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Michael Lewis

Michael Lewis

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 FC’s 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Putting it into perspective: when the USA lost home qualifiers in 1985, 2001

As bad as the United States’ 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
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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 – now, what were the odds of that? -- but the real winner was the game of soccer.


July 13, 2015
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'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
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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
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In 1991, this wriiter was there when USA’s 1st women’s championship team came home to a dozen greeters

If you don’t think how much a difference 24 years can make, all you have to do is go back to the very first Women’s World Cup in China in 1991.


June 19, 2015
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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
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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
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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 Lewis’ 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
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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.


May 15, 2015
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16 games and counting and not all have been sweet

When New York City FC was added to the metropolitan area soccer terrain, I realized my life as a soccer writer would become much more complicated. I just didn't know how much more complex -- until now.


May 14, 2015
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Brad Friedel, an appreciation

For those of you who think history is something that happened five seconds ago, and nothing more or nothing less, I have a history lesson or two for you. It's about goalkeeper Brad Friedel. Because he starred for the U.S. national team so long ago, some of you might not even know who he is and I'm not kidding.


May 13, 2015
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Remembering another first-year NY team that got off to a slow start 19 years ago

When David Villa said that New York City FC hit rock bottom after his team's 2-1 road loss at the Red Bulls Sunday, his statement struck a nerve. Now, where did I hear that before from a first-year Major League Soccer team? It came back to me – in a piece I wrote about the New York/New Jersey MetroStars (now the Red Bulls) some 19 years ago.


May 11, 2015
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New York, New York, What a wonderful town! Harrison is up and the Bronx is down

OK, the headline is mixing metaphors because we all know the Harrison I'm talking about is in New Jersey and not in New York. But as we like to say in the journalism business, we never let facts get in the way of a good story, or in this case, a good headline.


May 8, 2015
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Clive doesn't Toye around in his latest book, 'Anywhere In The World

Most of the soccer world knows and probably only knows Clive Toye as the Cosmos president who signed Pele to that historic contract in 1975.


May 7, 2015
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One interesting shirt tale about Hudson Derby

Earlier this afternoon I received a FedEx package from the Red Bulls that include a can of Red Bull, a roster, stickers and a shirt. Make that a red shirt. Make that a very special red shirt for Sunday's Hudson Derby encounter between the Red Bulls and New York City FC at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J


May 4, 2015
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A day this writer will never forget

I wrote this story five years ago, on the 40th anniversary of such a tragic and needless event. I am reposting it again because we should never forgot what transpired on the campus of Kent State in Kent, Ohio on May 4, 1970.


April 18. 2015
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Cosmos objective: win, baby, win

The name of the baseball player escapes me, but I certainly remember what he said after a dismal stint with the Yankees a number of years ago. He said something to the effect that the only thing that the Yankees cared about was winning.


April 15, 2015
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This unique soccer souvenir has a "key" to my heart

During my short stay here, I have purchased a few souvenirs. That includes a couple of books -- about the life and death of Davy Crockett (hey, I had to visit the Alamo) and the official USA-Mexico scarf that commemorated this version of the border clash. The best one might have been for free.


April 15, 2015
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Embarking on a five-day soccer odyssey

As you can tell from the dateline of this story, I am in this great Texas city for the Border Clash between the United States and Mexico at the Alamodome Wednesday night.


April 13, 2015
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Today, soccer is in the shadow after the passing of Eduardo Galeano

A giant of the game passed away Monday and sadly, there is a good chance that most of you never heard of him.


April 1, 2015
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How two players bounced back from some devastating news on April Fool's Day

We all know what today is -- April 1 -- perhaps better known as April Fool's Day. Two former MetroStars discovered that reality can bite on this day, although John Wolyniec and Jim Rooney bounced back from it nicely, thank you.


