If the NASL were Westeros, Edmonton would undoubtedly be Winterfell. A cold place where the people, in this case Edmonton FC, are tough and resolute. Their defense is grinding and their terrain is most definitely to their advantage. By contrast New York would be Kings Landing, where the mighty champions of Division 2 American Soccer, the Cosmos, reign supreme. Their first challenge from Atlanta was swatted down and left in a bloody heap like one of The Hound’s many victims… Okay, enough with the Game of Thrones references. Read the rest of this entry »
It felt like déjà vu. One year ago, the Red Bulls felt tense as wins weren’t coming. All of the off-season moves were brought into question and faith in Henry’s ability to be a top player was waning. Petke’s much hyped Barca-style of play was quickly giving way to the counter-style that would define the team. It was at that point when Philadelphia walked into Red Bull Arena and gave the Red Bulls their first glimmer of hope. It was off of that win that the 2013 season took a major turn for the better. Henry scored the game winner and regained his goal scoring mystic. Read the rest of this entry »
After the euphoria dies down from the absolute drubbing that the New York Cosmos gave the Atlanta Silverbacks, the main question left is whether or not the Cosmos were that good or were the Silverbacks that bad. In truth it’s a majority of one and a little bit of the other. The Cosmos are the class of the NASL. If winning the Fall 2013 Season title and the Soccer Bowl Championship didn’t prove it, this game certainly put the league on notice. Even with the tempestuous front office drama Atlanta has been going through, it would be very difficult to dominate a professional team like that unless you were a top-of-the-league team. Read the rest of this entry »
What is it with New York sports teams? If your names isn’t the Cosmos or Yankees an air of doom and depression always seems to hover over the team like the ominous clouds in the movie The Day After Tomorrow. Despite the fact that money will never be an issue the teams are muddied by poor management from the top down and misspent funds. Look no further than New York’s only MLS team (for now) New York Red Bull. Their latest defeat to their biggest rival DC United may, and probably should, be the tipping point. Read the rest of this entry »
For the third time in consecutive, meaningful, games the New York Cosmos will battle the Atlanta Silverbacks and if their brief history is any indication of the result, the Cosmos should prevail. On paper, the Cosmos are a much more organized team than Atlanta. In fact the Silverbacks may be the antithesis of everything that the Cosmos are. As a team, they are organized, play a consistent game and are very tough to beat at home. Read the rest of this entry »
Commissioner Bill Peterson doesn’t have a realistic view of where his league will be in 3 to 5 years. It’s arguable that he doesn’t understand where his league is now. Either that or he’s strategically hiding several big money investments. “We want to be able to compete with the best clubs in the world In the next 3-5 years,” said the NASL Commissioner in a recent piece on Big Apple Soccer. It is a statement that at the moment seems extremely laughable, especially when the league still has a D2 tag and is mostly comprised of MLS retired and rejected players. Read the rest of this entry »
A lot can change in 365 days. Last year WWE rolled into New York and New Jersey with a completely different type of momentum. The Rock was WWE Champion and John Cena was poised to take his spot on top of the company again. Along with that, The Undertaker and CM Punk were set to steal the show, as most Undertaker-Mania matches tend to do. It was your typical big card excitement.
Manchester United: 2
Swansea City: 0
What a difference a week makes!
Swansea City returned to Old Trafford a mere week after pulling off what was, arguably, their biggest cup win in club history. They outplayed an injury-riddled Manchester United squad who was looking for a glimmer of hope at the start of a dismal 2014. Unfortunately the Welsh team, and arguably one of the most successful promoted teams in years, shocked the FA Cup by eliminating a team that hasn’t been knocked out in the third round in over two decades.
All of that weighed in the back of David Moyes’ mind heading into Saturday’s fixture and in his squad selection. He is still missing his two best players, Rooney and van Persie. He is still wondering just what he will get out of Welbeck when he needs him the most. And most of all, he is still hoping that youngsters like Januzaj and Smalling can step up to prove their place in the first team. Saturday’s game wasn’t a convincing effort but the Red Devils got the job done. Read the rest of this entry »
Manchester United: 1
Swansea City: 2
The 2013/2014 season continues to be one nightmare after another for David Moyes and Manchester United. After a debilitating 2-1 loss to Tottenham at home, handing the Red Devils their fourth home loss of the season, the team desperately needed to bounce back in English Football’s oldest competition. Unfortunately, the uninspired play and negative results continued as United lost 2-1 to Swansea.
It isn’t often that the Red Devils are eliminated in the third round of the FA Cup. On top of that, the reigning Premier League Champions were playing at home. In years past, a third round game at Old Trafford was almost a lock for Sir Alex Ferguson’s team. However, this isn’t his team anymore and despite a tremendously long injury list, David Moyes doesn’t seem to have the ability to pull out victories the way his predecessor did. In fact, it seems as if Moyes is more tentative than ever as teams have gained a confidence against United that hasn’t been seen in more than twenty years. Read the rest of this entry »
Things are looking up for the Red Devils despite the growing number of players being added to the injured list. The indispensable “every-man” Wayne Rooney suffered a slight groin strain during training, leaving the team without it’s best player. Moyes has been lucky enough to pull through thus far under the pressure and the win against Norwich City away from home is another example. Perhaps the injuries have lessened the pressure on Moyes. His decision making has become more consistent and with a lack of Fergie’s faves around, he’s been able to implement his style with the players he thinks can accomplish the tasks.
The brightest point in all of this has been Danny Welbeck. The twenty-three year old striker is finally coming into his own. Over the years he’s shown signs of greatness but never on a consistent basis. This season he’s already scored six goals in the BPL and looks more dynamic than ever before. With van Persie on the doctor’s table it’s become clear that Welbeck will get more opportunities to prove why he deserves to be a prominent figure in United’s attacking plans. That doesn’t mean that all of the problems up front are fixed. With the emergence of Welbeck, it puts Chicharito in a tough position. There’s no denying that Hernandez can be a game changer. However he doesn’t seem to fit into Moyes’ system the way he did with Ferguson. Read the rest of this entry »