2013 Weber State Soccer Camps
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Check out these awesome Weber State soccer camps, perfect for summer! For full camp information, please visit the UYSA Website: Click Here

  • Weber State Residential/Commuter Soccer Camp – June 24-27, 2013

Open to any girls, ages 10-14, this camp is for serious soccer players who are ready to work hard and receive top-level training.  Camp will include daily field and classroom sessions which will keep campers having fun from morning until evening.  The residential option will allow campers to stay overnight in our brand new, state-of-the-art dorms at Wildcat Village.  The commuter option provides the same training during the day, while allowing local players the option of staying at their own homes.  Campers will be constantly supervised and coached by current Weber State players and coaches.  Come and join us for a fun-filled week that is sure to raise your game!

  • Tommy V. Kid’s Soccer Camp – June 10-13, 2013

This day camp provides an excellent opportunity for any and all kids ages 6-14 to be coached by current Wildcat soccer players and coaches.  Sessions will focus on technical training in small group settings.  Kids will make friends, get to know current Weber State players, and have a great time—all while improving their soccer skills.

  • Goalkeeper Camp – June 10-12, 2013

This camp is for boys and girls who will be in 6th – 12th grade.  Come and receive specialized training from Weber State’s goalkeeper coach as well as from current Weber State goalkeepers.  Goalkeepers will receive both technical and tactical training in a competitive, learning-oriented setting.  Come and enjoy the opportunity of training with other serious goalkeepers while also improving your skills!

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KSYSA In-State Girls Developmental Camp
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Day/Dates:  Wednesday-Saturday, June 26-29, 2013
Type:  Residential (LIMITED TO THE FIRST 50 CAMPERS with the paid deposit)
Where:  Ottawa University Campus (Ottawa, KS)
Cost:  $450 ($100 non-refundable deposit upon registration to insure a spot); Commuter rate of $375 (includes all meals but no lodging).
Ages: 9-12 (birth years of 2004 to 2001)
Players:  Girls

This camp is designed for players of all ability levels and is taught by the coaches within our State Olympic Development Program.   Utilizing the latest information from our State, Regional, and National Olympic Development Programs, the focus of the camp will be on technical skills in an individual and small group environments.  In addition, roles and responsibilities in attacking and defending will also be addressed.

Our camp philosophy is to create a challenging and fun environment that helps build a solid technical foundation and develop creative young soccer players.  We emphasize developing the complete player in all 4 pillars of the game – technique, tactics, physical, and psychological.  Kansas Youth Soccer’s camps are innovative in their training techniques and in creating a positive environment to develop soccer players who can reach their potential and goals.  This is a great camp for all players wishing to improve their game.

For more information on registration please visit the KSYSA website.

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KSYSA In-State Boys Developmental Camp
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Day/Dates:  Saturday-Tuesday, June 22-25, 2013
Type:  Residential (LIMITED TO THE FIRST 50 CAMPERS with the paid deposit)
Where:  Ottawa University Campus (Ottawa, KS)
Cost:  $450 ($100 non-refundable deposit upon registration to insure a spot); Commuter rate of $375 (includes all meals but no lodging).
Ages: 9-12 (birth years of 2004 to 2001)
Players:  Boys

This camp is designed for players of all ability levels and is taught by the coaches within our State Olympic Development Program. Utilizing the latest information from our State, Regional and National Olympic Development Programs, the focus of the camp will be on technical skills in an individual and small group environments. In addition, roles and responsibilities in attacking and defending will also be addressed.

Our camp philosophy is to create a challenging and fun environment that helps build a solid technical foundation and develop creative young soccer players.  We emphasize developing the complete player in all 4 pillars of the game – technique, tactics, physical, and psychological.  Kansas Youth Soccer’s camps are innovative in their training techniques and in creating a positive environment to develop soccer players who can reach their potential and goals.  This is a great camp for all players wishing to improve their game.

For more information on registration please visit the KSYSA website.

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MLS – Big 5
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We lead off this week’s GotSoccer MLS – Big 5 with an off the field item.

1) Manchester City Owner Sheik Mansour to Buy New York City MLS Franchise

No less a source than the New York Times is reporting that Mansour, a member of the oil rich Abu Dhabi royal family, is close to completing an agreement to purchase the MLS expansion franchise for $100 million.

