Crooks: Red Bulls' High-Pressure Style Proves To Be Stroke Of GeniusThe New York Red Bulls utilize an atypical formula which has been one of the factors in the most prosperous regular season in franchise history.
Crooks: NYCFC Head Coach Jason Kreis Is Accountable For The Quit In His TeamHis side also lacks leadership on the field despite a group that includes World Cup and MLS veterans.
Crooks: Will We See Andrea Pirlo This Weekend? Stay TunedAfter a crisp training session at SUNY Purchase, just his second since arriving from Turin late Tuesday, Pirlo offered a hopeful hint regarding his potential debut at Yankee Stadium this weekend.
Crooks: New York City FC Adds Pair Of Spaniards In Attempt To Solidify Back EndThe 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.
Crooks: NYCFC's Struggles In The Air Need To Be Addressed ImmediatelyNew 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.
Crooks: NYCFC-Real Salt Lake Match Holds Special Meaning For Jason KreisKreis was the first player signed by RSL in 2005 and scored the franchise’s initial goal that year.
Crooks: NYCFC's Fitness A Concern After Late Failure Against PhiladelphiaThe 1-1 draw against the Philadelphia Union on Thursday night at Yankee Stadium will rank as the most disappointing result in the short history of New York City FC.
Crooks: NYCFC's Shelton Should Start For Diskerud On ThursdayRegardless of shape or system, Shelton should be unveiled as a starter on Thursday. He injects energy to an attack with a dearth of goals in recent matches.
Crooks: The Organization Of Set-Piece Defending Is CriticalSet piece, set play, dead ball, restart, free kick. No matter what you call it, these often dangerous opportunities can decide the outcome of soccer matches – at every level.
Crooks: NYCFC Is Better Off Without Xavi HernandezWhile Xavi would have been a short-term boost for marketing and attendance, he did not suit the needs of the team ON the field -- for the present AND the future.
Crooks: How Will NYCFC Handle The High Altitude In Colorado?While the Rapids' home formula will favor setting a high tempo attack, Kreis’ side must regulate their effort over 90 minutes.