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February 18, 2017
HARKES FIRED
FC Cincinnati elevates assistant coach

CINCINNATI -- Former U.S. national team captain John Harkes has been fired as head coach by FC Cincinnati, the team announced Friday night.


February 18, 2017
PANAMANIAN ADDITION
Red Bulls sign right back Bermudez on loan

HARRISON, N.J. -- The New York Red Bulls have added right back Michael Amir Murillo Bermudez on loan from San Francisco FC of Panama's Liga Panameña de Fútbol, the team announced Saturday.


February 16, 2017
CHANGE THE DATE
Cosmos will visit North Carolina for June 4 match

The two-time defending NASL champion New York Cosmos’ visit to North Carolina FC has been changed from Friday, June 2, to Sunday, June 4, the teams announced Thursday.


February 16, 2017
SALVADORAN SIGNING
Cosmos add national team midfielder Richard Menjivar

New York Cosmos have signed El Salvador national team midfielder Richard Menjivar, the team announced Thursday.


February 16, 2017
ALI'S OUT
Red Bulls make it official: 'mutally agree to part ways' with sporting director Curtis

HARRISON, N.J. -- The New York Red Bulls and sporting director Ali Curtis and “have mutually agreed to part ways,” the team announced Thursday.


February 15, 2017
BOLSTERING THE BACK
Former Portland Timber Rodney Wallace joins NYC FC

New York City FC has signed Costa Rican defender Rodney Wallace, the team announced Wednesday night.


February 15, 2017
DESERT BRAGGING RIGHTS
Kljestan, Robles lead way as Red Bulls blank NYC FC in preseason match

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Sacha Kljestan scored twice and Luis Robles saved a penalty kick as the New York Red Bulls defeated New York City FC, 2-0, in a preseason match at the Kino Sports Complex Wednesday.


February 15, 2017
TO THE MAXI
NYC FC makes Moralez team's third Designated Player

New York City FC has signed Argentinian midfielder Maximiliano (Maxi) Moralez to a three-year contract, the team announced Wednesday.


February 15, 2017
SHE'S A CITIZEN
USWNT co-captain Carli Lloyd joining Manchester City

The exodus of U.S. Women's National Team stars continues. On Wednesday, Carli Lloyd officially became the latest player to leave the National Women's Soccer League and sign with a European club, joining Manchester City Women for the remainder of their 2017 season.


February 14, 2017
FROM CITY TO CITY
Venezuelan midfielder Yangel Herrera joins NYC FC on loan

New York City FC have acquired Venezuelan midfielder Yangel Herrera on loan, the team announced Tuesday.


February 14, 2017
CATRACHOS KICK OFF
Honduras will open CONCACAF Gold Cup at Red Bull Arena

Copa Centroamericana champion Honduras will play on the opening day of the CONCACAF Gold Cup at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J., July 7, the organization announced Tuesday.


February 13, 2017
HONORING CHRISTIE
USWNT sets pre-game ceremony for SheBelieves Cup match

Christie Rampone, the second-most capped women’s player in history, will be honored by U.S. Soccer before the USA faces England in the SheBelieves Cup at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J., March 4.


February 9, 2017
ROSTER SET
Ramos tab's 20 for U-20 Championship

CHICAGO - U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team head coach Tab Ramos has named the 20-player roster for the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship, which doubles as the team's 2017 World Cup qualifying tournament, running Feb. 17-March 5 in Costa Rica.


February 9, 2017
YES!
19 NYC FC games to air

The YES Network will televise 19 New York City FC regular season matches and two pre-season matches this year as the club looks to build upon its 2nd place finish in MLS’ Eastern Conference last year.


February 8, 2017
FRICKER WINNER
Mary Harvey honored by U.S. Soccer

CHICAGO - Former U.S. Women's National Team goalkeeper Mary Harvey, a 1991 FIFA Women's World Cup champion, 1996 Olympic gold medalist and longtime advocate for the sport, has been named the 2017 winner of U.S. Soccer's prestigious Werner Fricker Builder Award.