MLS's wage cap will restrict from loading his team with players like Yaya Toure and co. (Getty Images)

MLS’s wage cap will restrict Sheik Mansour from loading his team with players like Yaya Toure and co. (Getty Images)

MLS Commissioner Don Garber has long pressed for a a second team in the New York City market to compete with the Harrison, New Jersey based New York Red Bulls. The revived New York Cosmos were for a time thought to be the frontrunners for the team, often referred to as NYC 2. However, the Cosmos have fallen from contention in recent months, as relations between the team and MLS have frayed. The Cosmos will resume league play for the first in decades when they line out in the new North American Soccer League in August. Cosmo officials recently announced plans to build a soccer stadium at Belmont racetrack in suburban Long Island, making their joining MLS unlikely, with Garber set on the Queens site.

Mansour may find that even his money cannot guarantee a way through the New York City and State bureaucracy for the controversial stadium plan, which envisions building the 25,000 seater, capable of expanding to 35,000 capacity, on public parkland in Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, New York.

The league has promised to replace the 10 to 13 acres of parkland that the stadium will occupy, a move that would have to be approved by the New York State Legislature, so this deal is far from done.

2) Tim Cahill Nets Twice for NYRB

Tim Cahill scored his first two goals of the season for New York Red Bulls in NY1’s 2-1 win at Toronto on Saturday. Cahill’s coach Mike Petke chastised those who criticized the Aussie for his lack of goals, one in 12 games last season, none in 2013 before Saturday.

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Cahill finally got on the scoresheet for the Red Bulls.(ISI Photos/Andrew Katsampes)

Calm down coach, in a league with a $2.95 million salary cap, expectations should be high for your Designated Player, who earns $3.6 million per.

3) Columbus Scoreboard Erupts in Flames – Before Crew Top DC United 3-0

There has been talk that the original MLS soccer specific stadium, Crew Stadium, built in 1999, needs replacing. Advocates of that position got a boost on Saturday when the scoreboard burst into flames shortly before kickoff.

Crew Stadium on fire - April 27. (Getty Images)

Crew Stadium on fire – April 27. (Getty Images)

After the Columbus Fire Department gave the go ahead, the game got underway and the Crew lit up the remaining scorekeeping apparatus, with a 3-0 win over last place DC United. Ben Olsen’s last place DC squad have been one of the league’s bigger disappointments this season, with just four points from eight games. Things are much rosier for Columbus who sit in fifth place in the East, with 12 points.

4) Tim Leiweke Brought Beckham to L.A. – Now He Takes Over In Toronto

Since joining the league as Major League Soccer’s 13th team for the 2007 season, Toronto FC has never qualified for the playoffs. Despite excellent fan support, Toronto has failed to reward those fans with even one playoff caliber season. This year Kevin Payne came on board from DC United and he hired new coach Ryan Nelsen. Now TFC owners, the Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment Group, have made a real splash in bringing in Tim Leiweke to run the whole show.

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Who will Leiweke bring in?(Getty Images)

Leiweke ran AEG, which like the Maple Leaf Group owns and operates teams, such as the Los Angeles Lakers, as well stadiums, arenas, etc. Leiweke made his biggest noise when he brought Beckham to the Galaxy, and he has let it be known that his new bosses in Toronto have given him license to pursue similarly big game in his new position.

5) Galaxy Youth Movement

The two time defending champion Los Angeles Galaxy are known for their big money DP signings, but Bruce Arena and his talent scouts should also be given credit for signing some of the best young talent in the league, and for giving that talent a chance to play.

Donovan exclusion was a surprise to many. (ISI Photos/

Donovan exclusion was a surprise to many. (ISI Photos/

On Saturday L.A. traveled to Salt Lake minus star players Landon Donovan and Roy Keane, number one keeper Carlo Cudicini and regular left back Todd Dunivant. Arena turned to third string goalie Brian Rowe, 2012 draft choices Greg Cochrane and Charlie Rugg and 18 year old Jack McBean to fill in.

MLS debutants Rowe and Rugg were right at home, with Rugg scoring L.A’s second goal, while Rowe was outstanding and picked up Man of the Match honors for his heroics. A third debutant, highly touted Homegrown Player Gyasi Zardes, came on when McBean suffered a fractured clavicle. L.A. hasn’t released a timetable for McBean’s return yet. The young striker has been a regular contributor this season, but more than most, the Galaxy have the depth to absorb the blow.

Off with the U.S. U20’s Jose Villarreal wasn’t even available, but Zardes showed why he is so highly rated, with a beautiful bit of skill to set up Hector Jiminez for a shot that came back off of the Salt Lake post.

The big money moves may get the ink, but the Galaxy are proving that scouting and player development are equally important parts of their blueprint for building a winner.

