Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Leeds wins War of the Roses in shocker
by Paul Kennedy, January 4th, 2010 7AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[ENGLAND] Leeds United pulled off one of the biggest upsets in the recent history of the FA Cup when it beat Manchester United, 1-0, on Sunday at Old Trafford. The loss was Man. United's first to a third division team since 1984 and the first in the third round since Alex Ferguson took over as manager in 1986. But indicative of the hardships facing League One leader Leeds, Sunday's hero, Jermaine Beckford, may be gone before the fourth-round match at Tottenham ...

Beckford scored in the 19th minute when he beat the Manchester United's backline to a 50-yard ball from Johnny Howson and beat goalkeeper Tomas Kuszczak.

Beckford could be sold to Newcastle during the January transfer window for as much as $4 million.

"There will be three scenarios with Jermaine," said Leeds manager Simon Grayson. "Either he signs a new contract, leaves at the end of the season for free or we sell him and get money which we think is too good to turn down. Jermaine showed what he's all about with his goal. He worked ever so hard for the team, took his opportunity and now has five goals in his last three games."

Leeds was once one of the dominant teams of English soccer and had a great rivalry with Manchester United, but it ran into financial problems and went into bankruptcy. But Grayson has the club in first place in League One as its turnaround continues.

Ferguson ripped into his players after the game.

"I didn't expect that," he said. "I was shocked at the performance. Human beings can always surprise you, but we didn't expect that today. I don't think any of the players can say they had a good day. Only Antonio Valencia, when we got the ball to him, but it took us 10 minutes to do that. We never got going and the quality of passing -- the whole performance was bad."

Ferguson also ripped into the refereeing -- again -- calling Chris Foy's decision to add only five minutes of stoppage time an "insult."

The 67-year-old Scotsman served a two-match ban this season for criticizing referee Alan Wiley and was warned about facing further suspensions if his attacks continued.

American Mike Grella was on the bench for Leeds.

Jan. 4 in Manchester
Man. United 0 Leeds 1. Goal: Beckford 19
Manchester United -- Kuszczak, Neville, Brown, Evans, Fabio Da Silva, Obertan (Giggs, 57), Gibson, Anderson (Owen 69), Welbeck (Valencia, 57), Berbatov, Rooney.
Leeds -- Ankergren, Crowe, Naylor, Kisnorbo, Hughes (White, 90), Howson (Snodgrass, 79), Kilkenny, Doyle, Johnson, Becchio (Michalik, 89), Beckford.
Referee: Chris Foy.
Att.: 74,526.

 



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Where to Watch European Soccer    
The new European club season has started up, so it's time to make plans for your ...
Gomez ends drought, Requejo debuts for Xolos    
[AMERICANS ABROAD] Herculez Gomez scored his first goal in 11 months, with the opening goal in ...
Dike scores early again as Nigeria romps    
[UNDER-20 WOMEN'S WORLD CUP] Oklahoma Courtney Dike, who set an Under-20 Women's World Cup record for ...
What They're Saying: Steve Swanson    
"I think our team is used to having Morgan come in and out,. Sometimes that can ...
Galaxy II signs Bailey from Bayer Leverkusen II    
[USL PRO] The LA Galaxy, which was the first MLS club to launch a second team ...
Frauen-Nati offers test at sold-out WakeMed Soccer Park    
[USA-SWITZERLAND] The USA and Switzerland will meet for the first time ever when they face off ...
Western Conference teams go head-to-head    
[MLS Preview: Week 24] Teams on either side of the playoff line in the Western Conference ...
Kempin saves Sporting KC, Timbers romp in Guyana    
[CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE] MLS champion Sporting Kansas City was on familiar ground when it opened Concacaf ...
What They're Saying: Jamie Meriam    
"I think it would be huge because around the world, soccer is not crammed into the ...
Semifinals set in Montreal and Moncton    
[UNDER-20 WOMEN'S WORLD CUP] Montreal's Olympic Stadium (capacity: 66,000) and tiny Moncton Stadium (capacity: 8,500) are ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives