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.
January 7, 2015 OFFSIDE REMARKS
Salzburg has given up on the Red Bulls
For sale: one sightly used soccer team in northern New Jersey that has a tarnished reputation, a new coach, a new sporting director and a really neat modern stadium. Willing to listen to any offer over $220 million. Please call Salzburg, Austria immediately.
November 30, 2014 OFFSIDE REMARKS
The unkindest cut at The Razor for the Red Bulls
Whether the team is named the MetroStars or Red Bulls, the New York/New Jersey franchise in Major League Soccer has a recurring problem. It keeps ending its season in New England, especially with another possible game on the horizon. For the fifth time in 13 years, the Red Bulls have completed their season at Gillette Stadium -- aka The Razor.
November 19, 2014 OFFSIDE REMARKS
One writer's editorial a quarter century ago
To truly appreciate what the U.S. national team accomplished 25 years ago Wednesday, you have to have a sense of the anticipation and what qualifying for the World Cup would mean for the team -- before the historical 1-0 result in Trinidad & Tobago. Saying that, here is my editorial in Soccer Week prior to the game on Nov. 16, 1989.
October 6, 2014 OFFSIDE REMARKS
Remembering Bruno Sniders
If Bruno Sniders was a baseball pitcher, he would have thrown nothing but fastball. Instead, he was a sports columnist who threw nothing but fastballs in a career that spanned six decades.
September 21, 2014 OFFSIDE REMARKS
Wright-Phillips makes a pretty damn good case for MLS MVP
Whether Bradley Wright-Phillips winds up breaking Major League Soccer's season scoring record, the English striker, his Red Bulls teammates and the likes of the LA Galaxy, Houston Dynamo, Toronto FC, Columbus Crew and Sporting Kansas City over the final five regular-season games will determine his fate.
July 10, 2014 OFFSIDE REMARKS
Remembering a great photographer and a gentle soul
He had this drawl, this Texan drawl that if I closed my eyes, I would have sworn it was JR Ewing talking. Well, Phil Stephens was from Texas, actually Dallas, Texas, which explained a lot in the similarities in the voice, sometimes in his laugh as well.
July 5, 2014 OFFSIDE REMARKS
Tim Howard: an appreciation
With three minutes remaining in the New York/New Jersey MetroStars' 4-1 win over the Colorado Rapids on Aug. 18, 1998, goalkeeper Tim Howard blocked Wolde Harris' shot from point-blank range to put the proper punctuation on victory.
June 27, 2014 DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO (DAY 16)
The case of too many Michaels
I have nothing against the name Michael. After all, it has been my favorite name all my life. But apparently when you get too many Michaels (or Mikes) together in Brazil, especially in the same traveling group, well, strange things can happen.
June 17, 2014 DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO -- DAY 6
Things they don't teach you in J-school
Some things that they don't teach you in journalism school: Writing on ridiculous deadlines, cranking out stories while the media bus is bouncing along to the airport, sending stories from the check-in counter at the airport and taking a 2:50 a.m. flight from Natal, Brazil to Sao Paulo.
April 27, 2014 OFFSIDE REMARKS
Red Bulls are pointed in right direction
Three games do not a season make, but the Red Bulls certainly could not have asked for a better three games. They accrued seven out of nine points, and with one of their most influential players, Tim Cahill, playing but 27 minutes off the bench in one match.
April 20, 2014 OFFSIDE REMARKS
Meet soccer's new good luck charm
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