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Michael Lewis

Michael Lewis

June 1, 2015
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 17, 2015
When it's good to tie one on and when its best to avoid draws

There are such things as good ties and bad ties. In the wake of the three area pro teams finishing with draws, I take a look at what is considered a good tie and a bad one.

May 15, 2015
16 games and counting and not all have been sweet

When New York City FC was added to the metropolitan area soccer terrain, I realized my life as a soccer writer would become much more complicated. I just didn't know how much more complex -- until now.

May 14, 2015
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 13, 2015
Remembering another first-year NY team that got off to a slow start 19 years ago

When David Villa said that New York City FC hit rock bottom after his team's 2-1 road loss at the Red Bulls Sunday, his statement struck a nerve. Now, where did I hear that before from a first-year Major League Soccer team? It came back to me – in a piece I wrote about the New York/New Jersey MetroStars (now the Red Bulls) some 19 years ago.

May 11, 2015
New York, New York, What a wonderful town! Harrison is up and the Bronx is down

OK, the headline is mixing metaphors because we all know the Harrison I'm talking about is in New Jersey and not in New York. But as we like to say in the journalism business, we never let facts get in the way of a good story, or in this case, a good headline.

May 8, 2015
Clive doesn't Toye around in his latest book, 'Anywhere In The World

Most of the soccer world knows and probably only knows Clive Toye as the Cosmos president who signed Pele to that historic contract in 1975.

May 7, 2015
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
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
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
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.

April 15, 2015
Embarking on a five-day soccer odyssey

As you can tell from the dateline of this story, I am in this great Texas city for the Border Clash between the United States and Mexico at the Alamodome Wednesday night.

April 13, 2015
Today, soccer is in the shadow after the passing of Eduardo Galeano

A giant of the game passed away Monday and sadly, there is a good chance that most of you never heard of him.

April 1, 2015
How two players bounced back from some devastating news on April Fool's Day

We all know what today is -- April 1 -- perhaps better known as April Fool's Day. Two former MetroStars discovered that reality can bite on this day, although John Wolyniec and Jim Rooney bounced back from it nicely, thank you.

March 29, 2015
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 29, 2015
Joe Manfredi was one of a kind, certainly something Clive Toye realized long before the rest of us

Back in the stone age 44 years ago when this foreign sport known as soccer was struggling to be accepted by a rather skeptical American sporting public, not many men such as Corrado “Joe” Manfredi was bold enough not only put his money where his mouth was, but where his heart was as well.

March 25, 2015
Here's my plan for MLS I and MLS II -- promotion, relegation and playoffs

So, Major League Soccer made if official today and annoited Minnesota as it's what -- 22nd, 23rd or 24th franchise -- sorry I kind of get confused with the David Beckham-Miami franchise and its situation.

March 22, 2015
For one night, Red Bulls win without star and superstar power; but can they do it for entire season?

For the past decade, the Red Bulls had plenty of star power, sometimes superstar power, in their arsenal.

March 22, 2015
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
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 18, 2015
What did you expect? They are the Cosmos

So, the Cosmos are going to Cuba. So, what did you expect? They are the Cosmos.

March 16, 2015
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.

March 11, 2015
A blast from the past: Jason Kreis, Claudio Reyna and the MetroStars: a premonition or coincidence?

Well, well, well, guess what I found in my soccer files -- the penultimate issue of Soccer Magazine from December 1999. Jason Kreis, who was then tearing up Major League Soccer with the Dallas Burn, was featured on the cover.

March 7, 2015
BWP and ridiculous expectations and more realistic realizations

As a new season is upon us, every Major League Soccer teams faces a myriad of questions, from how well veteran and new players will fare to whether a team is either championship material or can contend for the postseason. Which brings us to Bradley Wright-Phillips.

February 22, 2015
So, where were you 35 years ago today?

Reader alert: Anyone under 35- or 40-years-old might not be able to relate to this story. So, where were you 35 years ago today? That would be Feb. 22, 1980.

February 22, 2015
It's good to have good mentors, really good mentors

In his latest installment of celebrating his 40th year covering soccer, 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 13, 2015
A special Valentine to the most beautiful game

With Saturday being Valentine's Day, my thoughts obviously turn to love. We have many loves in our lives, whether it be our significant other, family, pets, friends and even sports.

February 5, 2015
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
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
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
The birth and life of a writer

On Thursday, Jan. 22, 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.

February 1, 2015
Super Bowl edition: Media Day, domed stadiums and Key & Peele

While the world counts down to the most important American gridiron football game of the year -- hey, that ain't football as we know, is it? -- here are some thoughts about the Super Bowl.

