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For Kreis Sake: Coach Gets Revenge on NYCFC

(USA Today Sports)

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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St. John’s Releases Non-Conference Schedule

(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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Gridlocked: Red Bulls Earn Draw In DC

(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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Villa Shines In Battle of Stars; NYCFC Beat Galaxy

(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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Islanders Release Promotional Schedule

The New York Islanders had a successful inaugural season in Brooklyn, as they won a playoff series for the first time in 23 years.

The home opener of their second season at Barclays Center is set for Sunday, Oct. 16 against the Anaheim Ducks, followed by six of nine games in October at home. There will be 18 weekend home games throughout the season, with four Friday games, five Saturday games and nine Sunday games at Barclays Center.

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NYCFC in Downtown Brooklyn

(Andrea Pirlo signs a sketch of himself – Photo courtesy NYCFC)

On Tuesday, August 16, fans had the chance to meet the full New York City FC team at Adidas’ Downtown Brooklyn Store.

Players arrived to cheering fans who began lining up two hours prior to the event. The first 250 fans who spent $75 or more on Club gear between August 9-15 were eligible to attend the event.

 

David Villa signs a soccer ball. Photo courtesy of NYCFC.
David Villa signs a soccer ball. Photo courtesy of NYCFC.
Photo courtesy of NYCFC.
Photo courtesy of NYCFC.

 

St. John’s – Syracuse Rivalry Continues

(St. John’s Head Coach Chris Mullin – @StJohnsBball)

St. John’s will continue their historic rivalry with Syracuse this season, as they will meet on December 21 at the Carrier Dome.

This will be the 91st meeting in a storied rivalry that dates back more than 100-years.

When Syracuse left the Big East in 2013, there was concern as to what would happen with this historic rivalry. It wasn’t long before the schools entered into a home-and-home series, where they would meet once each season.

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Villa’s Two Late Goals Get NYCFC Point In Columbus

(David Villa – USA Today Sports)

David Villa scored twice in the final 10 minutes, but it was not enough to get New York City Football Club a win against the Columbus Crew SC, and they settled for a wild 3-3 draw at MAPFRE Stadium Saturday night.

Frank Lampard got the scoring started in the 41st minute with his ninth goal in the last 10 games. Columbus goalkeeper Steve Clark parried Andrea Pirlo’s 26-yard free kick off the post and Lampard pounced, tapping in from the edge of the six-yard box to give NYCFC the lead at the break.

Lampard had another chance three minutes earlier after Pirlo cut inside and outside of his defender to chip a ball into the box, but Clark pushed Lampard’s header over the bar for an NYCFC corner kick.

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NYC FC, Mayor de Blasio Launch Soccer Initiative

(NYCFC.com)

Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance NYC, the U.S. Soccer Foundation, the New York City Football Club and adidas recently announced the launch of the New York City Soccer Initiative, a public-private partnership that will build and maintain 50 soccer fields in underserved neighborhoods across the five boroughs over the next five years. Fields will begin to open for play as early as next year.

“These new soccer fields will be essential in keeping our young New Yorkers safe, active and connected with the community. With this partnership, we are tackling inequalities in all its forms – including in our parks and outdoor spaces,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “In the city of immigrants, with so many different languages and cultures, the New York City Soccer Initiative will be one of the great tools we use to unify young New Yorkers. My thanks to the Mayor’s Fund, the U.S. Soccer Foundation, New York City Football Club and adidas for coming together and building a meaningful program.”

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Atkinson’s Assistants

(Nets GM Sean Marks and Head Coach Kenny Atkinson – @BrooklynNets)

 

The Brooklyn Nets announced who will be part of Head Coach Kenny Atkinson’s coaching staff in his first year with the team.

Jacque Vaughn, Chris Fleming and Bret Brielmaier will be assistant coaches. Adam Harrington is the assistant coach and director of player development. Jordan Ott was named assistant coach and manager of advance scouting and Mike Batiste player development assistant. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not released.

Vaughn spent two-plus seasons as head coach of the Orlando Magic (2012-15), and previously served as an assistant coach for two seasons with the San Antonio Spurs (2010-12). Most recently, Vaughn spent the 2015-16 season as a pro scout with the Spurs. Prior to beginning his coaching career, the Altadena, Calif. native enjoyed a 12-year playing career in the NBA after being selected with the 27th pick in the first round of the 1997 NBA Draft by the Utah Jazz. In 776 career games with Utah, Atlanta, Orlando, New Jersey and San Antonio, Vaughn averaged 4.5 points and 2.5 assists in 16.3 minutes per game. The Kansas grad made nine playoff appearances in his 12 seasons in the league, and was a member of the 2007 NBA champion Spurs.

Fleming begins his first season with the Nets after spending last season as an assistant coach with the Denver Nuggets. Prior to joining the Nuggets, the Forked River, N.J. native served as a head coach in Germany for 14 years, first with QTSV Quakenbrϋck/Artland Dragons for eight seasons (2000-08) and then with Brose Baskets Bamberg for six seasons (2008-14). Fleming led Brose Baskets to four German League championships and was named the German League Coach of the Year in 2011. The University of Richmond alum also had a six-year stint with QTSV/Artland as a player (1994-2000). Fleming is currently the head coach of the German national team, a position he has held since November 2014.

Brielmaier spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach with the Cleveland Cavaliers prior to joining the Nets. A native of Mankato, Minn., Brielmaier also worked for four seasons with the San Antonio Spurs (2009-13), beginning his career as a player development assistant before becoming the team’s video coordinator for his final three seasons in San Antonio. Brielmaier played collegiately at the University of Arizona and he began his coaching career as an undergraduate assistant coach under Hall of Fame head coach Lute Olsen during the 2008-09 season.

Harrington joins the Nets after most recently serving as a shooting coach with the Oklahoma City Thunder during the 2014-15 season. Harrington also founded With Purpose Training, working with NBA and NCAA players. The Bernardston, Mass. native competed collegiately at North Carolina State and Auburn before embarking on an eight-year pro career (2002-10) that included stints with the Dallas Mavericks and Denver Nuggets during the 2002-03 NBA season. Harrington also spent time with teams in the NBA D-League, China, Spain, Israel, Germany, Croatia, France and Poland.

Ott joins the Nets from the Atlanta Hawks, where he spent the past three seasons as the team’s video coordinator. Prior to his stint with the Hawks, Ott served in the same capacity with the Michigan State men’s basketball program for five years (2008-13). The McConnellsburg, Pa. native received his bachelor’s degree in sports management from Penn State in 2006 and earned his master’s degree in athletic administration from Michigan State in 2008 while serving as a graduate assistant with the Spartans. Ott also worked as an assistant coach with the Dominican Republic national team in last summer’s FIBA Americas Championship in Mexico City.

Batiste begins his first season in Brooklyn after spending the last two seasons as an assistant coach with the Canton Charge of the NBA D-League. Prior to beginning his coaching career, Batiste played professionally for 14 years, including one season with the Memphis Grizzlies (2002-03). He spent 10 years with Panathinaikos of the Greek Basket League, helping to lead the club to eight consecutive league championships and earning the league’s MVP award in 2010, as well as stints with clubs in Belgium, Italy and Turkey. A native of Long Beach, Calif., Batiste played collegiately for three years at Arizona State, earning first-team All-Pac 10 honors in his final year (1999).