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NWSL Round Up – Week 3
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Go ahead and cross week three of NWSL matches off the board, with last weekend rendering new emerging victors and upsets while raising a fresh batch of  league questions as we head into week four.

Is Portland the Team to Beat this Season?

Canadian forward Sinclair is proving to be quite the force for Portland  (ISI Photos/J. Adam Fenster)

Canadian forward Sinclair is proving to be quite the force for Portland (ISI Photos/J. Adam Fenster)

It’s another win for the Portland Thorns after they defeated the Chicago Red Stars 2-0 in Lisle, IL on Saturday.

Forwards Danielle Foxhaven and Chrsitine Sinclair were the stars, delighting fans with back-to-back goals in the second half. Thorns goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc had a satisfying game as well, recording three nice saves and Portland’s first clean sheet of the season.

Foxhaven scored off a rebound after Alex Morgan’s shot was deflected in the 70th minute. Minutes later Sinclair added to the Thorns lead off an assist from Morgan with a smooth right-footed shot that landed inside the far post of the Red Stars net.

Portland lead the board with 7 points, with Sinclair leading in league scoring with two goals and one assist.

Scoring Summary
POR – Foxhoven                       70
POR – Sinclair (Morgan)            81

O’Reilly Shines in Breakers First Season Win against Flash

It was an exciting Saturday for the Boston Breakers with a brace scored by Heather O’Reilly that earned a 2-1 win against WNY Flash in Rochester, NY.

Things got heated on the field after Flash forward Samantha Kerr opened scoring in the 7th minute to give them a 1-0 lead.

The Breakers were not about to let the lead hold for long, as Forward Sydney Leroux took possession. She crossed to Heather O’Reilly who easily put the ball in for the equalizer.

They kept up the momentum after that, and O’Reilly stepped up once again to score the brace in the 83rd minute off an assist from Lianne Sanderson and seal the deal.

Scoring Summary
WNY – Kerr (Heyboer)                 7
BOS – O’Reilly (Leroux)            16
BOS – O’Reilly (Sanderson)     83

Sky Blue FC Shut Down Washington Spirit

Sky Blue FC was rewarded with a nice 2-1 win against Washington Spirit Saturday in Germantown, MD, after a suspenseful back-and-forth match that kept players and fans on edge.

They took the lead off a corner kick in the 2nd minute when forward Danesha Adams sent the ball flying in to CoCo Goodson. The ball found the towering 5’11″ player’s head, who was able to knock it in with precision.

Spirit got one back before the end of the half, with forward Diana Mattheson equalizing and leaving Sky Blue fans gritting their teeth.

Sky Blue jumped into the second half with fire in their eyes and at the 48th minute they took possession with a vengeance. Lisa DeVanna crossed to Sophie Schmidt in a well executed play that resulted in the ball sailing into the back of Washington’s net for the win.

Scoring Summary
SBFC – Goodson (Adams)                  2
WSH – Matheson (Lindsey)            35
SBFC – Schmidt (De Vanna)            48

Kansas City FC Notch First Win Against Seattle Reign

Despite wet, rainy conditions in Overland Park, KS on Friday, it didn’t stop Kansas City FC from conquering Seattle Reign 2-0 for their first win of the season.

U.S. international Lauren Cheney got 2 assists on the day for Kansas(ISI Photos/Tracy Allen)

U.S. international Lauren Cheney (R) got 2 assists on the day for Kansas(ISI Photos/Tracy Allen)

A corner kick opened scoring in the 21st minute when Lauren Cheney sent a bender flying across the field to Sinead Farrelly, who gracefully headed it in.

Seattle tried their hardest to equalize, but were put down over and over as powerhouse goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart diminished any hopes of a goal.

Renae Cuellar added some cushion to Kansas’ lead at the 71st minute, tucking the ball into the right corner to cement their win.

Scoring Summary
FCKC – Farrelly (Cheney) 21
FCKC – Cuellar (Cheney) 71

Wambach Misses Flash Home Opener after Head Injury

It was a daunting moment when super star Abby Wambach collapsed to the ground after the final whistle of the WNY Flash vs. Washington Spirit game on April 20.

An accidental ball to the face from teammate Brittany Taylor in the 80th minute of the match made Wambach see stars, and ultimately, was the reason she sat out the Flash’s home opener last Saturday as a pre caution.

Wambach was a huge loss to WNY Flash. (ISI Photos/Jose L. Argueta)

Wambach was a huge loss to WNY Flash. (ISI Photos/Jose L. Argueta)

“She got peppered in the face from point-blank distance,” Spirit goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris told reporters. “I could tell she was pretty dazed. I said, ‘Are you all right?’ She was mumbling. That’s not a good sign.”