January 29, 2015
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 27, 2015
So, who wants to join me for a unique NY/NJ soccer marathon this April?

On this cold, dreary, snowy winter day, your truly is planning a unique soccer marathon in April and fans of the beautiful game can join with me if they want.

January 24, 2015
About that picture of Bruce Arena; a look at the great US soccer coach's early years

Here on Long Island, it is a cold, bitter wet and snowy day. It's been a slow news morning in our favorite sport, so I figured I would tackle a subject some of you have commented on via my twitter link or FaceBook page: Bruce Arena's hair circa 1969 or 1970.

January 23, 2015
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 22, 2015
Which goalkeeper should replace Hope Solo if she can't play in the WWC? Barnhart, Harris or Naeher

OK, let's assume the worst case scenario. Let's say Hope Solo bottoms out and doesn't backstop the United States at the Women's World Cup in Canada this June and July. Just who will be her replacement?

January 22, 2015
The birth of a soccer-writing career 40 years ago

On Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 Michael Lewis celebrated his 40th anniversary covering soccer. It was the night Lewis learned he was going to cover the Rochester Lancers of the old North American Soccer League.

January 21, 2015
Solo must make the most important save of her career -- herself

I have two words for U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo: Get help. As in now, and not later.

January 21, 2015
A year-long celebration of 40 years kicks off Thursday

It seems like yesterday when I covered my first professional soccer game, yesterday being four decades ago. Tomorrow -- Thursday -- I will celebrate exactly 40 years covering soccer.

January 20, 2015
Is Cahill arranging his exit from the Red Bulls?

Let's play a game today. No, not soccer. Another game. It's called connect the dots. I'm getting the feeling that Tim Cahill is ready to make his exit from the Red Bulls.

January 18, 2015
A revised list of dozen local people who will be under scrutiny and in the spotlight in the next 12 months

I guess there is a first time for everything. Two weeks ago, I put out my annual list of soccer personalities to watch for the year. Due to the events of the past two weeks, it's time to revise the top of the list, just a bit

January 16, 2015
It looks like it's time to mothball the MLS SuperDraft

I have to admit, I don't believe I would ever have to say this, but perhaps it is time to shut down the Major League Soccer SuperDraft.

January 15, 2015
So what is so super about the MLS SuperDraft?

Will someone please explain to me why the Major League Soccer SuperDraft is still called the SuperDraft?

January 13, 2015
How to run -- or is it ruin? -- a soccer team

After many years of covering professional soccer in North America, we have decided to set up a pro soccer management consulting firm. Here is our prospectus on how to run a pro soccer team.

January 12, 2015
What do you do when favorite soccer team betrays your trust?

Today's soccer lesson will be about a couple of "What if" situations.

January 9, 2015
High drama by Red Bulls, NYC FC produce new lows for both clubs

Well, what do you know? What started out as a pair of tweets earlier Friday has turned into a full-blown column.

January 9, 2015
Marsch will be under plenty of pressure, scrutiny as will Curtis

I certainly don't envy the task of new Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch. He certainly has one tough act to follow, someone who did not deserve to be fired.

January 8, 2015
Petke was a goner just about from the start; Marsch, Curtis will be under close scrutiny

During the 36-minute conference call about the firing of Mike Petke and the hiring of Jesse Marsch as the Red Bulls head coach,. I asked Marsch when he was contacted. He replied, contacted about taking the job “10 days, two weeks ago.”

January 7, 2015
Through the past darkly: a quick look at the history of Red Bulls/MetroStars coaches

Here's a quick history of the Red Bulls/MetroStars coahces.

January 7, 2015
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.

January 7, 2015
Petke's firing: if it wasn't so sad and stunning, it would be a joke

Well, if the Red Bulls were trying to get a leg up on New York City FC on making ridiculous moves and news for the wrong reasons, they certainly have accomplished it. Sacking Mike Petke on the eve of the Major League Soccer SuperDraft is not the proper way to start preparing for a new season.

January 4, 2015
After Garber's remarks, more questions linger over embarrassing Lampard affair

After MLS commissioner Don Garber comments about the Frank Lampard saga for the first time, more questions arise over the affair.

January 4, 2015
A dozen people who will under scrutiny and in the spotlight in the next 12 months

So, just who are expected to be the dozen soccer people in the tri-state area to watch in 2015? Here's a list of movers and shakers who are expected to be in the spotlight in the coming year.

January 1, 2015
Lampard saga has turned farcical in a hurry

In less than 24 hours, Frank Lampard situation has gone from just being an interesting story to an embarrassing episode for New York City FC and Major League Soccer to a farce.

