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My Two Cents

December 17, 2014
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One fan's letter to Santa
Long-time soccer fan Will Smith of Brooklyn asks Santa for some presents for the three area pro soccer teams.


December 15, 2014
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Give your opinion on the story, stories of the year
So, what do you think was the soccer story of the year in the metro area?


November 30, 2014
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Passionate Petke has made mistakes, but is right man to lead Red Bulls to first MLS title
The Red Bulls season was over. The New England Revolution was celebrating its Eastern Conference final victory. Inside the tunnel, coach Mike Petke walked out of the locker room, past the gathered media. It was a walk of heartbreak. A coach seeing the club suffer one too many failures needed to gather his thoughts.


November 27, 2014
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So, what are you thankful for?
Soccer fans from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, the United States and the world, BigAppleAppleSoccer.com has a question for you: Just what are you thankful for in 2014?



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Ode to The Cosmos' disappointing 2014
Will Smith, a long-time soccer fan who lives in Brooklyn, writes a an ode to the Cosmos's disappointing 2014 season.


November 5, 2014
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Ode to Saturday's Red Bulls match in D.C.
Long-time soccer fan Will Smith penned this ode to the Red Bulls' playoff match at D.C. United Saturday.







October 24, 2014
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Cosmos, Red Bulls disagreement may impact future relationship, but hurts Connor Lade the most right now
A broken promise, hurt feelings and one cancelled loan spell. Connor Lade will no longer turn out for the Cosmos this year after he was expected to finish the season with the North American Soccer League club.


October 19, 2014
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Ode to The Don Having a tantrum
Will Smith writes something about Don Garber and his remarks about Jurgen Klinsmann.


October 15, 2014
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Ode to another lost football season
Long-time soccer fan Will Smith of Brooklyn also follows another type of football, the American gridiron form and he laments the recent losses by the Giants and Jets.


October 8, 2014
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Just what did Savarese hint at that 'could change the future of our club'
The Cosmos never have been shy about their plans since their return to the North American Soccer League - a new stadium, global stars on the pitch and an attitude to win any and every trophy in sight.


October 6, 2014
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Some thoughts about an aging Thierry Henry
I love Craig Burley as a color commentator. He sealed it for me, recently (try ESPNFC Podcast of Oct. 3), when he remarked that Thierry Henry used to be a “frightening” player during his days at Arsenal.


September 16, 2014
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Ode to Red Bulls' tight purse strings
In the wake of the Red Bulls not putting a team in USL PRO and it not signing a third Designated Player, frustrated soccer fan Will Smith penned this ode to the Major League Soccer team.


September 12, 2014
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Ode to Lloyd Sam's 90th-minute heroics against D.C.
Wednesday night, soccer fan Will Smith wrote an "Ode to Lloyd Sam's 90th minute heroics against D.C."


August 2, 2014
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Ronaldinho to Cosmos: Is it really too far-fetched?
The battle continues to rage on as to who is the best player in the world – Messi or Ronaldo? However, once upon a time Ronaldinho was on that lofty pedestal. Now not so much, but he still is a very good player.


July 25, 2014
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What is it worth to you, Freddy?
Even though Freddy Adu signed with Serbian club FK Jagodina this week, fan Sean Davidson Johnson still wants the former teen phenom to return home.


July 4, 2014
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Ode to the U.S. National Team
Long-time soccer fan Will Smith has penned an Old to the U.S. National Team.


June 16, 2014
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Cosmos loss was a total embarrassment and then some to this Red Bulls fan
In the wake of the Red Bulls' loss to the New York Cosmos in the Lamar Hunt/U.S.Open Cup, Bill Balduino is mad as hell and can't take it any more.


May 25, 2014
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The Starting Eleven
Long-time soccer fan Will Smith has a few opinions -- on the Red Bulls, Cosmos, NYC FC, Jurgen Klinsmann and Landon Donovan, among others.


May 22, 2014
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What do you think about Donovan not making World Cup team?
So, U.S. national coach Jurgen Klinsmann has made his decision: Landon Donovan won't be going to Brazil. What do you think?


March 22, 2014
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The Starting XI: Fan Will Smith has some observations of Red Bulls, NYC FC, Cosmos
Local soccer fan Will Smith makes 11 observations about the Red Bulls, NYC FC and the Cosmos.



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What did you think of the Red Bulls' opener?
It's been a few days since the Red Bulls dropped their opening match of the season in Vancouver, we haven't heard one word from a Red Bulls fan.


