A Little Something About Me

This is that obligatory section where I describe myself and why I like to write this blog.

I’ve been playing soccer from a young age and watching the game almost as long. Some of my earliest memories are of attending Rochester Raging Rhinos games with my family in the late 90’s when the club had a serious claim at being the best team in America outside of MLS. I have this foggy memory of being one of the 12,428 fans at Frontier Field see the Rhinos beat Tampa Bay Mutiny and their star Colombian international Carlos Valderrama in 1996.

I’m a huge Spurs fan and was initially drawn to the team after playing as Robbie Keane with Republic of Ireland in a Euro 2004 videogame. I often obsess about the United States Men’s National Teams and daydream about the systems and mechanisms of soccer in America.

I grew up in Western New York and went to college all the way over in Central New York. I spent spring semester 2012 in Puebla, Mexico and while suffering with Puebla FC (of the Primera Division) I fell in love with BUAP Lobos, the second division team located at my school. [Aauuu!!]

I also support New York Red Bulls and Club América, as well as the growth of the game across the United States.

I write regularly about the Rochester Rhinos on The Bent Musket, SB Nation’s NE Revolution blog, and about Mexican soccer on Soccer Newsday. I’ve also written for TheCup.us, on The Home of Caribbean Football, and like twice for American Soccer Now.

I think that’s all you need to know, but feel free to ask me questions or comment on anything. Thanks for reading and if you like a post, please share it with someone.

My contact email is: dohertysoccer [at] gmail [dot] com

11 thoughts on “A Little Something About Me

  1. Cny for school? Where @?

    Nice blog. I’m in a similar boat. Lived in niagara falls- now liverpool ny…. do u know of a soccer pub in syracuse? It would help me out to watch a few games if at all possible.

    Hope all is well


    • Not very central, Hamilton College in Clinton near Utica.
      I’m afraid I don’t know any soccer pubs/bars in the Syracuse area at all. However, firstrowsports.eu has just about every professional game you could want to watch in the world.

  2. Thanks for the attendance figures (NASL/USL-Pro). They provide useful information about the health of 2nd division soccer in North America. Think you’ll be a N.Y. Cosmos fan?

    • I’ll follow the team and I am very excited about what they can do for minor league soccer, but that said, I’ve been a Red Bulls/Metro Stars fan since I was since 9 or 10 and a Rhinos fan for longer than that.

  3. Thanks for the attendance figures. I grew up in Fairport, NY and went to Lancers games growing up. I live in Milwaukee at present. This is an additional resource with which I can track the Rhinos health. Keep up the good work!

  4. Thanks for the 2013 NASL attendance number. Like you, I love the game. I support NASL Ft. Lauderdale Strikers, MLS and USMNT I also follow USL PRO an PDL FC Tucson. I heard the growth of soccer in the US is now being exploited by sports investors from the U.S. and overseas. I recent estimate shows that 50million soccer fans in the U.S. only choose soccer as their sport. A huge niche market and that is why we are now seeing investor jumping into the U.S. Soccer market. One piece of data that I am looking for is home mush are NASL currently worth. We know MLS team is worth $100m but how NASL teams?

  5. hey there- I stumbled on a blog post from 2012 mentioning Super Y and NPSL- anyone have an opinion what would be better for summer? my ds (8/10/99) can do either- he’s in Northern Virginia, made both options, his season team won State Cup. The pressure is to do Super Y, but it seems to not be very competitive….
    Asking opinions locally is futile as people either want him in one or the other to be on their team….

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