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Michael Lewis

Michael Lewis

December 4, 2016
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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
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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 1, 2016
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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.


November 30, 2016
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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 26, 2016
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Itís 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 itís important to do some math, soccer style.







November 24, 2016
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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 23, 2016
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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 21, 2016
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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 16, 2016
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 14, 2016
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On Soccer Bowl, Heath and Klinsi

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


November 13, 2016
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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 9, 2016
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Cosmos survive to play before an intimate crowd this Sunday

In what has been became one sobering postseason, the Cosmos find themselves as the last local team standing among the three professional soccer clubs.


November 8, 2016
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There is no excuse on what happened to NYC FC, none whatsoever

Use whatever adjective you feel comfortable with to describe an extremely uncomfortable New York City FC performance in its 5-0 elimination defeat to Toronto FC from the MLS Cup playoffs.


November 7, 2016
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Red Bulls need a big-time DP to make some big plays in the playoffs

The Red Bulls were eliminated from the MLS Cup playoffs Sunday. And the sun also rises. Yep, once again -- for the 17th time over 21 seasons as a playoff team -- the Red Bulls will fail to win MLS Cup.


November 5, 2016
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Will it be feast or famine for Red Bulls, NYC FC, Cosmos this weekend in their playoff games?

If you're a soccer fan in New York or New Jersey, you must be in nirvana this weekend. After all, how often do all three pro teams partake in playoff games within a 26-hour period?


October 31, 2016
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Red Bulls, NYC FC face different, difficult challenges in conference semifinal 2nd leg

Regardless what you might have called the results -- Black Sunday, Sunday, Bloody, Sunday or just Woe in Canada -- this much is certain for the Red Bulls and New York City FC: Their collective backs will be against the wall.


October 31, 2016
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MLS, TV score an own goal or two on semifinals 2nd leg schedule

The only way metropolitan area soccer fans will be able to see the two area Major League Soccer teams in person in playoff games next Sunday will be if they have a transporter like they have in Star Trek.


October 29, 2016
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The keys to playoff success? Limit your weaknesses and rely on your strengths, depth and an X factor

The Red Bulls and New York City FC embark on the first leg of their respective Major League Soccer playoff series against a pair of Canadian clubs Sunday. Both teams must maximize their strengths and minimize their weaknesses.


October 28, 2016
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My MVP selections: New York, New York (sorry, you'll have to read on to see who they are)

OK, before he really delve into the playoffs this weekend -- looking at Major League Soccer's Sunday's encounter and the North American Soccer League's The Championship next week -- we have to get some unfinished business out of the way. Just who deserves to be the MVP of those two respective leagues?


October 25, 2016
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Remembering the great Carlos Alberto

Just about every soccer fan probably has seen the goal on video, DVD or the internet. While overlapping on the right wing, Brazilian fullback and captain Carlos Alberto fires home a long-range shot for an emphatic goal to put an exclamation point on the 1970 World Cup in a 4-1 triumph over Italy in the final in Mexico City.


October 24, 2016
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November can't come soon enough

Don't know about you, ladies and gents, but the weekend of Nov. 5-6 is shaping up to be the greatest weekend in New York/New Jersey soccer history.


October 24, 2016
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Vieira sounds like he wants to stay and build on this season with NYC FC

Hmmm. Sounds as if Patrick Vieira wants to stay for a while. Last month the New York City FC head coach was quoted by ESPNFC.com last month that he could be tempted to coach a team in his native France. On Sunday night, he was singing a different tune.


October 23, 2016
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Wiping out huge deficits in a season finale? It's happened in a different way -- in hockey 46 years ago

Now, the likelihood of New York City FC overtaking the Red Bulls in the Eastern Conference race has two possibilities: slim and none. After all, the teams would have to be on opposite ends of 7-0 results for that to happen because the red team has a superior goal differential entering Decision Day (plus 15 to plus 2), the final game day of the Major League Soccer season Sunday.


October 18, 2016
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If stars align and soccer gods allow it, 8 or 9 days in November could be a memorable one for NY soccer

If the stars align and the soccer gods allow it, New York soccer fans could be treated to a memorable eight or nine days in November.