January 22, 2014
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Cosmos, Lewis open door to change in the U.S. soccer landscape
The New York Cosmos may be a second division side, but they flashed top division muscle this past week. Signing Andre Lewis days before the Major League Soccer SuperDraft has forced the Vancouver Whitecaps to come to a loan/transfer agreement to secure the signing of their own draft pick. Vancouver had selected Lewis as the seventh overall pick.


January 19, 2014
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MLS reserve and USL Pro musings
Long-time Red Bulls fan Chris Brandon Whitaker has some opinions of his own abut the MLS Reserve-USL Pro league merger.


January 8, 2014
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Part II: A few reasons how promotion/relegation system could be a success in the United States
With soccer growing in popularity domestically as well as interest in the European/South American leagues and international tournaments still on the rise, the professional leagues in the United States still have many questions that need to be answered.


January 7, 2014
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A few reasons why promotion/relegation system could be a success in the United States
BigAppleSoccer.com writer talks about the benefits of the promotion/relegation system and why it should be used in the United States.


December 15, 2013
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All I want for Christmas
Soccer fan Will Smith has put together a list of Christmas gifts that Santa should bestow on area soccer and it's supporters.


December 8, 2013
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The man who managed to silence Maracana
Long-time soccer fan Vish Murthy writes about a man who managed to silence all of Maracana in the 1950 World Cup final.


December 6, 2013
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Handshake of inspiration: my tribute to Nelson Mandela
Former MetroStars assistant coach and Portuguese assistant coach Dan Gaspar, now an assistant on the Iranian national team, remembers when he met Nelson Mandela.


November 29, 2013
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What the Cosmos need this off-season
The New York Cosmos finished the North American Soccer League as the league’s best team after hoisting the Soccer Bowl trophy on Nov. 9. Although the club reached the heights of old with another championship, there is still work to be done this off-season to improve the squad.


November 27, 2013
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What are you thankful for in soccer this year?
With Thanksgiving Day right around the corner, we'd love to hear from you on whatever you are thankful for this holiday season.


November 17, 2013
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Some thoughts on improving NASL's split season format
The North American Soccer League playoff format isn’t what we are used to seeing in terms of North American sport. However, it keeps the league in a unique position in which it is doing something no one else is. However, in order to grow the league, a few changes should be taken into consideration.


November 11, 2013
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The Red Bulls’ Analyst on relapse
Chris Brandon Whitaker writes The Red Bulls’ Analyst column monthly, providing “Analysis for a team & therapy for fans," tackles the issue of relapse after last Wednesday's elimination from the MLS Cup playoffs.


November 7, 2013
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Ode to another playoff defeat
Long-time Red Bulls fan Will Smith shared this little ditty about the team's latest playoff disappointment.


October 18, 2013
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Oh, the hypocrisy of it All
Long-time soccer fan Will Smith feels some fans are two-faced when it comes to U.S. pro soccer and the New York Cosmos.


October 14, 2013
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The Red Bulls’ Analyst on loss aversion
For this month’s session, the Red Bulls’ Analyst will process the team’s recurrent problem with avoiding losses rather than winning games.


October 8, 2013
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Some things this fan would like to see in the long term of MLS
Long-time soccer fan Will Smith makes a list of some improvements to MLS that he would like to see over the next decade.


October 1, 2013
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Petke is the pulse of the Red Bulls
Red Bulls fan Alan Alcalde talks about how rookie head coach Mike Petke has changed the face of the Red Bulls.


September 3, 2013
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The Red Bulls’ Analyst on mimicry
This is the latest edition of Chris Brandon Whitaker' The Red Bulls’ Analyst column monthly, which provides “Analysis for a Team & Therapy for Fans."


August 27, 2013
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Red Bulls outside midfielders, DPs are not making the grade on a mediocre team
Long-time Red Bulls supporter Bill Balduino feels the team's two outside midfielders and designated players are not making the grade.


August 13, 2013
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The march of the Elephants: exciting match could be on tap when Ivory Coast meets Mexico
It may be only an international riendly, but BigAppleSoccer.com writer Matt Levine says that he is looking forward to Wednesday night's matchup between Ivory Coast and Mexico at MetLife Stadium.


August 13, 2013
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The only consistent thing about the confounding Red Bulls is their inconsistency
Red Bulls fan Vish Murthy says the only consistent thing about the Red Bulls is their inconsistency in the wake of their 2-0 loss at the Columbus Crew on Saturday.


