A huge NYY fan, Baseball & Football enthusiast. Yes... I'm from the states & I call "soccer" football...I try to be respectful on this site...I feel everybody's entitled to their own opinions...
The Yankees sound a bit like Man City and their Sheikh Mansour... pockets so deep that every time he takes his hands out of them... he strikes oil!
Should be a partnership made in heaven which produces a wealthy and championship chasing NYCFC... all good from where I'm sitting but 'buckets of cash' will bring it's own problems of course.
I was on the edge of my seat last night watching the Arsenal v Besiktas game... lucky in the end... what a relief... not the season start I was hoping for?
Nice to see Leyton Orient knock Aston Villa out of the league (Capital One) cup last night though... I lived a walk away from 'Orient' when I lived in London so they were my local professional team... even did a few training/coaching sessions with them... followed them ever since.
Nothing on Bleacher about Orient but a very amusing documentary here (if time allows)...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0p_4YwXGn4&list=PLy7f2Cz4QR26HnBlkIX0yQFTj4S-ED4Br
I'd certainly like to watch a Yankee's game live. I have tried watching a televised game but it seemed very similar to an all day cricket match where you really have to actually be there... 'all/most of the day' to really enjoy it? My knowledge is clearly limited! The Yankees must be the most famous Baseball team in history and it is pretty much your national sport so why wouldn't you support them? Do your boys like baseball too?
Strange thing now you mention it... I always had a soft spot for Man City when I was a kid... Rodney Marsh and Francis Lee were my schoolboy heroes in the 70's but I don't much like MCFC these days. However just cos they put their cash into NYCFC doesn't mean you have to support City as well tho does it... guilty by association is nonsense too... although you can't deny just how good city are these days. My advice is to take their cash and know-how and laugh all the way to winning championships with your local team.
Cos I love football so much I have always found it difficult to be a one team fan... living in London made sure of that... watching Arsenal one week, then West Ham the next, followed by Leyton Orient the week after that... then Spurs v Man U the week after that... and so on. Living in New York also allows you the same freedom Benny... NYY one week... followed by NYCFC the next week... followed by the Red Bulls... followed by Brazil V Ecuador (Sept 9) you lucky yank.... 'freedom to enjoy' is your best bet Benny... exclusive loyalty is for the weak and feeble in my opinion!
I'd have to say I'm also mystified Benny but £16 million for Balotelli seems a bargain and £64 million for Di Maria seems totally ridiculous! I'd have to say good but risky business for Liverpool and total idiocy from Van Gaal... but you just never know in football!
Hi Benny, hope all is good. I think most people are used to ageing footballers heading over to the MLS now. NYCFC are sure to have a decent squad when they eventually kick-off. The real eye opener will be when a top star chooses to play in the U.S. when they are at the peak of their powers.
Blimey... US football is more than relevant as far as I'm personally concerned... Clint Dempsey's humble beginning's are clearly inspirational for anyone involved in football... as is Tim Howard and his seamless ability to cope with his Tourette's. Clint has always been one of my own personal hero's who's story I quote to many youngsters I coach who come from disadvantaged backgrounds... "if Clint can do it so can you mate"! Besides a top 16 WC finish is hardly irrelevent? I adore football Benny so watching stateside 'catch on' is uber cool for me. The benefits of football go way beyond fitness and social life... there is an urban myth derived from cave art that when we hunted Mammoth it was usually as a team of 12 with a sub hanging back if/when needed... football and the meaning of life are synonymous for me!
I also found this link Benny... http://www.enysoccer.com/programs/Progression-of-Licenses-Diplomas/
Ah yes Tim Howard... what a hero and what a Keeper... World class... perhaps even currently the best keeper in the world? He had a superb WC. He is much loved in the UK... so is Brad Friedel. USA has the habit of producing top class keepers??? I've just been reading about the IC cup with over 100,000 people watching Real v Man U in Michigan... staggering? A more 'local' to you youth set-up/league would be better obviously for you and your boys Benny but good idea to find out if they have affiliations/contacts etc with the pro clubs so that your lads can progress in the right direction. Plenty of GK training vids on Youtube where you can pick up some 'drills' to make it more interesting/challenging for them too. In the UK Dad's are much encouraged to get involved by taking basic coaching courses which usually run at the weekend... Goalkeeper coaches are like gold dust... way to go Benny?
...presumptious regarding your interest... I meant to say!
On reflection Benny... if as you appear and are particularly interested in football/soccer... regarding your sons/daughters even... this would be a great time to find out what kind of youth/kids set up is being proposed by NYFC (if they are nearest to you?) Getting involved from the very beginning/inception is always a massive advantage? I managed my sons team for a few years... incredibly difficult but paramount in being involved in my sons future... he still plays for a local team... he's 17 now and benefits immensely regarding training, games... and the social life too of course... if I can help with practical advice please let me know? Football on a community/social basis is amazingly good at bringing together like minded people... but just as good at exposing unlikeminded too! Or am I being presumptious Benny?