November 19, 2014
One writer's editorial a quarter century ago
To truly appreciate what the U.S. national team accomplished 25 years ago Wednesday, you have to have a sense of the anticipation and what qualifying for the World Cup would mean for the team -- before the historical 1-0 result in Trinidad & Tobago. Saying that, here is my editorial in Soccer Week prior to the game on Nov. 16, 1989.
November 11, 2014
After rising to the top in their return season, Cosmos woefully underachieve this year
This certainly was not a season to remember for the Cosmos. Yes, they reached the North American Soccer League playoffs, which is a decent finish for many teams. But that is not enough, not for an organization that has prized itself on winning not only games, but championships as well.
November 9 2014
Will Henry play in Foxborough? Well here is a clue: he is all about winning
The first game is 12 days away, yet leave it to Thierry Henry to already steal the spotlight of the next Major League Soccer playoff series.
November 6, 2014
Both sides now: 5 reasons why the Cosmos will sting the Scorpions, 5 reasons they won't
There are two ways you can look at it. The Cosmos find themselves two wins away from securing their second successive Soccer Bowl. They also are a loss away from completing a disappointing North American Soccer League as well.
November 1, 2014
Both sides now: 5 reasons why Red Bulls will win, 5 reasons why they lose to D.C.
Let's just call it soccer's version point, counterpoint. Using the same players and subjects, here are reasons why the Red Bulls will defeat D.C. United or will fall to their Eastern Conference rivals in a Major League Soccer semifinal series.
October 30, 2014
Both sides now: 5 reasons why Red Bulls will win, 5 reasons why they lose to KC
Let's just call it soccer's version point, counterpoint. Using the same players and subjects, here are reasons why the Red Bulls will defeat Sporting Kansas City or will fall to their Eastern Conference rivals in a Major League Soccer knockout-round match at Red Bull Arena at 8 p.m. Thursday.
October 26, 2014
USA women head and shoulders above CONCACAF foes, but they must rise to the occasion at WWC
If anyone had any doubts, the United States women reminded everyone that they were head and shoulders over any of their foes in CONCACAF Sunday night, literally and figuratively.
October 16, 2014
Garber, MLS might be angry, but Klinsmann has a point about Bradley, Dempsey
So, Don Garber is ticked off that U.S. national coach Jurgen Klinsmann had the nerve to say that Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey should have not have returned home to play in Major League Soccer.
October 16, 2014
Remembering Alex Loj
Another week, another mentor who has gone to that great soccer newsroom in the sky.
October 6, 2014
Remembering Bruno Sniders
If Bruno Sniders was a baseball pitcher, he would have thrown nothing but fastball. Instead, he was a sports columnist who threw nothing but fastballs in a career that spanned six decades.
September 21, 2014
Wright-Phillips makes a pretty damn good case for MLS MVP
Whether Bradley Wright-Phillips winds up breaking Major League Soccer's season scoring record, the English striker, his Red Bulls teammates and the likes of the LA Galaxy, Houston Dynamo, Toronto FC, Columbus Crew and Sporting Kansas City over the final five regular-season games will determine his fate.
September 18, 2014
7 years ago today, a newborn granddaughter delayed this writer's Shanghai journey
Being a soccer writer for some four decades, you might say wild horses can't keep me away from a soccer match, tournament or World Cup that I want or need to cover.
September 15, 2014
Red Bulls, Cosmos go perfect in four must-win games on an imperfect ride
The headline this column on Sept. 6 read: With 9 games remaining, the 7th-place Red Bulls, Cosmos must make their playoff push now or suffer the consequences. Unless you were in hiding, you already know both teams swept a pair of vital home matches to keep their postseason hopes alive.
September 6, 2014
With 9 games remaining, the 7th-place Red Bulls, Cosmos must make their playoff push now or suffer the consequences
They might call home on opposite sides of the Hudson River, but the Red Bulls and Cosmos in many ways share a similar fate and path to their respective league's playoffs.
Recalling a memorable game on the day The King died
It was quite easy for me to remember the 37th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley -- on Aug. 16, 1977. If you were around at the time, do you know where you were when you heard The King had died? I certainly know where I was.
