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Michael Lewis

Michael Lewis


OFFSIDE REMARKS
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
OFFSIDE REMARKS
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
ELLIS PICKS HER TEAM
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
OFFSIDE REMARKS
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
OFFSIDE REMARKS
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
OFFSIDE REMARKS
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
OFFSIDE REMARKS
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
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.


July 2, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO (DAY 21)
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
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO (DAY 20)
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
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO (DAY 19)
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
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO (DAY 18)
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
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO (DAY 17)
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
BigAppleSoccer.com.editor celebrates four decades of sports reporting with a unique interview

It was 40 years ago Tuesday -- June 24 -- that BigAppleSoccer.com 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, BigAppleSoccer.com and TropiGol.com.


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 26, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO (DAY 15)
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
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO, DAY 14
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
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO (DAY 13)
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
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO (DAY 12)
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
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO (DAY 11) --
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
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO (DAY 10)
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
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO -- DAY 9
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.


June 18, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO -- DAY 7
A rare day off from the daily grind, but not from work

For the first time that I can remember in my eight World Cups, I actually had a day off on Wednesday. There was no USA training or media availability and no games to cover; England will tussle with Uruguay here on Thursday.


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.


June 16, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO -- DAYS 4 AND 5
No, blame it on the bus driver in Natal

For the first time since I arrived here Thursday, I did accomplished a first -- I got some sleep. Actually eight hours of it. I went to bed at 10:30 p.m. and woke up at 6:30 a.m., although it took a while for me to wake up.


June 16, 2014
OFFSIDE REMARKS
U.S. WC wins are few and far between for this writer

Psst! I'll let you in on a little secret, although no one, no one at all, is supposed to tell U.S. national coach Jurgen Klinsmann about it or he will ban me from attending his team's games at the World Cup.


June 14, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO -- DAY 3
A dog day night at the local mall and flying into a city where it is raining cats and dogs

All work and no play will make anyone a dull boy or girl. It also could drive a sportswriter insane.


June 13, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO -- DAY 2
A nightmare day from hell in Sao Paulo

It's incredible what a good night's sleep, a hot shower and a breakfast will do for one's spirits. I needed all three after my day from hell on Thursday.


June 12, 2014
DONíT BLAME IT ON RIO
Getting ready for a crazy eighth World Cup

How appropriate. I began this column sitting in the departure lounge of Terminal 8 at JFK Airport, awaiting my flight to Sao Paulo, Brazil. The number eight certainly hit the spot; this will be my eighth World Cup.


June 11, 2014
OFFSIDE REMARKS
32 things that are bound to happen at a World Cup

There have been more than enough World Cups -- Brazil 2014 will be No. 19 -- to notice a number of trends and stuff repeating again and again -- the good, the bad and the ugly. So, after a while you get a gut feeling of what just might happen.


June 10, 2014
OFFSIDE REMARKS
The key to survival on Brazilian trip? Patience

The key to surviving a two-week stay in Brazil? It's patience, with some more patience and if you have any questions, you should have patience.


June 9, 2014
FANTASTIC VOYAGE
How to get to Brazil in 44 hours

Remember the movie, "Around the World in 80 Days?" Well, this is a miniature version of it: Around the Caribbean in 44 Hours."


June 9, 2014
OFFSIDE REMARKS
27 years on: an unforgettable Brazilian odyssey that was hectic, but quite amazing

It was 27 years ago this summer that yours truly went on a trip of lifetime with the Long Island Junior Soccer League Boys Under-16 team to Brazil. This diary by BigAppleSoccer.com editor Michael Lewis details what is was like on a trip of a lifetime.


June 6, 2014
OFFSIDE REMARKS
Getting so close to history, yet not getting a chance to see it made

With California Chrome preparing to make history at Belmont Park on Saturday, BigAppleSoccer.com editor Michael Lewisí thoughts go back to another Triple Crown race at the racetrack some four decades ago.


May 22, 2014
OFFSIDE REMARKS
Donovan's exclusion is shocking and yet it isn't

So, Landon Donovan did not make the U.S. World Cup team. How shocking. How stunning. How surprising -- given what he has done for U.S. Soccer.


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

Available: veteran soccer writer to help professional soccer players break scoreless slumps. Specializes in veteran defenders finding their lost range again. If interested, please drop a line to BigAppleEdit@aol.com and we can talk.