March 29, 2015
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2 games, 2 stadiums, 4 teams in 7 hours

I've certainly covered two soccer games in the same day before. Nothing earth-shattering about that. But for the second time in my career on Saturday, I attended and covered two pro soccer games on both sides of the Hudson River, a rare feat, indeed.


March 29, 2015
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Joe Manfredi was one of a kind, certainly something Clive Toye realized long before the rest of us

Back in the stone age 44 years ago when this foreign sport known as soccer was struggling to be accepted by a rather skeptical American sporting public, not many men such as Corrado “Joe” Manfredi was bold enough not only put his money where his mouth was, but where his heart was as well.


March 25, 2015
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Here's my plan for MLS I and MLS II -- promotion, relegation and playoffs

So, Major League Soccer made if official today and annoited Minnesota as it's what -- 22nd, 23rd or 24th franchise -- sorry I kind of get confused with the David Beckham-Miami franchise and its situation.


March 22, 2015
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For one night, Red Bulls win without star and superstar power; but can they do it for entire season?

For the past decade, the Red Bulls had plenty of star power, sometimes superstar power, in their arsenal.


March 22, 2015
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An award ceremony that is long overdue

Sometime after the Red Bulls tussle with rival D.C. United, win, lose or draw, a rather unusual awards ceremony, more than 10 years in the making or waiting, will occur in the home team's locker room at Red Bull Arena Sunday.


March 19, 2015
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Orange in my blood, red rage on my face

I'll tell you right off the bat that I am a Syracuse University graduate, class of '74. That's 1974, not 1874. Depending on if you are snarky or emphatic, you can stop your snickering and stop feeling sorry for me as well right now.


March 18, 2015
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What did you expect? They are the Cosmos

So, the Cosmos are going to Cuba. So, what did you expect? They are the Cosmos.


March 16, 2015
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The real test starts now for NYC FC

Outside of scoring off the opening kickoff, winning 6-0, filling up about 5,000 or so empty seats and having temperatures hovering around 60 degrees, it truly could not get much better for New York City FC Sunday night.


March 11, 2015
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A blast from the past: Jason Kreis, Claudio Reyna and the MetroStars: a premonition or coincidence?

Well, well, well, guess what I found in my soccer files -- the penultimate issue of Soccer Magazine from December 1999. Jason Kreis, who was then tearing up Major League Soccer with the Dallas Burn, was featured on the cover.


March 7, 2015
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BWP and ridiculous expectations and more realistic realizations

As a new season is upon us, every Major League Soccer teams faces a myriad of questions, from how well veteran and new players will fare to whether a team is either championship material or can contend for the postseason. Which brings us to Bradley Wright-Phillips.


February 22, 2015
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So, where were you 35 years ago today?

Reader alert: Anyone under 35- or 40-years-old might not be able to relate to this story. So, where were you 35 years ago today? That would be Feb. 22, 1980.


February 22, 2015
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It's good to have good mentors, really good mentors

In his latest installment of celebrating his 40th 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.


February 13, 2015
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A special Valentine to the most beautiful game

With Saturday being Valentine's Day, my thoughts obviously turn to love. We have many loves in our lives, whether it be our significant other, family, pets, friends and even sports.


February 5, 2015
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Just whatever happened to NYC FC? Can anyone tell me?

Earlier today, I received an email from the Philadelphia Union, announcing that head coach Jim Curtin would be available to the media for a conference call at 2 p.m. I have to admit that I had some serious conference call envy with the Union. Not about the Red Bulls, but with New York City FC.


February 5, 2015
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Kelly Smith: an appreciation

From the opening kickoff to the final whistle of Seton Hall's 5-2 loss to Notre Dame in October 1999, Kelly Smith was incredible, fantastic and tremendous. In other words, she performed at her usual ridiculously high levels.


February 2, 2015
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Just what exactly happened to Tim Cahill?

Quite frankly, I find it kind of ironic that I write this column when Tim Cahill has been anointed a soccer god in all of Australia as he and his Socceroo teammates have hailed worldwide for their outstanding championship performance at the Asian Cup.


