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Pele recalls fond memories of Cosmos-Strikers ahead of Saturday’s clash

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August 14, 1977 is an unforgettable day in the history of American soccer.

On that day, a record crowd of 77,691 showed up to Giants Stadium to watch Pele, Franz Beckenbaur, and the New York Cosmos take on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in the opening match of the North American Soccer League's conference semifinal round of the playoffs.

Have Your Say : This Day in 1981

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In FireStingDoug's continuing series of trips down memory lane this edition takes a look back at the May 17, 1981 battle between the Sting and the New York Cosmos. A match that was televised on WGN TV.

The Cosmos had world class talent but the Sting seemed to own them through the years holding an overall 4-1 all time lead in the series.

New York Red Bulls

New Training Facility in Hanover?

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In an "Open Letter to the Residents of Hanover," Ronald R. Francioli, the Mayor of Hanover Township, NJ, outlines details on a new Red Bulls Training Facility. The full description reads:

The Red Bull organization has received preliminary and final site plan approvals to develop approximately 16.

Henry Scorches The Post To Earn Win Over Fire

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It was another hot and very humid day in the tri-state area as the New York Red Bulls hosted their first early matinee since the 2004 season at Giants Stadium. On that day, Jimmy Conrad, then of the Kansas City ...

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For Auld Lang Syne (To a Better Future)

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Seventeen years ago today, I fell in love again. My heart had been broken a decade before. So to be seduced again, at last, made me appreciate that much more how precious and fragile such a relationship can be. I don't know what made me take the Tube that morning to buy tickets to Highbury for the derby between the Arsenal and Queen's Park Rangers.

Filling the Trophy Case

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That's right, folks; to go along with the laundry list of accomplishments the Metro Bulls have attained in their illustrious history, you can add 2011 Emirates Cup Champions to it. Now while it's no La Manga, it ranks right up there with the Mickey Mouse Cup of 2010. Hey, this is about the only Red Bulls news I can get excited about nowadays, so get off my back.

Fashion and Other Retro Tunes

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"I don't like your fashion business, mister." – Leonard Cohen

First they play Old Trafford. Then they'll play who, Hertha Berlin? What happened to the "inspirational" games to be played locally by a team wearing Umbro's retro-Cosmos gear? Nearly two years have passed since Paul Kemsley paid Peppe Pinton's ransom for the rights to the Cosmos brand.

The Prawn Sandwich Report: Slumming It In a RBA Skybox

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How the Other Half LivesEver since I starting attending Red Bulls games regularly in 2007, I've only ever sat (or stood) in mid- to low-priced sections - first sweltering in 109 at Giants Stadium, then moving to "Boca 107" last year in the inaugural season of Red Bull Arena, before settling in the South Ward (132/133) in 2011.

Editorial: Time for Henry to Surrender Captaincy

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Henry: Cut Out to Be a Captain?Perusing Twitter yesterday I came across an article by Alex Labidou on in which Thierry Henry expressed frustration with a number of different aspects of Major League Soccer, including travel and the continued presence of Field Turf in several markets. I can sympathize with Henry on both points.

Red Bulls 5 Toronto FC 0: New York &#9829 TFC

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RBNY (and Agudelo) Fans Have a Reason to Celebrate (Photo by Dan Dickinson)Toronto FC (and its dwindling number of traveling fans) must absolutely dread coming to New York to play the Red Bulls. Who can forget the 5-0 thrashing in the rain that brought down the curtain on Giants Stadium, when Macoumba Kandji and Juan Pablo Angel ran riot, splashing through puddles on their way to destroying the Reds' playoff hopes?

New England Revolution vs. New York Red Bulls: Live Game Thread

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Welcome to the New England Revolution vs. the New York Red Bulls live game thread! This will be the first time the I-95 rivals meet this season after splitting the series in 2010 with home victories for each side. It is also New England's second-ever visit to Red Bull Arena and the first time they will face Thierry Henry in league competition.

Getting That “Rivalry” Feeling

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New York heads down I-95 to PPL Park to take on the (shockingly) first-place Union tomorrow. Most teams heading on the road will usually be looking to take a point, let alone when facing a team that's at the top of the conference. But the Red Bulls aren't most teams. With the amount of talent on this team, and against a bitter rival, you'd be believe New York will be looking to send a message to the Union, and the rest of the league for that matter, by taking all three points in Chester.

Red Bull Arena Will Host The 2011 MLS All-Star Game

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Everyone was curious to know what the big announcement was coming from the front office of Major League Soccer this week. Some were expecting the announcement of the 2011 regular season schedule, or possibly the long awaited new playoff format. Well you would be wrong on both accounts.

RBA to Host MLS All-Star Game 2011

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Well, it seems as though Don Garber's "big announcement" was a big PR letdown and irked many MLS fans, but it works just fine for me. Red Bull Arena will play host to the MLS All-Star game for the first time since 1997 back at Giants Stadium, although the opponent has yet to be released.

Major League Soccer

Holiday Finale: Bringing the Fans

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Our final post of the holiday week brings Part III of our 2009 Bringing the Fans Series. It was three years ago that we first raised the issue of bringing soccer fans into the hold. The presence of those fans has recently been confirmed by the great ratings for Euro 2012. Can MLS capture that audience?

14 Brilliant Retro Photos Of Giorgio Chinaglia RIP

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By Chris Wright

Giorgio Chinaglia, one of the most idiosyncratic footballers of all time and a member of the New York Cosmos' glittering late 1970s NASL line-up, was found dead at his house in Flordia yesterday morning after apparently suffering complications following heart surgery.