April 15, 2014
OFFSIDE REMARKS
When a teenager began his path to become a writer, though he didnít know it at the time

Remembering an 11th grade English teacher who offered so much encouragement to a 16-year-old many years ago.


April 7, 2014
OFFSIDE REMARKS
DiCicco would make a good candidate to replace Sermanni

During his conference call with the media on Monday, U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati said that he had a short list of candidates to replace the departed Tom Sermanni as U.S. women's national coach.


March 31, 2014
OFFSIDE REMARKS
Struggling and winless Red Bulls are far from firing on all cylinders

Four weeks into the season and the Red Bulls are winless, not unlike last year. Actually, they are ahead of the pace with three points accrued thanks to three 1-1 draws as compared to a 0-2-2 mark and two points in 2013.


March 9, 2014
OFFSIDE REMARKS
No panic, but a lot of concern over some Red Bulls players

Even with a 4-1 loss at the Vancouver Whitecaps, the Red Bulls' worst season-opening result in their 19-year history, there was no reason to jump out the window. But there is some concern about some players.


February 20, 2014
OFFSIDE REMARKS
Chivas USA: an end of an error in southern California

No tears were shed here in New York when it was announced that Major League Soccer had purchased Chivas USA from Jorge Vergara and Angelica Fuentes on Thursday.


February 14, 2014
OFFSIDE REMARKS
A special Valentine to the most beautiful game

With Friday being Valentine's Day, my thoughts obviously turn to love.


February 12, 2014
OFFSIDE REMARKS
Making sport of the snow

This column isn't exactly about soccer, but with the Winter Olympics going full blast and another snowstorm hitting the area, I figured that this story was quite appropriate to post.


January 10, 2014
OFFSIDE REMARKS
Kreis is ready for the pressure of New York and challenge of coaching an expansion team

Yours truly had the honor of welcoming Jason Kreis to New York Friday. "Welcome to New York," I told Kreis during a press conference in midtown Manhattan. "Why haven't you won a game yet? Like I said, welcome to New York."


January 9, 2014
OFFSIDE REMARKS
Bradley joining Toronto is good for MLS, but is it good for Bradley and USMNT?

Michael Bradley is heading to Toronto FC, huh? Well, that's certainly good for Toronto FC and certainly good for Major League Soccer. But how good is that for Michael Bradley as a soccer player and the U.S. National Team, particularly heading into a World Cup year?


January 5, 2014
OFFSIDE REMARKS
Remembering the Black Panther

Eusebio, one of the greatest soccer players to run on and walk this planet, died on Sunday. He was 71. Not many writers can say it, but yours truly got an opportunity to watch him play in person at the end of his career.


December 13, 2013
OFFSIDE REMARKS
Only time will tell whether Klinsmann's early contract extension really makes sense

Well, that was certainly a surprise: extending a coach's contract before the World Cup and not after it. Then again, Jurgen Klinsmann isn't exactly your everyday national team coach.


December 4, 2013
OFFSIDE REMARKS
Getting ready for my personal MLS Cup No. 18

This editor prepares to cover his 18th MLS Cup -- in Kansas City, Kansas this Saturday.


November 21, 2013
OFFSIDE REMARKS
A 50th anniversary that is far from golden

Somewhere, somewhere in my parents' basement on Long Island, there is a rectangular plastic, green pencil case with probably some old, crumbling pencils and erasers inside, accompanied, an old, small news clipping from a November 1963 edition of Newsday.


November 19, 2013
OFFSIDE REMARKS
Caligiuri looks back at the goal that changed the course of American soccer history

This is a repost of a BigAppleSoccer.com story that has been updated. If Paul Caligiuri hadn't scored "The Goal" 24 years ago today, I probably wouldn't be writing this column, or perhaps any soccer column, for that matter. And Caligiuri wouldn't have enjoyed a Hall of Fame soccer career domestically and abroad.


November 8, 2013
OFFSIDE REMARKS
The Thierry Henry era is running out of time

With the Red Bulls trailing 2-1 and their season running out of time in the 118th minute Wednesday night, Thierry Henry stepped up to take a 22-yard free kick, the most important direct kick he would attempt this season.


October 25, 2013
OFFSIDE REMARKS
Memo to Red Bulls and Cosmos fans: enjoy the ride, moments like this don't come around very often

Let's face it. In the past two decades or so, metro area pro soccer fans haven't had much to cheer about. Now, we have not one, but two pro teams that are on the verge of making some history.