October 16, 2016
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If stars align and soccer gods allow it, 8 or 9 days in November could be a memorable one for NY soccer

If the stars align and the soccer gods allow it, New York soccer fans could be treated to a memorable eight or nine days in November.


October 16, 2016
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The leap-frogging should end in a memorable Eastern Conference finish; Red Bulls or NYC FC can clinch 1st

The fabulous Eastern Conference race for first will start again Sunday. In fact, the Red Bulls and New York City FC each can clinch the conference crown with a series of results.


October 10, 2016
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They could become New York soccer legends of the fall

Whether you root for the Red Bulls (or Red Bulls II), chant for New York City FC, support the Cosmos or just love soccer in general, you have to admit we are on the verge of one of the greatest, if not the greatest, autumns in metropolitan area history.


October 2, 2016
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They could become New York soccer legends of the fall

Whether you root for the Red Bulls (or Red Bulls II), chant for New York City FC, support the Cosmos or just love soccer in general, you have to admit we are on the verge of one of the greatest, if not the greatest, autumns in metropolitan area history.


September 26, 2016
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Appreciating the Red Bulls and NYC FC turnarounds and what Marsch and Vieira did for their teams

You've got to give Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch and New York City boss Patrick Vieira much credit for turning around the fortunes of their respective teams and directing them into the MLS playoffs.


September 25, 2016
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What if the Red Bulls had closed out those games in which they gave away points, where would they be?

Let's play a little what if? As well as the Red Bulls have performed recently, they could be leading the Eastern Conference by a considerable amount and in the driverís seat to secure home-field advantage for all conference playoff matches had they closed out five games.


September 18, 2016
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Like it or not, Red Bulls' season has been defined by a full-blown epidemic, their inability to close out matches

No matter what they do, they just can't get over the hump. The Red Bulls try to think positive thoughts and have a tough mentality. And that doesn't work. They bring in a fifth defender. And that doesn't work.


August 27, 2016
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Learning that it doesn't matter where you sit at a stadium, as long as you get a seat

Even when we are not in school or have graduated from either high school or college, life still offers many special lessons. I know I have had plenty of them and one of my earliest lessons as a journalist happened so many years ago.


August 21, 2016
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NYC FC, Red Bulls, Cosmos have forged their personalities by now, for better and for worse

Here we are as September approaches and one thing is quite certain: Regardless what league they play in, the three area men's soccer teams have formed personalities, for better or worse.


August 19, 2016
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When the Yankee Stadium soccer field was far from a perfect pitch

Earlier this year, a scandal erupted in Rochester, N.Y. when the Western New York Flash, used a professional baseball field for a soccer game. To say the field was narrow would be an understatement.


August 19, 2016
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Whether he is dismissed or red carded, Vieira can't develop a questionable rep with game officials

Earned for better or worse, reputations can be difficult to shake, especially in this day and age of instant information and social media. Take, for example, Patrick Vieira.


August 17, 2016
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First and second impressions can go a long way, sometimes they don't

How's this for making an impact after making his Major League Soccer debut against the Montreal Impact?


August 16, 2016
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Recalling a memorable game on the day The King died

It was quite easy for me to remember the 39th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley -- on Aug. 16, 1977.


August 12, 2016
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Going Solo: a classless exit by USA goalkeeper

If you have come to this column look for some nice things to be said about Hope Solo, well, sorry, you are in the wrong place.


August 12, 2016
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The most devastating result in U.S. women's soccer history

Sooner or later, it was going to happen. Sooner or later, the United States women were going to slip and not reach the final four of a major FIFA tournament for the first time. Well, sooner happened Friday afternoon.


August 10, 2016
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Trying to keep Red Bulls' backline intact is one difficult task for Marsch during a busy period

If the Red Bulls manage to reach MLS Cup, it just might be considered a miracle. Not because they're not good enough. They have plenty of talented and experienced players who could help them made a deep run in the playoffs. Whether they will have enough healthy legs or bodies when the playoffs role around, is another matter.



August 10, 2016
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USA must hope for better performance from its GK in quarterfinals or it could really feel so low

If you're an optimist, you will point out that that was only the group stage, that Hope Solo got a howler of a performance out of her system and that the United States women will start anew in the knockout round of the Rio Olympics.


