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Real Madrid and A.C. Milan Battle in the Bronx

by Bobby Gubin

As part of the relatively unknown World Football Challenge, two well-known European soccer giants, Real Madrid and A.C. Milan came to play on American soil. Although the friendly match may hold little significance, tell that to the sellout crowd of 49,474 strong, who filled Yankee Stadium with the raucous choir so reminiscent of the world’s biggest soccer arenas.

Euro 2012 Final Predictions

by Bobby Gubin

Spain vs. Italy

Winner: Italy  

Analysis: Although I’m sure there are others who have been as lucky as me to predict the correct outcomes of every match since the quarterfinals, I still maintain that I deserve a little credit…but not too much. Yes, I picked Italy to pull out a victory against a heavily favored German team, but no one, including me could have foretold a mesmerizing and supreme two-goal performance from Italy’s Mario Balotelli. Even if Balotelli doesn’t quite match his last-game heroics, which is very possible given Spain’s robust duo of Gerard Piquè and Sergio Ramos in the central defense, Italy can still pull off a title win against “La Roja”. But what Balotelli can most certainly do is win you the match. The reason is because clinical finishers like “Super Mario”, are the ones who land on the score sheet, without them it can be very hard to put away that final ball off a beautiful pass. 

Tommy Smyth on One on One

by Amit Badlani

Tommy Smyth, soccer analyst at ESPN, joined Alex Smith and Eric Mollo on One on One to discuss the surprising Italy team, Mario Balotelli, and his prediction for the final.

Red Bulls Report 6/30: Back in First Place

by Bobby Gubin

 You wouldn’t expect the New York Red Bulls to have a commanding 3-2 victory over their opponents, having been scored upon 26 seconds into last Sunday’s game against the former conference leaders, D.C. United. But they did. However, before fans even had time to take a bite of their nachos, D.C. striker Chris Pontius headed the ball past a stunned Ryan Meara.  A record crowd of 25,187 “D.C. Haters” had all of sudden lost their voice.


Euro 2012 Semifinal Predictions

by Bobby Gubin

Portugal vs. Spain

Analysis: Can Cristiano Ronaldo, arguably the best player in the world, pull off the spectacular to get his team past the defending champions? That is the question keeping everyone, reporters and fans alike on the edge of their seats heading into this match. The problem for Portugal is that its performance relies so heavily on one player, and that player happens to get visibly frustrated when things are not going well.

Euro 2012 Quarterfinal Predictions

by Bobby Gubin

Czech Republic v. Portugal
Winner: Portugal
Analysis: Portugal simply has the better players. Ronaldo dazzled in Portugal’s last match against a good Dutch team. The Czech squad will have a tough time keeping up with Portugal’s quality especially with their captain, Tomàs Rosicky banged up and questionable for the match.

Red Bulls Report: 6/2

by Bobby Gubin

Team captain Thierry Henry finally returned last Wednesday, after a hamstring injury had him shelved for four games. However, the arrival of the Red Bulls’ leader would come to no avail. With their Henry back, and their recent defensive excellence, it’s fair to say the streaking Red Bulls side definitely anticipated a win at home.

Red Bulls Report: New York takes down Montreal, come home to face Chivas USA

by Mike Watts

Thierry Henry’s hamstring was starting to get in playable condition this week, but the notoriously poor turf at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium kept one of the game’s most prolific strikers sidelined yet again. Despite the Impact’s home turf advantage (keeping Henry off the pitch), the Red Bulls would not be denied as they stretched their winning streak to five games with a 2-1 victory.

Not Just Rookies Getting the Job Done in NY

by Mike Watts

Give some credit to the New York Red Bulls.  They won again without Thierry Henry (hamstring), Rafa Marquez (due back from suspension by injured his ankle in training), Stephen Keel (back sprain), Teemu Tainio (right knee sprain) and Wilman Conde (left groin sprain).  Somehow they found a way to win starting rookies at three back line positions.  I hardly imagined New York picking up three points against the Houston Dynamo with a lineup featuring a 5’5” rookie left back (Connor Lade), a center back with 225 minutes of playing time in the MLS (Tyler Ruthven), a four year pro who never seemed to latch on with D.C. United (Brandon Barklage), and a rookie keeper fresh out of college (Ryan Meara).  Admit it, you didn’t expect a win either.  And even if you did think they would manage to pull out a victory, you had to know it would come in another 1-0 affair.