February 8, 2017
A NATURAL SECOND
Red Bulls Acquire pick from Union

HARRISON, N.J. - The New York Red Bulls have acquired the Philadelphia Union's natural Second Round pick in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft. New York acquired the pick in return for the Right of First Refusal for Red Bulls Academy product Adam Najem.


February 8, 2017
SET FOR SHE BELIEVES
Ellis names 25 to camp roster

CHICAGO - U.S. Women's National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named 25 players to a training camp roster prior to the 2017 SheBelieves Cup that will feature the USA, Germany, France and England, playing in three doubleheader events at three different venues over a seven-day period. The match days on March 1, 4 and 7 will see four of the best teams in the world meet over six games.


February 7, 2017
MANCINI RETURNS
Cosmos sign midfielder

NEW YORK---The New York Cosmos announced the return of midfielder Andrea Mancini.


February 6, 2017
SCHEDULE SET
Cosmos open April 1 in Brooklyn

NEW YORK – The North American Soccer League and the New York Cosmos have announced their 2017 Season schedule.


February 3, 2017
FIRST FOR SECOND
USMNT wins in Arena's return

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - The U.S. Men's National Team used Jordan Morris' 59th minute strike to defeat regional rivals Jamaica 1-0 on Friday night at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, Tenn. The win marked the first victory of Bruce Arena's second tenure in charge of the MNT.


February 3, 2017
MLS INFORMER
'Bailing out' Detroit

MLS has been very vocal about wanting its teams to have stadia in downtown locales to appeal to its “hip," “urban” and “millennial” fans. The bid by a hopeful Detroit expansion group headed by Pistons’ owner Tom Gores and his Cleveland counterpart Dan Gilbert meets that criterion – with a different flavor to it.


February 3, 2017
NEW RULE
NASL: Canadians to be considered as domestic players on U.S. clubs

The North American Soccer League Thursday announced a change to its roster rules, stating that Canadian players will now be considered domestic on the rosters of U.S. clubs.


February 3, 2017
NO CONTEST
NYC FC rolls over Jacksonville U. in preseason opener, 9-0

Captain David Villa struck twice to lead eight goal-scorers in New York City FC's 9-0 rout of Jacksonville University in the preseason opener for the team in Jacksonville, Fla. Thursday night.


February 2, 2017
ON TRIAL
Columbia's Williams vies for Orlando City reserve spot

Former Columbia University soccer player Rhys Williams has earned a trial with Orlando City SC.


February 2, 2017
A CHANCE TO SHINE
Robles to start against Jamaica Friday night

Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles will back stop the United States in its international friendly against Jamaica Friday night, head coach Bruce Arena said at a Thursday press conference.


February 2, 2017
END OF AN ERA?
USWNT legend and Sky Blue defender Rampone says 2017 NWSL season likely to be her final one

Christie Rampone said Thursday that the 2017 National Women's Soccer League season likely will be her final season in competitive soccer.


February 2, 2017
SOME FORWARD THINKING
Cosmos sign El Salvadoran striker Herrera

The Cosmos announced Thursday the signing of El Salvadoran international forward Irvin Herrera.


February 2, 2017
ON THE AIR
NWSL gets three-year deal with A+E; games to be televised by Lifetime

Lifetime will broadcast NWSL games this season as part of a three-year partnership with A+E Networks, the league announced Thursday.


February 2, 2017
A NEW HOME
Cosmos to play at MCU Park this season

The Cosmos announced Thursday that MCU Park in Brooklyn will be the new home of the NASL club.


February 2, 2017
HANGING THEM UP FOR GOOD
Ex-NYC FC star Frank Lampard retires from soccer

Three months after leaving New York City FC, former Frank Lampard has decided to leave the beautiful game. The former English international announced his retirement.


February 1, 2017
MARSCH ON THE DAX DEAL
Report: 'Professionally it was a decision as a club that we all felt we needed to make'

For the first time since his standout midfielder was traded to the Chicago Fire, Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch admitted he had some reservations about the way the deal went down.


