March 11, 2013 OFFSIDE REMARKS
Miller already is on thin ice
Out of all of the post-season moves that the Red Bulls did, the most disappointing one was one they did not pull the trigger on. Left back Roy Miller survived the post-season purge, but there is little doubt that he has to go.
March 4, 2013 OFFSIDE REMARKS
Dissecting the Red Bulls' 3-3 draw
Some thoughts about the Red Bulls' 3-3 draw with Portland, which includes the lack of leadership in the second half, Luis Robles shaky reboun that led to the Timber's second goal, Olave's Jekyll-Hyde performance and MLS's policy of restricting teams charter flights.
February 5, 2013 OFFSIDE REMARKS
Mexico, Panama should win; USA, Honduras should draw
Match Day One of the CONCACAF hexagonal is here. In my many years of covering CONCACAF and international soccer, I cannot recall seeing much a competitive six-team final group. Yes, Mexico is — and should be — head and shoulders above the rest of the pack. But being and saying a team is the best means nothing. It has to prove it on the field.
January 30, 2013 OFFSIDE REMARKS
Two sides of the scoreless tie
After watching Tuesday night's disappointing scoreless draw between the United States and Canada, I have two streams of thought about the National Team: long range and short term.
January 24, 2013 OFFSIDE REMARKS
Mike Petke: As authentic as you can get
Mike Petke always has been authentic New York. From his New York accent to his New York attitude to his New York outspokenness to his New York work ethic, he has epitomized what a New Yorker should be and what a soccer player from this area should be all about.
January 21, 2013 OFFSIDE REMARKS
The sad case of Freddy Adu
Over the past few decades, U.S. soccer (yes, that's a small s) has played out a familiar scenario whenever a young, promising male player emerges on the scene.
January 9, 2012 OFFSIDE REMARKS
MLS schedule forgets about WCQ
The longest Major League Soccer schedule was unveiled on Wednesday. It begins on March 2 -- a little more than two weeks after Valentine's Day -- and mercifully ends before the first snowfall, climaxing with MLS Cup on Dec. 7 or 8 -- a little more than two weeks before Christmas.
January 9, 2013 OFFSIDE REMARKS
For once, it was all about Abby
Abby Wambach likes to tell people that it is never about her. It is always about the team. On Monday, it was all about Abby Wambach as she became the first American since Mia Hamm in 2002 who earned the FIFA women's world player of the year. And rightfully so.
January 4, 2013 OFFSIDE REMARKS
Joel Lindpere: an appreciation
In New York and New Jersey, we love our stars larger than life. Big names who make big money and who are bigger than life. Not stars, but superstars. But guess what? There is another type of player New Yorkers and New Jerseyites love, perhaps even more.