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Charles Cuttone

September 18, 2014
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With bland logo, MLS is a blank slate

In unveiling a new logo on Thursday, part of the launch of a new version of a video game, Major League Soccer hopes to connect with its core audience, millennials.


July 29, 2014
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Threads in soccer’s colorful tapestry

Phil Stephens never met Nancy Osserman. It’s too bad. They would have gotten along famously, if for no other reason than each provided a rather long thread in the colorful tapestry that is American soccer.


July 1, 2014
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World Cup magic is in the eye of the beholder

In the end, there was no magic. At least not enough to propel the United States, whose World Cup lasted 120 minutes longer than I and many observers thought it would, any further. But, the magic really was in that they got this far.


June 2, 2014
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Doing things the NY way

New York City FC announced their presence on the New York sports scene with authority on Monday, signing Spain international David Villa.


May 23, 2014
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What does Klinsmann’s World Cup roster say about the direction of US Soccer?

Jurgen Klinsmann made some curious decisions in selecting the United States National Team roster for the upcoming World Cup in Brazil, leading to the question, where exactly is soccer in the United States going?


April 13, 2014
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Cosmos opening day still holds promise of years ago

Opening day in soccer doesn’t have the same romance in soccer as it does in baseball. Although with the seasons in the United States taking place along roughly the same calendar, some of the clichés that are often applied for baseball, a new beginning, the spring, renewal of the ancient rites of spring could all apply.


November 17, 2013
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MLS expansion: too much of a good thing?

Major League Soccer is expected to announce its 21st club next week, granting Orlando City SC a franchise to begin play in the league in 2015.


November 7, 2013
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Soccer Bowl trophy brings back memories

ATLANTA—I got my glimpse of the NASL’s Soccer Bowl trophy today. It’s a nice-looking piece of hardware that either the New York Cosmos or Atlanta Silverbacks will lift on Saturday.


September 18, 2013
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HBO Sports could use a soccer primer

So, HBO’s Real Sports has finally discovered soccer. After doing a one-sided hatchet job on Chivas USA a few weeks ago, the cable TV magazine show aired a downright positive piece on Seattle Sounders FC Tuesday night. Sort of.


August 11, 2013
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From Gold Cup win to Dempsey return, big two weeks in American soccer

U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati is fond of saying soccer’s progress in this country is evolutionary, not revolutionary, meaning there is not a single event that provides a seminal moment pointing to the sport’s success. That may be true, but the last two weeks have been an extraordinary time for the game in America.


July 20, 2013
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Woosnam deserves the thanks of the game

Every soccer match in this country this weekend should have a moment of silence for Phil Woosnam, the Commissioner of the North American Soccer League, who passed away Friday at age 80.


May 27, 2013
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14 is not 42

Robbie Rogers did a courageous thing by coming out, and then un-retiring, becoming on Sunday night the first openly gay male athlete to play in a game for a major professional sports team in the United States.


May 25, 2013
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Going for gold

It appears that a Golden Age is approaching that should make New York one of the great soccer cities in the world.


March 16, 2013
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A tale of two cities, two stadiums and four teams

The opening of this Major League Soccer season and Rivalry Weekend has brought about an interesting challenge—catching two games involving four teams that are covered by Soccer News Net sites.


March 10, 2013
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Do-over voting is wrong call for the Hall of Fame

The other day, for the second time in a little over a month, I received a ballot from the National Soccer Hall of Fame.


January 20, 2013
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Michelle Akers: Simply the best

Every sport has its legends -- Babe Ruth, Jim Thorpe, Gordie Howe, Jesse Owens, Arnold Palmer, Richard Petty, Billie Jean King. Names that resonate even with non-sports fans. Even though she does not think so, Michelle Akers belongs on that list.


December 6, 2012
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Greatest American team ever? Not the Galaxy

Following the Los Angeles Galaxy’s 3-1 win over the Houston Dynamo to capture their second straight MLS Cup on Saturday, former Galaxy player and current team executive Chris Klein proclaimed the team the greatest in American soccer history.


