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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Nets and Knicks 2014 Season Predictions

The NBA regular season is still over a month away, so FansFavorite would like to jump the gun and predict where both New York basketball clubs will finish in 2014.

Nets 2014 Season Outlook

2013 record: 44-38

Projected 2014 record: 50-32 | No. 4 Seed in the East

With Brook Lopez back in the fold, the Nets will get back to inside-out basketball and play through their big man on offense. Lionel Hollins will impart his defensive philosophy on a Brooklyn team that struggled to defend the paint consistently last season. If Deron Williams can stay healthy and motivated under new leadership and in a new system, the Nets could be a dark horse team to keep a close eye on in a wide open Eastern Conference.

Projected 2014 TEAM MVP: Brook Lopez

Projected 2014 Stats:

22.2 PPG 7.9 Rebs 1.9 Blks 4.0 Asts

Projected Sixth Man Team Award: Jarrett Jack

Knicks 2014 Season Outlook

2013 record: 37-45 | No. 10 Seed in the East

Projected 2014 record: 37-45

Phil Jackson might be calling the shots in the front office, but the Knicks are lacking the depth and talent to contend for a playoff spot in 2014. Carmelo Anthony will continue to carry the offensive load, but Iman Shumpert is the only willing defender on the team’s roster. Unless the Knicks are clicking on all cylinders beyond the arc, they’re going to be on the wrong side of some lopsided losses this upcoming season. Look for 2015 to be the year that finally gives Knicks fans some playoff hopes.

Projected 2014 TEAM MVP: Carmelo Anthony

Projected 2014 Stats:

28.2 PPG 7.9 Rebs 0.4 Blks 3.0 Asts

Projected Sixth Man Team Award: J.R. Smith

Author: Rick Laughland

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Sounders win fourth US Open Cup Title in Extra Time

What a fantastic final we saw at PPL Park last night as the Philadelphia Union played toe to toe against the Seattle Sounders who are three time US Open Cup champions and had a job to do which was win their fourth which they failed in penalties back in 2012 at Sporting Park against Sporting Kansas City.

While this was the first final inside the state of Pennsylvania in modern times for the US Open Cup the Union were engaged and ready to attack the Sounders for their first ever title during their short, but interesting five year history as a free kick for the Union got them on the board late in the first half.

Cristian Maidana took the free kick in the 38th minute just a few yards away from the Seattle area and somehow out of nowhere Maurice Edu got in between two Sounders defenders and found a way to make some space for himself and headed in the first US Open Cup Final goal in Union History. But while the Union took that lead into halftime, it wasn’t going to be for long.

Chad Barrett quickly leveled the score in the 47th minute when a free kick was headed a couple of times from within the area, till Barrett got his head on the ball and puts it into the back of the net. From that point on the Sounders were attacking and showed their energy as the better side. Every time they attacked the Union’s net, Zac MacMath was shining with saves, but Stephen Frei made some solid saves as well as getting help from the posts & crossbar.

But in overtime that’s when the Sounders pounced and dominated the match. A great run in the 101st minute by Obafemi Martins on the far side of the field, till he held up & found a trailing Clint Dempsey who took his shot one time bending the ball inside the near post for the lead & in the 114th minute Martins put the final nail in the coffin to earn the Sounders their fourth title in five tries.

To the Union fans who came to PPL Park for the clubs first ever US Open Cup Final that were totaled at 15,256 did a fantastic job attending, supporting and I hope they will come to future US Open Cup Union games and fill the stadium as this knockout competition is fun to watch.
The Seattle Sounders have tied the Chicago Fire as the two MLS sides in modern day history to achieve four US Open Cup championship and are both one shy of the famed Bethlehem Steel of Pennsylvania & Maccabee SC club from Los Angeles who have five titles.

Once again the American Soccer Community celebrates another fantastic final for the National Championship of US Soccer and we can only hope that 2015 will be bigger and better than this edition was.

Author: Daniel Feuerstein

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Jets/Giants writer Rick Laughland on FOXSports Radio

Fox Sports' Rick Laughland joins JT The Brick to discuss the Jets/Packers and the timeout controversy. He also tells us Eli Manning doesn't look comfortable, and Victor Cruz isn't performing.

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Jets at Packers Review Show

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Join Daniel Feuerstein & Rick Laughland as we review the late Sunday Afternoon as the New York Jets squandered a 18-point first half lead and fell to the Green Bay Packers by a final of 31-24.
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Jets At Packers Preview Podcast

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Join Daniel Feuerstein and Rick Laughland as they preview the New York Jets first road game of the 2014 season as they head to the Midwest and face Aaron Rogers and the Green Bay Packers at historic Lambeau Field.
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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Red Bulls late penalty forces draw with Union

This was the third straight match against Eastern Conference Rivals as the Red Bulls traveled down the NJ Turnpike to face the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park. The match was delayed for an hour due to a torrential rain storm that hit the area, but with that time to allow the system to leave the game was ready to be played.

The Red Bulls got on the board first when they were awarded with a penalty inside the Philadelphia area, Peguy Luyindula was held back from the loose the ball by Ethan White. Yes Luyindula went down with ease, but it’s still a penalty as White did grab him preventing him from going after the loose ball. He calmly converted the spot kick in the 37th minute for the early lead.