There is no word on whether or not Wambach suffered a concussion, but a team press release stated, “Wambach is progressing each day, but will be taking the necessary steps to ensure a full, healthy recovery.”

No More Guess work: Elizabeth Guess Joins Portland

Late last week Portland Thorns announced the signing of Elizabeth Guess after she was unexpectedly released from the Boston Breakers with no explanation as to why.  She left the Breakers tallying up one assist in their first season match against Washington Spirit.

Former UNC standout Guess (L) joined Portland after originally signing for Boston. (ISI Photos/Brad Smith)

Former UNC standout Guess (L) joined Portland after originally signing for Boston. (ISI Photos/Brad Smith)

“We are thrilled to have her join us,”said Thorns head coach Cindy Parlow Cone in a press conference. ”She is capable of playing both in the midfield and on the front line and she is a great complement to the other players we have on the roster.”

All eight teams gear up for games May 1 and May 4. Tune in to GotSoccer for the latest NWSL news and game recaps.

Week Three League Standings
# NWSL GP W L T PTS
1. Portland Thorns FC 3 2 0 1 7
2. Sky Blue FC 2 2 0 0 6
3. FC Kansas City 2 1 0 1 4
4. Boston Breakers 2 1 0 1 4
5. Washington Spirit 3 0 1 2 2
6. Western New York Flash 3 0 2 1 1
7. Chicago Red Stars 2 0 1 1 1
8. Seattle Reign FC 3 0 2 1 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bale Named Double Player Of The Year
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Tottenham’s Gareth Bale has been named Professional Football Association’s player and young player of the year—becoming only the third player ever to win the double accolade.

Tottenham's Gareth Bale (L). has been compared to Madrid's Ronaldo(Getty Images)

Tottenham’s Gareth Bale (L). has been compared to Madrid’s Ronaldo(Getty Images)

The Welsh international has enjoyed a stunning season for Spurs, scoring 24 times in all competition—14 of which have come in his last 17 appearances for the north Londoners.

Bale beat off competition from fellow nominees Luis Suarez and Robin van Persie to win the prestigious award for the second time in three years, joining Mark Hughes, Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry and Ronaldo who are the only other players to have won the award twice.

The 23-year-old thanked his teammates and manager at a gala ceremony in London, admitting he was “extremely proud” to receive the prestigious honor.

“It’s a massive honour. To be voted by your peers is one of the biggest things in the game. It’s great to win it and I am delighted,” said Bale.

“When you look at the list, there are some massive names on it but I couldn’t have done it without the team. They have been fantastic this year and so has the manager.”

“The other nominees have been unbelievable, they have been outstanding for their clubs and it’s a massive moment to win, especially as it’s both awards and it’s something that I’m extremely proud of.”

Bale's was many professional's favorite to wim.(Getty Images)

Bale was many professional’s favorite to win.(Getty Images)

“The biggest thing is playing for your team and going well. If you do well, then these awards come along. I have been shooting a lot more and I have been coming inside a lot more too. I have a few less assists this year but I am in more scoring positions these days and that has obviously helped my scoring tally as we have seen this season.”

Bale also beat-off competition from Hazard, Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck, Romelu Lukaku and Christian Benteke to scoop young player of the year award, becoming only the third player to win the PFA double—Andy Gray (1976-77) and Cristiano Ronaldo (2006-07) are the only other players to have won both awards in the same season.

Wales international Bale joined Tottenham in 2007 in a deal that could rise to $15.5m after coming through the youth ranks at Southampton. Initially bought as a left-back, Bale was switched to midfield by former coach Harry Redknapp and has blossomed there ever since.

However, Bale’s excellent form has seen him linked with a host of suitors home and abroad, and if Spurs fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League many fear he will leave White Hart Lane for greener pastures.

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U.S. U17 WNT Defeat Mexico in 4-Nations Tournament
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The U.S. U17 WNT had a dazzling 3-0 win against Mexico on April 24 to kick off the Four Nations Tournament in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Three consecutive goals were scored by Mallory Pugh, Kaycie Tillman and Madison Haley, earning vital playing experience in the same country that will host the U17 Women’s World Cup.

Some young female fans.(ISI Photos/Renee McKay

Some young female US fans.(ISI Photos/Renee McKay

The first goal came early on in the 8th minute. Mia Hoen-Beck was able to snatch the ball from behind Mexican defense and cross to Pugh, who readily found the back of the net.

