Tottenham Hotspur won big this week. It was a tremendous match that Spurs controlled from the outset. The only blemish on the day was an offside goal Liverpool ‘scored’ right after Modric’s wondergoal.
The Liverpool defense looked hapless against the surging runs of Bale on the left, Niko on the right, and the wonderful pairing of Modric and Parker in the middle. Adebayor looked strong and could have finished a chance early on a great service from Krancjar, but he scuffed the shot wide off his shin.
All the match highlights from the weekend have been removed by the FA on copyright grounds. I have the clip from Match of the Day, but the site won’t let me upload the twenty minute video. Instead I have for you Harry Redknapp’s post-game interview. There are so many classic Harry lines in it. Enjoy.
And then there was that Carling Cup tie against Stoke on Tuesday. The short of it is that Spurs lost 7-6 on penalties to Stoke at the Britannia Stadium; the long of it is coming soon in it’s own post.
New York won at the weekend. Let that sink in for a second. The New York Red Bulls beat a much better team and with a shut-out no doubt. I am quite giddy about their chances to make the playoffs at this point. Our destiny is in our hands and let’s make the impossible happen.
Club América have been struggling. After supposedly fixing the defensive foes and adding attacking firepower during the summer transfer window Club América looked to take the Primera Division by storm. However, the rest of the teams in the league had something else in mind. At the weekend, América traveled to Chiapas to play Jaguares in what turned out to be a topsy-turvy affair; goals below.
This result added to Las Aguilas miserable run of form, who now sit in 16th place out of the 18 teams in Mexico’s top flight. Apparently, this loss was the last straw for manager Carlos Reinoso resigned after taking the job on January 26 of this year. Azulcrema legend Alfredo Tena who captained América during their dominant run in the 1980s and was acting as reserve team manager took over the duties of the first team on Monday.
Another team who announced the departure of their manager was my beloved Rochester Rhinos. The club sent out a press release detailing that head coach Bob Lilley had decided to turn down a new contract offer and will not be returning to Rochester for 2012. While he was hailed by owner Rob Clark as the man to bring glory back to Rochester soccer, Lilley sputtered out in the playoffs during his two seasons at the helm of the Rhinos. Citing personal reasons, Lilley leaves the Rhinos organization on good terms and I hope Rhinos fans share my appreciation for the service he did to the club we love.
On a note of personal interest, Los Chapulineros de Oaxaca started their season in the fourth division of Mexican football on the wrong foot by losing to the Ballenas of Galeana Morelos. I guess Whales are usually going to beat Grasshoppers in the natural order of things, but here’s hoping Los Chapulineros can get their season turned around. The Oaxacan club is the namesake of the summer men’s league team I play on, and they have pretty sweet silver and purple kits.