But three minutes later Thierry Henry was able to double the lead from distance. A nice cross from Chris Duvall from the near side finds Henry at the edge of the area and as he teed it up, the surface still a bit slick from the rain as the ball skips off of Union goalie Zac MacMath and into the back of the net. Two milestones happened on that play as Henry’s ninth of the season was his 50th career MLS goal while Chris Duvall earned his first career assist.

But a quick response by the Union happened in the 41st minute when Pedro Riberio blocked a clearance from Jamison Olave and deflected the ball into the net to pull one back, but the Red Bulls still led the game by a goal. Inside second half stoppage time the Union got their call for a penalty and it looked like Ibrahim Sekagya took down Riberio but closer look was shown that the Union player kicked up his feet and went down easy.

Sebastien LeToux took the penalty and converted to the far post while Luis Robles dove to the near post, so at the end of the match the Red Bulls still took home a point and after the last two games they took seven out of nine. Robles played a great game as well and made some spectacular point blank saves to keep the lead as the Union continued to knock the door down for an equalizer.

Obviously you would love to see the Red Bulls take nine out of nine, but this is nothing to get sore about as you saw the club starting to get tired and break down a bit. But still there is a CONCACAF Champions League game coming up next in Montreal and then a home game against Seattle as the month of September continues to get more grueling.

Author: Daniel Feuestein

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Lloyd Sam’s late regulation winner gives Red Bulls three points

This is the oldest rivalry in Major League Soccer since the league was founded in 1996. These two sides have been going after each other tooth and nail with great victories and hard defeats, no matter who has worn the shirt of those respective sides. But this was the big one in 2014 that the Red Bulls needed to climb back up in the Eastern Conference standings to get a playoff position.

The match winner was within the final 11 seconds of regulation before the added time clock began to tick as Lloyd Sam converted his shot past Bill Hamid who had a hell of a game for DC United. The ball was inside the DC area as Jamison Olave held off a defender and played the ball to the near side of the field, might have ticked off the leg of Thierry Henry but Sam was able to slide towards the ball and took a swing with his right leg to convert the only goal of the game.

Sam was strong tonight bringing up the ball and solid on his crosses, but when it came down to needing him to convert his chance at the death, Lloyd Sam was the one to do and doing his Bradley Wright-Phillips dance to celebrate in style. “He’s been one of our most steady performers all year.” Said head Coach Mike Petke, “Over the last month or so, we’ve asked him to do things a bit differently here and there, tuck in a little bit more, but at the end of the day he always has free reign to go wide because that’s his strongest position.”
The Red Bulls were up a man from the 32nd minute till the end of the game as Fabian Espindola was sent off for a high boot that hit Dax McCarty in the chest and knocked him down. It was a fair challenge that went wrong as Espindola didn’t get McCarty with the cleats, but the outside of the boot that knocked him down. But when you go up a man after the first half hour of the game, then the mentality can get a bit whacky when you know your side is up a man.

While some of the chances weren’t there due to some sloppy play, those that were was stopped by DC United goal keeper Bill Hamid as had made several strong saves to prevent NY to take a lead early in the game. Hamid who has matured this season, looked solid and calm in his net and made a terrific save on Thierry Henry late in the second half.
But for the Red Bulls it’s their first back to back wins since April when they defeated Philadelphia & Houston in back to back home games. Six points for the home side and now a road trip back down to PPL Park to face the Philadelphia Union before a trip back to Montreal in CONCACAF Champions League play.

Author: Daniel Feuerstein
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Monday, September 8, 2014

The Jets Podcast: Radiers at Jets Recap

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Join Daniel Feuerstein and Rick Laughland as they review the Season Opener of the 2014 Season with the New York Jets playing host to the Oakland Raiders.
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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Jets earn ugly win over Raiders despite miscues

The opening game of the 2014 NFL Sunday Season is upon us as everyone gets ready to start tailgating and making the march to the MetLife Stadium to see the New York Jets open up against the Oakland Raiders who have had a terrible season after terrible season.

This game even though they did go 1-0 to start the season, was a game where it shouldn’t have been as close as it was on the scoreboard. This was a game where Geno Smith and the offense made many errors as well as many good plays to get the Green and White into blowout city, but somehow they forgot their tickets to blowout city and got caught on the platform of the train station.

How was it possible after earning a grand total of 402 yards (212 rushing, 190 passing) that the Jets barely squeaked thru that game winning by a measly five points on a team that is still trying to find ways to improve their roster and finding that winning chemistry, instead the Jets almost put themselves into a situation that they couldn’t get out of.

Outside of those negatives the positives are Geno Smith looked solid and in rhythm with the play calling and his front five are keeping him upright just long enough to make the throws down the field finding Eric Decker, Jeremy Kerley and others down the field. But when the stats are in favor of the team leading the game the majority of the way that team should be up by a lot.

There are many things the Jets need to clean up when they travel to Green Bay, Wisconsin next week and face Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, but the one thing that needs to happen is stay away from the mental errors and the penalties that kept the Raiders in the game for absolutely no reason what so ever. Because the Jets defense had a great game today and they did their job flawlessly, unlike what the offense did on their side of the ball.

Author: Daniel Feuerstein
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