August 12, 2013
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The mysteries of NYC FC
Area soccer fan Will Smith talks about the challenges that NYC FC, MLS' 20th team and 2015 expansion team, will face.


August 8, 2013
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Some lessons learned from MLS all-star game
Vish Murthy. a long-time Red Bulls fan who lives in Princeton, N.J., looks at the lessons learned from the MLS all-star game.


August 1, 2013
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Of hopes, wishes and dreams
Fandom is an inherently painful experience. Rooting hard for a team is no guarantee of success. Lots of Mets, Jets, Rangers, Knicks and Red Bulls fans can attest to that. Even the most successful sports franchise in the U.S., the Yankees, are a miserable failure if you study the numbers. They've won 27 world championships and have played 113 seasons.


July 27, 2013
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Why this New Yorker is switching allegiances from the Red Bulls to the Cosmos
Gino Rullo, a long-time New York City soccer fan and a former vice president of the Cosmopolitan Soccer League, explains why he will root for the New York Cosmos instead of the Red Bulls.


July 21, 2013
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The Red Bulls’ Analyst on cognitive consistency
Chris Brandon Whitaker, who writes The Red Bulls’ Analyst column monthly, which provides “Analysis for a team & therapy for fans,” tackles the subject of cognitive consistency. In other words, the Red Bulls lead the league in being inconsistent.


July 5, 2013
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Red Bulls need players and they need them quickly
Red Bulls fan Bill Balduin says the team needs players and it needs them quickly.


July 4, 2013
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Ode to the Red Bulls losing once Again on July 4th
Frustrated Red Bulls fan Will Smith penned an Ode to the Red Bulls' inability to win on July in wake of their loss at the Colorado Rapids on Thursday night.


July 1, 2013
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11 observations from the Red Bulls' Victory over the Dynamo
Red Bulls fan Will Smith made some intriguing observations about New York's 2-0 win over the Houston Dynamo on Sunday.


June 25, 2013
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Red Bulls' Analyst: the looking at the team's issues with shallowness on several levels
In this edition of Red Bulls Analyst, Chris Brandon Whitaker tackles the team's problem of depth.


June 23, 2013
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Ode to Lloyd Sam
Long-time Red Bulls fan and sufferer Will Smith penned an Ode to Lloyd Sam after the right wing's red card in the 3-0 loss to the Philadelphia Union on Sunday.


June 15, 2013
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On mergers and acquisitions
Red Bulls fan Will Smith looks at the pluses and minuses of NYC FC and the New York Cosmos and gives an intriguing assessment of the team teams vying for attention in New York City.


June 13, 2013
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So, how would you mark the Red Bulls?
BigAppleSoccer.com is in the midst of doing its mid-term report card for the Red Bulls. Do you agree with Michael Lewis's and Kristian Dyer's grades and analysis? Or perhaps you disagree


June 7, 2013
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A fan's thoughts on ESPN's new soccer-themed TV show
Red Bulls fan Pete Falcone gives his two cents and then some about ESPN's soccer-themed television show.


May 31, 2013
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The Red Bulls’ Analyst – Effort justification
In this edition of his Red Bulls ' Analyst column, fan Chris Brandon Whitaker looks at the issue of effort justification in regard to the team's recent success.


May 27, 2013
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A tale of three teams
Long-time soccer fan and observer Will Smith looks at the three area soccer teams and their long-term prospects.


May 14, 2013
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An open letter of thanks to Joe Goldberg
Matt Levine, who has played for the Oceanside United Soccer Club for two decades, writers a letter of thanks to co-founder Joe Goldberg, who passed away on Monday.


May 6, 2013
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The most interesting XI so far
Long-time Red Bulls fan Will Smith picked his 11 most interesting story lines one third of the way through the MLS season.


May 2, 2013
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Two consecutive wins, yet this Red Bulls supporter still has his concerns
Long-time Red Bulls supporter Vish Murthy was heartened by the last two Red Bulls win, but he still has some concerns about the MLS team.


April 19, 2013
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The Red Bulls’ Analyst: deferred gratification
This month's Red Bulls' Analyst by Chris Brandon Whitaker deals with the team's slow start and deferred gratification.


March 15, 2013
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
About the Red Bulls or anything in soccer?
Red Bulls fans, what do you think of the team's 0-1-1 start? Should the Red Bulls have returned home unde eated for their home opener against D.C. United on Saturday? How do you think they will are this season under head coach Mike Petke?