December 31, 2014
Man City scores an embarrasing own goal for NYC FC, which hasn't played a game yet

They say you only get one chance to make a first impression. Perhaps. After all, NYC FC already had made its first impression with some of its actions. But you can make last impressions with other actions and it will be intriguing to see what Manchester City's decision to extend Frank Lampard's contract will mean for NYC FC's credibility.

December 31, 2014
A writer remembers sports' joy and sorrow from 2014

This writer has watched some of the biggest soccer games in 2014, but a pair of high football matches -- futbol and the American gridiron kind -- stood out to him this past year.

December 7, 2014
Here's who I would protect on the Red Bulls

Here's one writer's list of players the Red Bulls should protect for the MLS expansion draft.

December 3, 2014
The media did BWP in, in MVP voting, that's what happened

If you're wondering why Red Bulls striker Bradley Wright-Phillips failed to finish among the top three candidates, you only have to point at the media.

December 3, 2014
Getting ready for my personal MLS Cup No. 19

If there is one thing that I have learned in my 19 years of covering Major League Soccer, if it's MLS Cup, there's a good chance it will be in southern California.

December 1, 2014
Red Bulls can't only stargaze and fall behind the arms (and feet) race to NYC FC, Cosmos

Whither the Red Bulls? Now that Thierry Henry has made it official, where does that leave one of Major League Soccer's nine remaining original clubs as it plots its future for 2015 and beyond?

November 30, 2014
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 23, 2014
No excuse for BWP not knowing about yellow peril and none for Chapman's yellow-card giveaway

There was no excuse for Bradley Wright-Phillips not knowing about his yellow peril or for referee Allen Chapman's officiating and his yellow card extravaganza Sunday.

November 19, 2014
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.

November 11, 2014
After rising to the top in their return season, Cosmos woefully underachieve this year

This certainly was not a season to remember for the Cosmos. Yes, they reached the North American Soccer League playoffs, which is a decent finish for many teams. But that is not enough, not for an organization that has prized itself on winning not only games, but championships as well.

November 9 2014
Will Henry play in Foxborough? Well here is a clue: he is all about winning

The first game is 12 days away, yet leave it to Thierry Henry to already steal the spotlight of the next Major League Soccer playoff series.

November 6, 2014
Both sides now: 5 reasons why the Cosmos will sting the Scorpions, 5 reasons they won't

There are two ways you can look at it. The Cosmos find themselves two wins away from securing their second successive Soccer Bowl. They also are a loss away from completing a disappointing North American Soccer League as well.

November 1, 2014
Both sides now: 5 reasons why Red Bulls will win, 5 reasons why they lose to D.C.

Let's just call it soccer's version point, counterpoint. Using the same players and subjects, here are reasons why the Red Bulls will defeat D.C. United or will fall to their Eastern Conference rivals in a Major League Soccer semifinal series.

October 30, 2014
Both sides now: 5 reasons why Red Bulls will win, 5 reasons why they lose to KC

Let's just call it soccer's version point, counterpoint. Using the same players and subjects, here are reasons why the Red Bulls will defeat Sporting Kansas City or will fall to their Eastern Conference rivals in a Major League Soccer knockout-round match at Red Bull Arena at 8 p.m. Thursday.

October 26, 2014
USA women head and shoulders above CONCACAF foes, but they must rise to the occasion at WWC

If anyone had any doubts, the United States women reminded everyone that they were head and shoulders over any of their foes in CONCACAF Sunday night, literally and figuratively.

October 16, 2014
Garber, MLS might be angry, but Klinsmann has a point about Bradley, Dempsey

So, Don Garber is ticked off that U.S. national coach Jurgen Klinsmann had the nerve to say that Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey should have not have returned home to play in Major League Soccer.

October 16, 2014
Remembering Alex Loj

Another week, another mentor who has gone to that great soccer newsroom in the sky.

October 6, 2014
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
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.

September 18, 2014
7 years ago today, a newborn granddaughter delayed this writer's Shanghai journey

Being a soccer writer for some four decades, you might say wild horses can't keep me away from a soccer match, tournament or World Cup that I want or need to cover.

September 15, 2014
Red Bulls, Cosmos go perfect in four must-win games on an imperfect ride

The headline this column on Sept. 6 read: With 9 games remaining, the 7th-place Red Bulls, Cosmos must make their playoff push now or suffer the consequences. Unless you were in hiding, you already know both teams swept a pair of vital home matches to keep their postseason hopes alive.