February 1, 2017
FINDING SOME FAME
Ex-MetroStars defender Semioli elected into Suffolk Hall

Former MetroStars defender Mark Semioli of Hauppague, N.Y. was one of eight people announced as 2017 inductees into the Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame Tuesday.


February 1, 2017
WOUNDED KNEE
Red Bulls' Mike Grella out 2-4 weeks, could miss CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals

Mike Grella's availability for the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals was put into question after he underwent arthroscopic surgery Wednesday.


February 1, 2017
GOLDEN LEVI'S
Levi's Stadium to host CONCACAF Gold Cup final

CONCACAF announced Wednesday that this summer's Gold Cup Final will be held at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. July 26.


February 1, 2017
THERE'S A RING TO THIS
NYC FC signs Finnish international midfielder Ring

New York City FC bolstered its midfield Wednesday, signing Finland international midfielder Alexander Ring.


February 1, 2017
FAB FIVE
5 area players, including NYC FC's James Sands, named to U.S. U-17 spring residency semester

Five area players, including New York City FC Academy defender James Sands and twin brother William,, were named Tuesday to a 32-player roster for the 2017 Spring Semester of the U.S. Soccer Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla.


February 1, 2017
U-20 TRAINING CAMP
Red Bulls' Adams, NYC FC's Lewis among finalists to make roster for CONCACAF Championship

Red Bulls midfielder Tyler Adams and New York City FC forward Jonathan Lewis were among 24 players called into U.S. Under-20 training camp by head coach Tab Ramos.


February 1, 2017
WHO'S THE BOSS?
Report: assistant coach Hamlett making decisions as Red Bulls sporting director, not Curtis

Red Bulls assistant coach Denis Hamlett has been making decisions as the team's sporting director, even though the club says that Ali Curtis is still in that role, according to Metro New York.


January 31, 2017
MOVING TOWARD 28
MLS receives expansion bids from 12 cities

Major League Soccer announced 12 ownership groups and markets have submitted applications for the league’s next round of expansion. MLS will add four teams, increasing to 28 teams.


January 31, 2017
BRONZE-MEDAL CELEBRATION MATCH
Canada calls in Sky Blue goalkeeper Sheridan

Sky Blue FC goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan was called up by the Canadian national team for its Bronze Medal Celebration Match against Mexico in Vancouver and a closed-door game three days later.


January 31, 2017
FIXING THE FIXTURE LIST
NYC FC issues revised schedule for this season

New York City FC Tuesday updated its Major League Soccer schedule.


January 31, 2017
BROOKLYN BOUND
Source: Cosmos to play at Coney Island this year

After playing their first four seasons at Hofstra University, the Cosmos will call MCU Park in Coney Island, Brooklyn home for their 2017 season, according to a source close to the team.


January 31, 2017
BIG STAGE
MLS sets All-Star game at Chicago's Soldier Field

The MLS All-Star Game will be played at Soldier Field in Chicago on Wednesday, Aug. 2, the league announced as commissioner Don Garber was joined at the stadium Tuesday by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Fire owner and chairman Andrew Hauptman.


January 31, 2017
THE DEFENSE IS SET
Ayoze re-signs with Cosmos, solidifying their backline

Well, one thing is definitely clear about the Cosmos. They will have a solid backline this season. The last piece of their puzzle on defense fell into place Tuesday afternoon when the North American Soccer League champions announced they had signed veteran left back Ayoze.


January 31, 2017
KNOCK ON WOOD
Red Bulls hit post twice in 1-0 loss to RSL

The Red Bulls hit the woodwork twice in a 1-0 defeat to Real Salt Lake in the Desert Friendlies in Tucson, Ariz. Tuesday afternoon.


January 31, 2017
THE SCHEDULE
Red Bulls to kick off USL season in Pittsburgh

Red Bulls II will kick off their United Soccer League season at the Pittsburgh Riverhounds March 25 before hosting the Richmond Kickers in their home opener at Montclair State University Saturday, April 1.


January 31, 2017
ADDING DEPTH
Red Bulls sign Cameroon defender Hassan Ndam

The Red Bulls bolstered their backline Tuesday by signing Cameroonian center back Hassan Ndam from Rainbow FC Bamenda in Cameroon.