March 8, 2013
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The Red Bulls’ Analyst – Closure with 2012
For this month’s session, the Red Bulls’ Analyst will address the issue of closure with regard to the 2012 alums no longer on the team.


March 1, 2013
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A fan’s open letter to Thierry Henry
Vish Murthy, a long-time Red Bulls fan from Princeton, N.J., writes an open letter to team captain and striker Thierry Henry.


February 19, 2013
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Ain't nothing like the real thing
Longtime New York soccer fan Will Smith has a solution on how the New York Cosmos and Major League Soccer can work together to help solidify the future of professional soccer in the metropolitan area.


January 27, 2013
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Petke is ready and able, but his long-term success could be determined by his relationship with Henry
Long-time Red Bulls fan Vish Murthy feels that Mike Petke is ready and able to be coach of the MLS team. His long-term success, however, could be determined by his relationship with Thierry Henry.


January 24, 2013
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There are other coaching possibilities for RBNY, including ones with MLS experience and Petke
Long-time Red Bulls fan Sean David Johnson says he has not been put off by the fact the club has not coach. in fact, he is intrigued to see what interim head coach Mike Petke is made of as a coach, among other possibilities


January 22, 2013
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What do you think of the Red Bulls' coaching situation?
So, what do you think about the Red Bulls being the only MLS team without a permanent head coach in wake of the report that Paulo Sousa has turned them down?


January 10, 2013
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What the Sousa apologists don't want you to realize
Red Bulls fan Sean David Johnson has some major concerns if former Paulo Souza was named coach of the Major League Soccer team.


January 8, 2013
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Red Bulls' recent moves do not have a vision
With Joel Lindpere getting traded to the Chicago Fire, Red Bulls fan Nick Abbott fears the Major League Soccer team does not have a vision for the 2013 MLS season.


January 5, 2013
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Sorry to see Lindpere go, but does Red Bulls management have any sort of game plan?
Red Bulls fan Donovan Hall says he is sorry to see Joel Lindpere leave the team. He also wonders if the team has any short of game plan with all the player movement, especially without a coach.


Januiary 4, 2013
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What do you think of the Lindpere deal, no Red Bulls coach or something else in soccer?
Red Bulls, what do you think of Joel Lindpere being dealt to the Chicago Fire? Do you think it's a good thing or a bad thing?


December 19, 2012
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The king is dead, but long live the king?
Long-time Red Bulls fan C.B. Whitaker rejoices on the parting of Rafa Marquez. But Whitaker alo is concerned about who will emerge as the real team leader in 2013 -- captain Thierry Henry or the latest designated player signing, Tim Cahill.


December 15, 2012
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Marquez was not a good fit for the Red Bulls
Long-time Red Bulls fan Clifford Alejos writes that Rafa Marquez could go from being the best player on the field and to the worst very quickly.


December 14, 2012
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Dooley would make a great coaching candidate for the Red Bulls
Red Bulls fan Vish Murthy wonders why no one has mentioned Thomas Dooley as a coaching candidate for the Major League Soccer team.


December 13, 2012
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Ode to Rafa being released
Will Smith, who is a long-time Red Bulls fan, wrote an Ode to Rafa Marquez on him being released by the Major League Soccer club on Thursday.


December 13, 2012
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What do you think of Rafa leaving the Red Bulls?
The Red Bulls made many of their fans happy when they announced the parting of ways with Mexican international defender Rafa Marquez on Thursday.


November 30, 2012
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This Red Bulls season ticket holder would welcome a team in Queens
Christopher Dwyer, a Red Bulls season ticket holder who lives in Harrison, N.J., says an MLS expansion team in Queens would only help the Red Bulls.


November 27, 2012
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What do you think of Red Bulls' new hierarchy and NYC2?
There's a lot to talk about these days, to the Red Bulls' new hierarchy and who they might name coach and MLS commisioner Don Garber's desire to have a second team in the metropolitan area in Queens. If you have an opinion on these subjects or other topics, we'd love to know.


November 21, 2012
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Red Bulls' new regime must shake off ghosts of years past
BigAppleSoccer.com writer Matt Levine hopes the Red Bulls' new regime will learn from the past and make some bold decisions going forward.


November 16, 2012
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Nicols is the right man for the Red Bulls
Long-time Red Bulls fan Alan Alcalde says he has the perfect man to coach the MLS team -- former New England Revolution coach Steve Nicol. Nicol's background and success would be a perfect fit, Alcalde says.