August 9, 2016
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Remembering a horrible moment, 71 years ago

usually don't pull up old interviews, but since today is the 71st anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, I wanted to share with you a story.


August 1, 2016
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In praise of goal-scorers: Frank Lampard, Lucky Mkosana and Bradley Wright-Phillips

Today we exalt this weekend's goal-scorers from the three New York professional men's soccer teams. Let's hear it for Frank Lampard, Lucky Mkosana and Bradley Wright-Phillips.


July 27, 2016
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MLS all-star game needs a makeover

OK, I'll try not to waste too much of your time about this particular subject, because just about every other writer between New York and San Jose, Calif. has had an opinion on it. But I still have to get this off my chest.


July 25, 2016
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Front and center remarks about the center backs of the Red Bulls, NYC FC and Cosmos

One weekend, two games, three teams. This past weekend did not go exactly as planned for two of the New York pro soccer teams, with the Red Bulls emerging only unscathed and New York City FC and the Cosmos going down to disappointing defeats. OK, the Cosmos tied, but it felt like a loss.


July 22, 2016
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No excuse for staging Hudson River Derby match at 1 p.m. during the summer, none whatsoever

One mantra that has followed me through the years is a rather simple one: It's always about the players. It's always about the players. If you have no players, you have no game.


July 19, 2016
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The good, bad and ugly on NYC FC, Red Bulls, Cosmos

After the dust settled on another memorable weekend for our area's three pro men's soccer teams, I took a day off to gather my thoughts on New York City FC, the Red Bulls and Cosmos.


July 16, 2016
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It's time to root, root, root for the home teams

I am rooting for both of New York's Major League Soccer teams to win Sunday. That's right. You heard it here first.


July 15, 2016
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Remembering some nice times in Nice and in Paris on Bastille Day during more innocent times

My heart, thoughts, sympathies and prayers go out to the victims of the latest tragedy that occurred in Nice, France Thursday night. My thoughts today also wander back to a couple of times in the past in which I was in Nice for perhaps a 24-hour stay and in Paris for Bastille Day


July 11, 2016
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Some takeaways from a mixed bag of results from New York's 3 pro teams

This past weekend, New York's three pro teams had a mixed bag of results: A Cosmos victory, a New York City FC loss and a Red Bulls tie. So, let's take a quick look at each team.


July 4, 2016
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Red Bulls must find a way to get their mojo back soon or face a long, cold summer

When the Red Bulls endured their horrible 1-6 start to this Major League Soccer season, they did have a legitimate excuse.


July 4, 2016
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Vieira's coaching methods, tactics just might capture attention of European teams

Why do I get the feeling that Patrick Vieira's tenure with New York City FC will be shorter than we think.


July 1, 2016
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Hudson River Derby needs a NYC FC win to raise the rivalry to another level

What will bring the Hudson River Derby to another level? A win by New York City FC over the Red Bulls, who lead the series, 4-0.


June 23, 2016
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Looking back at the Hand of God goal by someone who walked with other soccer gods

Man, is it 30 years already? Boy, does time fly. Actually, I wasn't keeping count until I saw something on the web that Wednesday was the 30th anniversary of Diego Maradona's Hand of God goal at the 1986 World Cu


June 22, 2016
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Why the USA is far away from being one of the world's elite

So much has been written about Argentina's 4-0 triumph over the United States Tuesday night that it could have broken the internet two or three times over. The USA reminded us how far it has to go before it can be an elite soccer country.


June 20, 2016
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USA's Copa run has the spirit of '02

Pardon me if I have a deja vu feeling all over again about the United States going deep in a major soccer competition. In many respects, it reminds me of what the red, white and blue accomplished at the 2002 World Cup in Korea/Japan.


June 15, 2016
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Dempsey defies father time, but eventually that will catch up to him; who will be his successor?

Clint Dempsey came through not once, but twice for the United States in the group stage of Copa America Centenario. And the sun also rises.


June 7, 2016
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USA will try to buck history after opening loss

So, just how difficult is it to bounce back from an opening loss in a tournament and reach the next round?