Only three minutes after, a corner kick prompted a messy battle for possession in the box. Tillman saw a chance for the U.S. to strike and took it with skill, sending the ball screaming into the Mexican goal.

The final goal that cemented U.S. victory came in the 80th minute off another corner kick. The deal was quickly sealed as the ball instantly found Haley’s foot, marking her first international goal as a U17 player.

The U17 WNT take on Costa Rica today and will finish up the tournament against Japan on April 28. Tune in to GotSoccer for a full match report.

-U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team vs. Mexico
Date: April 24, 2013
Competition: 4-Nations Tournament
Venue: National Stadium; San Jose, Costa Rica
Weather: 78 degrees, clear

Scoring Summary: 1    2    F
USA                       2    1    3
MEX                       0    0    0

USA – Mallory Pugh (Mia Hoen-Beck)                 8th minute
USA – Kaycie Tillman                                        11
USA — Madison Haley                                       80

Lineups:
USA: 1-Kat Hess; 12-Ellie Jean, 6-Alana Cook, 3- Michaela Abam (11-Natalie Jacobs,75), 14-Tegan McGrady (7-Mia Gyau, 46); 17-Mallory Pugh, (2-Bridgette Andrzejewski, 75), 22-Taylor Racioppi, 5-Marley Canales (8-Ella Stevens, 60); 20-Kaycie Tillman (4-Dorian Bailey, 60), 10-Mia Hoen-Beck (13-Madison Haley, 46), 25-Anika Rodriguez (15-Kate Morris, 60)
Substitutions Not Used: 18-Sabrina Macias, 19-Jacey Pederson
Head coach: B.J. Snow

MEX: 1-Emily Alvarado; 19-Alma Martinez (2-Lorena Lopez, 46), 16-Vanessa Flores, 4-Arlett Tovar, 5-Ilsse Sanchez; 3-Vanessa Garcia, 18-Fatima Rosales, 8-Cinthia Huerta; 7-Betzy Cuevas (17-Grisel Rivas, 77), 9-Aylin Villalobos (20-Daniela Calderon, 77), 10- Belen De Jesus Cruz (6-Yunuhen Moguel, 71)
Substitutions Not Used: 11-Jaquelin Garcia, 12-Miriam Garcia, 13-Vianney Perez, 14-Maria Del Carmen Acedo, 15-Alexandra Martinez
Head coach: Leonardo Cuellar

 

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Rhode Island Reds FC Host 2013 Fundraiser
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The Rhode Island Reds are hosting their 2013 fundraiser on May 2 at RiRa’s Irish Pub located in Providence, RI.

Come out and support your favorite team! Enjoy free appetizers and drink specials, raffles and meet the players! The event will kick off at 8PM.

For more information, please visit the Rhode Island Soccer website: Click Here

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Indy Pro Soccer Team Name and Colors Unveiled
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Its been quite the momentous week in Indiana, as Indy Pro Soccer team owner Ersal Ozdemir announced the new team name, Indy Eleven and unveiled a sharp crest adjorned with bold red, white and navy colors.

“The fans of this team spoke loudly through the ‘Name the Team’ promotion that they wanted a traditional name that connected to the history of Indianapolis. The Indy Eleven is traditional, yet not trite. It’s unique, yet not gimmicky. It feels both fresh and historic,” explained Indy Eleven President Peter Wilt.

A massive crowd gathered at the sacred Soldiers and Sailors Monument for the memorable event, which included Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, Indiana War Memorial Executive Director Brigadier General J. Stewart Goodwin, USAF (Ret.) and Indiana Soccer Association President Murray Clark.

The patriotic name and crest honors the 11th Indiana Regiment in the Civil War, known for significant and honorable contributions in history not only for Indiana but also for the country as a whole.

Read the full story on the Indiana Soccer website: Click Here 

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Watch Tulsa Athletics Take on Club America
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Courtesy of OSA

Courtesy of OSA

Club America of Mexico City will be bringing a squad to Tulsa to face the Tulsa Athletics on Tuesday, July 2nd at 7:30 p.m. (CST) at Drillers Stadium.

America is one of the most successful clubs in Mexico. The Club has 10 national titles, eight FIFA recognized international club trophies, the most for a club from the CONCACAF region and tying them with Bayern Munich, Olimpia and Etoile du Sahel worldwide.

“We are thrilled to bring one of the most recognized brands in the world to Tulsa,” said Athletics co-owner Dr. Thomas Kern.