September 6, 2014
With 9 games remaining, the 7th-place Red Bulls, Cosmos must make their playoff push now or suffer the consequences

They might call home on opposite sides of the Hudson River, but the Red Bulls and Cosmos in many ways share a similar fate and path to their respective league's playoffs.

Recalling a memorable game on the day The King died

It was quite easy for me to remember the 37th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley -- on Aug. 16, 1977. If you were around at the time, do you know where you were when you heard The King had died? I certainly know where I was.

August 13, 2014
There has to be a better way to avoid 3 1/2-hour weather delays in soccer

Through all my years of covering sports, I have followed a number of mantras. One of them happens to be: It's all about the players, not matter what the sport, no matter what the competition, no matter what level, youth or international.

August 12, 2014
19 players set for Switzerland game

CHICAGO - U.S. Women's National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named 19 players for the game with Switzerland on Wednesday, Aug. 20, at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.

August 12, 2014
Remembering Robin Williams, a surgical glove and Sepp Bladder

Everybody has his or her favorite memories of Robin Williams, who passed away Monday. Mine goes all the way back to the debut of Mork and Mindy, an entertaining television show that made us laugh, sometimes cry, but educated us about the human race.

August 8, 2014
So, just who will be the next Landon Donovan?

Now that Landon Donovan will retire at the end of this MLS season, I would like to know who is going to replace his playmaking and goal-scoring abilities on the national team?

August 7, 2014
Red Bulls, Cosmos paying the price for not bulking up as many of their foes did in the off-season

While doing some researching recently, I stumbled into a story yours truly wrote for Soccer America in 1980. This is what I wrote as the lede: Keep the status quote in this league and you may be in trouble -- Rule 6 from the North American Soccer League coach's survival handbook.

July 25, 2014
The battle of NY soccer officially kicks off with three separate events within a 24-hour span

The battle for New York soccer has begun in earnest. And if you needed to be reminded of that, you only needed to notice three disparate functions held by the three professional teams in the area over a 22-hour period Wednesday and Thursday.

July 10, 2014
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
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.

July 2, 2014
Ready to take flight one more time, I am looking forward to home, sweet, home

A very weary soul is writing this piece this morning.

July 1, 2014
The mystery of the broken door knob

The main topic of today's diary is a door knob, yes a door knob. Actually, it is the door knob of our room, room 1003 at the Sol Victoria Marina Hotel.

June 30, 2014
Going from heaven to hell and back again

One thing that I have learned about the World Cup in general and the event being in Brazil in particular, is that you can go from heaven to hell and back to heaven again in an extremely short time.

June 29, 2914
When eating (sleeping and exercising) is a luxury

When you have gone to enough World Cups as I have, you learn from experience, sometimes bad experiences. But you learn.

June 28, 2014
Weary sportswriters can fray at the edges

It is almost three weeks into this adventure for many of the American media and there is a certain amount of weariness that has crept into our bodies and souls.

June 28, 2014
OFFSIDE REMARKS celebrates four decades of sports reporting with a unique interview

It was 40 years ago Tuesday -- June 24 -- that editor Michael Lewis started his first professional job as a sportswriter with the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle. Since then he has labored for several newspapers and publications, including Newsday and the New York Daily News, and

June 27, 2014
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 26, 2014
No, blame it on the rain of biblical proportions

I write this piece on the FIFA media bus to the stadium, stuck in traffic. I was hoping to write this on the official U.S. Soccer media bus, but it never showed at our hotel for an 8:30 a.m. departure.

June 25, 2014
No matter how bad you have it, someone else is worse off somewhere else

RECIFE, Brazil -- A couple of things that I learned in life: Everything is relative. And someone always has it worse than you.

June 24, 2014
Following a daily regimen (sort of)

When you're traveling in the World Cup, you try to keep good habits. That includes eating well as much as you can, catching sleeping and keeping an exercise schedule.

June 23, 2014
How revered the Brazilian team really is

I sit here in the U.S. Soccer media center at our hotel with two televisions on at the same time to watch a series of games as the third phase of the group stage will be played.

June 22, 2014
No, blame it on the Hotel Millenium and no or little internet

MANAUS, Brazil -- In the classic Airplane! 2 movie, there is a precious scene in which Julie Hagerty has to tell the passengers on the space shuttle that they are off course in their journey to the moon and that asteroids are hitting the space ship. The passengers are quite calm.

June 21, 2014
Where patience is a virtue and then some

MANAUS, Brazil -- Sometimes I think we're in a reality show here at the World Cup, except we just don't know it.

June 20, 2014
The crisis of the missing notebook

Stupid me. For someone who is so conscious of packing everything away, I made a mistake today. Not a blunder, not a howler, but a stupid mistake, all the same.

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