January 31, 2017
STREAM ON
Red Bulls vs. Real Salt Lake at 1 p.m. today

The Red Bulls will take on Real Salt Lake at the Desert Friendlies in Tucson, Ariz. Tuesday at 1 p.m. ET.


January 31, 2017
A BLAST FROM THE RECENT PAST
Cosmos bring back Walter Restrepo

Make it a baker's dozen. Walter Restrepo became the 13th player on the Cosmos roster as the former New York midfielder became a current one Tuesday morning as he signed with the North American Soccer League team.


January 31, 2017
BACK FOR MORE?
Report: Ayoze will rejoin the Cosmos

Ayoze could be back in the Cosmos fold as early as today. Radio MARCA Tenerife reported that the veteran defender will return to New York this week to sign a contract with the North American Soccer League team.


January 30, 2017
PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR
BigAppleSoccer.com honors Cosmos head coach Giovanni Savarese

Cosmos head coach Giovanni Savarese, who guided his team to another NASL title and his players through an emotionally wrenching offseason, was named the BigAppleSoccer.com personality of the year.


January 30, 2017
WHAT'S IN A NAME?
Report: Red Bulls seek naming rights to Red Bull Arena

Red Bull Arena might not be Red Bull Arena for long if the Red Bulls have their way.


January 30, 2017
MAKING HER (WILLETS) POINT
Borough president Katz proposes a soccer stadium in Queens

In her State of the Borough address at York College last Friday, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz proposed the placement of a soccer stadium and a hockey arena at Willets Points.


January 30, 2017
SAME COLOR, DIFFERENT TEAM
Ex-Red Bulls defender Zubar signs with Red Star

Former Red Bulls center back Ronald Zubar signed with Red Star FC, the French Ligue 2 team announced Monday afternoon.


January 30, 2017
LAUDING MICKEY KYDES
Ex-LIU coach Ramirez remembers, praises former player, Kydes, to be honored at NYC Soccer Gala

Former Long Island University Brooklyn campus standout Mickey Kydes will be honored at the fifth annual New York City Soccer Gala at the New York Athletic Club March 1.


January 30, 2017
PRO PLAYER OF THE YEAR
BigappleSoccer.com honors NYC FC captain David Villa

It was not stunning that David Villa was named the Major League Soccer MVP last month. After all, he has been the heart and the soul of New York City FC since its maiden season in 2015. So, it should not be surprising that the 34-year-old Villa was named BigAppleSoccer.com professional player of the year Monday.


January 30, 2017
'EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED'
MLS Players Union critical of Trump travel ban

The Major League Soccer Players Union Monday said it was "extremely disappointed" by the travel ban ordered by President Trump in his Executive Order Friday.


January 30, 2017
COACH OF THE YEAR
BigAppleSoccer.com awards new Courage coach Paul Riley a new honor

Paul Riley Monday was named BigAppleSoccer.com's coach of the year for 2016.


January 30, 2017
GOOCH IS BACK
Former USMNT defender Onyewu signs with Union

Gooch is back. Former U.S. national team defender Oguchi (Gooch) Onyewu has been signed as a discovery player with the Philadelphia Union, the Major League Soccer club announced Monday morning.


January 30, 2017
A NEW LIFE FOR RILEY
Courage names Paul Riley head coach

Paul Riley will get an opportunity to coach the defending National Women's Soccer League champions. The Bay Shore, N.Y. native Monday morning was named the first coach of the North Carolina Courage, the NWSL club announced.


January 30, 2017
ANKLE SURGERY
NYC FC's Lopez sidelined 12-16 weeks

Don't expect Mikey Lopez to be running around the soccer field any time soon. The New York City FC midfielder will be sidelined the next 12 to 16 weeks, after having surgery "to remove loose bodies in his ankle," according to the Major League Soccer team.


January 29, 2017
HEADING HOME
Kljestan returns to New Jersey for birth of his son

Sacha Kljestan won’t play for the U.S. national team against Jamaica Friday night. The Red Bulls midfielder is heading back home to be with his wife as they await the birth of their son.