October 15, 2013
OFFSIDE REMARKS
WCQ picks: Mexico will find a way to squeak in -- by a goal

The day of reckoning for three CONCACAF teams is here. So many questions, and a few answers.


October 11, 2013
WCQ PICKS
Mexico hasn't shown it can draw up a home win, Honduras is on verge, U.S. should oust Jamaica

Even with the United States and Costa Rica already securing their spots at Brazil 2014, there still is plenty of drama ahead on Day 9 of the CONCACAf hexagonal in World Cup qualifying.


September 12, 2013
OFFSIDE REMARKS
The Donovan factor: 'He's a guy that when he's on the field puts fear in the opponent'

Three is little doubt that the U.S. National Team needs Landon Donovan and Landon Donovan needs the U.S. National Team.


September 10, 2013
WORLD CUP PICKS
USA over Mexico, Panama to tie in Honduras, Costa Rica over Jamaica

After Friday night's disaster things have to get better. No, I am not talking about the losses the United States and Mexico suffered in World Cup qualifying, but rather my selections on Day 7 of the CONCACAF hexagonal.


September 7, 2013
OFFSIDE REMARKS
By not playing, midfielder Michael Bradley again proves how indispensable he really is to USMNT

On a team that boasts several impact players, it sometimes can be difficult to ascertain who makes the biggest impact of them all. Let's use the U.S. National Team as an example.


September 6, 2013
CONCACAF HEXAGONAL PICKS
U.S. will get a result at Nacional; Mexico won't tie (finally) at home; Panama to prevail over Jamaica

CONCACAF hexagonal Day 7 can really separate the men's from the boys in World Cup qualifying if results go a certain way on Friday night.


September 4, 2013
OFFSIDE REMARKS
The likelihood and chances of U.S. deploying its "perfect 11" in WCQ?: probably slim and none

With all the football and soccer websites, blogs and analysts out there, I wonder if anyone has done some sort of survey of when National Teams have been able to deploy their "so-called" full starting 11 for a World Cup qualifier, World Cup match or a continental championship.


September 4, 2013
OFFSIDE REMARKS
Tico fans protest U.S. WCQ win when they should picket about Friday's game being at new stadium, not Saprissa

Man, talk about misdirected anger and wasted energy. Tico soccer fans, still upset over the famous snow game in Commerce City, Colo. In March, reportedly greeted the United States National Team's arrival at the airport at 6:15 CT (8:15 p.m. ET) with cheers and jeers and some egg throwing at the team bus.


September 2, 2013
OFFSIDE REMARKS
Petke had no choice but to bench Henry; how the team responds is another matter

It remains be seen what the fallout of Mike Petke's flare-up and subsequent benching of Thierry Henry will mean to the Red Bulls. But there was no question that Petke had to do it, to show that team that no player, even Thierry Henry is above facing discipline.


August 25, 2013
OFFSIDE REMARKS
Petke tells it like it is: 'It was an embarrassing day for the Red Bulls'

He didn't hide, he didn't bow his head in shame or disgust, but you knew the head coach of the Red Bulls was disgusted. Mike Petke looked squarely at the MSG camera and said what was in his heart and what should have been said by many players after a sorry performance at the StubHub Center on Sunday.


August 25, 2013
OFFSIDE REMARKS
UPDATED: Some crazy thoughts in these lazy, hazy, crazy dog days of summer

Just call me crazy. In these lazy, hazy, crazy dog days of summer and of August, you get some crazy ideas from watching some crazy stuff on the soccer field. The crazy subject of this particular column is about those sometimes crazy and sometimes confounding Red Bulls.


August 19, 2013
OFFSIDE REMARKS
The real challenge begins for the Cosmos

Many of us had an inkling that the Cosmos' home opener -- aka the team's first competitive match in nearly three decades -- would be a sellout at Hofstra University.


August 17, 2013
OFFSIDE REMARKS
Some crazy thoughts in these lazy, hazy, crazy dog days of summer

Just call me crazy. In these lazy, hazy, crazy dog days of summer and of August, you get some crazy ideas from watching some crazy stuff on the soccer field.


August 16, 2013
OFFSIDE REMARKS
Recalling a memorable game on the day The King died

It was quite easy for me to remember the 36th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley -- on Aug. 16, 1977.


