Sunday, December 28, 2008

Dempsey Scores Two Against Chelsea

Clint Dempsey has scored some big goals in the English Premier League, like the one against Liverpool that kept Fulham in the EPL in the 2006-2007 season. And now he's scored not one but two big goals against Chelsea to earn Fulham a draw in the West London derby.

The first goal came at the 10 minute mark, a cross from a free kick drifted past everyone to the far post where Dempsey waited. After chesting the ball he flicked the ball past Petr Cech as they were nearly face to face. The second goal came in the 89th minute off a corner kick. Dempsey rose above the rest to power home the header from near the penalty mark. Watch the highlights.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Boxing Day No Dissapointment

No doubt, the match of the day was Arsenal-Aston Villa round two, with Villa's Zat Knight providing a stoppage time equalizer to grab a draw against the Gunners, who were up 2-0. The draw was more of a win for Villa given the comeback, and the boys from Birmingham will stay three points clear of Arsenal in fourth place.

Although Manchester City's 5-1 thrashing of Hull City did not provide the same drama, it was certainly an entertaining afair - entertaining to watch Manchester City carve-up Hull, that is. Stephen Ireland had his way with the Tigers defense all day, and his assists to Felipe Caicedo for the game's first two goals were almost identical plays.

There were several other interesting results as well, including including Wigan defeating Newcastle in a mid-table tussle, and Fulham holding on for a draw at White Hart Lane.

Results:

Man. U 1 - 0 Stoke City
Chelsea 2 - 0 West Brom
West Ham 4 - 1 Portsmouth
Tottenham 0 - 0 Fulham
Liverpool 3 - 0 Bolton
Man. City 5 - 1 Hull City
Everton 1 - 0 Middlesborough
Blackburn 0 - 0 Sunderland
Wigan 2 - 1 Newcastle
Arsenal 2 - 2 Aston Villa

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

The Special One: I Have Too Much Energy

Some great quotes from The Special One. Basically, everything that comes out of his mouth is hilarious. I'm looking forward to the Inter Milan versus Manchester United Champions League match:

Mourinho, who won the Champions League with Porto in 2004, said he would wait until much later in his career for an international coaching role.

"A national team has to wait 15 years for me," he said. "I have too much energy.

"Can you imagine me being a national team coach? Playing a game every month? Three weeks without a training session?."

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

LA Galaxy Finally Sign a Keeper

This comes way to late for the Galaxy. They blew it when they let Cannon go to San Jose. Not sure if this is the keeper that will save them, but it's a start.

Los Angeles Galaxy have signed goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts, a veteran of the Jamaican national team.

Ricketts, 31, will be added to the MLS team's roster pending receipt of his visa and international transfer clearance. Terms of his contract were not disclosed.

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Friday, December 19, 2008

Champions League Draw: Manchester Versus Inter Milan

I'm looking forward to The Special One coming back to Theatre of Dreams and taking on Alex Ferguson and Manchester United.

Ties to be played February 24/25 & March 10/11

Chelsea v Juventus
Villarreal v Panathinaikos
Sporting Lisbon v Bayern Munich
Atlético Madrid v FC Porto
Lyon v Barcelona
Real Madrid v Liverpool
Arsenal v AS Roma
Internazionale v Manchester United

What match ups do you like? Will Manchester United remain has title holders?

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Hacking Messi

They couldn't bring down the little legend. Yes, he's already a legend at the Camp Nou and soon will be around the world if he isn't in most parts already. He just needs to win the World Cup to cement his status. Yes, just winning the Cup, but I think Argentina very well could win it, and with Maradona as the coach. Yes, the little legends own idol. It's a ways off so let's just take a look at the highlights from the El Gran Clasico - Real Madrid versus Barcelona.

What did you think of the game?

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Més Que Un Club

Wondering what the logo is atop the Barcelona jersey?