Tickets are on sale for $15 each. Read the full story on the OSA Facebook page: Click Here

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EPL Week 35 – Biting, van Persie’s return and more.
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EPL Week 35

It’s week 35 in the EPL and with only four games left to play it really is ‘squeaky bum time’. But there won’t any squeaks resonating from Alex Ferguson’s cheeks as Manchester United wrapped up a record 20th league title crown on Monday night.

Manchester United picked up their 20th title with a convincing 3-0 win over Villa. (Getty Images)

Manchester United picked up their 20th title with a convincing 3-0 win over Villa. (Getty Images)

Nevertheless, there is still a lot left to play for in the final four games, and with four teams vying for two remaining Champions League spots and eight teams fighting to beat the drop we could still be in for the most compelling finishes to an EPL season yet.

 

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Suarez banned for 10 games for bite

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has been banned for 10 games by the FA for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic.

Suarez once again involved in a controversial incident.(GETTY IMAGES)

Suarez once again involved in a controversial incident.(GETTY IMAGES)

The unsavory incident happened last Sunday during Liverpool’s 2-2 draw with Chelsea, but went unseen by the officials. The Uruguayan international apologized after the game, but was charged by the FA the following day and on Wednesday was handed a 10 match suspension.

However, Liverpool manager Brendan Rogers criticized the ban saying: “The punishment is against the man, rather than the incident.”

“We have a punishment with no intention of helping [his] rehabilitation.”, added Rogers.

The ban means Suarez, who is favorite to win the PFA player of the year, will miss the rest of Liverpool’s League campaign as well as the first six game of next season.

Suarez has until 12:00 BST on Friday to lodge an appeal against the suspension.

 

Arsenal to give United “guard of honor”

Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger  has revealed his team will hold a “guard of honor” for Manchester United before Sunday’s match at the Emirates Stadium.

Sunday’s match in London will be United’s first since securing their 20th League title on Monday night.

Van Persie's move to Man Utd has left of Arsenal fans very bitter(Getty Images)

Van Persie’s move to Man Utd has left of Arsenal fans very bitter(Getty Images)

There was speculation that Arsenal might opt-out, given the rivalry between the clubs and the high-tension surrounded the return of van Persie who left the Gunners in the summer.

However, Wenger was quick to dismiss any such notions saying: “I want the traditions of English football to be respected.”

It is not the first time a “guard of honor” has been held during this fixture, Manchester United players gave one to Arsenal at Highbury back in 1991 after the Gunners secured the League title.

 

Predictions

Week 34

Score

My Predictions

SATURDAY
Fulham v Arsenal  0-1  0-1
Norwich v Reading  2-1  2-1
QPR v Stoke  0-2  2-0
Sunderland v Everton  1-0  1-1
Swansea v Southampton  0-0  3-2
West Brom v Newcastle  1-1  2-0
West Ham v Wigan  2-0  2-1
SUNDAY
Tottenham v Man City  3-1  0-1
Liverpool v Chelsea  2-2  1-1
MONDAY
Man Utd v Aston Villa  3-0  3-0

A correct result is worth ONE point, while a correct score earns THREE points.

Last week I got SIX correct results, including THREE perfect scores to give me a  grand total of 12 points—just one point short of the record 13-points in week 14.

 

Week 35

My Predictions

SATURDAY
Man City v West Ham  3-0
Everton v Fulham  2-1
Southampton v West Brom  1-1
Stoke v Norwich  0-0
Wigan v Tottenham  1-3
Newcastle v Liverpool  0-0
SUNDAY
Reading v QPR  2-3
Chelsea v Swansea  2-0
Arsenal v Man Utd  1-1
MONDAY
Aston Villa v Sunderland  1-1

 

SATURDAY

Man City v West Ham

Week 35 starts in Manchester as recently dethroned champions Man City host Londoners West Ham.

City’s title aspirations are officially over after they lost 3-1 last week away to Spurs. City were winning and comfortable for the first 70-minutes, but still ended up losing and the defeat more or less summed up City this season—good and dominant for the most part but just not clinical enough.

Manchester Cityl were stunned by Tottenham's comeback.(Getty Images)

Manchester Cityl were stunned by Tottenham’s comeback.(Getty Images)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

West Ham got another good result last week beating Wigan 2-0 and are now unbeaten in their last 5 EPL games. Manager Sam Allardyce is often criticized for creating teams that play long ball soccer, but his sides are always hard to beat and he has done an excellent job with The Hammers in their first season back in the EPL.

David Silva, James Milner and Sergio Aguero should all return for City after all recovering from hamstring injuries.

West Ham will be without James Tomkins and George McCartney due to respective calf and knee injuries, but could recall Mark Noble and Joe Cole to the staring eleven after the pair proved their fitness recently with cameo sub appearances.

