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 19, 2013, 10:00 PM EDT
Sporting K.C. manager Peter Vermes and defender Ike Opera didn’t appreciate the pivotal offsides call that disallowed a possible winning goal against D.C. United, and they made that very obvious.
May 19, 2013, 8:58 PM EDT
Paolo Di Canio and Andre Villas-Boas took to the media following their teams’ Premier League finale to voice displeasure with how their final fixture played out.
May 19, 2013, 7:51 PM EDT
A dull, scoreless first half picked up in the second term as D.C. United grabbed a point against the league’s second-best team and ended their club-record losing streak at 7 matches.
May 19, 2013, 5:50 PM EDT
With his eye on the imminent vacancy at Real Madrid left by Jose Mourinho’s almost certain departure, Paris Saint-Germain’s mastermind Carlo Ancelotti may now have a large hurdle to get past if he is to land his ideal job in Spain’s capital.
May 19, 2013, 5:34 PM EDT
Fernando Torres broke his Premier League scoring drought by banging home the game-winner to secure Chelsea a third place finish.
May 19, 2013, 5:22 PM EDT
Heartbreak in Serie A this year belongs to Fiorentina. Mario Balotelli converted a penalty in the 84th minute to draw level and two minutes later Philippe Mexes slotted home a cross to secure Europe’s top competition for AC Milan.
May 19, 2013, 5:01 PM EDT
Rare as they are, we’ve seen more than our share of “Olimpico” goals in MLS over the last pair of seasons, including one last night:
May 19, 2013, 4:47 PM EDT
With Arsenal and Tottenham the only teams battling for any meaningful positioning in the Premier League table, the final day still had implications for many teams in the form of placement prize money.
May 19, 2013, 4:28 PM EDT
Sir Alex Ferguson managed the final match of his career away from Old Trafford, and it looked set to complete on a high note, until the opposition had other ideas late.
May 19, 2013, 4:25 PM EDT
Another game-winning strike from Gareth Bale wasn’t enough to save Tottenham from more Champions League heartache.
May 19, 2013, 3:50 PM EDT
New York took all the points from the L.A. Galaxy on Tim Cahill’s late goal. So let’s talk about that goal.
May 19, 2013, 3:17 PM EDT
This Landon Donovan debate regarding his place on the national team is not going anywhere. So, did Sunday’s performance move the needle either way?
May 19, 2013, 2:42 PM EDT
Arsenal secured its 16th consecutive spot on the Champions League with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Newcastle at St. James’ Park on Sunday.
May 19, 2013, 1:43 PM EDT
Sensational news for fans around BMO Field:
May 19, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT
With David Beckham-esque tears streaming down my cheeks, we’re finally here: The final day of the 2012-13 Barclay’s Premier League.
May 19, 2013, 10:19 AM EDT
Newcastle have nothing to play for and have been a disaster at home of late, losing their last two matches at St. James’ Park by a combined 9-0.
May 19, 2013, 10:13 AM EDT
The timing on this thing in two words: pretty bad:
May 19, 2013, 9:32 AM EDT
Not to get too far ahead of ourselves on the 20-year-old goal-scoring sensation … :
May 19, 2013, 12:48 AM EDT
The Sounders exploit Dallas’ young back line in a meeting of two Western Conference teams in top form. Final score: 4-2 for the Sounders:
May 18, 2013, 11:41 PM EDT
Juan Agudelo makes his New England debut as Jay Heaps posts one of the best wins of his young coaching career:
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