Red Bulls Sign Kutler To MLS Contract

(Ethan Kutler in action with Red Bulls II on April 14 against the Tampa Bay Rowdies -provided by Red Bulls)

The Red Bulls have signed outside back Ethan Kutler to an MLS contract, and he becomes the seventh player from New York Red Bulls II to ink a first team contract.

Kutler, who was the Red Bulls’ second-round pick (39th overall) in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft out of Colgate University, signed with NYRB II ahead of the 2017 season.

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Villa Gets 400th Goal Of Career (And Then 401) As NYCFC Beats Dallas

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New York City Football Club got two goals from David Villa, including the the 400th of his illustrious career, on their way to a 3-1 win over FC Dallas on Sunday night at Yankee Stadium.

It took just three minutes for NYCFC to get on the board, as Jesus Medina swooped in to drive home a rebound off a shot from Anton Timmerholm that rang off the right post to make it 1-0.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: Carleton Looks At New Baseball Strategies, Including “The Shift”

(Aaron Judge of the Yankees at the plate with the shift employed by the Miami Marlins against him on April 17th – Photo by Jason Schott)

The Shift: The Next Evolution In Baseball Thinking

By Russell A. Carleton

Triumph Books

Baseball has always been a game of numbers. Mention Joe DiMaggio’s 56, Hank Aaron’s 755, and Cal Ripken Jr.’s 2,632 to avid baseball fans, and they will know instantly you’re referring to how many hits Joe D. had in a row, Aaron’s career home run record, and Ripken’s consecutive game streak.

For generations, fans have held these numbers up as touchpoints that transcend the national pastime and act as cultural markers of greatness. Sometimes, the numbers themselves tell the story with no other explanation needed. But what if that story turns out to be fiction?

Russell Carleton, a psychologist, baseball writer researcher, and fan living in Atlanta, examines the new numbers changing the way we play and think about our game in The Shift: The Next Evolution in Baseball Thinking.

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Red Bulls Win In LA; Update On Lawrence & Duncan

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The Red Bulls got a late penalty kick goal from Kaku to earn a 3-2 win over the Galaxy in Los Angeles.

The Red Bulls improve to 4-3-0, with 12 points, in sixth place in the Eastern Conference, just two points out of third place. The LA Galaxy dropped to 3-4-1, 10 points, and they are in fifth in the West.
This was the Red Bulls’ first road win in league play as they bounced back from a loss for the third time this season.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: “Everything That Follows” By Meg Little Reilly

Everything That Follows

By Meg Little Reilly

MIRA Books, on sale Tuesday, May 1st, $15.99

Meg Little Reilly has followed up her debut novel, the acclaimed We Are Unprepared, with an electrifying new psychological drama, Everything That Follows.

This gripping nail-biter provides an immersive plunge into the darkness beneath the veneer of civilized society when a drunken evening derails and thrusts its participants into a moral and ethical morass.

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Red Bulls Sign Davis & Royer To New MLS Contracts

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The Red Bulls have signed two of their key midfielders, Sean Davis and Daniel Royer to new MLS contracts over the past couple of days.

Davis, 25, has been a key part of the Red Bulls since his Homegrown deal began in 2015.

The Holmdel, New Jersey, native has appeared in 89 matches and started 59 across all competitions. Davis has seen action in all four major competitions, recording six goals and 11 assists. He had his best statistical season last year, starting in 21 of 27 matches with two goals and four assists.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: A New Edition Of Pete Hamill’s Debut Novel

A Killing for Christ

By Pete Hamill

Akashic Books, 266 pages, $27.95

Pete Hamill is one of the greatest authors to call Brooklyn home, born in the borough in 1935 and he recently has moved back.

Hamill is the author of many best-selling books, including the novels Forever and Snow in August, as well as the memoir A Drinking Life. His writing in the New York Post, Daily News, and New York magazine has brough the city to life for millions of readers.

There is a new fiftieth-anniversary edition of his debut novel, A Killing for Christ, a thriller centered in Rome, available now.

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Didi Dominating With Historic Start That’s Sparking MVP Talk

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When Didi Gregorius came to the Yankees in 2015, he faced the monumental task of replacing Derek Jeter, perhaps the best shortstop in their illustrious history.

Three years later, Gregorius is off to a historic start that has him as an early favorite to achieve something Jeter never did: win Most Valuable Player.

The Yankees acquired last year’s National League MVP in Giancarlo Stanton, and Aaron Judge was the runner-up for American League MVP, while also taking home Rookie of the Year honors.

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BrooklynFans Of Books: Mickey Mantle’s Meteoric Rise In 1956

A Season In The Sun: The Rise Of Mickey Mantle

By Randy Roberts and Johnny Smith

Basic Books

Mickey Mantle is one of the greatest New York Yankees in history, and an American icon in the 1950s.

Mantle’s power, speed, and agility made it seem like there were no limits to what he could do on the diamond.

In their new biography of Mantle, A Season In The Sun, acclaimed historians Randy Roberts and Johnny Smith argue that to fully understand Mantle, it is necessary to look at his life as he lived it, not as a study in retrospection focusing on his flaws.

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Nets Add Prigioni & Splitter To Staff

The Nets announced that they have Pablo Prigioni as an assistant coach on Kenny Atkinson’s staff, as well as Tiago Splitter to the position of pro scout, with added duties related to player on-court development.

Prigioni joins the Nets following a professional playing career which spanned 20-plus years in Argentina, Spain and the NBA. A native of Argentina, Prigioni spent the majority of his career playing in Spain, where he led Baskonia to three Spanish King’s Cup titles, four Spanish Supercup titles and a Spanish League championship.

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