Athletic Bilbao's defender Andoni Iraola, right, vies with Granada's Algerian midfielder Yacine Brahimi during a Spanish league football match at the San Mames stadium in Bilbao on Feb. 28, 2014. (RAFA RIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)

Crooks: New York City FC Adds Pair Of Spaniards In Attempt To Solidify Back End

The initial stages of what may result in five or six player moves this summer at New York City FC began Tuesday with the addition of two outside backs from Spain.

06/16/2015

U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis answers a question as defender Julie Johnston looks on during a press conference at Memorial Field in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on June 10, 2015. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Crooks: One Of Best Weeks In American Soccer History Tempered By Troubling U.S. Women

In its Women’s World Cup opener, the U.S. team was fortunate to string together three or four passes.

06/12/2015

Red Bull Arena (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images for New York Red Bulls)

Dynamo Beat Red Bulls 4-2 On Pair Of Bruin Goals

Will Bruin scored twice in the second half and the Houston Dynamo beat the New York Red Bulls 4-2 on Friday night.

06/05/2015

Abby Wambach of United States heads the ball during the first half of an international friendly against South Korea at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey, on May 30, 2015. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Crooks: Crazy Week In Soccer Is About To Get Even More Wild With Women’s World Cup

Admittedly, I am finding it difficult to focus on one particular soccer topic for this column. It has been an eventful week on multiple levels.

06/05/2015

Oguchi Onyewu passes the ball for Team USA against Guatemala at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California, on July 5, 2013. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Crooks: NYCFC’s Struggles In The Air Need To Be Addressed Immediately

New York City FC has given up the first goal in nine of its 13 matches this season, in large part due to their lack of an intimidating force along their back line. That, however, could change soon.

06/01/2015

Red Bulls logo (Credit: Steinlight Media)

Barrett Scores Late Goal, Sounders Beat Red Bulls

Chad Barrett scored 30 seconds into second-half stoppage time to give the Seattle Sounders a 2-1 comeback victory over the New York Red Bulls on Sunday.

06/01/2015

Red Bulls logo (Credit: Steinlight Media)

Union Win Second Straight, Beat Red Bulls 2-0

Vincent Nogueira and C.J. Sapong scored a quick pair of second-half goals and the Philadelphia Union beat the New York Red Bulls 2-0 on Sunday for their second straight victory.

05/24/2015

Red Bulls logo (Credit: Steinlight Media)

10-Man Red Bulls Beat NYCFC In Inaugural New York Derby

Bradley Wright-Phillips scored two goals and the 10-man New York Red Bulls beat expansion New York City FC 2-1 on Sunday night in the inaugural New York Derby.

05/11/2015

New England Revolution v New York City FC

Crooks: MLS’ Only Authentic Derby Will Be Born When NYCFC Takes On Red Bulls

On Sunday, Major League Soccer’s only authentic derby will be born. Manchester City’s brothers from across the pond, New York City FC, will play the New York Red Bulls in Harrison, N.J.

05/08/2015

The Red Bulls’ Sacha Kljestan, center, competes for the ball as Sporting KC’s Amadou Dia and Roger Espinoza, right, look on during the game at Sporting Park on March 8, 2015 in Kansas City. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Crooks: Red Bulls’ Kljestan Has Taken An Unconventional Route To Top Of U.S. Soccer

It’s not often that a kid from southern California, playing youth soccer year-round outdoors at the highest level, would then choose to move to the East Coast for his college experience.

05/05/2015

New York Red Bulls looks on during the national anthem prior to their game against the D.C. United at Red Bull Arena on March 16, 2013 in Harrison, New Jersey.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

New England Revolution Hand Red Bulls First Loss Of Season, 2-1

Charlie Davies and Teal Bunbury each scored and the New England Revolution then held off the previously unbeaten New York Red Bulls 2-1 on Saturday night.

05/02/2015

New Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images for New York Red Bulls)

Red Bulls Tie Galaxy 1-1, Remain Unbeaten

Felipe scored on a fluky second-half header to give the Red Bulls a 1-1 tie with the Los Angeles Galaxy Sunday, leaving New York as the MLS’s only undefeated team.

04/27/2015

Christie Rampone

Crooks: Ageless Christie Rampone Should Be A Factor Again For U.S. National Team

Rampone will be making her fifth World Cup appearance. Only eight other soccer athletes, male or female, can make that claim.

04/24/2015

Thierry Henry #14, Kenny Cooper #33, Joel Lindpere #20 and Dax McCarty #11 of the New York Red Bulls their first goal against the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park on October 27, 2012 in Chester, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Kljestan, Grella Provide The Offense As Red Bulls Beat Earthquakes 2-0

Sacha Kljestan and Mike Grella scored first-half goals and the New York Red Bulls beat the San Jose Earthquakes 2-0 on Friday night.

04/17/2015

David Villa card (Credit: Topps)

Schwartz: Topps, MLS Team Up To Create ‘Healthy Habits’ Trading Cards

After partnering with MLS to produce trading cards two years ago, Topps has teamed up with MLS WORKS, the league’s community outreach initiative, to create the “Topps Healthy Habits Card.”

04/14/2015

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Photos from the Galaxy’s 1-0 win over the Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena.

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Photos from Rafael Marquez’s debut with the New York Red Bulls.

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Red Bulls vs. Manchester City: July 25

Red Bulls defeat Manchester City 2-1 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.

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Tottenham Hotspur at Red Bulls: July 22

New York Red Bulls vs. Tottenham Hotspur at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.

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