July 27, 2016 OFFSIDE REMARKS
MLS all-star game needs a makeover
OK, I'll try not to waste too much of your time about this particular subject, because just about every other writer between New York and San Jose, Calif. has had an opinion on it. But I still have to get this off my chest.
June 20, 2016 OFFSIDE REMARKS
USA's Copa run has the spirit of '02
Pardon me if I have a deja vu feeling all over again about the United States going deep in a major soccer competition. In many respects, it reminds me of what the red, white and blue accomplished at the 2002 World Cup in Korea/Japan.
June 5, 2016 OFFSIDE REMARKS
Copa start can't get any worse
The host team goes down by two goals, a pair of scoreless draws, three goals in four games and too many empty seats. Not exactly the best of starts for Copa America Centenario.
June 3, 2016 OFFSIDE REMARKS
The honeymoon is over for NYC FC
Boasting a $20 million-plus roster featuring the likes of David Villa, Andrea Pirlo and Frank Lampard, New York City FC has set a modern Major League Soccer standard of underachieving at its home venue.
May 31, 2016 OFFSIDE REMARKS
Ted Dumitru: an appreciation
The news hit me like a ton of soccer balls. My wife Joy told me that the former coach of the South African national team, Ted Dumitru, had passed away. He was at a Johannesburg mall, collapsed and died last week. I felt shocked and sad, very sad. And I had good reason to be. Ted Dumitru was the first professional soccer coach I had ever encountered, covered the quoted.
April 10, 2016 OFFSIDE REMARKS
5 takeaways from the Red Bulls' loss
It has been one rough start for the Red Bulls, who are 1-4 and lie ninth in the MLS Eastern Conference. With that in mind, here are five takeaways from their latest defeat, a 2-0 home setback to Sporting Kansas City Saturday night.
March 12, 2016 OFFSIDE REMARKS
Five things to take from Red Bulls' latest loss
If flipping the side of the field in which midfield wings Mike Grella and Sam Lloyd is one of the major options that Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch that had in mind to be less predictable this season, the team could be in for a long season.
January 9, 2016 OFFSIDE REMARKS
Underachieving Diskerud a City mystery
Now that everybody has given their opinion on the recent U.S. national team call-ups, I will go a lot more provincial concerning the national team: Why does Mix Diskerud keep getting the call from Jurgen Klinsmann?
December 13, 2015 OFFSIDE REMARKS
Kwadwo Poku deserves to start for NYC FC
His coaching duties officially don't start until the beginning of the new year, but Patrick Vieira had to be impressed with at least New York City FC player during the team's 2-1 friendly win over the Puerto Rican national team Friday night: Kwadwo Poku.
October 7, 2015 OFFSIDE REMARKS
Wright-Phillips following up Golden Boot season with yet another golden year
After striking for a league-record tying 27 goals in 2014, Bradley Wright-Phillips has accrued 15 more this season. Some observers, fans and media might consider that a failure in comparison, but it is more than a victory for the Red Bulls forward. Only a handful of Major League Soccer scoring championship have been able to follow up a Golden Boot season with another highly productive one.
September 9, 2015 OFFSIDE REMARKS
USMNT's 4-1 debacle vs. Brazil in 19 tweets
If you watched the United States' 4-1 disaster to Brazil in Foxborough, Mass. Tuesday, you probably have suffered enough. If you didn't witness the slaughter in the international friendly, you might want to see the game through the eyes of a frustrating sportwriter, who tweeted the game from his living room couch.
July 27, 2015 OFFSIDE REMARKS
On underachieving, watermelons and grapes
Years ago, some colleagues of mine were talking about the attributes of the U.S. men's national team. One of us said that the U.S. players never give up, that they would keep grinding away, even in defeat. Well, I never thought I'd see the day, but Saturday's fiasco of a third-place game turned into an embarrassment for U.S. Soccer and U.S. soccer.
July 15, 2015 OFFSIDE REMARKS
When the beautiful game lives up to its reputation
Within a span of only four days, soccer fans in America were entertained by four teams playing two incredible matches in two completely different competitions. Both games ended in 4-4 draws – now, what were the odds of that? -- but the real winner was the game of soccer.
June 1, 2015 OUR MAN IN HAVANA -- DAY 1
The stamp of approval in a changing world
Times have changed since the last time I was here in 2012. While going through immigration on Sunday night, an immigration official in a booth ask me if should could stamp my passport. I've been asked that dozens of times during my international travels over the years. Yeah, of course.
May 14, 2015 OFFSIDE REMARKS
Brad Friedel, an appreciation
For those of you who think history is something that happened five seconds ago, and nothing more or nothing less, I have a history lesson or two for you. It's about goalkeeper Brad Friedel. Because he starred for the U.S. national team so long ago, some of you might not even know who he is and I'm not kidding.
