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What We Have Missed

We are back!  Our past few weeks have been slammed with work, so we haven’t been able to post many articles except a few videos.  So this single article will help breakdown briefly what we’ve missed over the past few weeks.  

United vs City

The game that decided it all.  The title race came down to the huge derby between the Manchester Clubs at the top of the table.  In a lackluster performance from a controversial squad chosen by Alex Ferguson, Manchester United struggled to create many chances going forward.  With red hot Valencia, Hernandez, and Welbeck all on the bench Sir Alex chose a conservative lineup with Giggs, Scholes, and Park all in the lineup.  That left Rooney and Nani to generate all the chances.  Ultimately Vincent Kompany’s header proved to be the difference at the end and catapulted them level with United with only 2 games left.

FA Cup

Drogba’s phenomenal scoring record in cup finals continued again when Liverpool faced Chelsea in the FA Cup final.  After a great through ball by Mata, Ramires was in on goal and scored near post on Pepe Reina.  Drogba then scored with 40 minutes left giving Chelsea a 2-0 lead.  Within the next 15 minutes Andy Carroll, with a great run into the box, showed great skill to get John Terry off balance and put a rocket in the roof of the net.  For the rest of the game Liverpool put constant pressure on the Petr Cech.  Their best chance to equalize was on a cross by Luis Suarez to the back post towards Andy Carroll.  Carroll put a firm header into the top corner only to be stopped by a great reaction save by Cech.  After looking at replays it was clear that it was definitely a close call, but a correct one. Not many other chances were made and Roberto Di Matteo went on to win his first trophy as manager of Chelsea.  Let us see if he can snag another in the Champions League Final next week.  

Champions League

In the Semi Finals Chelsea defeated Barcelona in an epic 1-0 nil win followed by a 2-2 draw and Bayern Munich defeated Real Madrid in a penalty shootout.  Manuel Neuer blocked both Ronaldo and Kaka’s penalties followed by Sergio Ramos’ blast into the parking lot was what sunk Madrid.  In the other match up Messi missed a PK that proved vital when Fernando Torres in the 90th minute touched the ball past Victor Valdes and passed the ball into the back of the net securing their place in the final.  Due to suspensions the final will not include key figures for each side. David Luiz and Gary Cahill are both fighting to be back in time for the final.  


RM 

MLS Update: Philadelphia Union

Last Season Finish: 8th 

Points: 48

Record: 11-8-15

Top Scorer: Sebastien Le Toux (12)

In: Chandler Hoffman, Chris Albright

Out: Stefani Miglioranzi, Justin Mapp, Faryd Mondragon, Sebastien Le Toux, Kyle Nakazawa

Looking to build on their less than exciting first season in the MLS, the Union “dooped” their way 6 spots up the table in 2011.  The Union’s depth in attacking power is nothing to doubt.  Even with the losses of winger Justin Mapp and leading scorer Sebastien Le Toux their attack still will be one of the more exciting teams in the final third this season.  Freddy Adu, Danny Mwanga, Roger Torres, Jack McInerney, and first round draft pick Chandler Hoffman will have to step up and cover for the goals department which I think they will have no problem doing, it just depends on who it is.  I think this is a great year for Mwanga to step his goal total up and become a top 5 goal scorer in the league.  Jack McInerney should also be set for a break-out year.  Scoring 6 goals in 35 regular season appearances, he could prove to be a real threat for Philly.  He is an all around striker that scores goals in every way.  Hes quick, has great tactical awareness, and fantastic finishing abilities, but do not be surprised if he uncorks one from range too.  I do not believe that the loss of Mondragon will be a problem.  He was a great keeper and a great leader, but Zak MacMath is another quality keeper and will be great building for the future of the club.  Overall i expect them to be the Sporting Kansas City of this year, the surprise first place finisher and advance much further in the playoffs and possibly make a finals appearance.

RM

Chelsea have been big spenders in recent years in the Premier League thanks to billionaire owner Roman Abramovich. But despite their pile of riches, Chelsea hasn’t seen the fruits of their spending this campaign. Maybe this is proof that big names aren’t the key, rather pointing to names that fit into the system being more favorable signings. 
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Chelsea have been big spenders in recent years in the Premier League thanks to billionaire owner Roman Abramovich. But despite their pile of riches, Chelsea hasn’t seen the fruits of their spending this campaign. Maybe this is proof that big names aren’t the key, rather pointing to names that fit into the system being more favorable signings. 

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Le Toux Dealt to Whitecaps

With the transfer window coming to a close, the Philadelphia Union ended speculation that Sebastien Le Toux would be shipped to the Premiership by dealing the All-Star forward to the Vancouver Whitecaps. In return, the Union receive allocation money. Manager Peter Nowak acknowledged that the deal would allow the Union to field the best possible squad in 2012. As a Union fan myself, it is difficult to come to grips with this move, dealing our best player for allocation money just doesn’t cut it. 

Later Tuesday, Union officials announced that Roger Torres would be returning for the 2012 campaign, as the team exercised their option to keep the midfielder. 

Tough to see such a phenomenal talent part ways to the club, but certainly nice to see Roger Torres stick around. How could the Union let go their best player and ONLY get allocation money in return? If I were Le Toux I’d feel unwanted, and If I were the Union, I’d be embarrassed to have made such a shocking deal, getting nothing in return. Danny Mwanga better be ready to step up big time. That is all.

Evaluating AVB at Chelsea

Andre Villas-Boas, better known as AVB, is becoming more and more Mourinho-esque every game.  His comments about games, direction he wants his players to go, and animated reactions on the sidelines show he is in for the long run.  After a slow start to the season, Chelsea have finally hit a good run of form with three consecutive wins.  

AVB has come with authority and claimed English football needs to change in order to allow for successful youth talent. The last Chelsea player who has found success coming from the youth academy to the first team was John Terry in 1999.  AVB has kicked out the Chelsea reserves from practicing with the first team and demands they get better.  This kind of authority and pushing for success is vital for a team like Chelsea with their ups and downs of form.  

With Ancelloti claiming Chelsea needs to sell Drogba in order for Torres to find his form again, AVB hit back stating he’s going to keep both strikers.  Well done, AVB, on calling out rubbish claims.  On a team like Chelsea, it’s hard to find the perfect combination of a starting 11 that will work with perfect chemistry.  But with Torres’ excellent displays recently even without scoring, AVB is doing a stellar job. 

TW