New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan is getting the recognition he deserves.
Klejestan has been added to the U.S. Men’s National Team roster ahead of a pair of World Cup Qualifiers in the Semifinal Round. He will join the team for training in Jacksonville ahead of the first match against St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Friday, September 2 at 3:30 p.m. ET. Four days later, the team closes out Group C action against Trinidad & Tobago on September 6 at 8 p.m.
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Bradley Wright-Phillips scored yet again on Sunday afternoon to increase his Red Bulls scoring record and it was the difference as they beat the New England Revolution, 1-0, at Red Bull Arena.
Wright-Phillips set the record in the Red Bulls’ prior home game, on August 13 vs. Montreal, and fans were greeted by a new sign commemorating the achievement. (pictured above)
It is like a scoreboard that will tally how many goals BWP racks up, and it took 55 minutes into this one for it to change from “60” to “61.”
Wright-Phillips was in perfect position on the right side to corral a rebound from New England goalkeeper Brad Knighton and drill it to give the Red Bulls the 1-0 edge. It was his team-leading 16th goal of the season.
Continue reading BWP’s 61st Only One Red Bulls Need To Get By Revs
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Jason Kreis thought he got a raw deal when he was fired after just one season as coach of New York City Football Club.
Kreis got his revenge on Sunday night, as his new club, Orlando City SC beat NYCFC, 2-1.
Kreis took the focus off of himself after the game, as he said, “The importance of the win has nothing to do with the opponent. It wasn’t about me, it’s about the performance of the team and what the guys are willing to do. So I’m really pleased for the players, they are the ones who deserve the credit.”
Orlando City got two goals from their star Kaka, while NYCFC’s European stars, David Villa, Frank Lampard, and Andrea Pirlo, were largely kept in check.
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The Cardinals Way: How One Team Embraced Tradition and Moneyball at the Same Time
By Howard Megdal
Thomas Dunne Books / St. Martin’s Press
The St. Louis Cardinals are one of the great franchises in baseball, and they are in the midst of one of the most successful periods in their history.
They have made the playoffs in each of the past five seasons. In that time, they won the World Series in 2011, made it back to the Fall Classic in 2013, and reached the National League Championship Series twice, losing to San Francisco both times, in 2012 and 2014.
Howard Megdal takes an extensive look into their history, dating back to the days of Branch Rickey a century ago, in The Cardinals Way.
“Coming on the heels of Tony LaRussa’s 2011 World Series championship in his final season, the Cardinals have put together the kind of sustained success that is rare in baseball, drawing all kinds of attention and a simple question. How are they doing it?
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Anybody who has ever dreamed of playing professional basketball has the chance to further their dreams.
The Long Island Nets, the NBA Development League affiliate of the Brooklyn Nets, will hold a local player tryout on September 24.
The tryout will be held at the Pratt Recreation Center on LIU Post’s campus, which is located at 720 Northern Blvd. in Brookville, N.Y. Player check-in for the tryout will begin at 9 a.m.
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(Carnesecca Arena – Photo by Jason Schott)
The St. John’s Red Storm announced their men’s basketball out-of-conference schedule on Thursday.
The Red Storm has a 13-game docket lined up against non-league opponents in 2016-17, and it includes marquee contests in the Battle 4 Atlantis, Gavitt Tipoff Games, and a road game with longtime rival Syracuse.
The first couple months of the season features seven local dates and appearances in three of New York City’s boroughs.
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The Long Island Nets acquired the rights to 12 players in today’s 2016 NBA D-League Expansion Draft.
The team is the NBA Development League affiliate of the Brooklyn Nets and they will play their games this season at Barclays Center.
As the Long Island Nets prepare for their inaugural season, the 12 players selected in the Expansion Draft will form the team’s Returning Player List.
Continue reading Long Island Nets D-League Expansion Draft Report
(Nets GM Sean Marks – @BrooklynNets)
In his quest to build the Nets into a model franchise, General Manager Sean Marks has stressed how he wants his team to be the leader in scouting in the United States and beyond.
Marks furthered that goal on Monday when he named Gianluca Pascucci as director of global scouting and BJ Johnson as coordinator of player evaluation.
“We are thrilled to add Gianluca and BJ to our front office,” said Marks. “Collectively, they bring valuable experiences that cross many platforms and their extensive knowledge of both the NBA and the global game will be tremendous assets to our scouting department. Both will be excellent additions to our culture and we are excited about welcoming them to Brooklyn.”
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(Alex Muyl of the Red Bulls trying to gain position with the tough field conditions – @NewYorkRedBulls)
The Red Bulls earned a 2-2 draw with DC United in the nation’s capital on Sunday afternoon to extend their MLS unbeaten streak to eight games.
The match started on time, but a lightning delay was called for in the 10th minute. It would be approximately 73 minutes before play resumed.
Red Bulls Head Coach Jesse Marsch used the time in the delay wisely, and he spoke of what he told his team in the locker room, “The main thing I said is that I didn’t think we were up for the competitive challenge. D.C. started the game winning so many of the little battles and I reminded them that this is what the game was going to be, especially on a wet day. I had to remind them that last time we came down here we had a terrible match and that I can cheerlead all I want, but we need them to understand internally how to handle that.”
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(NYCFC’s David Villa battles LA’s Nigel de Jong – USA Today Sports)
In the battle of the European stars, New York City Football Club beat the LA Galaxy 1-0 on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.
These are arguably the two highest-profile teams in the MLS, as NYCFC boasts Frank Lampard, Andrea Pirlo, and David Villa, while Los Angeles has Steven Gerrard, Robbie Keane, and Ashley Cole.
This was the first time the number 8’s, English national teammates Lampard and Gerrard, faced each other in the MLS. For years, they battled in the English Premier League when Lampard’s Chelsea and Gerrard’s Liverpool vied for titles.
“It’s normal, we’re used to it. It was Lampard versus Gerrard in the England team, it was Chelsea-Liverpool for many a year. I love it,” Lampard said of his rivalry with Gerrard ahead of the match. “I think we’re more relaxed about it and we can enjoy it more these days.”
NYCFC came out strong, especially Lampard, who was looking to make something happen when he was taken down by a Galaxy defender in the box in the fifth minute. To his dismay, there was no call.
A minute later, NYCFC crashed the net, as Ronald Matarrita got off a shot, which deflected off Galaxy goaltender Clement Diop, and Villa slipped by two defenders to score.
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