December 2, 2012
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A fitting exit for David Beckham

David Beckham left Major League Soccer on Saturday as he entered it – amid happy, celebratory chaos, his welcoming press conference and final hoisting of the MLS Cup trophy bookending a sometimes rocky road through the still-developing landscape of American soccer.


November 22, 2012
CUTTONE’S CONCEPTS
Is “sustainability” enough for new women’s league?

No question women’s soccer fans today are thankful that there will be a third attempt at a professional league, as announced by U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati.


October 16, 2012
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Home at last

KANSAS CITY,Kan.---For as long as the United States has been playing World Cup qualifiers, it has been looking for someplace where it would truly have a home field advantage.


August 11, 2012
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What’s the point? Too many meaningless games

PHILADELPHIA---Now that the travelling road show that is the “Summer of Soccer” has packed up its tent and headed home to play games that count, I say good riddance.


August 6, 2012
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A true classic

In the short history of women's soccer at the world level, there have been a handful of epic games and epic performances. Monday’s Olympic semifinal match between the United States and Canada was one of the best.


July 29, 2012
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All for one?

Hope Solo is probably the best women’s goalkeeper in the world. But there is something Solo is even better at than stopping opponents’ shots---stirring up controversy.


July 26, 2012
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Cutting through the clutter

If you’re a soccer fan, these days you can be gorging yourself on a veritable buffet of soccer. I’m not just talking the 24/7 variety available on cable TV.


July 8, 2012
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Zakuani and Mullan give us one of those moments

On Saturday night, Steve Zakuani and Brian Mullan gave us one of those moment s sports are supposed to be about.


May 30, 2012
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U.S. celebrates its past, dreams about the future

LANDOVER, Md.---While those of us who have been big supporters of the Soccer Hall of Fame mourn the loss of the campus and museum in Oneonta, NY, one of the nice things about combining the annual Hall of Fame inductions with a U.S. National Team game is that it provides the opportunity to not only reminisce about the rich past of the sport, but also look at the present, and perhaps even a little ahead to the future.


April 26, 2012
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It never gets easier

My colleague here at Big Apple Soccer, Michael Lewis, recently wrote about one of the worst parts of the newspaper business. Writing obituaries. It’s usually hard enough to write them about people you don't know, or might have covered or casually met.

It's nearly impossible to stay objective when it’s a good friend of more than 35 years.


April 1, 2012
CUTTONE'S CONCEPTS
Chinaglia--The real straw that stirred the drink

In the 15 years that the North American Soccer League bounced its red white and blue star-laden ball across the continent, there were many great players who played in the league. World Cup winners, international superstars and legends like Pele, George Best, Johan Cruyff, Franz Beckenbauer, Carlos Alberto and Gerd Mueller.

None dominated the league and the headlines like Giorgio Chinaglia, who died on Sunday at age 65 in Florida.


March 10, 2012
CUTTONE'S CONCEPTS
Ghost of NASL still haunts MLS

It’s not clear if, when working late at Major League's Soccer's midtown Manhattan offices, Don Garber hears the wind blowing through long abandoned soccer nets, or if he hears the eerie guttural chant of “Cos-Mos, Cos-Mos” that once cascaded down on the now demolished Giants Stadium. But it is clear the Commissioner of Major League Soccer knows there is an otherworldly presence hanging over MLS, which kicks off its 17th season Saturday with 19 teams.


January 30, 2012
CUTTONE'S CONCEPTS
A bad day for American soccer

Monday was a bad day for American soccer. And it shouldn't have been.


January 17, 2012
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Indoor soccer is alive in Kansas City

Indoor soccer is alive and relatively well in Kansas City. Even if it is in a bit of a time warp. But hey, that's always been part of the beauty of indoor soccer. Turn out the lights, pump smoke on the field, blare 80s disco music and watch guys run around on the turf like they were in a pinball machine.


January 7, 2012
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Whoops, WPS misses big opportunity

Thursday afternoon in the main ballroom at the Kansas City Convention Center, Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber will step up to the podium to announce the first pick of the MLS Super Draft. Twenty-four hours later, Women’s Professional Soccer CEO Jennifer O’Sullivan will step up to a similar podium in a much smaller room at the same convention center and announce the women’s league’s first pick.