January 29, 2017
NOTHING DOING
USA plays Serbia to a scoreless draw in Arena's 1st game back in charge; Altidore earns 100th cap

Bruce Arena might have experienced a deja vu feeling in his second debut as U.S. national coach.


January 29, 2017
MEN'S COLLEGE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
BigAppleSoccer.com honors Hofstra's Holland

Hofstra University senior midfielder Joseph Holland Sunday was named the BigAppleSoccer.com men's college player of the year.


January 29, 2017
WOMEN'S COLLEGE PLAYER OF YEAR
BigAppleSoccer.com fetes St. John's GK Poulin

St. John's senior goalkeeper Diana Poulin Sunday was named BigAppleSoccer.com women's college goalkeeper of the year.


January 29, 2017
KNOWING THE WAY TO SAN JOSE
Avaya Stadium to host USA-Honduras WCQ March 24

It's official. U.S. Soccer has selected Avaya Stadium to host the critical World Cup qualifier between the United States and Honduras in San Jose, Calif. March 24.


January 29, 2017
MEN'S COLLEGE COACH OF YEAR
BigAppleSoccer.com names St. Francis' Giovatto

St. Francis Brooklyn College head coach Tom Giovatto has been named BigAppleSoccer.com men's college soccer coach of the year Sunday.


January 29, 2017
WOMEN'S COLLEGE COACH OF YEAR
Monmouth's Turner earns website honor

Monmouth University head coach Krissy Turner wasn named the BigAppleSoccer.com women's college coach of the year.


January 29, 2017
CELEBRATING THE BEAUTIFUL GAME
NJ Youth Soccer awards dinner lauds the best that state has to offer

NJ Youth Soccer hosted about 700 guests at its 29th annual awards dinner at the Pines Manor in Edison last Friday, where it honored New Jersey players, teams, coaches, referees and volunteers for outstanding performances and contributions in 2016.


January 29, 2017
THE GREAT INDOORS
NY indoor soccer goes back to 1939 and several youth tournaments are celebrating milestones this year

With outdoor fields being unplayable during New York's winter due to snow and ice, soccer players go indoors, not to hibernate, but to play indoor soccer.


January 28, 2017
NEW PRESEASON PLANS
Red Bulls visit Sacramento Republic Feb. 10

The Red Bulls have added a training stint in Sacramento to the club's preseason plans, the team announced Saturday.


January 27, 2017
OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT
Red Bulls blank Timbers in preseason opener

The Red Bulls kicked off their preseason with a 2-0 friendly victory over the Portland Timbers at Kino Stadium Friday night.


January 27, 2017
CALLED IN
Jamaica summons Lawrence for USA match

Red Bulls left back Kemar Lawrence Friday was called into the Jamaican national team for its international friendly against the United States in Chattanooga, Tenn.


January 27, 2017
EMPIRE SUPPORTERS CLUB STRIKES BACK
Red Bulls supporters hold membership drive Sunday

The Empire Supporters Club will hold its annual membership drive at the Football Factory in Manhattan Sunday.


January 27, 2017
MAKING THE CUT
Robles, Kljestan on USMNT roster for Serbia

Don't be surprised if you see Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles and midfielder Sacha Kljestan on the Qualcomm Stadium field when the U.S. national team takes on Serbia Sunday.


January 27, 2017
FOR OPENERS
Red Bulls II start on road March 25, at Montclair April 1

Defending USL Cup champion Red Bulls II will open their new home at Montclair State University against the Richmond Kickers Saturday, April 1.


January 27, 2016
MLS INFORMER
Laying out a red carpet for the competition?

With the NFL’s Chargers move to Los Angeles and the LA Galaxy’s StubHub Center, the resulting vacancy at San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium is apparently opening an opportunity for MLS, or prospective MLS club owners.


January 27, 2017
THE GOOD-HANDS MAN RETURNS
Cosmos re-sign veteran goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer

Well, one thing is certain about the 2017 edition of the Cosmos: They needn't worry about goalkeeping. Jimmy Maurer became the third keeper from their 2016 North American Soccer League championship team to rejoin the squad.


