U.S. World Cup preliminary roster announcement expected today
Jurgen Klinsmann is expected to announce his preliminary World Cup squad today. He will be bringing 30 men to camp, but only 23 will make the final roster. Sorry Eddie Johnson.
Most projected rosters look the same with no real surprises. The one upset I'm cheering for today is Lee Nguyen slipping in there. Chances are incredibly small, but he at least deserves a couple days in camp in Stanford to feel cool for a while. He has earned that much with the form he has been in.
I'm just ready to start seeing the team on the field again.
Portland Timbers 1 vs LA Galaxy 1
These teams spent 90 minutes tied at 0 and then once Los Angeles scored in stoppage time, Portland felt lonely and scored as well, once again tying Los Angeles. The story of this game will be a very bad no-call that could have set up a penalty for the Galaxy in stoppage time to take a commanding 2-0 lead.
Juninho was running free toward goal and was taken down on what was a clear goal-scoring opportunity, according to many reports I have seen. I did not see the play but I'll assume it is as egregious as people make it out. Still, LA is getting ridiculous with the moaning and groaning. The team did it after the Rapids game, repeatedly saying that it was a game they should never lose.
Then after this game they cry Portland deserved nothing out of it because of a non-call. Maybe the officiating was crap. The fact is LA outshot Portland 21-10 and only had one more on target. And that goal the Galaxy conceded late was avoidable. Jaime Penedo could have saved it.
Colorad Rapids 1 vs Chivas USA 3
After some great early results for the Rapids, I decided to take them seriously and put my faith in them with my fantasy team, picking up a couple players for the double-game week. How does the team respond? They start playing like the Rapids I expected early in the season, getting a scoreless draw in San Jose and then LOSING AT HOME TO CHIVAS USA!
Marvin Chavez was apparently very unhappy with being traded by the Rapids on Thursday to Chivas USA as he scored two goals in a nine-minute span to vault the Goats to victory. Chavez did not even come on until the second half but looked dangerous right away.
Is he the offensive threat the club has been so desperately needing? Maybe. Chivas still needs a lot more all around but instead of scoring 30 goals this year, maybe Erick Torres will slow his ridiculous pace and only score 25 or something. It should be no surprise he had the goal not scored by Chavez this game.
New England Revolution 5 vs Seattle Sounders 0
All I heard after this game was about how a midweek game caught up to Seattle, what went wrong with Seattle, etc. I would really like to start talking a lot about New England. They won 5-0. Think about that. 5-0 against the best team in the league, tired or not. It is more than a trend with the Revolution now. They are becoming what some people thought they might be this season.
It took a while to find the offensive identity without Juan Agudelo, but Patrick Mullins is quickly cementing his role in the offense. Lee Nguyen is a top-three MVP candidate at this point and if Sunday is any indicator, Diego Fagundez is ready to ball. Seriously, check out his second goal when he chests the long pass down and fires in a rocket. Unreal control.
The counter-attack was lethal all day and they were aggressive offensively, bringing up their full backs much more than usual. The team has my full attention. Remember they are not losing anyone to World Cup duty either.
Houston Dynamo 2 vs Real Salt Lake 5
Straight up dominance from the only unbeaten team in the league. Javier Morales scored the fastest goal in team history as he got on the scoreboard in the first 15 seconds. He then went on to score two more times for a hat trick.
Houston's defense was pretty sloppy in this one. Servando Carrasco was sent off in the 27th minute for a hard challenge which gave RSL a comfortable man advantage for the majority of the game. Tally Hall also committed a penalty in the box and gave up a late penalty kick to secure Morales' hat trick.
First-time starter Mark Sherrod was a bright spot filling in for the injured Will Bruin as he scored the team's only two goals. His second was a real professional goal, picking off a lazy pass and staying composed on a Rimando challenge to slide it home.
Manchester City wins the Premier League championship
Manchester City won its second Premier League title in three years with a 2-0 victory over West Ham Sunday. Obviously City is a super rich club but it is only the team's third league title in history. Still, with the insane amount of cash thrown into the operation, City has made one of the fastest transformations from a team the public could get behind as the plucky younger brothers to the dominant Manchester United side to the "easy-to-hate because of all the money" New York Yankees style club.
They did play some beautiful soccer though and any fan of the game surely has to appreciate the offensive clinics they put on, especially when Yaya Toure was in top form. In an interesting side note, Manuel Pellegrini became the first non-European manager to win the league.
Commence the silly season!
Dax McCarty has feelings
The kid scored three goals. Don't be so sensitive Dax. "Sorry to ruin your evening" has to be the least offensive trash talk of all-time.