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 22, 2013, 6:47 PM EDT
Tom Sermanni has brought new talent into the national team, but it’s too early to know the extent to which the U.S.’s roster will see new faces.
May 22, 2013, 6:02 PM EDT
Cristiano Ronaldo will serve a two-match ban. José Mourinho will skirt it.
May 22, 2013, 5:26 PM EDT
Michele Beadle and friends take a look at what NYCFC means to the New York sports scene.
May 22, 2013, 4:44 PM EDT
We tend to beat up the Chivas organization for its off-the-wall strategic approaches and front-office instability, but what exactly is wrong with the team on the field?
May 22, 2013, 4:03 PM EDT
Yesterday’s announcement included few surprises ahead of the U.S.’s June 2 match at BMO Field.
May 22, 2013, 3:18 PM EDT
Well, what took them so long to get into the party?
May 22, 2013, 2:40 PM EDT
Looks like a mixed bag for the American trio:
May 22, 2013, 2:05 PM EDT
As the towering English forward weighs up his options, should he return to Liverpool, sign for West Ham or go elsewhere?
May 22, 2013, 1:40 PM EDT
With Dortmund’s main attacker threat out injured, can Dortmund still lift the Champions League trophy?
May 22, 2013, 1:15 PM EDT
Can the Yankees provide a viable option for New York City FC to play in? Of course they can. Maybe.
May 22, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT
They have owners and an employee, but now comes the hardest part for MLS expansion club NYCFC. The challenges ahead are daunting:
May 22, 2013, 12:21 PM EDT
The one accolade no EPL player wants on their soccer resume…
May 22, 2013, 11:05 AM EDT
New York City FC announces Reyna as first employee, a good first move, right?
May 22, 2013, 10:06 AM EDT
Yankee Stadium, Citi Field, Red Bull Arena… which venue could work best as a temporary home for New York City FC?
May 22, 2013, 8:54 AM EDT
The magic of the Cup lives on, as four PDL sides now face trips to MLS teams in the third-round. Is this the stuff dreams are made of?
May 22, 2013, 8:19 AM EDT
Pulis joins long list of EPL managers departing… is English soccer becoming more ruthless?
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:
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- A stadium for New York City FC – tougher than you think 6
- Claudio Reyna announced as New York City FC Director of Football 0
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- Another EPL manager goes, as Tony Pulis leaves Stoke City 4
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- It’s official: Manchester City and the Yankees will own and operate Major League Soccer’s newest expansion team. (35)
- Why MLS was so focused on New York as the 20th market (15)
- Notes from today’s big announcement on MLS, NYCFC the Yankees and the rest (14)
- Portland ball kid correct to deny Mario de Luna (12)
- Live Extra: Watch Penguins-Senators, Game 4
- Tiger calls Sergio's comments inappropriate, hurtful
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- PBT: Rugged Pacers hope to slow high-flying Heat
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- OlyTalk: Coach K will lead Team USA in Rio Games
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