February 1, 2015
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The birth and life of a writer

On Thursday, Jan. 22, BigAppleSoccer.com editor Michael Lewis celebrated his 40th anniversary in covering professional soccer. This is the second part of a multi-part series of his career as a writer as he interviews himself.


February 1, 2015
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Super Bowl edition: Media Day, domed stadiums and Key & Peele

While the world counts down to the most important American gridiron football game of the year -- hey, that ain't football as we know, is it? -- here are some thoughts about the Super Bowl.


January 29, 2015
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Not the best of starts for NYC FC

Let's see now. The Frank Lampard fiasco. Chief Business Officer Tim Pernetti leaves the team 38 days before the team's first game. A team president announced 38 days prior to that match. Negligible public relations. Not exactly the way you would want an expansion team to start in Major League Soccer.


January 27, 2015
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So, who wants to join me for a unique NY/NJ soccer marathon this April?

On this cold, dreary, snowy winter day, your truly is planning a unique soccer marathon in April and fans of the beautiful game can join with me if they want.


January 24, 2015
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About that picture of Bruce Arena; a look at the great US soccer coach's early years

Here on Long Island, it is a cold, bitter wet and snowy day. It's been a slow news morning in our favorite sport, so I figured I would tackle a subject some of you have commented on via my twitter link or FaceBook page: Bruce Arena's hair circa 1969 or 1970.


January 23, 2015
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Just who is running the Red Bull global show from Salzburg?

With a new regime in place, there are many questions to be asked about the Red Bulls for 2015. The obvious ones are about new sporting director Ali Curtis, who axed popular coach Mike Petke, and new coach Jesse Marsch, who has been thrown into the middle of this the team's latest controversy.


January 22, 2015
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Which goalkeeper should replace Hope Solo if she can't play in the WWC? Barnhart, Harris or Naeher

OK, let's assume the worst case scenario. Let's say Hope Solo bottoms out and doesn't backstop the United States at the Women's World Cup in Canada this June and July. Just who will be her replacement?


January 22, 2015
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The birth of a soccer-writing career 40 years ago

On Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 BigAppleSoccer.com Michael Lewis celebrated his 40th 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 21, 2015
OFFSIDE REMARKS
Solo must make the most important save of her career -- herself

I have two words for U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo: Get help. As in now, and not later.


January 21, 2015
OFFSIDE REMARKS
A year-long celebration of 40 years kicks off Thursday

It seems like yesterday when I covered my first professional soccer game, yesterday being four decades ago. Tomorrow -- Thursday -- I will celebrate exactly 40 years covering soccer.


January 20, 2015
OFFSIDE REMARKS
Is Cahill arranging his exit from the Red Bulls?

Let's play a game today. No, not soccer. Another game. It's called connect the dots. I'm getting the feeling that Tim Cahill is ready to make his exit from the Red Bulls.


January 18, 2015
OFFSIDE REMARKS
A revised list of dozen local people who will be under scrutiny and in the spotlight in the next 12 months

I guess there is a first time for everything. Two weeks ago, I put out my annual list of soccer personalities to watch for the year. Due to the events of the past two weeks, it's time to revise the top of the list, just a bit


January 16, 2015
OFFSIDE REMARKS
It looks like it's time to mothball the MLS SuperDraft

I have to admit, I don't believe I would ever have to say this, but perhaps it is time to shut down the Major League Soccer SuperDraft.


January 15, 2015
OFFSIDE REMARKS
So what is so super about the MLS SuperDraft?

Will someone please explain to me why the Major League Soccer SuperDraft is still called the SuperDraft?


January 13, 2015
OFFSIDE REMARKS
How to run -- or is it ruin? -- a soccer team

After many years of covering professional soccer in North America, we have decided to set up a pro soccer management consulting firm. Here is our prospectus on how to run a pro soccer team.


