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Author Archives: Todd Simmons

New York Red Bulls CONCACAF Champions League Attendance Highlights Problems

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For all the international games played in New York this summer, it was nice to have one that actually counted toward something larger. All those World Cup preparation games, those friendlies that were meant to prepare teams for Brazil, or … Continue reading

Bradley Wright-Philips And Thierry Henry Star For New York Red Bulls

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Last night in front of a very select crowd of 17,891 fans, leading MLS goalscorer Bradley Wright-Phillips tied the New York Red Bulls and New York MetroStars record for goals in a single season. His 74th minute effort was provided … Continue reading

Yankee Stadium Is Not Ready For MLS Soccer

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If there are two lessons that Manchester City and the New York Yankees can take out of the game between Liverpool and Manchester City at Yankee Stadium Wednesday night, it is that there were a whole lot more Liverpool fans … Continue reading

Liverpool’s Personal Touch on the US Tour Creates a Lifetime Bond

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Liverpool is in New York City, in preparation for its sold-out game at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday against Premier League rival Manchester City. My son and I attended the Liverpool practice yesterday in Princeton. It was a quietly whispered open … Continue reading

New York Red Bulls 1-0 Arsenal: Lessons Learned By Both Teams

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On Saturday evening, the New York Red Bulls faced Premier League side Arsenal at Red Bull Arena in front of a sold-out crowd. Or at least it was sold-out on paper. The empty seats that dotted the arena were from … Continue reading

New York Red Bulls vs Arsenal Friendly Comes At Wrong Time For Both Clubs

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Saturday’s friendly between Arsenal and New York Red Bulls is a strange one in that both teams downplayed the New York Cup match in Thursday’s press conference. A lot of planning has gone into this game that will be broadcast … Continue reading

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