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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Meet soccer's new good luck charm
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April 15, 2014
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
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
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
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
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
A special Valentine to the most beautiful game
With Friday being Valentine's Day, my thoughts obviously turn to love.
February 12, 2014
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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