Very.

Very.

Very.


June 6, 2016
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Oh say can you hear? Screwing up national anthems has been around for years

No doubt that screwing up the national anthem for Uruguay was an embarrassing moment for Copa America Centenario officials Sunday night.


June 5, 2016
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Copa start can't get any worse

The host team goes down by two goals, a pair of scoreless draws, three goals in four games and too many empty seats. Not exactly the best of starts for Copa America Centenario.


June 3, 2016
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The honeymoon is over for NYC FC

Boasting a $20 million-plus roster featuring the likes of David Villa, Andrea Pirlo and Frank Lampard, New York City FC has set a modern Major League Soccer standard of underachieving at its home venue.


May 31, 2016
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Ted Dumitru: an appreciation

The news hit me like a ton of soccer balls. My wife Joy told me that the former coach of the South African national team, Ted Dumitru, had passed away. He was at a Johannesburg mall, collapsed and died last week. I felt shocked and sad, very sad. And I had good reason to be. Ted Dumitru was the first professional soccer coach I had ever encountered, covered the quoted.


May 30, 2016
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Red Bulls on the rise, NYC FC still trying to figure out itself at home, Cosmos on the verge of clinching berth

With the Red Bulls and New York City FC heading toward the Copa America Centenario break and the Cosmos a game away from the end of the spring season, this just might be the right time to assess where the teams have been and where they are headed.


May 28, 2016
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Perhaps NYC FC should build its team around its pitch

As soccer fields go, Yankee Stadium is barely adequate and I think I'm being nice about that. As soccer teams playing on their home field, New York City FC gets a failing grade. Only seven points out of a possible 21 (a 1-2-4 record) just doesn't cut it.


May 20, 2016
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Red Bulls v NYC FC is a derby, a damn good one, but it is not a rivalry -- at least not yet

So, just when does a derby become a rivalry? It doesn't happen overnight. It is organic. It will happen when it will happen. That's why at the present time the Red Bulls-New York City derby is just that, a derby, not a rivalry.


May 15, 2016
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5 takeaways from NYC FC's big win

Here are five takeaways from NYC FC's 2-1 win at the Portland Timbers.


May 14, 2016
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3 takeaways from Red Bulls' Friday fiasco

Dax McCarty hit it right on the nose. The Red Bulls embarrassed themselves in their 2-0 defeat at D.C. United. Here's three takeaways from that fiasco.


May 8, 2016
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USL, Riverhounds acted quickly and did the right thing; Parkes deserves a nice, long ban

Give the USL and Pittsburgh Riverhounds high marks for swiftly ruling on Romeo Parkes after the Jamaican international's brutal attack on Red Bulls II center back Karl Ouimette Saturday night. And give Parkes the lowest marks possible.


May 6, 2016
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Remembering and appreciating Rocco Amoroso

Before rudeness became part of the culture and well before we became slaves to our cell phones to give a new definition to discourteous, Rocco Amoroso had seen enough on the soccer pitch.


April 25, 2016
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Looking at 3 degrees of must-win situations with the Red Bulls, NYC FC and Cosmos

Welcome to the land of must-win. I am talking about New York and New Jersey for its three professional men's soccer teams. Over the course of consecutive weekends, the Red Bulls, New York City FC and the Cosmos accumulated exactly three points out of a possible 18.


April 19, 2016
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Moving forward with the Red Bulls, NYC FC, Cosmos

After Saturday night's massacre, BigAppleSoccer.com editor Michael Lewis takes a look at the metro area's three men's pro teams -- Red Bulls, New York City FC and the Cosmos -- on their start and where they're going.


April 14, 2016
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5 takeaways from Red Bulls' latest loss

If you stayed up late and watched the Red Bulls' latest setback, a 2-0 defeat at the San Jose Earthquakes Wednesday night, you are one brave and tired soul this morning.


April 10, 2016
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5 takeaways from the Red Bulls' loss

It has been one rough start for the Red Bulls, who are 1-4 and lie ninth in the MLS Eastern Conference. With that in mind, here are five takeaways from their latest defeat, a 2-0 home setback to Sporting Kansas City Saturday night.