MÉS, which means "more” in Catalan and reflects the FCB slogan “més que un club”, brings together three partners that are not new to each other. Nike has supported FC Barcelona since 1998 and is a proud partner of UNHCR in the ninemillion.org campaign. Foundation FC Barcelona also has an existing collaboration in place with UNHCR (United Nations High Commission for Refugees), supporting programs in refugee camps in the world.

The net proceeds from the sale of MÉS-branded products will be distributed through the Foundation FC Barcelona and UNHCR to fund projects which contribute to sports and education for some of the most disadvantaged youth and refugees in the world. Such programs use sports to teach youth basic life skills and key values and to bring communities together.

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El Clasico Preview

Game on, Real Madrid takes on Barcelona today at the Camp Nou. Out here on the West Coast the game will start at 1pm on Gol TV. Nothing like a preview video to get you pumped up for the game. Take a look.

Who is going to win? I say if Barcelona gets an early goal it could be goal extravaganza for Barca - with Eto'o, Henry, and Messi lighting up the score board in front of their fans.

This from the new coach for Real Madrid:

Ramos, a former coach of Barca's B side, moved quickly to shoot down Schuster's claim last weekend that it was impossible to beat the Catalans, insisting that Real have the quality to win in any stadium in the world.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

What I Watched This Weekend

Manchester United did their usual never give up and win the game in the dying minutes. How can you not like a team that repeatedly never gives up? Wayne Rooney played tirelessly. Cristiano Ronaldo limped off with a rib injury.

Over in Spain, I caught some of the Villarreal game and again Jozy Altidore was starting upfront and played the entire game. Villarreal was able to come back and tie the game after they were down 3 nil. In the final seconds of extra time it looked like Jozy had a chance to dive and slide in a shot by Rossi, but for some reason he didn’t. He just stood there watching. Jozy looked a bit off in this game – I’d like to see him throw himself into the mix a bit more next time.

At the Camp Nou, it was Henry scoring a hattrick as Barcelona waltzed to a 4 nil victory over Valencia as Eto’o watched from the stands with Iniesta, who is injured. I’m assuming Eto’o was injured too. The second goal by Barcelona was pure brilliance, and Messi didn’t even touch the ball in the six pass sequence. Hleb sets up Henry perfectly for the finish in the end, putting the ball on a platter for his former Arsenal teammate to knock home.

Over in Germany, Luca Toni notched an injury time goal to put Bayern Munich on top 2-1. Compared to Barcelona, Bayern played a sloppy brand of soccer. However, it was not a style lacking in fight or desire to win. If there’s a theme in this post, it’s that the big clubs believe they can win until the very end and never give up. I wonder if Landon will find a place in Bayern's team? I hope he tears it up. I could see him working well with Franck Ribery– both are quick and use the ball skillfully and smartly.

This week there are some Champions League matches to look forward to.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

NCAA D3 Title Game Settled on PK's

Messiah College just won their sixth NCAA Division 3 Men's Soccer Championship over Stevens Institute of Technology. Messiah now holds the most titles in championship history, winning their sixth title in nine years.

Jeremy Thompson opened the scoring for Messiah in the third minute, and Stevens did not find an equalizer until the 80th minute when Jeremy Lippel. The game then went through overtime with no victor, and penalty kick were not what Stevens had hoped for. Messiah Goalkeeper Nick Blossey made three saves on some poorly taken penalties by Stevens, and Messiah won the penalty shootout 3-0.

Both teams are predominant players in the national D3 soccer scene, and I actually had the personal opportunity to play against Stevens twice this season as a member of Utica College's team. Stevens is a very respectable opponent, as their run to the championship suggests. They can play out of the back and build up an attack through possession. Unfortunately for them, it was not enough on the day, and they lost in the worst possible way to Messiah. Still and congratulations are in order to Messiah.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Remembering Robbie Fowler

The former Liverpool great knew how to score goals and do the unexpected. Take a look.