January 3, 2012
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Broaden the bookshelf

Being both a devoted reader and a soccer junkie, I am usually excited when a new soccer book arrives.


November 26, 2011
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Memo to US Soccer: time to step up

It’s time for U.S. Soccer to step up for women’s soccer.


September 27, 2011
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KC got it right

KANSAS CITY, Kan.---With all due respect to PPL Park and Red Bull Arena, both wonderful MLS stadiums, Kansas City has raised the bar.


August 6, 2011
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Making new memories, for better or worse

I thought the moment I flipped on the TV to watch the New York Cosmos take on Manchester United in the Paul Scholes farewell game, a flood of memories about the old days would come rushing over me.

I wanted it to, but it didn’t happen.


July 10, 2011
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Indomitable Abby

It's not always the best teams, with the best players, with the most skill, that win. Sometimes it requires guts, persistence, a little luck and a player that can pick up the team and almost singlehandedly will them to victory.


June 10, 2011
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Shouldn’t all-star event be a showcase?



May 10, 2011
CUTTONE’S CONCEPTS
Tough times for the women’s game

Seeing Brandi Chastain doing a promo for the upcoming Women’s World Cup reminded me just how much has changed in women’s soccer since that glorious summer in 1999, when the U.S. team was the darling of the entire country and Chastain wound up on the cover of Time, Newsweek and Sports Illustrated after ripping her jersey off to celebrate her championship-winning penalty kick.


March 19, 2011
CUTTONE’S CONCEPTS
Time to turn out

HARRISON, NJ---Ok, where is everyone ?

True it was a little cold tonight, maybe in the 40s. But otherwise it was a beautiful clear night. No excuse for Red Bull Arena to be little more than half full on opening night.


March 16, 2009
CUTTONE’S CONCEPTS
Nostalgia is part of the passion for sport

Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber is under the impression that selling soccer and selling nostalgia do not necessarily go hand in hand.


December 3, 2010
CUTTONE’S CONCEPTS
Not shocked at FIFA’s decision

If FIFA had awarded the 2022 World Cup to Phoenix, Arizona, that would have been a shock. That they awarded it to Qatar, an Emirate with roughly the same population and summer climate, is not.


November 16, 2010
CUTTONE’S CONCEPTS
MLS embracing some NASL history, mis-remembering other

Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber is certainly more accepting of the North American Soccer League, its history and what the league meant to U.S. soccer and to developing soccer fans around the country than the league’s previous administration. But he still needs to get some of his facts about the league correct.


November 6, 2010
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The morning after the big upset

If a world power falls and there’s no one there to cover it, does it make a noise?


October 27, 2010
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Remembering a NY legend and a friend

There are legends in sports, and there are legendary people. Bill Shannon was one of those legendary people.


September 14, 2010
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Hall ballot will be interesting in 2014

In the 15 years or so that I have been on the National Soccer Hall of Fame voting panel, I can’t recall a year where we will have as many apparent “shoo-in” candidates as there will be in 2014.


August 29, 2010
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Thanks for 35 years of memories

There is a line in the epic baseball movie Field of Dreams, where James Earl Jones says baseball has marked the passage of time in America. Maybe so, but in my life it has been soccer. Sure I have been to many memorable sporting events, the World Series, Super Bowl, U.S. Open and New York Marathon, but it has been soccer that’s been there almost every step of the way.


August 8, 2010
CUTTONE’S CONCEPTS
To designate or not

A sellout at Toyota Park Sunday and another at Red Bull Arena next Sunday. It looks like the signing of designated players is having the desired early effect on Major League Soccer by boosting attendance for the teams signing the players.


July 30, 2010
CUTTONE’S CONCEPTS
New DP rule should be named for Beckenbauer

Another day, another designated player. It seems like everyone in Major League Soccer is getting in on the act.


June 24, 2010
CUTTONE’S CONCEPTS
No cheering in the press box, but the living room doesn’t count

There is an age-old axiom in the sports writing profession. No cheering in the press box. Fortunately, this rule does not apply to one’s couch, where a journalist is free to also be a fan.


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