January 27, 2017
BACK AND CENTER
Peruvian defender Alexander Callens joins NYC FC

New York City FC hoped it has shored up its shaky defense by signing Peruvian international center back Alexander Callens Friday.


January 27, 2017
YOU CAN WATCH
Red Bulls' preseason opener on web tonight

You can catch the Red Bulls' preseason opener against the Portland Timbers at 8:30 p.m. ET Friday.


January 27, 2017
ROOM FOR TWO MORE
Holt, Velela re-sign with the Cosmos

The Cosmos continued to add players from their 2016 North American Soccer League championship side Friday, announcing that goalkeeper Brian Holt and defender Alexis Velela had signed with the club.


January 27, 2017
GOING FOR A CENTURY
Arena finalizes roster for Sunday's friendly vs. Serbia; Altidore ready to make 100th appearance

Toronto FC forward Jozy Altidore is set to earn his 100th cap when the U.S. national team meets Serbia at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego at 1 p.m. PT Sunday. Altidore was named to the 23-man roster by coach Bruce Arena Friday.


January 27, 2017
FINDING SOME FAME
Harkes inducted into New Jersey Youth Hall

Former U.S. national team captain John Harkes was inducted into the New Jersey Youth Soccer Hall of Fame at the organization's 29th annual awards dinner last Friday.


January 27, 2017
EASTER TOURNAMENT
FA Euro New York hosts 1st tourney Easter weekend

FA Euro New York will host its first youth soccer tournament Easter weekend.


January 27, 2017
OFFSIDE REMARKS
Just what happened to Ali Curtis?

Whither Ali Curtis? One of the great mysteries of the 2017 Major Leauge Soccer preseason has been the disappearance of the Red Bulls sporting director.


January 27, 2017
REMEMBERING RUDY
Lamonica tournament in Oceanside celebrates its 50th anniversary

Soccer fans might recognize Rudy Lamonica’s name as the oldest youth indoor soccer tournament in the United States, celebrating its 50th anniversary this winter, is named after him.


January 27, 2017
PLAYER-COACH REUNION
NYC FC deals Saunders to Orlando, goalkeeper reunites with coach Jason Kreis

Josh Saunders has been reunited with former New York City head coach Jason Kreis. City Friday dealt the veteran goalkeeper to Orlando City SC for the team natural fourth-round pick in the 2019 Major League Soccer SuperDraft.


January 27, 2017
NO SAMI
Vieira: NYC FC is not targeting Khedira

Contrary what you might have heard, Sami Khedira is not coming to New York City FC, says head coach Patrick Vieiera. Khedira, a German international and Juventus midfielder has been linked with the LA Galaxy, Red Bulls and City.


January 27, 2017
RUBEN'S NEW CHALLENGE
Ex-Cosmos Bover signs with Barnet in England

Add Ruben Bover to the list of former Cosmos who have found employment with another soccer team. The midfielder has joined Barnet F.C. after a successful trial, the English League Two club announced Friday morning.


January 27, 2017
FIRST STEPS
Red Bulls open preseason vs. Portland tonight

The Red Bulls kick off their preseason, meeting the Portland Timbers in the 2017 Desert Friendlies at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium in Tucson, Ariz. Friday at 8 p.m. ET.


January 27, 2017
HE LOVES NEW YORK
Why Szetela came back: he would have left his heart in New York, not in San Francisco

With apologies to Tony Bennett, Danny Szetela's heart was in New York and not in San Francisco. That's the major reason he is back with the New York Cosmos today


January 26, 2017
THROW-BACK THURSDAY
Surprise! Szetela, who left Cosmos for Deltas, returns to 2-time defendinng NASL champions

Over the past seven days the Cosmos have re-signed five players from their 2016 championship team, but perhaps the biggest surprise to date was Thursday. Danny Szetela has returned to the team.


January 26, 2017
A RETURN ENGAGEMENT
Cosmos bring back Danny Szetela

The Cosmos announced Thursday the return of midfielder Danny Szetela, who had signed with the expansion San Francisco Deltas.


