December 4, 2013
Getting ready for my personal MLS Cup No. 18
This editor prepares to cover his 18th MLS Cup -- in Kansas City, Kansas this Saturday.
November 21, 2013
A 50th anniversary that is far from golden
Somewhere, somewhere in my parents' basement on Long Island, there is a rectangular plastic, green pencil case with probably some old, crumbling pencils and erasers inside, accompanied, an old, small news clipping from a November 1963 edition of Newsday.
November 19, 2013
Caligiuri looks back at the goal that changed the course of American soccer history
This is a repost of a BigAppleSoccer.com story that has been updated. If Paul Caligiuri hadn't scored "The Goal" 24 years ago today, I probably wouldn't be writing this column, or perhaps any soccer column, for that matter. And Caligiuri wouldn't have enjoyed a Hall of Fame soccer career domestically and abroad.
November 8, 2013
The Thierry Henry era is running out of time
With the Red Bulls trailing 2-1 and their season running out of time in the 118th minute Wednesday night, Thierry Henry stepped up to take a 22-yard free kick, the most important direct kick he would attempt this season.
October 25, 2013
Memo to Red Bulls and Cosmos fans: enjoy the ride, moments like this don't come around very often
Let's face it. In the past two decades or so, metro area pro soccer fans haven't had much to cheer about. Now, we have not one, but two pro teams that are on the verge of making some history.
October 15, 2013
WCQ picks: Mexico will find a way to squeak in -- by a goal
The day of reckoning for three CONCACAF teams is here. So many questions, and a few answers.
October 11, 2013
Mexico hasn't shown it can draw up a home win, Honduras is on verge, U.S. should oust Jamaica
Even with the United States and Costa Rica already securing their spots at Brazil 2014, there still is plenty of drama ahead on Day 9 of the CONCACAf hexagonal in World Cup qualifying.
September 12, 2013
The Donovan factor: 'He's a guy that when he's on the field puts fear in the opponent'
Three is little doubt that the U.S. National Team needs Landon Donovan and Landon Donovan needs the U.S. National Team.
September 10, 2013
WORLD CUP PICKS
USA over Mexico, Panama to tie in Honduras, Costa Rica over Jamaica
After Friday night's disaster things have to get better. No, I am not talking about the losses the United States and Mexico suffered in World Cup qualifying, but rather my selections on Day 7 of the CONCACAF hexagonal.
September 7, 2013
By not playing, midfielder Michael Bradley again proves how indispensable he really is to USMNT
On a team that boasts several impact players, it sometimes can be difficult to ascertain who makes the biggest impact of them all. Let's use the U.S. National Team as an example.
September 6, 2013
CONCACAF HEXAGONAL PICKS
U.S. will get a result at Nacional; Mexico won't tie (finally) at home; Panama to prevail over Jamaica
CONCACAF hexagonal Day 7 can really separate the men's from the boys in World Cup qualifying if results go a certain way on Friday night.
September 4, 2013
The likelihood and chances of U.S. deploying its "perfect 11" in WCQ?: probably slim and none
With all the football and soccer websites, blogs and analysts out there, I wonder if anyone has done some sort of survey of when National Teams have been able to deploy their "so-called" full starting 11 for a World Cup qualifier, World Cup match or a continental championship.
September 4, 2013
Tico fans protest U.S. WCQ win when they should picket about Friday's game being at new stadium, not Saprissa
Man, talk about misdirected anger and wasted energy. Tico soccer fans, still upset over the famous snow game in Commerce City, Colo. In March, reportedly greeted the United States National Team's arrival at the airport at 6:15 CT (8:15 p.m. ET) with cheers and jeers and some egg throwing at the team bus.
September 2, 2013
Petke had no choice but to bench Henry; how the team responds is another matter
It remains be seen what the fallout of Mike Petke's flare-up and subsequent benching of Thierry Henry will mean to the Red Bulls. But there was no question that Petke had to do it, to show that team that no player, even Thierry Henry is above facing discipline.
August 25, 2013
Petke tells it like it is: 'It was an embarrassing day for the Red Bulls'
He didn't hide, he didn't bow his head in shame or disgust, but you knew the head coach of the Red Bulls was disgusted. Mike Petke looked squarely at the MSG camera and said what was in his heart and what should have been said by many players after a sorry performance at the StubHub Center on Sunday.
August 25, 2013
UPDATED: Some crazy thoughts in these lazy, hazy, crazy dog days of summer
Just call me crazy. In these lazy, hazy, crazy dog days of summer and of August, you get some crazy ideas from watching some crazy stuff on the soccer field. The crazy subject of this particular column is about those sometimes crazy and sometimes confounding Red Bulls.
August 19, 2013
The real challenge begins for the Cosmos
Many of us had an inkling that the Cosmos' home opener -- aka the team's first competitive match in nearly three decades -- would be a sellout at Hofstra University.
August 17, 2013
Some crazy thoughts in these lazy, hazy, crazy dog days of summer
Just call me crazy. In these lazy, hazy, crazy dog days of summer and of August, you get some crazy ideas from watching some crazy stuff on the soccer field.
August 16, 2013
Recalling a memorable game on the day The King died
It was quite easy for me to remember the 36th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley -- on Aug. 16, 1977.
August 12, 2013
Luyindula must work overtime to avoid the Red Bulls/MetroStars No Foreign Body Team
It is a club and dubious distinction that any Red Bulls' foreign player would wanted to avoid. It is the club of great reputations and sometimes great expectations and seemingly always decreased realizations.
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