April 4, 2013 OFFSIDE REMARKS
Remembering a great man and a great writer
You always fondly remember the people that open the doors for you in your career. When it is a hero of yours that swings the door open, it is even more gratifying. On Thursday morning I learned that former Newsday sports columnist and sports editor Stan Isaacs had passed away on Tuesday.
March 27, 2013 OFFSIDE REMARKS
El Tri is very, very trying these days
So what happened? What happened to Mexico?It seems that just about every CONCACAF observer — including this writer — made El Tri the kings of the confederation for the next five or even 10 years. But a funny thing on the road to domination can happen — not being able to win.
March 23, 2013 OFFSIDE REMARKS
The heat is really on for El Tri, de la Torre
So, you thought the United States was under plenty of pressure to produce a win against Costa Rica on Friday night? Now, that’s nothing compared to what Mexico faces when it returns home to face its fanatical public nd the United States in what has to be a must, must, must win World Cup qualifying game for El Tri on Tuesday.
March 18, 2013 OFFSIDE REMARKS
The weakest U.S. WCQ roster I can remember
I took a good look at the United States National Team roster and I am not impressed at all. I have never been confused with Chicken Little, but I fear for the U.S. in its next two World Cup qualifiers -- against Costa Rica on Friday and at Mexico on Tuesday, March 26. In fact, it is one of the weakest rosters I can remember in years for a qualifier, outside of times when the U.S. used a weakened lineup after they had clinched a berth.
March 11, 2013 OFFSIDE REMARKS
Miller already is on thin ice
Out of all of the post-season moves that the Red Bulls did, the most disappointing one was one they did not pull the trigger on. Left back Roy Miller survived the post-season purge, but there is little doubt that he has to go.
March 4, 2013 OFFSIDE REMARKS
Dissecting the Red Bulls' 3-3 draw
Some thoughts about the Red Bulls' 3-3 draw with Portland, which includes the lack of leadership in the second half, Luis Robles shaky reboun that led to the Timber's second goal, Olave's Jekyll-Hyde performance and MLS's policy of restricting teams charter flights.
February 5, 2013 OFFSIDE REMARKS
Mexico, Panama should win; USA, Honduras should draw
Match Day One of the CONCACAF hexagonal is here. In my many years of covering CONCACAF and international soccer, I cannot recall seeing much a competitive six-team final group. Yes, Mexico is — and should be — head and shoulders above the rest of the pack. But being and saying a team is the best means nothing. It has to prove it on the field.
January 30, 2013 OFFSIDE REMARKS
Two sides of the scoreless tie
After watching Tuesday night's disappointing scoreless draw between the United States and Canada, I have two streams of thought about the National Team: long range and short term.