by Paul Gardner on Nov 30, 3:43 AM
Some rather random thoughts after watching three recent English Premier League games:
by Paul Gardner on Nov 25, 2:20 AM
In the 38th minute of Saturday's Manchester United-Queens Park Rangers game QPR thought it had scored a goal. It certainly looked like it ... but the assistant referee's flag had gone up quickly. Jamie Mackie, who thought he had scored with a header, was ruled offside. No goal.
by Paul Gardner on Nov 21, 1:22 AM
Future historians -- say some 200 years hence -- researching the regression of soccer back into the brainless, bloody melees from which it sprang, will do well to study the 2012 statements of two Premier League coaches, Tony Pulis of Stoke City, and West Ham United's Sam Allardyce.
by Paul Gardner on Nov 17, 12:56 AM
It looks like a pretty good bet that, when this weekend is over, we shall find ourselves back where we were a year ago ... with an MLS Cup final between the Los Angeles Galaxy and the Houston Dynamo.
by Paul Gardner on Nov 12, 3:27 AM
Way to go Alexi! For telling it like it is. "A botched call," said Alexi Lalas in tones that brooked no ifs or buts or maybes. He was speaking on ESPN and referring to referee Ricardo Salazar's decision right before halftime in the Houston-D.C. United playoff game.
by Paul Gardner on Nov 11, 12:33 AM
I found Hans Backe's vision of soccer, and his teams, quite appalling. Under Backe, the Red Bulls were never particularly worth watching as they lumbered along, over-weighted with their cumbersome Scandinavians, under-skilled with their naive college-style Americans.
by Paul Gardner on Nov 6, 1:03 AM
Again, yet again, we are being reminded from all sides that this is playoff time. Which means playoff soccer. Which means ... well, what the heck does it mean?
by Paul Gardner on Nov 2, 1:17 AM
The demise of the FIFA Task Force Football 2014 is as sad as it was inevitable.