Aug 19, 2012, 1:36 PM EDT
The top two, summary lines from the broadcast of Manchester City’s latest high-drama, high-value win today:
This from the waning seconds of Sunday’s 3-2 victory at home over recently promoted Southampton: “It’s just about done for City, but my word, they’ve made it complicated.”
And this: “You need a strong heart to be a City fan.”
There remains near universal agreement that this year’s Barclay’s English Premier League race is a two-dog hunt. It’s all about the Manchester tandem, City and United, with Sir Alex Ferguson’s United generally tipped to topple City’s short reign.
Indeed, Robin van Persie’s acquisition has the look of “final piece” assembly as the Reds seek to regain their city-wide and league supremacy. So it’s on City to keep up – and that means absolutely, positively claiming the “Ws” at home against the featherweights.
In comes Southampton, a club that leans toward the bottom of that big group of “everyone else.” (“Everyone else” roughly defined as clubs not named Manchester this or that, Chelsea and perhaps Tottenham, Arsenal and Liverpool.)
What transpired in the reigning champions’ first 2012-13 contest looked remarkably similar to the way Roberto Mancini’s men left it last season:
Against Queens Park Rangers last spring, the Blues left it for even later. They trailed 2-1 heading into injury time. An Edin Dzeko goal put his team in position to manufacture the late, vital game winner. Sergio Aguero provided that, and the Etihad sang in joyous song.
Saturday, a late Dzeko goal once again arranged the stage in 2-2 drama. This time, it was Samir Nasri slamming home from close range, as Manchester City did, ultimately, begin its championship defense with all three points.
May 21, 2013, 8:02 PM EDT
Wait a minute … didn’t MLS commissioner Don Garber say there “is no Plan B …” beyond the Queens location?
May 21, 2013, 6:40 PM EDT
Well, phooey! Didn’t Dempsey just go through a summer of transfer instability?
May 21, 2013, 4:50 PM EDT
This and that as the U.S. contingent preps to gather in Cleveland ahead of five matches over the next few weeks:
May 21, 2013, 4:10 PM EDT
The updated ordering in ProSoccerTalk’s ranking of Major League Soccer teams following 12 rounds of play:
Officials from MLS, Yankees, Manchester City and NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg to speak tomorrow on expansion news
May 21, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT
How very convenient that Manchester City just happens to be in the States for a brief two-game tour.
May 21, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT
It’s really about two things, and not much else:
May 21, 2013, 2:05 PM EDT
By forming NYC FC, City and the Yankees have created a ‘sister-club’ relationship – an innovative bond between a Premiership and MLS club.
May 21, 2013, 1:23 PM EDT
Early thoughts on the facility and the ripples of today’s big announcement on the 20th MLS franchise:
May 21, 2013, 11:45 AM EDT
By swapping Dzeko for Cavani, City can hamstring Manchester United and Chelsea, as both are rumored to be seeking a world-class striker.
It’s official: Manchester City and the Yankees will own and operate Major League Soccer’s newest expansion team.
May 21, 2013, 11:16 AM EDT
The league’s 20th franchise will begin play in 2015:
May 21, 2013, 9:33 AM EDT
During his Premiership tenure Toure has proven himself a leader, captaining both the Gunners and the Citizens, as well as Cote d’Ivoire.
May 21, 2013, 8:37 AM EDT
Has Daniel Levy already forgotten about what happened when he tried to pin Luka Modric down with this ‘no sale’ line of bull?
May 20, 2013, 11:58 PM EDT
Expect this one to get worked out.
May 20, 2013, 11:23 PM EDT
If Real Madrid’s going to shake things up, Higuaín could do worse than land at The Emirates.
May 20, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT
Four players were on the original list. None of them may end up at Stamford Bridge.
May 20, 2013, 8:13 PM EDT
Our sympathy continues to grow for a man in a bad spot.
May 20, 2013, 7:21 PM EDT
MLS will not have arrived until it has a high-profile feces incident.
May 20, 2013, 6:40 PM EDT
It probably won’t happen this summer, and if it does … I’m sure we’ll run that into the ground, too.
May 20, 2013, 5:45 PM EDT
For a moment, it looked like Milan had fired their coaching staff … via an open letter from a television show.
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