August 13, 2014
There has to be a better way to avoid 3 1/2-hour weather delays in soccer
Through all my years of covering sports, I have followed a number of mantras. One of them happens to be: It's all about the players, not matter what the sport, no matter what the competition, no matter what level, youth or international.
August 12, 2014
ELLIS PICKS HER TEAM
19 players set for Switzerland game
CHICAGO - U.S. Women's National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named 19 players for the game with Switzerland on Wednesday, Aug. 20, at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.
August 12, 2014
Remembering Robin Williams, a surgical glove and Sepp Bladder
Everybody has his or her favorite memories of Robin Williams, who passed away Monday. Mine goes all the way back to the debut of Mork and Mindy, an entertaining television show that made us laugh, sometimes cry, but educated us about the human race.
August 8, 2014
So, just who will be the next Landon Donovan?
Now that Landon Donovan will retire at the end of this MLS season, I would like to know who is going to replace his playmaking and goal-scoring abilities on the national team?
August 7, 2014
Red Bulls, Cosmos paying the price for not bulking up as many of their foes did in the off-season
While doing some researching recently, I stumbled into a story yours truly wrote for Soccer America in 1980. This is what I wrote as the lede: Keep the status quote in this league and you may be in trouble -- Rule 6 from the North American Soccer League coach's survival handbook.
July 25, 2014
The battle of NY soccer officially kicks off with three separate events within a 24-hour span
The battle for New York soccer has begun in earnest. And if you needed to be reminded of that, you only needed to notice three disparate functions held by the three professional teams in the area over a 22-hour period Wednesday and Thursday.
July 10, 2014
Remembering a great photographer and a gentle soul
He had this drawl, this Texan drawl that if I closed my eyes, I would have sworn it was JR Ewing talking. Well, Phil Stephens was from Texas, actually Dallas, Texas, which explained a lot in the similarities in the voice, sometimes in his laugh as well.
July 5, 2014
Tim Howard: an appreciation
With three minutes remaining in the New York/New Jersey MetroStars' 4-1 win over the Colorado Rapids on Aug. 18, 1998, goalkeeper Tim Howard blocked Wolde Harris' shot from point-blank range to put the proper punctuation on victory.
July 2, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO (DAY 21)
Ready to take flight one more time, I am looking forward to home, sweet, home
A very weary soul is writing this piece this morning.
July 1, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO (DAY 20)
The mystery of the broken door knob
The main topic of today's diary is a door knob, yes a door knob. Actually, it is the door knob of our room, room 1003 at the Sol Victoria Marina Hotel.
June 30, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO (DAY 19)
Going from heaven to hell and back again
One thing that I have learned about the World Cup in general and the event being in Brazil in particular, is that you can go from heaven to hell and back to heaven again in an extremely short time.
June 29, 2914
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO (DAY 18)
When eating (sleeping and exercising) is a luxury
When you have gone to enough World Cups as I have, you learn from experience, sometimes bad experiences. But you learn.
June 28, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO (DAY 17)
Weary sportswriters can fray at the edges
It is almost three weeks into this adventure for many of the American media and there is a certain amount of weariness that has crept into our bodies and souls.
June 28, 2014
BigAppleSoccer.com.editor celebrates four decades of sports reporting with a unique interview
It was 40 years ago Tuesday -- June 24 -- that BigAppleSoccer.com editor Michael Lewis started his first professional job as a sportswriter with the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle. Since then he has labored for several newspapers and publications, including Newsday and the New York Daily News, BigAppleSoccer.com and TropiGol.com.
June 27, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO (DAY 16)
The case of too many Michaels
I have nothing against the name Michael. After all, it has been my favorite name all my life. But apparently when you get too many Michaels (or Mikes) together in Brazil, especially in the same traveling group, well, strange things can happen.
June 26, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO (DAY 15)
No, blame it on the rain of biblical proportions
I write this piece on the FIFA media bus to the stadium, stuck in traffic. I was hoping to write this on the official U.S. Soccer media bus, but it never showed at our hotel for an 8:30 a.m. departure.
June 25, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO, DAY 14
No matter how bad you have it, someone else is worse off somewhere else
RECIFE, Brazil -- A couple of things that I learned in life: Everything is relative. And someone always has it worse than you.
