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Liverpool allows two more goals in Sporting draw

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Liverpool’s still working out the kinks after surrendering two more goals against Sporting Lisbon on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.

Simon Mignolet allowed a howler to Bruno Fernandes, who set up Wendel for an equalizer after Liverpool had taken a 2-1 lead on goals from Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum.

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The result means the Reds have allowed two or more goals in all three of their U.S. based friendlies (3-2 loss to Borussia Dortmund, 2-1 loss to Sevilla, and Wednesday’s draw).

The Reds have also beaten Bradford City and Tranmere Rovers, and are yet to see Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah, and Sadio Mane in the lineup.

Last season’s preseason wasn’t perfect, it must be noted, but the Reds only once lost and allowed multiple goals (A 3-1 loss to Borussia Dortmund).

The rough night in defense came after the news that Nathaniel Clyne will be lost until at least January with an ACL injury.

On a bright note, a young Liverpool defender said hello to the club after moving from PEC Zwolle this summer.

NYC manager Kreis responds to Yankee worries about stadium grass


The New York Yankees know that New York City FC is about to do a number on the Yankee Stadium grass, and they’ll deal with that.

Asked about their concerns, NYCFC manager Jason Kreis said he can’t really comment on it. After all, he’s never played baseball at that high of a level.

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And he says it’s not his place to talk.

From Empire of Soccer:

“My reaction [to the WSJ report] is one of non-understanding to be frank with you because I have never played baseball at that level,” Kreis said Wednesday afternoon. “I don’t know what it means for the grass to be a certain way in baseball.  I certainly know what it means to want the grass to be a certain way in soccer.  We want the field to be as pristine as we can.  Natural grass surface with a tightly mowed grass can be one of the most enjoyable surfaces to play on.

“We want the same thing for our surface, but for me to try to understand or comprehend someones comments who plays the sport at a high level is not my place, if that makes sense.”

Kreis was more interested in discussing how it will feel to manage the club at Yankee Stadium. After a long, long wait, the MLS managerial legend will sit in the coach’s chair for a home match. We can’t wait to watch, either.

Yankee players on NYCFC use of Stadium: “It’s terrible for the field”


Several Yankee players have expressed their displeasure in the New York City FC use of Yankee Stadium throughout the summer.

With NYCFC’s journey for a permanent home still in the works, they are scheduled to use Yankee Stadium for all home games this season and next. Their home opener comes this weekend, and some Yankees aren’t too pleased.

“It’ll definitely cause an issue, but it’s nothing that we can control, so we can’t worry about it,” said Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira to the Wall Street Journal’s Daniel Barbarisi. “It’s terrible for a field. Grass, dirt, everything gets messed up.”

Barbarisi’s story tabbed infielder Brendan Ryan as the baseball team’s biggest soccer fan, and even he wasn’t looking forward to the thought of soccer affecting the infield, specifically the hop off the infield grass.

“You want to limit the amount of bounces, really,” Ryan said. “So I’m going to fall on the side of erring aggressively—much, much more so than staying back and trying to read some hop that’s unpredictable. I’m going to be selling out to go get that ball, and I’m going to err on that side much more.”

The most damning quotes came from outfielder Brett Gardner, who was mostly concerned with what he believes to be a higher risk for injury.

“The problem is the root system. After you put new grass down, there’s no root system, so essentially you’re running full speed on top of AstroTurf that’s sitting on top of cement,” Gardner said. “And that grass will give way, and you blow something out—knee, ankle.”

Of the 17 home games NYCFC will play at Yankee Stadium this season, only one will give the grounds crew less than three days to turn around the field from one sport to another. NYCFC president Tom Glick is not concerned with what he believes to be a system the grounds crew is well prepared for. “We’ve tested it out last two summers…and we believe the field will be able to handle both events,” Glick told the Journal.

New York City FC open entire Yankee Stadium for inaugural MLS home game

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The opening weekend of the 2015 Major League Soccer season was a rousing success, if you take record-setting attendance numbers (25,838 average at 10 MLS stadiums) as an indicator of the league’s growing popularity.

[ MLS: Week 1 TOTW | POTW ]

With a number of teams set to make their 2015 home debut this weekend, big numbers are expected once again, particularly in the Big Apple, as New York City FC announced on Monday that the entire upper level of Yankee Stadium has been opened up for ticket sales ahead Sunday’s inaugural home game against the New England Revolution (5 pm ET, ESPN2).

The regular capacity for NYCFC games at Yankee Stadium this year will be 27,528, but with more than 30,000 tickets already sold, Sunday’s opener looks a safe bet to push into the mid- to upper-40,000s in tickets sold.

[ MORE: After 62,000 for Orlando’s inaugural game, is soccer here to stay in Florida? ]

NYCFC president Tom Glick, from a team statement:

“Demand for seats for this historic game has been tremendous and momentum is growing by the day. It was only 10 days ago that we announced that the 300 level will be open. Now with more than 30,000 sold, we have decided to open even more seats. New Yorkers clearly want to be part of this landmark moment for our club and for soccer and we are giving them every opportunity to come and support their new team.”

NYCFC also announced on Monday it has reached 15,000 season ticket holders for the 2015 season. According to the club, more than 60 percent of those fans have never purchased season tickets in any sport in the city.

Report: New York City FC to call Yankee Stadium home for three (!!!) years


One-off soccer and hockey games are one thing, but the New York Times is reporting that Yankee Stadium will serve as host for the first three seasons of New York City FC soccer matches.

There are so many complications to consider here, not the least of which is the near-concurrent schedules of Major League Soccer and Major League Baseball. And certainly there’s little question the Yankees will hold sway over the building.

The report details many of the problems of building a park in New York, and it isn’t the most shining of details for how NYCFC is operating early in its existence:

The question of where the team would play its home games has hovered since it was announced last May that the club would join the league, delaying plans for everything from marketing and advertising to season ticket sales. The team has frequently promised a decision — it told the league in January that it would have a plan in 30 days — but has consistently missed even those self-imposed deadlines, to the frustration of M.L.S. officials and prospective fans.

The report, from NYT’s Andrew Das, David Waldstein and Ken Belson, points out that exhibitions at Yankee Stadium have involved temporary grass being put over the dirt but that’s not a full-time solution.

Here are the only quotes in the report:

“Technology has gotten to the point where I think we can turn it around pretty quickly,” said Yankees’ executive director of nonbaseball events Mark Holtzman.

“Baseball is clearly the No. 1 priority. We wouldn’t do anything to put anyone at any risk; there’s a major investment here in the players. At the end of the day, we look at these opportunities very carefully, and we wouldn’t get into these opportunities unless we were confident in the end result.”

Well, having an executive director nonbaseball events is a good step.

If they’ve got a good solution to sharing the pitch without destroying it, I’m sure myriad minor league clubs would love to hear it (let alone the grounds crew headaches that would come with flipping the field over and over and over again).