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Author Archives: Todd Simmons

Tim Cahill Makes Return to MLS In RBNY’s 2-2 Draw With Toronto

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Major League Soccer, after a break from its season for the World Cup, has returned. With the eyes of the world focused on soccer, where here in the US where fans are turning out to watch the games on television … Continue reading

Portugal and Ireland Walk Away From Friendly With Plenty of Positives

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Last night, over 46,000 fans showed up at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, hoping to catch a glimpse of something special, something that they could take home with them like a gift that they could open and peek at during … Continue reading

Greece Beats Bolivia But Delivers An Uninspiring Performance Ahead of the World Cup

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Last night at Red Bull Arena, Greece scored goals, one in each half. After two scoreless draws, it was enough to give them the win over Bolivia, but it was a performance that was not enough to truly establish them … Continue reading

Greece Needs Positive Result in Game Against Bolivia in New York Tonight

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With two draws in their preparation friendlies, Greece is a team that is looking toward the World Cup with tempered optimism. A depleted Portugal squad held them 0-0 on May 31, and they found themselves in another scoreless draw against … Continue reading

Enthusiasm Among USMNT Fans Is Building Ahead of Game Against Turkey

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This afternoon the USMNT held an open practice at Red Bull arena. It drew a crowd that probably equaled the one that was here on Memorial Day for the Serbia against Jamaica friendly. Outside the arena over an hour before … Continue reading

David Peace’s Novel ‘Red or Dead’ About Bill Shankly Now Available In US

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It is 5:48 on Tuesday, still the early evening, of May 27th. The day that David Peace’s novel Red or Dead had been released in the United States. People are gathering in the match viewing room at the 11th St … Continue reading

Luca Caioli’s ‘Neymar’ Book Is a Must-Read Before the World Cup

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When Luca Caioli writes a book about a player, it is not your average biography. What you can expect is a well written, well researched look at his subject. His most recent book Neymar looks at this young superstar with a … Continue reading

New York Red Bulls Still Searching For An Identity

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There are teams that have stars. You know them. You watch them. Their names are synonymous with their clubs. Real Madrid and Ronaldo; Barcelona and Messi, just to name two. Last year when the Red Bulls announced their lineup just … Continue reading

Seeing the New York Red Bulls Through A Fresh Pair Of Eyes

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On Wednesday night I went to the New York Red Bulls game with a friend who was seeing the Red Bull Arena for the first time. He is German, which both is and isn’t a statement that is important to … Continue reading

New York City FC Share Details About Converting Yankee Stadium From Baseball to Soccer

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Yankee Stadium. Kids playing sandlot games, stick ball and little league step up to home plate and imagine belting one out of this park. Next year, kids playing soccer will be able to imagine scoring goals in this same place. … Continue reading

RBNY Escapes With First Win Of MLS Season In Unimpressive Circumstances

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Last night, the New York Red Bulls sought out their first win of the season. They got it in a 2-1 victory over Philadelphia Union on a cold night in a thinly attended match. As my son and I drove … Continue reading

Univision Deportes President Discusses Network’s World Cup Coverage Plans

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The World Cup is a dream. In June, some 600 players from around the world will assemble at stadiums and training grounds throughout Brazil to contest that dream. For viewers in the United States, soccer fans will be able to … Continue reading

Kicking And Screening Film Festival Opens In New York

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Kicking and Screening Film Festival

The Kicking and Screening Film Festival opened in New York last night with a look at the issue of identity. Each night beginning Tuesday, the festival will explore an aspect of soccer culture through films that focus on a central … Continue reading

Review of Pele’s New Book, ‘Why Soccer Matters’

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For many years soccer, Brazil and Pele have been linked in the mind of many around the world. You could say that for certain generations, they were the three hearts of the sport. When Pele was born in the Brazilian … Continue reading

New York Red Bulls 1-1 Chivas USA: Regret and Respect

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New York Red Bulls Head Coach Mike Petke summed up the opposition on Friday when he said Chivas USA is a “young hard working team, organized, run hard and fast. Anticipate them coming in organized.” The rain that had been … Continue reading

New York Red Bulls Are Confident That Slow Start to Season Will End Soon

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The New York Red Bulls are practicing on a rainy Friday at their arena in Harrison, New Jersey. There is still a little yellow grass behind the goal down in front of the supporters end, and a yellow blur of … Continue reading

Soccer Returns to Citi Field With Olympiakos vs AC Milan In This Summer’s International Champions Cup

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All eight teams competing in the second International Champions Cup

With so much attention focused on European soccer teams coming to the United States this summer, it’s important to note that the International Champions Cup returns to the five boroughs of New York in July when Olympiakos takes the field … Continue reading

Despite No Players or Stadium, New York City FC Badge Unveiling Helps Propel Team Forward

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There was supposed to be a drum-roll. Instead there was an old fashioned New Year’s Eve style countdown as the doors were opened to unveil the identity that will carry Major League Soccer’s latest expansion team into the future. There … Continue reading