June 24, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO (DAY 13)
Following a daily regimen (sort of)
When you're traveling in the World Cup, you try to keep good habits. That includes eating well as much as you can, catching sleeping and keeping an exercise schedule.
June 23, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO (DAY 12)
How revered the Brazilian team really is
I sit here in the U.S. Soccer media center at our hotel with two televisions on at the same time to watch a series of games as the third phase of the group stage will be played.
June 22, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO (DAY 11) --
No, blame it on the Hotel Millenium and no or little internet
MANAUS, Brazil -- In the classic Airplane! 2 movie, there is a precious scene in which Julie Hagerty has to tell the passengers on the space shuttle that they are off course in their journey to the moon and that asteroids are hitting the space ship. The passengers are quite calm.
June 21, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO (DAY 10)
Where patience is a virtue and then some
MANAUS, Brazil -- Sometimes I think we're in a reality show here at the World Cup, except we just don't know it.
June 20, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO -- DAY 9
The crisis of the missing notebook
Stupid me. For someone who is so conscious of packing everything away, I made a mistake today. Not a blunder, not a howler, but a stupid mistake, all the same.
June 18, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO -- DAY 7
A rare day off from the daily grind, but not from work
For the first time that I can remember in my eight World Cups, I actually had a day off on Wednesday. There was no USA training or media availability and no games to cover; England will tussle with Uruguay here on Thursday.
June 17, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO -- DAY 6
Things they don't teach you in J-school
Some things that they don't teach you in journalism school: Writing on ridiculous deadlines, cranking out stories while the media bus is bouncing along to the airport, sending stories from the check-in counter at the airport and taking a 2:50 a.m. flight from Natal, Brazil to Sao Paulo.
June 16, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO -- DAYS 4 AND 5
No, blame it on the bus driver in Natal
For the first time since I arrived here Thursday, I did accomplished a first -- I got some sleep. Actually eight hours of it. I went to bed at 10:30 p.m. and woke up at 6:30 a.m., although it took a while for me to wake up.
June 16, 2014
U.S. WC wins are few and far between for this writer
Psst! I'll let you in on a little secret, although no one, no one at all, is supposed to tell U.S. national coach Jurgen Klinsmann about it or he will ban me from attending his team's games at the World Cup.
June 14, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO -- DAY 3
A dog day night at the local mall and flying into a city where it is raining cats and dogs
All work and no play will make anyone a dull boy or girl. It also could drive a sportswriter insane.
June 13, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO -- DAY 2
A nightmare day from hell in Sao Paulo
It's incredible what a good night's sleep, a hot shower and a breakfast will do for one's spirits. I needed all three after my day from hell on Thursday.
June 12, 2014
DONíT BLAME IT ON RIO
Getting ready for a crazy eighth World Cup
How appropriate. I began this column sitting in the departure lounge of Terminal 8 at JFK Airport, awaiting my flight to Sao Paulo, Brazil. The number eight certainly hit the spot; this will be my eighth World Cup.
June 11, 2014
32 things that are bound to happen at a World Cup
There have been more than enough World Cups -- Brazil 2014 will be No. 19 -- to notice a number of trends and stuff repeating again and again -- the good, the bad and the ugly. So, after a while you get a gut feeling of what just might happen.
June 10, 2014
The key to survival on Brazilian trip? Patience
The key to surviving a two-week stay in Brazil? It's patience, with some more patience and if you have any questions, you should have patience.
June 9, 2014
How to get to Brazil in 44 hours
Remember the movie, "Around the World in 80 Days?" Well, this is a miniature version of it: Around the Caribbean in 44 Hours."
June 9, 2014
27 years on: an unforgettable Brazilian odyssey that was hectic, but quite amazing
It was 27 years ago this summer that yours truly went on a trip of lifetime with the Long Island Junior Soccer League Boys Under-16 team to Brazil. This diary by BigAppleSoccer.com editor Michael Lewis details what is was like on a trip of a lifetime.
June 6, 2014
Getting so close to history, yet not getting a chance to see it made
With California Chrome 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 some four decades ago.
May 22, 2014
Donovan's exclusion is shocking and yet it isn't
So, Landon Donovan did not make the U.S. World Cup team. How shocking. How stunning. How surprising -- given what he has done for U.S. Soccer.
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