Good morning. It’s Tuesday. Today we’ll learn how Gotham F.C. grew to become the one New York space crew to win a championship this yr. We’ll additionally get particulars on what Donald Trump Jr. mentioned in his second look within the civil fraud trial in opposition to his household and the Trump Organization.
Over the weekend Gotham F.C. grew to become the one New York space crew to win a championship this yr. The crew’s new president, Mary Wittenberg, mentioned final month that it was already an enormous win to make the playoffs. I requested my colleague Claire Fahy, who has saved up with Gotham F.C. all yr, to elucidate how the crew achieved what it did. Here’s what she mentioned:
Last yr, Gotham F.C. completed twelfth out of 12 groups within the National Women’s Soccer League. Last month, the crew barely clinched the ultimate spot within the playoffs on a chaotic “decision day,” when virtually each crew nonetheless had an opportunity on the playoffs and the decisive ultimate video games kicked off on the identical time.
But Gotham grew to become snug in its position as spoiler, and the gamers appeared to consider that something was attainable. Their motivation was highly effective: A loss at any stage of the playoffs would finish the profession of the crew’s captain, Ali Krieger, 39, who had introduced she would retire when the season was over. “It’s not Ali Krieger’s last game!” grew to become the crew’s rallying cry.
Win or lose, Saturday’s match lastly was Krieger’s final recreation. And in a storybook ending, Gotham F.C. beat Seattle’s O.L. Reign, 2-1.
“You always dream of it that way, right?” Krieger mentioned in an interview on Monday. “You always dream of envisioning yourself on a podium, with the trophy and with the confetti falling.”
For Krieger, it was the top of a protracted highway that wound by way of Germany and Sweden earlier than bringing her again to the United States to assist begin the N.W.S.L., a profession that mirrored the battle to determine a aggressive American girls’s soccer league. Along the best way, she expanded the illustration of L.G.B.T.Q. folks in skilled sports activities and fought for equal pay alongside her teammates on the U.S. girls’s nationwide squad.
Gotham F.C. embodies how the N.W.S.L. has modified through the years. In 2018, the crew, then known as Sky Blue, grew to become infamous for its poor coaching circumstances, which included a scarcity of showers within the locker rooms, rotating apply fields with uneven grass and bunk beds in team-provided lodging.
Since then, the crew has rebranded itself, improved its services and made hiring modifications, together with bringing in a brand new head coach, Juan Carlos Amorós, who was named N.W.S.L. Coach of the Year final week.
And additionally final week, Carolyn Tisch Blodgett, a member of the household that co-owns the New York Giants, introduced that she would be a part of Gotham as a minority proprietor. The crew’s possession consists of Gov. Philip Murphy of New Jersey and his spouse, Tammy Murphy, who collectively owned Sky Blue in 2018. In addition to Tisch Blodgett, the minority homeowners now embody the W.N.B.A. legend Sue Bird, the previous N.F.L. quarterback Eli Manning and the N.B.A. star Kevin Durant.
The crew will now be seeking to construct on the momentum of a successful season. Gotham’s common attendance — 6,300 folks per recreation, up 42 p.c this season from final — nonetheless lags behind league leaders just like the San Diego Wave and Angel City F.C., which draw a mean of 20,000 followers at every recreation.
“This is going to be such a fun city for an organization to really thrive and start building a legacy in,” Krieger mentioned.
And now, she’s finished one thing she had by no means finished earlier than — win an N.W.S.L. championship — whereas enjoying a few of her greatest soccer. On Saturday, she stepped onto the rostrum and hoisted the trophy as confetti poured down, simply as she had dreamed.
“My career has been a gift,” she mentioned, “and to really wrap it up with a bow at the end was just so phenomenal for me.”
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Donald Trump Jr., again on the witness stand
Donald Trump Jr., the previous president’s eldest son, made a return look to testify within the civil fraud case in opposition to his father and the household business.
He talked in bursts of hyperbole and platitudes. He described his father as a “visionary” and “an artist with real estate” who “creates things that other people would never envision.” He praised facilities together with the Central Park views from Trump Tower and the vaults inside the corporate’s 40 Wall Street constructing.
His testimony was supposed for instance a key protection declare: The Trump holdings are extraordinarily worthwhile, and the corporate’s annual monetary statements, if something, underrate them.
New York’s legal professional normal, Letitia James, has accused the previous president and different defendants, together with Donald Jr. and his brother Eric, of fraudulently inflating the worth of property to acquire favorable loans and insurance coverage offers. Donald Jr., in his first look on Nov. 1, testified that he had no direct involvement within the annual monetary statements that Justice Arthur Engoron has already dominated had been fraudulent.
At occasions throughout the trial, Engoron has been impatient with the Trumps and their legal professionals, significantly over responses he deemed rambling or oblique. But when legal professionals from James’s crew raised objections throughout Donald Jr.’s testimony on Monday, Engoron waved them apart. “Let him go ahead and talk about how great the Trump Organization is,” Engoron mentioned at one level.
Later within the day the choose instructed Donald Jr. to talk extra slowly. “We like the enthusiasm, but try to eliminate the speed,” Engoron mentioned.
Donald Jr., who led off the household’s rebuttal to James’s accusations, was proven dozens of photos of luxurious properties — a deliberate distinction to the spreadsheets and emails that James’s crew introduced because it laid out its case.
Trump talked about how the corporate had rotated moribund property, together with the Wollman Rink in Central Park and 40 Wall Street in Lower Manhattan. In every case, Trump mentioned the properties had fallen into disrepair and that nobody had seen their potential — nobody however his father.
The firm, nonetheless, now not manages the ice rink. New York City moved to chop ties with the previous president after the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol. The Trumps additionally lately offered their lease on a public golf course within the Bronx, which didn’t cease the protection from enjoying a tourism video for the property throughout on Monday.
As for 40 Wall Street, James says that the Trumps artificially inflated the worth of the property, a 927-foot neo-Gothic tower, partially by claiming to have signed tenants who had but to commit.
Quite a journey
We had been operating late to satisfy buddies for dinner at a restaurant within the West 50s.
There had been no taxis in sight, and the closest subway station was a number of blocks away. So we hopped right into a pedicab and wove off by way of the early night theater-district visitors.
Eleven hair-raising minutes later, we arrived on the restaurant, virtually on time.
I attempted to pay the motive force with a bank card, however his card reader malfunctioned and couldn’t course of the transaction. I gave him money as a substitute.
A short while later, as we completed our pre-dinner cocktails, the hostess approached our desk and requested if we had arrived in a pedicab. The driver, she mentioned, was there and needed to speak to me.
He was ready once I obtained to the entrance door. He mentioned his card reader had began working once more and that it had by some means processed my fee.
He was there to present me my money again.
— Tom Lippman
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