Years with the Lancers: 1975-1980 (Reporter for the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle)
Born: Brooklyn, NY
One of the top soccer journalists in the USA. Earned his Bachelor's of Science degree in Journalism from Syracuse University in 1974. Started his writing career with the D&C 1 month after graduation and remained with the paper until 1985. Given the Rochester Lancers beat in 1975, starting a 4 decade career covering soccer. Reported the final 6 seasons of the Lancers in the D&C, including the playoff appearances in 1976 and 1977. After the Lancers folded, moved on to covering the Rochester Americans from 1982 to 1985. Also wrote about numerous high school and college sporting events in the Rochester area.
Moved back to New York City and his soccer roots in the mid-80’s as the soccer columnist for the New York Daily News for 22 years. Editor and publisher of Soccer Week (1987-93) and editor of Soccer Magazine (1993-2000). Has also written for Newsday, ESPN.com, CNNSI.com, CBSSportsline, mlsnet.com, World Soccer, FourFourTwo and numerous international “football” publications. Founder and editor of BigAppleSoccer.com and TropiGol.com.
Covered the NY Red Bulls/MetroStars since their inception in 1996, along with 7 Men’s World Cups, 3 Women's World Cups, 7 Olympic soccer tournaments and many NCAA tournaments. One of only 3 sportswriters to cover every MLS Cup. Author of 6 books: Soccer For Dummies, Football For Dummies (Australia) and 4 on the World Cup.
Served as president of the Professional Soccer Reporters Association from 1998-1999 and as vice president from 2000-2002. Member of North America Soccer Reporters. Has won numerous awards, including a Letter of Commendation from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, and has been honored for his work by the Press Club of Long Island, New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists and PSRA. Lives in Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y. with his wife Joy.