West Ham are a tough team to beat and are unbeaten in five, but they have lost their last six encounter against the sky blues. City will be hurting after seeing their neighbors United take away their crown, and I expect them to take it to the Hammers.

Prediction: 3-0

 

 Everton vs Fulham

Everton’s chances of making a Champions League spot look all but over after their 1-0 defeat away to Sunderland last week. But then again, I said that a month ago and they have somehow stayed in contention, so I guess we shouldn’t write the Toffees off just yet.

Everton need to get Fellaini back in the attacking role he was playing at the beginning of the season. (Getty Images)

Everton need to get Fellaini back in the attacking role he was playing at the beginning of the season. (Getty Images)

Fulham have lost their last two games, but those losses were against Chelsea and Arsenal, and before that they were on an eight-game unbeaten run. The Cottagers play some neat stuff, though they are still a bit of a soft touch on the road.

Everton look likely to be without Darron Gibson and Victor Anichebe after the pair limped off against Sunderland last week, while Phil Jagielka remains a doubt with an ankle injury meaning fit-again defender Tony Hibbert could be in line for a recall.

Fulham midfielder Steve Sidwell will definitely miss Saturday’s game as he begins a four-match ban, but the Cottagers should recall Emmanuel Frimpong, who was ineligible to play against parent club Arsenal last week, as well as Damian Duff who has recovered from a thigh strain.

This should be an entertaining game as Everton’s robust style meets the silky style of Fulham’s. Everton have never lost to Fulham at home in a League game (W20 D4), in fact they have won the last 19 at Goodison Park -the longest ever top-flight winning run against a particular club at the same stadium. I guess this should be a straightforward win for the Toffees

Prediction: 2-1

 

Wigan v Tottenham

Wigan have lost their last two games and currently sit third from bottom. But the Latics are playing well and if they can get a bit of luck they should be able to turn things around, though they will need to do so quickly as they only have five games left to play.

Clint Dempsey will be hoping to help lead his team to a Champions League spot(Getty Images)

Clint Dempsey was on the scoresheet and  will be hoping to help lead his team to a Champions League spot(Getty Images)

Spurs returned from their recent slump with a bang, coming back from a goal down to beat Man City 3-1 at White Hart Lane last Sunday. It’s no surprise that Bale and Defoe both scored, as Spurs have looked impotent in attack without them.

Wigan defender Antolin Alcaraz is the Latics only absentee with a hamstring injury.

William Gallas, Younes Kaboul and Sandro all remain out for Tottenham, but winger Aaron Lennon is in contention for a return after a three-week lay-off  with a knee injury.

This is a massive game for both clubs, as Wigan try to ward off relegation and Spurs aim for a Champions League spot. Both teams play nice stuff and will be going for a win, so it should be an exciting game to watch. Wigan are vying for their first ever league double over Spurs, having won the reverse fixture earlier in the season. But Spurs have only lost once in seven trips to the JCB stadium, the north Londoners are currently brimming with confidence and have better players in attacking areas, and that is why I’ll back them to win.

Prediction: 1-3

 

Newcastle v Liverpool

Both these side drew last week and have not been in the best of form recently.

Newcastle got a good draw away to West Brom last week, but have only won once in their last five and need to a win to make sure of their EPL status.

Liverpool have struggled recently and are without a win in April, having only scored twice all month. The Reds are not in contention for any silverware or a place in Europe and it looks as if their players have given up in the last few games.

Steven Gerrard will have to be the drive behind his team whilst Suarez is banned.(Getty Images)

Steven Gerrard will have to be the drive behind his team whilst Suarez is banned.(Getty Images)

The 10 game suspension of Luis Suarez means the Reds are back to having only one recognized striker, and on their current form it is hard to see how will now get them goals.

Newcastle should recall Cheick Tiote after the Ivory Coast international recovered from a hamstring injury. But they will have to remain without the services of Fabricio Coloccini (back) and Sylvain Marveaux (thigh) who both remain out injured.

Liverpool have no new injury concerns, though they will be without Luis Suarez who begins his 10 match suspension, meaning Daniel Sturridge will play up top on his own.

This match has traditional produced goals with the winning team scoring a minimum of two goals in the last 12 league meetings. However, both these sides are struggling with form and goals at the moment—they have only managed 5 goals between them this month—which is why I’m going for a drab draw.

Prediction: 0-0

 

 

SUNDAY

Chelsea vs Swansea

Chelsea were unlucky to draw with Liverpool last week, especially as the goal scorer, Luis Suarez, should not have been on the field after biting defender Branislav Ivanovic.