August 12, 2013
OFFSIDE REMARKS
Luyindula must work overtime to avoid the Red Bulls/MetroStars No Foreign Body Team

It is a club and dubious distinction that any Red Bulls' foreign player would wanted to avoid. It is the club of great reputations and sometimes great expectations and seemingly always decreased realizations.


August 9, 2013
A FIELD REUNION FOR THE UNION?
Cahill on his recovery: 'Itís good, everyday itís getting better'

Red Bulls veteran midfielder Tim Cahill feels good about his recovering from a PCL on his right knee, and he hopes to be able to play some a week from Saturday. But the Australian international refuses to say whether he is ahead of schedule to hit the field again.


August 9, 2013
OFFSIDE REMARKS
Remembering a horrible moment, 68 years ago

I usually don't pull up old interviews, but since today is the 68th anniverary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, I wanted to share with you a story.


July 28, 2013
GOLD CUP PICKS
Panama needs to stop Donovan in so many ways and play a perfect game vs. USA to strike gold

The CONCACAF Gold Cup has come down to one game with several questions still to be answered. Here are two questions that I pose for the sake of time.


July 25, 2013
GOLD CUP PICKS
U.S., Panama have the edge to reach the final

The magic numbers of Wednesday's CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinal doubleheader are two and one. That's what the final score is going to be of both games, which could very well go into extratime and even be decided by the dreaded penalty kicks.


July 21, 2013
GOLD CUP PICKS
Mother Nature might be the winner of today's quarterfinals in Baltimore

A pair of CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinal matches are scheduled for M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday, but there might be one real winner: Mother Nature.


July 20, 2013
GOLD CUP PICKS
Panama, Mexico should reach semifinals

It's been a very, very busy news day, so unfortunately I don't have much time to explain my choices for Saturday's CONCACAF Gold Cup winners.


July 16, 2013
GOLD CUP PICKS (DAY 9)
U.S. should defeat Costa Rica, Belize should get past Cuba

Tuesday, is the ninth and final day of the group stage of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Quite frankly, there is not much at stake in Group C tonight.


July 15, 2013
A MIXED BAG
Expect Red Bulls to field a line-up of young players, reserves, some regulars vs. Lyon

Fresh off a 4-0 spanking of the Montreal Impact at Red Bull Arena on Saturday, the Tuesday night friendly against French side Lyon provides head coach Mike Petke with an opportunity to take a look at some of his depth ahead of the stretch run.


July 15, 2013
GOLD CUP PICKS (DAY 8)
El Salvador, Haiti should play the tying game; T&T should fall short vs. Honduras



July 14, 2013
GOLD CUP PICKS (DAY 7)
Panama should show Canada the exit again; Mexico should squeak past Martinique

Man, where has the time flown? Only last week the CONCACAF Gold Cup kicked off with a Group A doubleheader involving Mexico, Panama, Martinique and Canada.


July 13, 2013
GOLD CUP PICKS (DAY 6)
USA should breeze, Costa Rica should coast

The best thing about the CONCACAF Gold Cup is hoping for a minnow to pull off a rare upset in a David v Goliath scenario. The worst thing about the Gold Cup is watching a favorite hammer an underdog.


July 12, 2013
GOLD CUP PICKS (DAY 5)
The deuces will be wild in Miami Gardens Friday

I enter Friday's fifth day of competition at the CONCACAF Gold Cup on yet another high note. I have predicted six consecutive matches on who was going to win, lose or draw. You know what that means, don't you?


July 11, 2013
GOLD CUP PICKS (DAY 4)
Panama should best Martinique, ditto for Mexico vs. Canada

The CONCACAF Gold Cup enters its second phase of group play with a doubleheader in Seattle on Thursday night. At least one team can punch a ticket to the second round and a second could be on the verge of moving on.


July 9, 2013
OFFSIDE REMARKS
When the Red Bulls went on a Joy ride 7 years ago

Watching Jean-Philippe Peguero play for Haiti in the CONCACAF Gold Cup at Red Bull Arena on Monday night, brought back memories of 2006, when he recorded a hat-trick. As it turns out, one woman wound up witnessing three New York hat-tricks in her first four professional soccer matches, an incredible streak.


July 9, 2013
GOLD CUP PICKS (DAY 3)
USA, Costa Rica should prevail over Beize, Cuba

Outside of teams such as Barcelona, Manchester United and Bayern Munich, among others, it is not an easy proposition picking winners of soccer games.