Bringing the Fans to MLS: Soccer Fans

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With actual MLS clubs involved in competition for the first time in months, we got to wondering whether the Champions League, which has struggled to capture even hard care MLS supporters, could ever be a draw European soccer fans. Out of town with only intermittent internet access, we thought now would be a good time to re-run Part III from our 2009 Bringing the Fans series.

NY Red Bulls to host MLS All-Star Game

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NEW YORK, NY The MLS All-Star Game will return to the New York metropolitan area for the first time since 1997, the league announced on Tuesday. The 2011 contest will be played at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J., on July 27. The now-demolished Giants Stadium hosted the first two MLS All-Star Games in [.

Thierry Henry

Angel and Demons

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The image is less fuzzy than the logic behind the sign.
The return of our heroic and legendary goalscorer should have inspired the New York fanbase last night at Red Bull Arena, and that enthusiasm should have, in turn, inspired the players to perform their best for their beloved fans.

Dimming All-Stars

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I wasn't always anti-All-Star Game.

I remember the first one, and how exciting it was. I seem to remember the first half being much better than the second half, but it was a large crowd at Giants Stadium and I thought it was awesome seeing all the league's stars come together for a game. And you had big stars then like Marco Etcheverry, Carlos Valderrama and Jorge Campos as well as guys like Eddie Pope and seeing all of them play on a team was cool.

US Men's National Team

U.S. Gold Cup preview

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A modest one, courtesy of the Associated Press:

CARY, N.C. (AP) -- The U.S. men's national team will be trying to follow a well-traveled path to more World Cup success in a few years.

Four years ago, the Americans won the Gold Cup to earn an automatic bid to the 2009
Confederations Cup.

USA Earns 1-1 Draw with Argentina in front of Record Crowd

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (March 26, 2011) – The U.S. Men's National Team came from a goal down to earn a 1-1 draw with Argentina in front of a record crowd of 78,936 fans at New Meadowlands Stadium on Saturday. Forward Juan Agudelo's second-half strike from close range and goalkeeper Tim Howard's Budweiser Man of the Match performance secured the result for the United States, whose record against Argentina now stands at 2-6-2.

USA Earns 1-1 Draw with Argentina in front of Record Crowd

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (March 26, 2011) – The U.S. Men's National Team came from a goal down to earn a 1-1 draw with Argentina in front of a record crowd of 78,936 fans at New Meadowlands Stadium on Saturday. Forward Juan Agudelo's second-half strike from close range and goalkeeper Tim Howard's Budweiser Man of the Match performance secured the result for the United States, whose record against Argentina now stands at 2-6-2.

Howard turning focus to Gold Cup while preparing for familiar friendly foe

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CARY, N.C. - Over the last few years, Tim Howard has had no shortage of memorable moments in a United States jersey. His performance in the 2-0 upset of Spain in the 2009 Confederation Cup, a kick in the ribs courtesy of Emile Heskey during the World Cup in Rustenburg last June, and, nine days later, the throw that initiated perhaps the most famous moment in American soccer history spring quickly to mind.

50,000 Tickets Sold For U.S. Men's National Team Match Against Argentina on March 26 in New Jersey

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CHICAGO (March 14, 2011) — More than 50,000 tickets have been sold for the U.S. Men's National Team's match against two-time World Cup champions Argentina on March 26 at New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Kickoff against the No. 4-ranked Argentines is set for 7 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and Univision.

The Rest

TODAY IN STADIUM P0RN: Vancouver Edition

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An inside look at the Whitecaps' under-construction enormodome in downtown Vancouver. Thank the god of your choice that this big boy is smack in the center of town, otherwise we could be looking at the makings of Giants Stadium Part 2, The Return.

MLS All-Star Game: Electric Atmosphere at Red Bull Arena

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Wednesday night at Red Bull Arena for the 2011 MLS All-Star Game, the electricity was floating in the air and you could feel it, sense it and smell it.

Before the game, the streets near Red Bull Arena were filled with games. Hardest shot contest, Soccer tennis, playing X-Box with FIFA 2011, writing signs for your favorite players and of course a picture next to the Philip Anschutz trophy (MLS Cup) so you could have a keepsake.

Distant Corners by David Wangerin: Book Review

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With his 2006 work Soccer in a Football World, David Wangerin shone a light on the murky history of American professional soccer in a way that other historians hadn't. While most writers concentrate on the NASL era and beyond, Wangerin filled in the gaps between Belo Horizonte and Port of Spain, documenting the failures and missed chances of the United States national team alongside the well-worn story of the NASL's death and MLS's launch.

LIVESTRONG Second Soccer Stadium to Host U.S. in Gold Cup

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LIVESTRONG Sporting Park for its opening match.
The brand new LIVESTRONG Sporting Park becomes the 16th venue in the United States to host the U.S. team in the CONCACAF Gold Cup and just the second soccer specific stadium to do so after The Home Depot Center hosted a pair of group games in 2007.

Ireland victorious over Italians in Liege

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Goals from Keith Andrews and Simon Cox in either half saw Ireland pull off a famous victory over Italy in Liege.

Andrews scored with a low effort into the corner of the goal on 36 minutes after an excellent back heel from the impressive Stephen Hunt.

Giovanni Trapattoni's 'Boys In Green' then had to withstand pressure from the former world Champions before substitute Cox tapped home a Hunt cross at the death to make sure of the win.