Friday, November 23, 2007

The fallout of England’s loss begins as Steve McClaren sacked as manager

The expected carnage, introspective, and accusations are in full force as Steve McClaren being sacked as manager of English national team appears to be just the beginning. A heart wrenching Craig Johnston critiqued everyone from the FA, to the players, and believes that the kids of today are not prepared to work hard to become better footballers. The FA itself requested a complete “a full root and branch” examination of the whole England senior team center. The fans claim that the FA is at the center of the problem themselves, believing they pick up their paychecks regardless of the outcome or performance on the pitch. Roy Keane believes there are too many egos on the England squad. What do you think? Was it coaching? Was it the players themselves? Lack of training from the very bottom? Post your thoughts here and on the soccer chat room.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Dynamo take the MLS Cup, shock Revolution in the process

For the second year in a row, Houston Dynamo fell behind to the New England Revolution in the MLS Cup Final. And for the second year in a row, Dynamo came back to deny the Revolution victory, winning MLS Cup 2007 2-1 at RFK Stadium. The Dynamo are the first back-to-back MLS champions since D.C. United in the first years of league history.

For the Revolution, it was yet another heartbreak. They've played in four MLS Cup Finals -- bested only by D.C. United and the Los Angeles Galaxy -- and have yet to lay claim to the MLS Cup trophy. Dynamo won the MLS Cup last year in their first season in south Texas, defeating the Revolution on penalty kicks after the teams played to a 1-1 draw over 120 minutes. This puts them in dubious company with the Minnesota Vikings and Buffalo Bills of the NFL, as four-time losers of the final game.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Game Week 14

GameWeek 14

Many EPL Clubs will need to use the international break to get healthy and gear-up for what could be the opportunity to get separation or get back into the hunt. Here's what the top of the table looks like going into this weekend's matches:

Team Played Points
Arsenal1230
Man Utd1330
Man City1326
Chelsea1325
Liverpool1224
Portsmouth1323

Arsenal almost promises to keep the pressure the lads from Manchester by taking on Wigan Athletic should easily get the desired result. Man U also should stay atop the table when they travel to Bolton. Meanwhile City does not have it quite as easy taking on 'middle of the table' Reading, but they are at home. Lastly, Chelsea goes to last place Derby County and will be at 28 points going into the break and Blackburn needs a win on the road to get back into the hunt. In one of the closest and most enjoyable races for the championship in years, which club is poised to take control of the Premiership this year?

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

EPL Game Week 13

Arsenal still least the table but familiar names have found their way to the top. Going into the weekend the table looks like this:

Team Gms Pld Points
Arsenal1127
Man Utd1227
Man City1225
Chelsea1224
Portsmouth1222
Blackburn1122

Chelsea and Man U are at home against tough opponents in Everton and Blackburn respectively, and will have to work to keep the pace. Liverpool is just outside the top tier(19 pts), can they get back in the hunt? Who else can make their presents felt in the month of November?

Friday, November 2, 2007

Henry out for at least one match

Henry has an Achilles tendon injury and definitely misses Thursday's Primera Liga fixture against Real Valladolid. The Frenchman is also struggling to be fit for Sunday's clash with Real Betis, can they win without him?