January 26, 2017
IN SEARCH OF NEW TEAMS
Saunders, Diskerud given permission by NYC FC to find new teams for 2017

Josh Saunders and Mix Diskerud are not in New York City FC preseason training camp because they have been given permission to find new teams, head coach Patrick Vieira said Thursday afternoon.


January 26, 2017
NOTHING YET
Vieira: NYC FC is negotiating with Callens, but no deal has been finalized

New York City FC head coach Patrick Vieira Thursday confirmed that the club is interested in Peruvian international center back Alexander Callens, adding that it is still negotiating with the player.



FUTSAL REFEREE COURSE
At Newfield H.S. in Selden Feb. 4-5

The next futsal referee certification course will be held at Newfield High School in Selden, N.Y. Feb. 4-5.


January 26, 2017
A NEW CENTER BACK?
Report: Peruvian international to join NYC FC

Peruvian international center back Alexander Callens reportedly is heading for New York City FC. According to Ovacion, the 24-year-old defender was expected to take a medical examination Thursday and then will sign with the Major League Soccer club.


January 25, 2017
BACK FOR MORE
Red Bulls re-sign center back Damien Perrinelle

A day after one experienced center back said he wasn't returning to the club, the Red Bulls made sure they latched onto another Wednesday. New York announced it had re-signed center back Damien Perrinelle.


January 25, 2017
CAMP DEBUT
Former Timber left back joins USMNT

Santos Laguna defender Jorge Villafaña has been called into his first U.S. national team training camp in preparation for Sunday’s game against Serbia.


January 25, 2017
SUBSIDIZED BY CANADA
Sky Blue draft pick, goalkeeper Sheridan

Sky Blue FC announced Wednesday that goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan was allocated to the National Women's Soccer League team as a Canadian subsidized player for this season.


January 25, 2017
CANADIAN CONTRIBUTION
D'Angelo, Sinclair on NWSL teams' list

The NWSL announced 10 Canadian Women's National Team players, including goalkeeper Sabrina D’Angelo, who helped the Western New York Flash capture last year’s title, will be subsidized this season.


January 25, 2017
ON THE WEB
NYC FC-Emelec match televised on team website

New York City FC fans will be able to watch the match against Ecuadorian club C.S. Emelec live on NYCFC.com Wednesday, Feb. 8.


January 25, 2017
ON TRIAL
Ex-U.S. international Findley in Red Bulls' camp

Former U.S. international forward Robbie Findley is on trial with the Red Bulls at their preseason camp in Tucson, Ariz.


January 24, 2016
PIONEER PASSES
Former MISL Commissioner Earl Foreman was 92

Earl Foreman, who was one of the original owners in what became the North American Soccer League, and who founded the Major Indoor Soccer League died on Tuesday at the age of 92.


January 24, 2017
EARLY REGISTRATION
For LISFL's men's U-23, women's Open tournaments

The Long Island Soccer Football League has opened early registration for the Ryder-Vass Men's Under-23 and Women's Open Tournament.


January 24, 2017
SIGN UP
For LISFL's spring/summer division

Registration is open for the Long Island Soccer Football League for its spring/summer division.


January 24, 2017
SOME MORE HOMECOOKING
Red Bulls sign Basuljevic as Homegrown Player

The Red Bulls announced Tuesday they had signed academy product and Georgetown University standout Arun Basuljevic as a Homegrown Player.


January 24, 2017
HE'S NO ORDINARY JOSEPH
Hofstra's Joseph Holland is ready to show Houston he’s a real dynamo

Joseph Holland admits he isn't into anything like supernatural forces, but he might make an exception this time. He has realized that there is something about the number 10 that might have turned into the cornerstone of his soccer career.


January 24, 2017
BACK WITH THE COSMOS
Andres Flores rejoins NASL champions

Well, this has turned into a memorable three days for Andres Flores. On Sunday the captain of the El Salvadoran national team set up the lone goal in a 1-0 victory over Nicaragua to clinch a spot in the CONCACAF Gold Cup this summer. On Tuesday, he re-signed with the Cosmos.


