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Christian Araos

Long Island, New York

Christian Araos

Currently writing about soccer for Empire of Soccer, MLSsoccer.com and FourFour Two US. Have previously written for The Island Now, Esquire and The Ithacan

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Pick a borough: The 4 best hopes for NYCFC's stadium search

A stadium for New York City FC remains but a figment of our imagination, but that may not be the case for very long. A stadium search which has involved more than 35 sites has revealed four standout candidates that are either being considered or have been considered at some point by the club. Ideally, the club can have a stadium built as early as the end of the decade, according to club president Jon Patricof.
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Leaked Emails Reveal CFG Doubts, Strategies on Stadium

A cache of email exchanges among members of the City Football Group reveal their doubts and strategies in the weeks ahead of the team’s launch in May 2013. The emails are part of a trove of messages belonging to the United Arab Emirates‘ Ambassador to the United States, Yousef Al Otaiba, were released by the hacker collective GlobalLeaks in early June.
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Abu Dhabi Finances Soccer; Gains Influence in New York City

New York City FC is looking for a permanent home. The club’s search for a stadium will eventually result in them entering a political process in which City Football Group, Abu Dhabi and their politics face scrutiny. Leaked emails released last week showed board members Simon Pearce and Marty Edelman discussing the impact the United Arab Emirates‘ record of human rights abuses could have on their efforts.
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Araos: MLS Should Drop National Anthems

President Donald J. Trump called for the immediate firing of any NFL player who does not stand for the national anthem putting the notion of playing national anthems before games into focus. Nowhere has this recently contrived ceremony of loyalty made less sense than in Major League Soccer, where almost half the players come from outside the U.S and Canada.
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Caleb Porter on record-setting Diego Valeri: "No better guy in the league"

Diego Valeri was gifted a piece of history Saturday afternoon. While Andrea Pirlo complained, Valeri ran into the unoccupied space inside the New York City FC area and waited for Darren Mattocks to serve up the opportunity for him to score in a seventh consecutive game. With a calm side-footed finish, Valeri tied the MLS record for most consecutive games with a goal.
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Jonathan Lewis misses out on U-20 World Cup, but finds time with NYCFC

If the past few months played out differently, Jonathan Lewis and Yangel Herrera would be sharing the field Sunday in South Korea. Instead, Lewis was left off the US squad for the U-20 World Cup that will face Herrera’s Venezuela in a quarterfinal showdown. “I wanted to be there but at the end of the day this is where I wanted to be the most,” Lewis said Saturday after New York City FC defeated the Philadelphia Union 2-1 at Yankee Stadium.
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Ambitious Cosmos hope to continue their climb, but for now, they wait

The Cosmos have won two of the last three NASL titles. They have stars young and old. They want to privately fund a new $400M stadium. But for now, they are a second-tier team searching to solidify an identity, Christian Araos writes. The New York Cosmos continue to scale the mountain in their own way, and their hope is that the lesser road traveled can still lead them to the top.
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Walk Street Tavern to be sold, renovated

The historic Walk Street Tavern has been sold to a developer pending approval from the Village of New Hyde Park of an extension to a permit that allows the owner to operate a restaurant at the location and the buyer’s ability to get a loan to finance the acquisition, Blank Slate Media has learned...
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Ithaca College student-athletes address LGBT issues on campus

Junior rower Chris Kelley never felt the need to discuss his sexuality during his first semester with the crew team. Kelley made the conscious decision not to come out to his teammates during that first semester, because he said doing so would immediately make him the example of the homophobic language he overheard in the boathouse at the time.
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What We've Learned About Heroin Since Philip Seymour Hoffman OD'd

The FBI, in conjunction with local Italian police, arrested 24 members of the 'Ndrangheta, the Gambino, and Bonnano crime families in one of the largest drug busts in recent memory. Accused of trafficking cocaine and heroin from South America to the U.S. the 'Ndrangheta are new players in the American drug game.
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Roger Goodell Made $44 Million Last Year. The NFL Is Still a Non-Profit.

College presidents, hospital executives and heads of charities all operate services that aim to better the world. You might expect one of them to be the most compensated leader of a non-profit in the US. While the NFL was busy attempting to sue pop star M.I.A. for $16 million because she extended her middle finger during the Super Bowl halftime show in 2012, Goodell made a grand total of $44.2 million in a 12-month period that ended on March 31 of last year, SportsBusiness Daily reports.
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A Guide to Super Bowl XLVIII Media Narratives: Prophecies, Probabilities, and Promises

To some, the buildup to the Super Bowl is just as delightful as the holidays. These people are weird and should be avoided at all costs. The Super Bowl buildup is not like the holidays. It's like the evening commute during a snowstorm — a regular process that gets unnecessarily dragged out, and long enough that people will invariably die before we reach our destination.
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About

Christian Araos

Currently covering New York City FC for Empire of Soccer where I have been writing since 2013. I also freelance for FourFourTwo US.

Recently worked for Blank Slate Media reporting on Nassau County politics and business.

Interned with Esquire in the Spring of 2014 writing for their news, entertainment and politics blogs.

Covered the Ithaca College football team for three seasons during my time with The Ithacan.

Available for freelance and string opportunities in the New York metropolitan area. Competent in Spanish.