Daniel Seco (Publisher/Editor Emeritus)
Daniel J. Seco is a 2010 graduate of the University of Florida with a Master of Arts in Journalism. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland with highest honors in 2008. Seco has worked for the National Archives, United States Attorney’s Office, Baltimore Orioles, Senator Douglas J.J. Peters, The Independent Florida Alligator and Teach For America.
A writer/columnist for the school paper and radio show host, Seco majored in American Studies at Maryland with focus areas in Media Studies and English. For his honors thesis, Seco wrote a full-length screenplay addressing the theme of love in the time of war. In 2008, Seco spent time in Los Angeles working as an assistant director on the USC film Ima.
Seco is a former columnist and opinions editor for The Independent Florida Alligator. His work has been published in Yahoo! Sports, CBS News and countless college newspapers. With an eye on the upcoming World Cup, Seco turned his attention to sports in 2009 as he led the turnaround of a fledgling blog into a highly-respected soccer website (The Yanks Are Coming) complete with media credentialing for World Cup qualifying.
Upon graduating from Florida, Seco moved to New Orleans to teach special education at a turnaround charter school through Teach For America. In an effort to continue to hone his writing skills and shed light on his experience, Seco applied and was offered a bi-monthly guest column through The Times-Picayune. While the opportunity would prove to be a conflict of interest with his teaching obligations, Seco infused his love of journalism into the classroom through the creation of a parent newsletter, a student-made film and secured a grant for a school newspaper.
After a recent move to suburban New York City, Seco is currently pursuing freelance writing/editing opportunities while working on his first novel. Looking forward, Seco plans to write an op-ed column for The New York Times, pursue a PhD in Media, Culture, and Communication through NYU and eventually settle in California to work as a professor at USC. In his free time, Seco enjoys cooking, watching films and traveling.
Neil W. Blackmon (Editor-In-Chief)
Neil W. Blackmon, a US Men’s National Team follower and Sam’s Army Member since 2002, is a graduate of the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Neil has been writing about the US Men’s National Team since 2006, and founded the Yanks Are Coming with Jon Levy and Raf Crowley in 2008. In addition to The Yanks Are Coming, his writing has appeared in A Football Report, The Shin Guardian and other web-based soccer publications. He has also been a featured guest on the Sports Illustrated soccer podcast as well as Sirius XM‘s soccer programming. His piece on Andy Najar was nominated for awards for journalistic excellence. He currently practices law in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where he lives with his wife and love of his life, Tabitha, and their daughter Mila.
Jon Levy (Associate Editor)
Jon Levy is an avid soccer fan who has been an active member of the sports media for approximately ten years. He most recently served as the Sports Director at WUFT-FM in Gainesville, Florida. Jon is a University of Florida graduate and who finished his Masters degree in broadcast station management in December 2009. Jon has been a featured guest on the Sports Illustrated soccer podcast. He won an award for journalistic excellence for a piece on Tim Tebow he did as a masters student at the University of Florida, and his soccer writing has frequented “Best Of” lists since he co-founded the Yanks Are Coming in 2008. Jon roots for West Ham United, Lady Gaga, and the Chicago Bears. He hates Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney and blight upon society Brett Favre.
Puck ( Pop Culture Guy)
Puck, also affectionately called “BEARD-O,” is an avid sporting fan. He is currently finishing his Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering at the University of Florida. Upon graduation, Puck plans on continuing his studies in order to earn his PhD. As a proud graduate of the University of Richmond, Puck was a hooker for the Spiders Rugby Football Club. (It’s a position in rugby, not an actual whore.) His interests include the New York Yankees, the Buffalo Bills and Sabres, Manchester City, and hating Bill Walton. Puck has been a formidable addition to the Golden Tee Golf team fostered by The Yanks Are Coming’s very own Neil W. Blackmon.
Guy Bailey (Senior Writer)
Guy Bailey is a dislocated Englishman living just north of Atlanta, GA. Married to a Southerner, who managed two years in Dreary Old England until declaring “I miss the sun, we’re going home”. They arrived on February 14th 2009 thus making sure that they will be unable to get a decent table to celebrate the anniversary of their arrival ever.
Since leaving school Guy worked as a cinema announcer, shipyard worker, advertising salesman, and student before realizing that academia was the way to go and graduated with a BA Honors in Media Studies from Manchester University in 1996. Since then Guy has worked in PR and Communications for the past 13 years for Thames Valley Police, the BBC and The Open University. Now a freelance pen-for-hire, Guy serves a variety of clients but none nowhere near as fun as The Yanks Are Coming.
A recovering Middlesbrough and England fan, Guy sought shelter under the wings of the Atlanta Falcons and Hawks only to have his heart regularly broken all over again. He is unsuccessful at golf, too old to play Grand Theft Auto and Football Manager 2010, and really should make better use of his time than writing his blog Blessay From America about life in the US from a British perspective. He has a wife and son which are probably his only real successes, until he beats Neil Blackmon at Golden Tee.
Sean McElroy (Contributing Writer/Copy Editor)
Sean McElroy is a writer and copy editor for The Yanks Are Coming. He is a lifelong soccer fan, and you can find him rooting for the USMNT, Fulham FC, and the Los Angeles Galaxy. When he is not shouting at his favorite teams, he is usually reading or writing something concerning 20th Century American History or Philosophy, which he studies at Bowdoin College in Maine.
Andrew Villegas (Senior MLS Writer)
Andrew Villegas is actually a health care news editor in real life. He comes from Denver and lives in Washington, D.C. where he attends daily pickups games at holding midfield, gets beer dumped on him at D.C. United games and is an insufferable armchair commentator on all Colorado sports.
Connor Walsh (Staff Writer)
Connor was born in Knoxville, TN, but has spent most of his life in Paducah, KY, save for the three years journey to Lexington, KY to study Political Science at the University of Kentucky, which ended poorly. Since that time he’s received an Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice and is now working on completing his Bachelors in Homeland Security at Eastern Kentucky University. He is currently employed by Caesars Entertainment Corporation at the Harrah’s Metropolis Casino and Hotel where he works in Security and Risk Administration.
He started his own blog on the beautiful game right before the Confederations Cup in 2009 and has contributed pieces to The Shin Guardian. He’s a fan of Arsenal FC, Notre Dame football, Kentucky basketball, and has a growing fondness for Sporting Kansas City. He’s a member of the the American Outlaws and the US Soccer Supporters Club. He has a USSF “D” Coaching License and has spent time coaching youth at Lexington FC and in his home town. He also officiates matches when it’s absolutely necessary and only slightly better than Koman Coulibaly. He dislikes Tottenham, Liverpool, Mexican national team players, Tim Tebow, and a bevy of other things we won’t get in to.