July 8, 2013
GOLD CUP PICKS (DAY 2)
El Salvador, Trinidad will tie one on; Honduras will find a way to get past Haiti

As we pick apart the rubble of a rather tumultuous Day One of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, we are forced to take one look back on a doubleheader of upsets.



GOLD CUP PREDICTIONS (DAY 1)
Mexico should win; Canada, Martinique will tie

Mexico wil find a way to sqeak by Panama -- or else and Martinique will stun Canada with a draw in the opening day of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.


July 7, 2013
OFFSIDE REMARKS
Usual suspects should reach Gold Cup final four

The usual suspects should reach the final four of the 2013 edition of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Read on to discover which four countries should be playing in the semifinals at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas on July 24.


July 5, 2013
OFFSIDE REMARKS
Red Bulls having trouble finishing what they start

This column originally was supposed to be about the Red Bulls forwards, who seem to be going backwards when it comes to scoring goals. But after watching the team's struggles trying to put the ball past goalkeeper Clint IrwinThursday night, they have major problems up front. Some stem with the personnel at that position and at midfield.


July 3, 2013
OFFSIDE REMARKS
Juninho had a sad and disappointing finish to his Red Bulls tenure, ending a great career

It is always disheartening and sad to see a great athlete fall short of expectations. Case in point: Juninho.


June 30, 2013
OFFSIDE REMARKS
Get ready for a hot and humid one at RBA Sunday

You would have thought someone would have learned from the past. But nooooooo. It is bad enough. Play the game in the sunlight and during the time of the day when the temperature is the highest and the humidity is unbearable.


June 24, 2013
OFFSIDE REMARKS
BigAppleSoccer.com.editor celebrates 39 years of reporting with a unique interview

It was 39 years ago today -- Monday, June 24 -- that BigAppleSoccer.com editor Michael Lewis started his first professional job as a sportswriter with the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle. Lewis takes a look back at his career in a rather unique interview.


June 17, 2013
OFFSIDE REMARKS
Lessons learned from WCQ home losses

So, what were the lessons learned from the last two U.S. World Cup qualifiers at home? Let's take a look. I should know. I covered both games/


June 17, 2013
OFFSIDE REMARKS
Costa Rica should win and solidify their positions

Today's CONCACAF hexagonal docket has only two games with Mexico moving its World Cup qualifying struggles to the FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil.


June 15, 2013
OFFSIDE REMARKS
Say a prayer today for Kenny Cooper, Sr.

As I write these few lines for a repost of a story early Sunday morning, I am very, very tired and emotionally spent. I just have one thought: pray for Kenny Cooper, Sr.


June 12, 2013
OFFSIDE REMARKS
More goose eggs for El Tri at Azteca

Remember the days when Azteca Stadium in Mexico City was the scourge of CONCACAF, when it was the most difficult venue to earn a point in? Well, not anymore. In fact, Mexico is playing in a daze there these days.


June 11, 2013
OFFSIDE REMARKS
Will playing on grass in Seattle back fire on U.S. Soccer?

Let me tell you about a game that happened almost 28 years ago about this country, let's call it the United States, which hosted a World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica.


June 10, 2013
OFFSIDE REMARKS
U.S., Panama will draw, Mexico will tie one on again and Honduras will defeat Jamaica

So, who will win, lose or draw in the CONCACAF hexagonal in World Cup qualifying? Read on and find out.


June 7, 2013
OFFSIDE REMARKS
Getting so close to history, yet not getting a chance to see it being made

I was at Belmont Park the day when Secretariat won his historic triple crown race in 1973, yet I don't have a ticket, horse racing program or even a bettor's slip as a souvenir. Let me explain.


June 3, 2013
OFFSIDE REMARKS
El Tri needs more than to just to try, but to get a trey vs. Jamaica

There are must-win situations and there are must-win situations. Mexico enters its World Cup confrontation against Jamaica at The Office in fifth place out of six teams in the CONCACAF hexagonal for World Cup qualifying. Now, that's pressure on a team that has such great expectations.


June 2, 2013
OFFSIDE REMARKS
Juninho failing to live up to his reputation

Prior to the Red Bulls' home with the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday night, sporting director Andy Roxburgh said the club was opened minded in entering the summer transfer window on which positions to bulk up and players to add. After a 2-1 loss Roxburgh and the Major League Soccer team might want to close in on solving some of the team's problems, such as the midfield in general and Juninho and Eric Alexander, in particular.


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