May 7, 2015 OFFSIDE REMARKS
One interesting shirt tale about Hudson Derby
Earlier this afternoon I received a FedEx package from the Red Bulls that include a can of Red Bull, a roster, stickers and a shirt. Make that a red shirt. Make that a very special red shirt for Sunday's Hudson Derby encounter between the Red Bulls and New York City FC at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J
May 4, 2015 OFFSIDE REMARKS
A day this writer will never forget
I wrote this story five years ago, on the 40th anniversary of such a tragic and needless event. I am reposting it again because we should never forgot what transpired on the campus of Kent State in Kent, Ohio on May 4, 1970.
April 18. 2015 OFFSIDE REMARKS
Cosmos objective: win, baby, win
The name of the baseball player escapes me, but I certainly remember what he said after a dismal stint with the Yankees a number of years ago. He said something to the effect that the only thing that the Yankees cared about was winning.
April 15, 2015 OFFSIDE REMARKS (SPECIAL)
This unique soccer souvenir has a "key" to my heart
During my short stay here, I have purchased a few souvenirs. That includes a couple of books -- about the life and death of Davy Crockett (hey, I had to visit the Alamo) and the official USA-Mexico scarf that commemorated this version of the border clash. The best one might have been for free.
March 29, 2015 OFFSIDE REMARKS
2 games, 2 stadiums, 4 teams in 7 hours
I've certainly covered two soccer games in the same day before. Nothing earth-shattering about that. But for the second time in my career on Saturday, I attended and covered two pro soccer games on both sides of the Hudson River, a rare feat, indeed.
March 22, 2015 OFFSIDE REMARKS
An award ceremony that is long overdue
Sometime after the Red Bulls tussle with rival D.C. United, win, lose or draw, a rather unusual awards ceremony, more than 10 years in the making or waiting, will occur in the home team's locker room at Red Bull Arena Sunday.
March 19, 2015 OFFSIDE REMARKS
Orange in my blood, red rage on my face
I'll tell you right off the bat that I am a Syracuse University graduate, class of '74. That's 1974, not 1874. Depending on if you are snarky or emphatic, you can stop your snickering and stop feeling sorry for me as well right now.
March 16, 2015 OFFSIDE REMARKS
The real test starts now for NYC FC
Outside of scoring off the opening kickoff, winning 6-0, filling up about 5,000 or so empty seats and having temperatures hovering around 60 degrees, it truly could not get much better for New York City FC Sunday night.
February 22, 2015 OFFSIDE REMARKS
It's good to have good mentors, really good mentors
In his latest installment of celebrating his 40th 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.
February 5, 2015 OFFSIDE REMARKS
Just whatever happened to NYC FC? Can anyone tell me?
Earlier today, I received an email from the Philadelphia Union, announcing that head coach Jim Curtin would be available to the media for a conference call at 2 p.m. I have to admit that I had some serious conference call envy with the Union. Not about the Red Bulls, but with New York City FC.
February 5, 2015 OFFSIDE REMARKS
Kelly Smith: an appreciation
From the opening kickoff to the final whistle of Seton Hall's 5-2 loss to Notre Dame in October 1999, Kelly Smith was incredible, fantastic and tremendous. In other words, she performed at her usual ridiculously high levels.
February 2, 2015 OFFSIDE REMARKS
Just what exactly happened to Tim Cahill?
Quite frankly, I find it kind of ironic that I write this column when Tim Cahill has been anointed a soccer god in all of Australia as he and his Socceroo teammates have hailed worldwide for their outstanding championship performance at the Asian Cup.
February 1, 2015 OFFSIDE REMARKS
The birth and life of a writer
On Thursday, Jan. 22, BigAppleSoccer.com editor Michael Lewis celebrated his 40th anniversary in covering professional soccer. This is the second part of a multi-part series of his career as a writer as he interviews himself.
January 29, 2015 OFFSIDE REMARKS
Not the best of starts for NYC FC
Let's see now. The Frank Lampard fiasco. Chief Business Officer Tim Pernetti leaves the team 38 days before the team's first game. A team president announced 38 days prior to that match. Negligible public relations. Not exactly the way you would want an expansion team to start in Major League Soccer.
January 23, 2015 OFFSIDE REMARKS
Just who is running the Red Bull global show from Salzburg?
With a new regime in place, there are many questions to be asked about the Red Bulls for 2015. The obvious ones are about new sporting director Ali Curtis, who axed popular coach Mike Petke, and new coach Jesse Marsch, who has been thrown into the middle of this the team's latest controversy.