November 14, 2012
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Red Bulls need to implement the right system
Red Bulls season ticket-holder Pete Falcone feels the team's new hierarchy needs to implement the proper playing system for the side to be successful.


November 12, 2012
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Either Rafa goes or I go
Long-time Red Bulls fan Will Smith has had it with Rafa Marquez. He says either Rafa goes, or he will -- as in leaving the team as a fan (he goes back to the 1996 season).


November 9, 2012
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Curtain mercifully falls on the Backe era
Long-time Red Bulls fan and season ticket holder Paul Kehoe looks back at the Hans Backe era and he certainly doesn't lament the end of it.


November 9, 2012
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Ode to another disastrous post-season
Long-time Red Bulls fan Will Smith has written an ode to another disappointing playoff performance for the metro area's MLS team.


October 23, 2012
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Cosmos on the Verge
Will Smith, a long-time Red Bulls fan, gives some advice to the Cosmos' front office as the team prepares for the 2013 North American Soccer League season.


October 13, 2012
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The Red Bulls’ Analyst examines why the Red Bulls struggle to qualify for and compete in the playoffs
For this month’s session, the Red Bulls’ Analyst will address the issue of repetition compulsion with regard to the team’s post-season qualifying record.


October 5, 2012
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Soler's firing was necessary
Red Bulls fan Ian Davenport explains why he feels that Erik Soler's firing was necessary.


October 5, 2012
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Soler's firing: right or wrong?
So, what do you think of Erik Soler being replaced as Red Bulls general manager this late in the season? Do you think it was the right move or a wrong one?


September 18, 2012
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The Red Bulls’ Analyst delves into why the Red Bulls’ give up so many early goals
For this month’s session, the Red Bulls’ Analyst will address how the fear of failure plays into the team’s knack for giving up early goals.


August 17, 2012
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The Red Bulls’ Analyst uncovers the strange cause of why the Red Bulls lose games away from home
In his latest installment of Red Bull Analyst, Chris Brandon Whitaker examnes the club's inability to have a consistent road record as it tries to capture the Supporters' Shield.


July 17, 2012
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Red Bulls’ Analyst tackles the strange case of the missing attacking midfielder
Chris Brandon Whitaker writes monthly about The Red Bulls’ Analyst: analysis for a team, therapy for the fans. In this column, Whitaker writes about the strange case of the missing attacking midfielder on the Red Bulls.


July 17, 2012
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Is This Cosmos Country?
Last week’s announcement that the New York Cosmos would be fielding a team in the North American Soccer League, America’s second tier of professional soccer, sent the internet into overdrive. Responses to the announcement led to fits of joy, nostalgia, amusement, puzzlement and, from some fans, taunts of “Fake Cosmos.”


July 14, 2012
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What do you think of Richards - Le Toux trade?
Hey, Red Bulls fans -- what do you think of Friday's trade that sent Red Bulls midfielder Dane Richards to the Vancouver Whitecaps for striker Sebastien Le Toux?


July 13, 2012
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Which DP should the Red Bulls sign? Did the Cosmos make the right move?
As we hit the dog days of summer, there are so many pressing questions to be asked about the Red Bulls.


June 28, 2012
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Red Bulls’ Analyst considers the issues of entitlement among DPs
For this month’s session, the Red Bulls’ Analyst will process the issue of entitlement regarding the team’s highly paid Designated Players.


May 22, 2012
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Another session of Red Bulls’ Analyst, analysis for a team, therapy for fans
It's time for another session of Red Bulls Analyst as Chris Brandon Whitaker delves into the curious case of central defender Markus Holgersson.


May 18, 2012
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He's willing to give the Red Bulls the shirt off his back -- for wrong reason
Red Bulls fan Joseph Balduino cannot believe the soccer team won't try to trade or transfer defender-midfielder Rafa Marquez and he has thought of a way to show his displeasure to Red Bulls' management.


May 17, 2012
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What do you think of the Agudelo trade?
So, the Red Bulls have sent Juan Agudelo to Chivas USA for Heath Pearce. What do you think of the trade? Was it the right thing for the team? Or was it a bad deal?


May 15, 2012
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An ode to Conde getting arrested
Red Bulls fan Will Smith of Brooklyn, N.Y. has penned an ode to Wilman Conde, who was arrested on Saturday morning.


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