead Chivas de Guadalajara past hapless Morelia 2-1 Friday at Estadio Morelos.


November 23, 2014
MLS ROUNDUP
Revs, Galaxy take first legs

HARRISON, NJ--The New England Revolution achieved everything they needed to in New Jersey on Sunday afternoon, taking a decisive 2-1 lead in their two-game Eastern Conference Championship series with the New York Red Bulls.


November 23, 2014
OFFSIDE REMARKS
No excuse for BWP not knowing about yellow peril and none for Chapman's yellow-card giveaway

There was no excuse for Bradley Wright-Phillips not knowing about his yellow peril or for referee Allen Chapman's officiating and his yellow card extravaganza Sunday.


November 23, 2014
BWP'S LAMENT
'I didn't know the rules of the yellow card accumulation. I'm angry. Stupid yellow card and now I have to pay.

Incredible as this may sound, Bradley Wright-Phillips admits he did not know that his yellow card in the 60th minute of the Red Bulls' 2-1 MLS playoff loss led to a one-game suspension in next week's second leg.


November 24, 2014
10 LITTLE YELLOW CARDS
Who got what and why in Red Bulls-Revs match

Here is a quick look at the 10 yellow cards that referee Allen Chapman handed out in the Red Bulls' 2-1 playoff loss to the New England Revolution at Red Bull Arena Sunday afternoon.


November 23, 2014
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
Of the Red Bulls' first-leg playoff loss to the Revolution

Here are the video highlights of the Red Bulls' 2-1 MLS playoff loss to the New England Revolution in the Eastern Conference final first leg at Red Bull Arena on Sunday afternoon.


November 23, 2014
EXPLAINING THE LATE SUB
Petke on Cahill for Alexander: 'hs ability in the air, his ability to get forward'

It seemed at first blush to be a puzzling tactical move but Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke's insertion of Tim Cahill into the match made plenty of sense, although it didn't pay dividends in his team's 2-1 loss to the New England Revolution Sunday.


November 23, 2014
OLD YELLOW
Chapman flashes his cards quickly

It was, to say the least, an uneven game of officiating from Allen Chapman in what was easily the biggest moment of his career as a referee. His calls – and sometimes his lack of calls – played a major part in the New England Revolution's 2-1 win at the Red Bulls.


November 23, 2014
PRESSURE, DISCIPLINED DEFENDING
The keys to the Revolution's win over Red Bulls

A high line of pressure and some disciplined defending to close out the game keyed the New England Revolution to a 2-1 road win over the Red Bulls Sunday. But it was their aggressive start to the game that set the tone early on.


November 23, 2014
'I'M PLAYING'
Henry on the 2nd leg on the turf in New England

In case you were wondering, Thierry Henrys will play for the Red Bull in the second leg of their Eastern Conference on the artificial surface of Gillette Stadium Saturday.


November 23 2014
NO BWP
Yellow card sidelines Wright-Phillips from of 2nd leg

Bradley Wright-Phillips will have to sit out the second leg of the Eastern Conference final series.


November 23, 2014
A TOUGH MOUNTAIN TO CLIMB
Red Bulls drop 1st-leg opener to Revs, 2-1; BWP to sit in NE after accruring 2nd playoff yellow

The Red Bulls will have their work cut out for themselves next Saturday. Not only will they have to overcome of what essentially is a 4-1 deficit, they will have to do it without striker Bradley Wright-Phillips.


November 22, 2014
PLAYOFF NOTEBOOK
Red Bulls hold RBA hex over Revolution

Remember when the Red Bulls had a 12-year itch -- a long, long winless streak at Gillette Stadium? Well, the New England Revolution also haven't won in New Jersey for quite awhile. In fact, it has been a seven-year itch, taking back to when the Red Bulls called Giants Stadium home.


November 22, 2014
PRETTY HOT VS. VERY HOT
Red Bulls will try to douse sizzling Revs, Jones

No one has to remind Mike Petke as to what his Red Bulls will be up against when they host the New England Revolution in the first leg of their Eastern Conference semifinal series at Red Bull Arena Sunday.


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