Staff

Dave Martinez is the proprietor and Editor in Chief of Empire of Soccer.

Dave has been covering soccer since 2007, plying his craft as the Red Bulls beat writer for Soccer By Ives, TheOffside as the Editor for Major League Soccer content, while manning the helm as the lone writer for the New York Red Bulls blog. Dave has also featured on the World Cup Blog, writing about the United States Men’s National Team as well as the Argentine National Team, and has worked under the American Soccer News umbrella.

He is also the co-host of the leading Red Bulls podcast in the nation, Seeing Red! The New York Soccer Roundup.


Christian AraosChristian Araos’ love of soccer was passed down from a father who taught him how to play at a young age. Christian is an ardent fan of both Chilean and American soccer and cannot be bothered on days when both are in action. He often makes the hour and a half train trip from Long Island to Red Bull Arena to see the Red Bulls play but he looks forward to shorter trips to watch the Cosmos. Christian writes about American soccer for One Goal and about Ithaca College sports for the Ithacan. He is an RBNY, Fulham FC and Universidad de Chile fan.


Patrick MacDonald was born and raised in New Jersey, but is relatively new to the soccer world. His interest transitioned from a World Cup follower to a full-time soccer fan in the summer of 2009. He started following the Red Bulls in 2010 and began writing an NJ.com blog about the team, as well as the World Cup shortly thereafter. He has since become the Red Bull blogger at Global Football Today and has recently thrown his lot into the podcast game with The Red Bull Rant podcast.

Pat can be found in the stands and at the supporters pubs for most Red Bull matches at Red Bull Arena. He also lives and dies Red, White, and Blue at most NJ/NY area Men’s National team matches.


mark fishkinMark Fishkin is a New York area native that has been a soccer fan since the days of the 1970’s-era NASL.

A supporter of the US National Soccer Team since Paul Caliguri’s Shot Heard Round the World, Mark has been a MetroStars/Red Bulls season ticket holder since the inaugural MLS season in 1996. His Kin Of Fish soccer blog was named of Grant Wahl’s “Starting XI” American Soccer Blogs in 2005. In 2010, Fishkin sensed the need for regular mid-week coverage of the New York Red Bulls, and along with Dave Martinez, launched the Seeing Red podcast that Spring.

A member of both the Empire Supporters Club and Viking Army SC, Mark can be found in his perch above the South Ward in Section 201 on game days.


Contributors


Mike Vallo is a lifelong New York resident and soccer fan.

While he follows the game in all corners of the globe, he has an affinity for the American version and is a tortured Metrostars/Red Bulls fan. He has covered the New York Red Bulls for the Daily Harrison and has written for the McGill University newspaper, The McGill Tribune, where he was one of three people in history to cover Canadian college football.

Mike prefers the passion of the supporters section to the press box.

Jason Corliss has lived and breathed and played soccer since his earliest years growing up on Miami Beach, supporting the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers teams of Ray Hudson and Nene Cubillas. After moving to New Jersey in the early 80′s, and without a team to support (no thanks, NY Cosmos), Jason eventually began an often unrequited love affair with Tottenham Hotspur that continues to this day. But, with dawning of a new domestic league, and a team in his backyard, he pledged his allegiance to Metro/RBNY and has never looked back.

A board member of Viking Army SC, Jason can be found on the perch at the bottom of section 102 on gamedays. He lives in north Jersey with his wife and his daughter, who he’s training to compete for a spot on the US Women’s World Cup squad in 2027.

EOS Pic Eric Giacometti was born and raised in New York, with soccer always playing a prominent role in his life. His RBNY fandom began with their run through the 2008 Playoffs, and has grown ever since (despite the 2009 season).

With the success of the 2010 team coupled with the hype of the World Cup in South Africa, his growing soccer interest spurred him to start his own, albeit short-lived, soccer blog. Eventually, he took over the Red Bulls blog at The Offside from the Emperor himself, where he continues to give his take on all things RBNY.

An avid supporter of his hometown Red Bulls, the USMNT, Terps Soccer, and A.S. Roma in Serie A, Eric spends most of his days reading, writing, and watching all things soccer.

Marc Kusant – New York Red Bulls Correspondent
Jeremy Kendrick – Houston Soccer Correspondent
Ernesto Motta - Soccer Correspondent


Photographer

Matt KremkauMatt Kremkau, a Suffern, NY resident in Rockland County, is fairly new to the soccer world. He became a fan in 2010 when his wife & anthem singer, Michelle French, performed for the New York Red Bulls at the new Red Bull Arena. The world of soccer grabbed him immediately and he quickly became a fanatic of the game and has been a season ticket holder since 2012.

The love of photography runs in the family. Both Matt’s twin brother & older brother are photographers, albeit different topics, and Matt has been taking photos at matches since 2010. For more of Matt’s work outside of the Sports world, please visit http://www.flickr.com/mattkremkau