Sep 29, 2012, 3:42 PM EDT
For Tottenham Hotspur
Clint Dempsey’s game-winner for Tottenham may have been the simplest of finishes, cleaning up a rebound from in front of Manchester United goal, but his first goal for Spurs was downright historic. His new club held off a furious rally form Sir Alex Ferguson’s men to win at Old Trafford for the first time since 1989.
Yes, 1989. So put on your best acid wash jeans and have a clap for Dempsey and the man who signed him, Andre Villas-Boas, who just bought himself a reprieve from the baying wolves.
Dempsey played as second forward, well beneath Jermain Defoe, often dropping way back in the midfield to collect balls and then spread them out wide as Spurs expertly exploited speed matchups out wide early.
Brad Friedel (pictured) was in goal for the win. The parade of Hugo Lloris backers may bemoan one of the Man United goals, a sharp effort from in close that went streaking by Friedel’s right hand. But truly, he had no chance on either strike, and was sure-handed with everything else the Manchester famous threw at the visitors over the frenetic, second 45. The Lloris brigade will need to wait a little longer as Villas-Boas certainly will not dare sweeping changes to a lineup that just posted one of Tottenham’s most memorable wins in some time.
For Stoke City:
Geoff Cameron was once again at right back as Tony Pulis went with the same lineup that nearly did the job last week against Chelsea. Results were far better this time as Peter Crouch scored twice (on his 500th league appearance) in a 2-0 win at home. Cameron got up the wing with regularity in the first half, then settled into a defensive posture from there.
Maurice Edu was on the substitutes bench but has yet to make a first-team appearance for the Potters. He did play in midweek for the reserves in a 2-2 draw with Huddersfield Town.
Very little is going wrong right now for David Moyes’ men, who were in command throughout (well, almost … after an early defensive bungle) in a 3-1 win over Southhampton. By the 38th minute Everton had a 3-1 lead and were toying with the guests at Goodison Park. So, Tim Howard and his Toffees will sleep comfy tonight in second place on the table. Second. Stinkin’. Place. That is quite something for the frugal likes of Everton. (Oh, a big stop late in this one gives the American No. 1 something to feel even better about.)
For Aston Villa
Recently enshrined starting goalkeeper Brad Guzan and defender Eric Lichaj will meet West Bromich Albion on Sunday at Villa Park.
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.
May 20, 2013, 4:55 PM EDT
Real Madrid would have been in line for an eight-digit payday had they sold Mourinho to Chelsea.
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