Weekly 100 Percent Soccer column: How Red Bull New York became the model MLS franchise

jesseBull Run: New York Red Bulls coach Jesse Marsch — no stranger to budget constraints at cheapskates Chivas USA — has reunited with former teammate Sacha Kljestan and molded the once much-maligned franchise as a matter of necessity into a model for MLS (Associated Press file photo).

Read more about the New York Red Bulls’ run to the top of MLS in this week’s 100 Percent Soccer column.

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Weekly 100 Percent Soccer Column: American soccer fans expect the national team to do its duty Saturday in Pasadena against Mexico — or face the consequences

United States fans show their disappoint as the U.S. falls to Mexico 4-2 Saturday. The United States and Mexico play during the CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer final Saturday evening June 25, 2011 at the sold out Rose Bowl in Pasadena.    (Will Lester/Staff Photographer)

United States fans show their disappoint as the U.S. falls to Mexico 4-2 Saturday. The United States and Mexico play during the CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer final Saturday evening June 25, 2011 at the sold out Rose Bowl in Pasadena. (Will Lester/Staff Photographer)

Don’t look now, but if the U.S. doesn’t beat Mexico at home in Pasadena Saturday that should spell big trouble for a U.S. national team coach facing a big rebuilding job as an era comes to an end.

Read more in this week’s 100 Percent Soccer column (link is fixed).

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Weekly Soccer Column: Will the LA Galaxy f-f-fade away as MLS Playoffs loom?

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With apologies to the Who, but Galaxy fans are starting to fret about the club’s ability to negotiate the last fews remaining games of the regular season, never mind the playoffs given its current scoreless, winless streak at precisely the wrong time of the season.

Read more in this week’s 100 Percent Soccer column.

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Weekly Soccer Column: Mediocre League Soccer enters its, um, regular season climax (really)

New York City FC's David Villa shows his frustration against the LA Galaxy in a sold-out MLS soccer game at the StubHub Center Sunday, August 23, 2015, Carson, CA.  The Galaxy crushed NYC 5-1.Los Angeles Galaxy vs. New York City Football Club.Photo by Steve McCrank/Staff Photographer

New York City FC’s David Villa shows his frustration against the LA Galaxy in a sold-out MLS soccer game at the StubHub Center Sunday, August 23, 2015, Carson, CA. The Galaxy crushed NYC 5-1.Los Angeles Galaxy vs. New York City Football Club.Photo by Steve McCrank/Staff Photographer

There’s been a lot of head-holding, cursing at the sky and other shows of frustration going on in Mediocre League Soccer of late. Read more in this week’s 100 Percent Soccer column.

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Weekly Soccer Column: LA Galaxy-New York FC showed what’s good, bad and ugly about MLS

New York City FC's David Villa shows his frustration against the LA Galaxy in a sold-out MLS soccer game at the StubHub Center Sunday, August 23, 2015, Carson, CA.  The Galaxy crushed NYC 5-1.Los Angeles Galaxy vs. New York City Football Club.Photo by Steve McCrank/Staff Photographer

New York City FC’s David Villa shows his frustration against the LA Galaxy in a sold-out MLS soccer game at the StubHub Center Sunday, August 23, 2015, Carson, CA. The Galaxy crushed NYC 5-1.Los Angeles Galaxy vs. New York City Football Club.Photo by Steve McCrank/Staff Photographer

Read this week’s 100 Percent Soccer column here.

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Weekly Soccer Column: LA Galaxy parking, traffic woes strike nerve with fans

GalaxyOne thing you don’t want to do in Southern California is mess with the locals when it comes to traffic and parking.

That was underlined once more Wednesday when on the same day the Galaxy announced a StubHub Center sellout for the Aug. 23 game against NYCFC, the weekly 100 Percent Soccer column outlining the traffic and parking problems associated with games at the venue hit Los Angeles News Group websites and prompted an outpouring of emails and Tweets from fans. It was probably the biggest response to a column, which by the way is in our dead tree editions today should you be moved to buy it, since I started writing it over a decade ago.

I will let you know if I hear from the Galaxy front office (don’t hold your breath).

Here’s a sampling of reader reaction:

Hi Nick:

Your article today was a good one but another thing ownership doesn’t do well for the customers is handling the concession stands. The lines are ridiculously long & it’s not a stadium I will re-visit. I went to the Seattle game over the weekend and the lines were 30 minutes long. I took 3 kids from my son’s soccer team & spent the entire half & 15 minutes of the 2nd half in line buying them a soda. I asked the concessions employee if the lines were always this bad and she replied, “yes”. I will not be going back, which is too bad because they have an exciting team with many high quality players.

Lawrence
El Segundo

I have been a seventeen year season ticket holder and I am about not to renew my ticket if something is not done about the parking.

I am semi-handicapped and hold a ADA parking permit; for the past several years the have blocked off all the spaces on the south edge of lot 13, except for saving a few spaces they rent out to Chevrolet or other vendors and had lot 13 open to parking. Well, the past few matches they started blocking off lot 13 and directing people to park on the edge spaces first then opening up lot 13 to parking. It is rather difficult for me to walk additional distance when I used to be able to park in the ADA spaces. Maybe you could pressure them to do what they did in the past; thank you.

Rod La Rocque

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