(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.
Continue reading Villa & 2 Red Bulls Battle For MLS MVP Award
(Celebrity runners gather ahead of the TCS New York City Marathon – Jason Schott)
One of the highlights of the TCS New York City Marathon is the chance see celebrities running for their favorite charities.
Here is a list of stars to look for on the Marathon route on Sunday:
Continue reading NYC Marathon: Celebs Running For A Cause
(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.
Continue reading Oh, Canada! NYCFC, Red Bulls Lose Up North
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.”
Continue reading Mullin: “We have a bunch of gym rats that love the game”
(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.
Continue reading Braica Sees Potential In Young St. Francis Squad
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.
Continue reading Kenny Smith On the New NBA Season
(Yankee Stadium during NYCFC’s win on Sunday – Photo by Jason Schott)
The new Yankee Stadium opened in 2009, and it will be undergoing its first major changes during this baseball offseason.
The Yankees announced on Monday that the enhancements will include seven new social gathering spaces and additional dynamic food and beverage areas. Construction will begin this week for an anticipated debut prior to the start of the 2017 regular season.
Continue reading Yankees Stadium Enhancements For 2017 Season
(Troy Booker scoring on a 25-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter – Photo by Jason Schott)
The Fort Hamilton Tigers roared past Flushing 38-6 on Saturday afternoon in Bay Ridge to improve their record to 4-3 on the season.
This was the home finale for the Tigers, winners of three straight, and they finish the season at Grand Street this Saturday and at rival Erasmus Hall on Sunday, November 6th.
As has been the case for most of the season, Fort Hamilton was led by their dynamic duo of Seba Nekhet and Troy Booker.
Continue reading Fort Hamilton Tigers Roar Past Flushing In Home Finale
(David Villa fires it by Columbus defender Michael Parkhurst – USA Today Sports)
New York City Football Club clinched second place in the Eastern Conference and a first-round bye in the playoffs with a 4-1 win over Columbus Crew SC on Sunday at Yankee Stadium.
NYCFC finishes the regular season with a record of 15-9-10 with 54 points. They edged out Toronto FC by one point for second and finished three points behind the Red Bulls for the top spot in the East.
This is the first time NYCFC has made the playoffs, in their second year in existence. This season is a 17-point improvement over last season.
Continue reading NYCFC Clinches Second In East & First-Round Bye In MLS Playoffs
(Bradley Wright-Phillips celebrates – courtesy Red Bulls)
The New York Red Bulls clinched first place in the Eastern Conference for the second straight time, and for the third time in four years, as they beat the Philadelphia Union 2-0 on Sunday.
The Red Bulls finish the regular season with a 16-9-9 record, 57 points, after going 15-3-9 following a 1-6-0 start. They finished on a 16-game unbeaten run, the third-longest undefeated streak in MLS history. Only FC Dallas (19), Columbus Crew (19) and Real Salt Lake (18) have longer streaks to their name.
Continue reading Red Bulls Clinch East Crown & BWP Wins Golden Boot