April 4, 2016
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5 takeaways from Cosmos' impressive victory

The Cosmos were quite impressive in their 3-0 season-opening win over Ottawa Fury FC at Shuart Stadium Sunday. How impressive? Just read on about my five quick takeaways from the North American Soccer League champions.


April 1, 2016
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5 takeaways from the Red Bulls' loss

Here are five takeaways from the Red Bulls' 1-0 road loss to the New England Revolution Friday night.


March 27, 2016
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History lesson: the last time the USA lost 2 home World Cup qualifiers (1985 and 2001)

Over the past 35 years, the United States has lost only two World Cup qualifying matches at home. Here's a look back at them.


March 26, 2016
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Klinsmann era has been a failure and it's time for him to go

The last time I looked, Jurgen Klinsmann still was head coach of the United States national team. That's too bad, because he should have been replaced over the winter.


March 25, 2016
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Just how secure is Klinsmann's job after this disaster?

You have to wonder how thin the ice Jurgen Klinsmann is walking on these days after the 2-0 debacle in Guatemala. No excuses, none whatsoever.


March 22, 2016
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No more halfway measures on international playing dates for MLS

If Major League Soccer wants to become one of the great soccer leagues of the world, it must act like one. Case in point: International playing dates, when 12 CONCACAF teams are competing for berths in the 2018 World Cup on Friday and next Tuesday.


March 20, 2016
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Five takeaways from the Red Bulls' comeback win

OK, hopefully you have come down back to earth after the Red Bulls' exciting 4-3 comeback victory over the Houston Dynamo. Here are five takeaways from the win.


March 19, 2016
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5 takeaways from the NYC FC loss

New York City FC suffered its first loss of the season in a 1-0 defeat to Orlando City FC at Yankee Stadium Friday night. Here are five takeaways from the game.


March 13, 2016
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Five takeaways from NYC FCís tie with Toronto

Here are five things that yours truly took from New York City FC's 2-2 loss, err, draw, with Toronto FC Sunday night.


March 12, 2016
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Five things to take from Red Bulls' latest loss

If flipping the side of the field in which midfield wings Mike Grella and Sam Lloyd is one of the major options that Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch that had in mind to be less predictable this season, the team could be in for a long season.


January 30, 2016
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Matt Miazga should have stayed another year with Red Bulls in MLS

So, Matt Miazga will call Chelsea FC his new football home, at least for the next few years. Whether he can break into the Starting XI, stay there and not embarrass himself is another matter.



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It's good to have good mentors, really good mentors

In his latest installment of celebrating his 41st year covering soccer, BigAppleSoccer.com editor Michael Lewis talks about the importance of having mentors and working on a sports desk, especially during the formative years of a young writer's career.


January 23, 2016
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The birth of a soccer-writing career 41 years ago

On Friday, Jan. 22, 2016 BigAppleSoccer.com Michael Lewis celebrated his 41st anniversary covering soccer. It was the night Lewis learned he was going to cover the Rochester Lancers of the old North American Soccer League.


January 9, 2016
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Underachieving Diskerud a City mystery

Now that everybody has given their opinion on the recent U.S. national team call-ups, I will go a lot more provincial concerning the national team: Why does Mix Diskerud keep getting the call from Jurgen Klinsmann?


January 3, 2016
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Just who are the local soccer people to watch in 2016?

Here are 16 people in the metro area to watch in soccer in 2016.


December 13, 2015
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Kwadwo Poku deserves to start for NYC FC

His coaching duties officially don't start until the beginning of the new year, but Patrick Vieira had to be impressed with at least New York City FC player during the team's 2-1 friendly win over the Puerto Rican national team Friday night: Kwadwo Poku.


December 3, 2015
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Getting ready for my personal MLS Cup No. 20

The rain was incessant. It wouldn't stop. It was so bad that it went sideways at a fierce speed. Most people would have stayed inside or home. Well, most sane people would have.


November 22, 2015
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Crew's one-two punch on the Red Bulls could very well wind up being the knockout punch to their season

The Columbus Crew gave the Red Bulls a helluva one-two punch in its 2-0 playoff win Sunday. The hosts stunned the Supporters Shield champions with a goal only nine seconds into the match. They further staggered the visiting side with another tally five minutes from time, which could very well turn into the knockout punch in the MLS Eastern Conference finals.


