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.

Ryan BristerRyan Brister grew up in Western New York. Despite the local presence of the Rochester Rhinos, he didn’t become acquainted with soccer until high school, when he became a fan of Tottenham Hotspur. While the European game first caught his eye, he has grown increasing fond of and passionate about the soccer on this side of the Atlantic.


Eric GiacomettiEric Giacometti is a Long Island based soccer writer covering the New York Red Bulls, New York Cosmos and New York City FC beat.

He began writing for in 2010 but joined EoS shortly there after, pursuing a career in journalism and sports media.


Anthony J MercedAnthony J. Merced is a Long Island native covering the New York Cosmos beat for EoS.

His work includes opinion pieces and game previews, recaps and analysis.  You may also see him opining on the state of American soccer and general New York soccer across our platform.


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.

Bill Reese – A writer and graphic designer from Brooklyn. His work has appeared in Skope, Prefix, Playbill, The Purchase Independent, and on t-shirts and scarves throughout the South Ward at Red Bull Arena.

Contributors (Past and Present)

Christian Araos – Columnist

Nick Chavez – New York City FC

Jeremy Kendrick – Houston Soccer Correspondent

Marc Kusant – New York Red Bulls Correspondent

Matthew Levine – Premier League and Champions League

Joseph Linhart – MLS

Patrick MacDonald – U.S. Men’s National Team

Tomek Moczerniuk – Red Bulls, MLS

Ernesto Motta – Soccer Correspondent

Jimmy Ockford – New York Cosmos player

Mike Vallo – New York Red Bulls Correspondent

The Red Bulls’ Analyst

The RBNY Optimist

Zac Wassink – Columnist


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