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My Two Cents

My Two Cents

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.


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