November 21, 2015
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Why the Red Bulls will win the MLS Cup

Let me put it simply: The Red Bulls will win the MLS Cup this year. Just in case you didn't hear it the first time, the Red Bulls will win the MLS Cup this year.


November 15, 2015
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Looking back at five Cosmos NASL championships

Sunday will be my eighth Soccer Bowl. In other words, I have witnessed five of the six Cosmos' North American Soccer League championships. Here are some personal memories from those games.


November 9, 2015
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Patrick Vieira faces so many challenges as NYC FC coach I don't know where to start

An intriguing pro soccer dichotomy is transpiring only 13 miles apart these days.


November 2, 2015
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Can NYC FC find a way to avoid being he modern-day version of the MetroStars?

Once upon a time there was a soccer team from the New York area playing in its first professional soccer season ever in a league called Major League Soccer. Let's call them the MetroStars.


October 14, 2015
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Like the USA attack, Klinsmann has no answers for what is ailing the national team

Like his team's lackluster attack, Jurgen Klinsmann is struggling to find answers and solutions. After the USA's must-not-see 1-0 loss to Costa Rica at Red Bull Arena Tuesday night, Klinsmann put on another display of deflecting questions from the media.


October 11, 2015
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Saturday, bloody, Saturday: one of the darkest days in USMNT history

Oct. 10, 2015. Mark my words. It will go down as one of the darkest days in U.S. men's national team history. In just a matter of hours, two U.S. men's teams went down to defeat in major competitions with much on the line, a rare event in the U.S. Soccer universe.


October 7, 2015
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Wright-Phillips following up Golden Boot season with yet another golden year

After striking for a league-record tying 27 goals in 2014, Bradley Wright-Phillips has accrued 15 more this season. Some observers, fans and media might consider that a failure in comparison, but it is more than a victory for the Red Bulls forward. Only a handful of Major League Soccer scoring championship have been able to follow up a Golden Boot season with another highly productive one.


September 26, 2015
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Looking back at Red Bulls disaster in 6 tweets

During the Red Bulls' incredible meltdown in their 5-2 home loss to Orlando City FC, I tweeted some remarks about the match.


September 9, 2015
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USMNT's 4-1 debacle vs. Brazil in 19 tweets

If you watched the United States' 4-1 disaster to Brazil in Foxborough, Mass. Tuesday, you probably have suffered enough. If you didn't witness the slaughter in the international friendly, you might want to see the game through the eyes of a frustrating sportwriter, who tweeted the game from his living room couch.


September 1, 2015
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Adam Nemec was NY's version of Ruben Dario Hernandez 20 years later

After some 40 years of reporting about the beautiful game, you get a sense of what is a good player and what is a bad fit. After watching Adam Nemec in a couple of games with New York City FC, I realized he fit into the latter category.


August 31, 2015
OFFSIDE REMARKS
A pulled muscle doesn't stop this writer from pulling his punches on twitter of Red Bulls rout

Unfortunately, a really bad pulled muscle stopped me from attending the Red Bulls-D.C. United game at Red Bull Arena Sunday night. But, it did not stop yours truly from pulling his punches -- having opinions, making comments and sharing them -- with our readers during the 3-0 assault by the Red Bulls.


August 27, 2015
OFFSIDE REMARKS
Todd Dunivant: an appreciation

The first time I saw him play, I immediately realized that Todd Dunivant had a future in Major League Soccer.


August 13, 2015
OFFSIDE REMARKS
Keeping your nerve when you not only meet, but interview your idol as well

While perusing Facebook, I stumbled onto a post by former New York Yankees public relations director Mary Appel, which reminded the world that today, Aug. 13, was the 20th anniversary of Mickey Mantle's death.


August 9, 2015
OFFSIDE REMARKS
Remembering a horrible moment, 70 years ago

I usually don't pull up old interviews, but since today is the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, I wanted to share with you a story.


