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Red Bulls Look To Build On Another Solid Regular Season

(Red Bulls Sporting Director Ali Curtis and Head Coach Jesse Marsch – Photo by Jason Schott)

The Red Bulls had a successful regular season, as they finished with the top record in the Eastern Conference.

They overcame a 1-6-0 start and went 15-3-9 to finish 16-9-9, with 57 points. They finished with the best home record in MLS (13-2-2) and with the best goal differential (+17).

They were the hottest team entering the playoffs, as they closed the regular season on a 16-game unbeaten streak.

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Red Bulls Exit Playoffs Early As They Fall To Montreal

(Photo courtesy Red Bulls)

The New York Red Bulls’ MLS Cup dreams ended earlier than expected when they were eliminated from the Audi 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs with a 2-1 loss to the Montreal Impact on Sunday night at Red Bull Arena. The Red Bulls lose the Eastern Conference Semifinal series 3-1 on aggregate.

Ignacio Piatti scored for the Impact in the 51st minute to increase the aggregate lead to 2-0 and give the Impact the all-important away goal. Piatti would get a second late in the game to seal the win.

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Toronto Trounces NYCFC To Move on In MLS Playoffs

(Sebastian Giovinco celebrates an early goal – USA Today Sports)

New York City Football Club was facing a tall order entering the second leg of their Eastern Conference Semifinal matchup on Sunday at Yankee Stadium, as they returned home down 2-0.

Toronto scored those two goals a week ago in the final ten minutes, and that momentum carried over to this one, as they won 5-0.

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NYC Marathon: Ghebreslassie Wins First Title; Kheitany Takes If For Third Time

(The TCS NYC Marathon Finish Line in Central Park – Photo by Jason Schott)

At the TCS New York City Marathon on Sunday, Ghirmay Ghebreslassie of Eritrea won on the men’s side for the first time, while Mary Kheitany won her third title on the women’s side.

Ghebreslassie won it with a time of 2:07:51, edging out Lucas Rotich of Kenya, who finished in 2:08: 53, and Abdi Abdirahman of the United States, who had a time of 2:11:23.

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Villa & 2 Red Bulls Battle For MLS MVP Award

(NYCFC’s David Villa with a header – USA Today Sports)

Major League Soccer recently announced the finalists for the 2016 End of Year Awards, honoring the league’s top performers during the 2016 MLS regular season.

In what will be a closely contested race for the 2016 Landon Donovan MLS MVP Award, the finalists come down to an impressive trio of New Yorkers.

Featuring the most dangerous attacking duo the league has seen over the past two years, finalists include New York Red Bulls’ Bradley Wright-Phillips and New York City FC’s David Villa (82 combined goals, 2015-2016), and Red Bulls midfielder and league assist leader Sacha Kljestan.

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Oh, Canada! NYCFC, Red Bulls Lose Up North

(NYCFC Head Coach Patrick Vieira looks on – USA Today Sports)

The MLS Cup Eastern Conference Semifinals opened on Sunday, and New York City Football Club lost 2-0 to Toronto FC, while the Red Bulls lost 1-0 to the Montreal Impact.

The second leg of this round is on Sunday, November 6, with NYCFC hosting Toronto at Yankee Stadium and the Red Bulls hosting Montreal at Red Bull Arena.

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Mullin: “We have a bunch of gym rats that love the game”

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Chris Mullin is looking forward to the start of his second season at the helm of the St. John’s Red Storm, which gets underway at Carnesecca Arena on November 11 against Bethune-Cookman.

At St. John’s Media Day on Thursday, Mullin spoke of the progress his team has made over the past year, “The talent level has improved tremendously. Our focus has been on practice, daily improvement and working together. The biggest advantage has been the guys who returned [know what we’re looking to do within our system]. That experience is invaluable.

“One of the biggest advantages we will have this year is being able to play multiple lineups. We practice different lineups to see who functions well together and we’ve liked a lot of different combinations. We might want to force another team to play big or small and we have the ability to do that now.”

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Braica Sees Potential In Young St. Francis Squad

(St. Francis Head Coach Glenn Braica (2nd from right) and Yunus Hopkinson (far right) at NEC Media Day – @SDFBKTerriers)

The St. Francis Terriers have a new look this season, as they have one returning senior, Yunus Hopkinson, six sophomores that will see more playing time, and three new freshman, including New York City products Rasheem Dunn and Gianni Ford.

St. Francis Head Coach Glenn Braica, speaking at NEC Media Day at Barclays Center on Wednesday, said he is optimistic about the potential of his young team.

“I think it’s a work in progress,” said Braica. “I think it’s a very different team than what we’ve had the last couple of years. The last few years, we’ve had better and more big guys than I ever thought we’d have here when I took the job, and they were productive.

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Kenny Smith On the New NBA Season

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Kenny Smith, Charles Barkley, and Ernie Johnson were recently inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame for their work on the acclaimed TNT show Inside the NBA.

Smith was in his hometown of New York City, and spoke to the media about the NBA season, which begins Tuesday night when the Knicks open the season in Cleveland against the defending champion Cavaliers.

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