March 9, 2014
No panic, but a lot of concern over some Red Bulls players
Even with a 4-1 loss at the Vancouver Whitecaps, the Red Bulls' worst season-opening result in their 19-year history, there was no reason to jump out the window. But there is some concern about some players.
February 20, 2014
Chivas USA: an end of an error in southern California
No tears were shed here in New York when it was announced that Major League Soccer had purchased Chivas USA from Jorge Vergara and Angelica Fuentes on Thursday.
February 14, 2014
A special Valentine to the most beautiful game
With Friday being Valentine's Day, my thoughts obviously turn to love.
February 12, 2014
Making sport of the snow
This column isn't exactly about soccer, but with the Winter Olympics going full blast and another snowstorm hitting the area, I figured that this story was quite appropriate to post.
January 10, 2014
Kreis is ready for the pressure of New York and challenge of coaching an expansion team
Yours truly had the honor of welcoming Jason Kreis to New York Friday. "Welcome to New York," I told Kreis during a press conference in midtown Manhattan. "Why haven't you won a game yet? Like I said, welcome to New York."
January 9, 2014
Bradley joining Toronto is good for MLS, but is it good for Bradley and USMNT?
Michael Bradley is heading to Toronto FC, huh? Well, that's certainly good for Toronto FC and certainly good for Major League Soccer. But how good is that for Michael Bradley as a soccer player and the U.S. National Team, particularly heading into a World Cup year?
January 5, 2014
Remembering the Black Panther
Eusebio, one of the greatest soccer players to run on and walk this planet, died on Sunday. He was 71. Not many writers can say it, but yours truly got an opportunity to watch him play in person at the end of his career.
December 13, 2013
Only time will tell whether Klinsmann's early contract extension really makes sense
Well, that was certainly a surprise: extending a coach's contract before the World Cup and not after it. Then again, Jurgen Klinsmann isn't exactly your everyday national team coach.
December 4, 2013
Getting ready for my personal MLS Cup No. 18
This editor prepares to cover his 18th MLS Cup -- in Kansas City, Kansas this Saturday.
November 21, 2013
A 50th anniversary that is far from golden
Somewhere, somewhere in my parents' basement on Long Island, there is a rectangular plastic, green pencil case with probably some old, crumbling pencils and erasers inside, accompanied, an old, small news clipping from a November 1963 edition of Newsday.
November 19, 2013
Caligiuri looks back at the goal that changed the course of American soccer history
This is a repost of a BigAppleSoccer.com story that has been updated. If Paul Caligiuri hadn't scored "The Goal" 24 years ago today, I probably wouldn't be writing this column, or perhaps any soccer column, for that matter. And Caligiuri wouldn't have enjoyed a Hall of Fame soccer career domestically and abroad.
November 8, 2013
The Thierry Henry era is running out of time
With the Red Bulls trailing 2-1 and their season running out of time in the 118th minute Wednesday night, Thierry Henry stepped up to take a 22-yard free kick, the most important direct kick he would attempt this season.
October 25, 2013
Memo to Red Bulls and Cosmos fans: enjoy the ride, moments like this don't come around very often
Let's face it. In the past two decades or so, metro area pro soccer fans haven't had much to cheer about. Now, we have not one, but two pro teams that are on the verge of making some history.
October 15, 2013
WCQ picks: Mexico will find a way to squeak in -- by a goal
The day of reckoning for three CONCACAF teams is here. So many questions, and a few answers.
October 11, 2013
Mexico hasn't shown it can draw up a home win, Honduras is on verge, U.S. should oust Jamaica
Even with the United States and Costa Rica already securing their spots at Brazil 2014, there still is plenty of drama ahead on Day 9 of the CONCACAf hexagonal in World Cup qualifying.
September 12, 2013
The Donovan factor: 'He's a guy that when he's on the field puts fear in the opponent'
Three is little doubt that the U.S. National Team needs Landon Donovan and Landon Donovan needs the U.S. National Team.
September 10, 2013
WORLD CUP PICKS
USA over Mexico, Panama to tie in Honduras, Costa Rica over Jamaica
After Friday night's disaster things have to get better. No, I am not talking about the losses the United States and Mexico suffered in World Cup qualifying, but rather my selections on Day 7 of the CONCACAF hexagonal.
September 7, 2013
By not playing, midfielder Michael Bradley again proves how indispensable he really is to USMNT
On a team that boasts several impact players, it sometimes can be difficult to ascertain who makes the biggest impact of them all. Let's use the U.S. National Team as an example.
September 6, 2013
CONCACAF HEXAGONAL PICKS
U.S. will get a result at Nacional; Mexico won't tie (finally) at home; Panama to prevail over Jamaica
CONCACAF hexagonal Day 7 can really separate the men's from the boys in World Cup qualifying if results go a certain way on Friday night.
September 4, 2013
The likelihood and chances of U.S. deploying its "perfect 11" in WCQ?: probably slim and none
With all the football and soccer websites, blogs and analysts out there, I wonder if anyone has done some sort of survey of when National Teams have been able to deploy their "so-called" full starting 11 for a World Cup qualifier, World Cup match or a continental championship.
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