MLS Option Declined and Out-of-Contract Best XI

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Editorial (December 3, 2018) – Except for the teams playing in MLS Cup, every club in Major League Soccer has announced their contract option decisions for the 2019 season. There are a number of serviceable players who had their options declined or are out of contract. Here’s my MLS option declined and out-of-contract Best XI. […] READ MORE


Forty Shades of Blue: St. Patrick’s Day with NYCFC

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BRONX, NY (March 23, 2018) – What can one learn from spending St. Patrick’s Day with NYCFC? Perhaps everything. Perhaps nothing. Or perhaps forty things. Lets see. Forty Shades of Blue: St. Patrick’s Day with NYCFC Nine points from three matches? Good lord. The team didn’t get nine points in its first season until late […] READ MORE


Feel It Still: NYCFC Home Opener 2018

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This is my fourth NYCFC Home Opener. For two of them I’ve been with the press, and for two I’ve been with the fans. Some of them have been cold. Some of them have been arctic. Some of them have been wins, some have been ties. All of them have involved some element of trepidation. […] READ MORE


Daydream Believer: A look back at NYCFC’s 2018 Season

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Editorial (March 10, 2018) – Every season starts with hope. Every season starts with a dream. A belief that maybe, just maybe, this is the year the team pulls it all together, the year the passes connect, the year the saves are made, the year the points are taken at the key moments. That this […] READ MORE



All of This; And Nothing: NYCFC’s 2017 Season

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You’re heading up to the Bronx to watch the second leg of the 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs and you’re thinking about NYCFC‘S 2017 season. So you take the long way. You sneak through the Holland Tunnel and emerge among cobblestones and then drive up through Manhattan. You take the West Side Highway so you can […] READ MORE