Author Archives: Todd Simmons

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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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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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

A Trio of Manchester United Books That Shine A Light On The Club’s History And Future

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There are three books about Manchester United that are worth reading, and that combined may bring this season into a little better perspective. Two of them were published within the last year, but it’s best to begin chronologically with the … Continue reading

New York 1-1 Colorado Rapids: Lack of Imagination, Creativity and Finishing Hurt RBNY

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There were fireworks at Red Bull Arena Saturday but they were, for the most part, limited to the pre-game celebration of the Supporters Shield and the five minutes of added time at the very end of the game. The New … Continue reading

Interview With Peguy Luyindula, New York Red Bulls’ Versatile Footballer

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“Knowledge of positions is a good thing.” Attaquant polyvalent. It is the french description of the position on the pitch that Peguy Luyindula occupies. In English, it translates as versatile forward. He is a player who feels like the off-season … Continue reading

‘Blue Revolution: The Inside Story’ Of Chelsea FC: Film Review

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“You have to be pragmatic and ask the Chelsea supporters if they are happy with the Cup or if they would prefer to play a Brazilian Samba game and go home without the Cup” – Jose Mourinho on winning the … Continue reading

Looking At Another Classic – The Glory Game by Hunter Davies

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“The fears, the tensions, the dramas, the personality clashes, the tedium of training, the problems of motivation, injuries, loss of form, the highs and lows, new people coming through, old stars beginning to fade, that sort of stuff goes on, … Continue reading

Book Review: Arthur Hopcraft’s Classic, ‘The Football Man’

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Football does not ask for faith: it compels examination. So writes Arthur Hopcraft in the introduction to The Football Man, reissued late in 2013 as part of the Aurum Press Sports Classics series. When I started reading the book, I … Continue reading

‘Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning’ by Guillem Balague: Book Review

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This morning as the Staten Island ferry docked at its slip in Manhattan, it left behind it a wake of open water through the ice floe that has been building up in the harbor. It is an apt metaphor for … Continue reading

‘Standing on the Shoulders of Giants’ Book Review: A History of Manchester United That Looks Ahead

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The 2013/14 season is a period of intense transition for Manchester United, as former Everton manager David Moyes has become the first new manager of the team in more than 25 years. Despite the recent adversity the team has suffered … Continue reading