July 27, 2015
OFFSIDE REMARKS
On underachieving, watermelons and grapes

Years ago, some colleagues of mine were talking about the attributes of the U.S. men's national team. One of us said that the U.S. players never give up, that they would keep grinding away, even in defeat. Well, I never thought I'd see the day, but Saturday's fiasco of a third-place game turned into an embarrassment for U.S. Soccer and U.S. soccer.


July 22, 2015
OFFSIDE REMARKS
Putting it into perspective: when the USA lost home qualifiers in 1985, 2001

As bad as the United Statesí elimination defeat by Jamaica in the CONCACAF Gold Cup was on Wednesday night, there have been at least two worst moments in the past three decades.


July 15, 2015
OFFSIDE REMARKS
When the beautiful game lives up to its reputation

Within a span of only four days, soccer fans in America were entertained by four teams playing two incredible matches in two completely different competitions. Both games ended in 4-4 draws Ė now, what were the odds of that? -- but the real winner was the game of soccer.


July 13, 2015
OFFSIDE REMARKS
'It's a travesty of a mockery of a sham of a mockery of a travesty of two mockeries of a sham'

That headline comes from the mouth of one Fielding Mellish, speaking in Woody Allen's immortal 1971 movie Bananas. OK, maybe it's not that bad, but I got your attention about Don Garber's annual commissioner's picks for the Major League Soccer all-star game.


July 13, 2015
OFFSIDE REMARKS
This writer is for rent to write about hat-tricks, but he won't be cheap

After watching two historical hat-tricks in person the last two Sundays, I have decided to rent myself out to the soccer world. So I put out this classified ad, which made its debut on FaceBook.


July 9, 2015
OFFSIDE REMARKS
In 1991, this wriiter was there when USAís 1st womenís championship team came home to a dozen greeters

If you donít think how much a difference 24 years can make, all you have to do is go back to the very first Womenís World Cup in China in 1991.


June 19, 2015
OFFSIDE REMARKS
Dempsey deserves a nice, long, stiff ban

I always thought that if Clint Dempsey was going to get into trouble again, it would be because of his elbows and not his hands.


June 19, 2015
OFFSIDE REMARKS
Cosmos make a big dent, but there's much more work to be done especially with attendance

The Cosmos barely had enough time to celebrate their comeback and ultimate shootout win in one New York derby than they discovered they would be participating in yet another within two weeks.


June 12, 2015
WOE, CANADA -- DAY WHATEVER
Not much happening here, except for traffic jams, insults and a computer meltdown

If you were wondering what happened to my so-called "daily diary" the past few days, well, there hasn't been very much to write about here except for traffic jams, an insult or two and a computer meltdown.


June 9, 2015
WOE, CANADA -- DAY 3
For once, a nice slow day

At least for one day, I have found a way to keep the hotel maid from taking or throwing out any of my stuff. I left the "Do Not Disturb" sign on the door all day.


June 8, 2015
WOE, CANADA -- DAY 2
This is turning into the klepto-Women's World Cup

As I picked my credentials for the Women's World Cup Sunday -- it was the quickest accreditation process I have encountered -- something came to mind.


June 7, 2015
WOE, CANADA -- DAY 1
A headache of a day with planes, trains and automobiles

Here we are living in the 21st century with all the modern conveniences in the world. But as I discovered Saturday, a lot can go wrong.


June 5, 2015
OFFSIDE REMARKS
Getting so close to history, yet not getting a chance to see it made

With American Pharoah preparing to make history at Belmont Park on Saturday, BigAppleSoccer.com editor Michael Lewisí thoughts go back to another Triple Crown race at the racetrack a little more than four decades ago.


June 1, 2015
OUR MAN IN HAVANA -- DAY 1
The stamp of approval in a changing world

Times have changed since the last time I was here in 2012. While going through immigration on Sunday night, an immigration official in a booth ask me if should could stamp my passport. I've been asked that dozens of times during my international travels over the years. Yeah, of course.


May 17, 2015
OFFSIDE REMARKS
When it's good to tie one on and when its best to avoid draws

There are such things as good ties and bad ties. In the wake of the three area pro teams finishing with draws, I take a look at what is considered a good tie and a bad one.


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