January 12, 2015
OFFSIDE REMARKS
What do you do when favorite soccer team betrays your trust?

Today's soccer lesson will be about a couple of "What if" situations.


January 9, 2015
OFFSIDE REMARKS
High drama by Red Bulls, NYC FC produce new lows for both clubs

Well, what do you know? What started out as a pair of tweets earlier Friday has turned into a full-blown column.


January 9, 2015
OFFSIDE REMARKS
Marsch will be under plenty of pressure, scrutiny as will Curtis

I certainly don't envy the task of new Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch. He certainly has one tough act to follow, someone who did not deserve to be fired.


January 8, 2015
OFFSIDE REMARKS
Petke was a goner just about from the start; Marsch, Curtis will be under close scrutiny

During the 36-minute conference call about the firing of Mike Petke and the hiring of Jesse Marsch as the Red Bulls head coach,. I asked Marsch when he was contacted. He replied, contacted about taking the job “10 days, two weeks ago.”


January 7, 2015
OFFSIDE REMARKS
Through the past darkly: a quick look at the history of Red Bulls/MetroStars coaches

Here's a quick history of the Red Bulls/MetroStars coahces.


January 7, 2015
OFFSIDE REMARKS
Salzburg has given up on the Red Bulls

For sale: one sightly used soccer team in northern New Jersey that has a tarnished reputation, a new coach, a new sporting director and a really neat modern stadium. Willing to listen to any offer over $220 million. Please call Salzburg, Austria immediately.


January 7, 2015
OFFSIDE REMARKS
Petke's firing: if it wasn't so sad and stunning, it would be a joke

Well, if the Red Bulls were trying to get a leg up on New York City FC on making ridiculous moves and news for the wrong reasons, they certainly have accomplished it. Sacking Mike Petke on the eve of the Major League Soccer SuperDraft is not the proper way to start preparing for a new season.


January 4, 2015
OFFSIDE REMARKS
After Garber's remarks, more questions linger over embarrassing Lampard affair

After MLS commissioner Don Garber comments about the Frank Lampard saga for the first time, more questions arise over the affair.


January 4, 2015
OFFSIDE REMARKS
A dozen people who will under scrutiny and in the spotlight in the next 12 months

So, just who are expected to be the dozen soccer people in the tri-state area to watch in 2015? Here's a list of movers and shakers who are expected to be in the spotlight in the coming year.


January 1, 2015
OFFSIDE REMARKS
Lampard saga has turned farcical in a hurry

In less than 24 hours, Frank Lampard situation has gone from just being an interesting story to an embarrassing episode for New York City FC and Major League Soccer to a farce.


December 31, 2014
OFFSIDE REMARKS
Man City scores an embarrasing own goal for NYC FC, which hasn't played a game yet

They say you only get one chance to make a first impression. Perhaps. After all, NYC FC already had made its first impression with some of its actions. But you can make last impressions with other actions and it will be intriguing to see what Manchester City's decision to extend Frank Lampard's contract will mean for NYC FC's credibility.


December 31, 2014
OFFSIDE REMARKS
A writer remembers sports' joy and sorrow from 2014

This writer has watched some of the biggest soccer games in 2014, but a pair of high football matches -- futbol and the American gridiron kind -- stood out to him this past year.


December 7, 2014
OFFSIDE REMARKS
Here's who I would protect on the Red Bulls

Here's one writer's list of players the Red Bulls should protect for the MLS expansion draft.


December 3, 2014
SO WHAT HAPPENED?
The media did BWP in, in MVP voting, that's what happened

If you're wondering why Red Bulls striker Bradley Wright-Phillips failed to finish among the top three candidates, you only have to point at the media.


December 3, 2014
OFFSIDE REMARKS
Getting ready for my personal MLS Cup No. 19

If there is one thing that I have learned in my 19 years of covering Major League Soccer, if it's MLS Cup, there's a good chance it will be in southern California.


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