January 24, 2017
KEEPING A KEEPER
Red Bulls sign Red Bull II GK Rafael Diaz

The Red Bulls announced Tuesday they had signed former St. John's University goalkeeper Rafael Diaz to a Major League Soccer contract.


January 24, 2017
IN SEARCH OF ...
St. Francis seeking volunteer goalkeeper coach

St. Francis College is looking for a volunteer goalkeeper coach.


January 24, 2017
SAYING GOODBYE
Zubar says he won't return to Red Bulls

Ronald Zubar is a former Red Bull. The veteran center back announced his departure from the Eastern Conference champions on Instagram Monday after he could not come to terms with the club.


January 23, 2017
OFFSIDE REMARKS
It's good to have good mentors, really good mentors

In his latest installment of celebrating his 42st year covering soccer, BigAppleSoccer.com editor Michael Lewis talks about the importance of having mentors and working on a sports desk, especially during the formative years of a young writer's career.


January 23, 2017
UNDER THE MICROSCOPE
U.S. youth international James Sands in NYC FC preseason camp

U.S. Under-17 national team midfielder James Sands was among the 28 players who were included in New York FC's traveling team for preseason training camp in Jacksonville, Fla.


January 23, 2017
A HOMEGROWN KEEPER
Red Bulls sign goalkeeper Evan Louro

The Red Bulls Monday signed goalkeeper Evan Louro as a Homegrown Player.



NOT JOSHING, THEY'RE NOT IN THE MIX
Saunders, Diskerud not on NYC FC preseason training camp; club looking for 'solutions'

Two veterans of the New York City FC's first two seasons were not including on the team's traveling squad for pre-season camp -- goalkeeper Josh Saunders and midfielder Mix Diskerud.


January 23, 2017
VOLUNTEER ASSISTANT COACH
Lucey joins Hofstra women's soccer staff

Former University of Tampa head coach Gerry Lucey has joined the Hofstra Women's soccer staff as a volunteer assistant coach, the school announced Monday.


January 23, 2017
OPEN TRYOUTS
Sky Blue to hold them March 1-2

Sky Blue FC will hold open tryouts prior to the National Women's Soccer League season.


January 23, 2017
MOVING ON UP
Red Bulls II's Metzger signs with Red Bulls

The Red Bulls announced Monday they signed Red Bulls II midfielder Dan Metzger, a product of the Red Bulls Academy.


January 23, 2017
NEW FORMAT, NEW COMPETITIONS
CONCACAF Champions League to run from February-May beginning in 2018; new competition added

CONCACAF Monday announced plans of an expansion to its international club competition platform with the addition of a new tournament, accompanied by a new format for the CONCACAF Champions League.


January 23, 2017
LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON
Ian Harkes, son of John Harkes, signs with D.C.

D.C. United signed midfielder Ian Harkes, son of former United and U.S. national team star John Harkes, the team announced Monday.


January 23, 2017
A RED BULL WHITECAP
Vancouver signs Peruvian from Salzburg

Apparently, the Red Bulls aren't the only Major League Soccer team with dibs on Red Bull Salzburg players. Case in point: The Vancouver Whitecaps announced Monday they had obtained attacking midfielder-forward Yordy Reyna from the Austrian Bundesliga champions.


January 23, 2017
TWO MORE ON BOARD
Mulligan, Zobeck re-sign with the Cosmos

Slowly, but surely, the old band is getting back together. It may not be the same band of brothers or players on the Cosmos, but they are signing members from last year's championship North American Soccer League side.


January 16, 2017
GO MIDWEST, YOUNG MAN
Columbia's Tinari invited to Minnesota United camp

Columbia University Andrew Tinari has received a training camp invitation to play with MLS expansion team Minnesota United FC.


January 23, 2017
OFFSIDE REMARKS
The birth of a soccer-writing career 42 years ago

On Sunday, Jan. 22, 2016 BigAppleSoccer.com Michael Lewis celebrated his 42st anniversary covering soccer. It was the night in 1975 Lewis learned he was going to cover the Rochester Lancers of the old North American Soccer League.


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