The Blues have had a mountain of fixture recently, but their squad shouldn’t be too tired as Rafa ‘tinker-man’ Benitez has shuffled his squad quite a lot.

Chelsea will be hoping to cement their Champions League place. (Getty Images)

Chelsea will be hoping to cement their Champions League place. (Getty Images)

Swansea have been a revelation this season, but they seem to have taken their eye off the ball since winning the League Cup—they have only won once since the League Cup final in February.

The Blues are playing well and seem to have moved up a gear in recent weeks, while Swansea are without a win in their last five, meaning this should be a stroll in the park for Chelsea. Having said that the Swans did go to Stamford Bridge and beat Chelsea in the semi-finals of the League Cup, so who knows?

Prediction: 2-0

 

 Arsenal vs Manchester United

This is the biggest game of the week as Arsenal play hosts to newly crown EPL Champions Manchester United.

Arsenal got a good win away to Fulham last week to move third in the table for the first time in a while, and are currently on a good run winning five and drawing one of their last six games.

Arsenal will be missing Giroud but will be hoping that the team's momentum can lead them to victory (Getty Images)

Arsenal will be missing Giroud but will be hoping that the team’s momentum can lead them to victory (Getty Images)

Manchester United finally won the EPL on Monday night with a 3-0 victory over Aston Villa. The Red Devils have stutter in recent weeks, but were back to their best with van Persie scoring a first-half hat-trick.

This game has produced some ill-tempered affairs down the years, but with United wrapping up their 20th League title earlier in the week this game might have less of an edge than in recent years.

But I expect this game to still be a good one and the atmosphere to be intense, as the Arsenal faithful show their disapproval towards their former hero Robin van Persie and the ‘guard of honour’ the Gunners are expected to give United.

Predication: 1-1

MONDAY

Aston Villa v Sunderland

This is a massive game at the bottom of the table as 17th placed Aston Villa take on Sunderland, who sit only three points above them in 14th.

Villa were well beaten at Old Trafford earlier in the week, which is a game I don’t imagine they banked on winning anyway, and need to pick up as many points as they can with only four games remaining.

Sunderland look like a new team under Di Canio. (Getty Images)

Sunderland look like a new team under Di Canio. (Getty Images)

The Villains currently sit three-points above Wigan, who are in the relegation zone, though they have played a game more than the Latics. Monday’s game against Sunderland is one of only two games they have left to play at home, so they need to win.

However, getting a result over Sunderland won’t be easy. The Black Cats have won their last two games and look completely revitalized under new coach Paolo Di Canio. They are playing with more vigor, ambition, and most importantly passion.

Both these teams are fighting for their lives and I’m sure they will give it their all, but neither team can really afford to lose and that’s why think this will end in a draw.

Prediction: 1-1

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5th Annual UYSA Golf Tournament
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Sign up now for the 5th Annual Utah Youth Soccer Golf Tournament benefiting the Scholarship Fund for UYSA soccer players heading off to college. Check out the details below and for registration please visit the UYSA website: Click Here

WHEN / WHERE: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at River Oaks Golf Course 9300 S. Riverside Dr. (700 W.) Sandy, UT 84070

START TIME: Registration begins at 8 a.m. Shotgun start at 9 a.m.

FORMAT: Shamble – all members of a team (usually four) tee off and the best ball of the four tee shots is selected. All players move their balls to the spot of the best ball. From this point, the hole is played out at stroke play, with all members of the team playing their own ball into the hole.

INCLUDES: A morning of golf, green & cart fees, lunch, silent auction, raffle and contests

PRIZES: Includes a Camaro 2013 for winner of The Jerry Seiner Camaro Hole in One Contest on a select par 3, Golf Club foursomes, gift certificates and much more!

DEADLINE:              Friday June 28, 2013

 

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New Soccer Complex Opens in Tulsa
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Courtesy of OSA

Courtesy of OSA

Oklahoma Soccer members can get excited now that the brand new Mohawk Soccer Complex has been completed in Tulsa, OK this month!

The 17-field facility is a shining beacon for promoting regional tournaments and field sports as well as economic growth in the area. This weekend will kick off the complex’s first tournament, the Friendship Cup, expected to draw 150 teams.

“I am excited not only for north Tulsa, but I am excited for all of Tulsa because this is really a beautiful facility,” City Councilor Jack Henderson said at an afternoon press conference. “Because it is here with this many soccer fields, I know that north Tulsa is going to be on the move now.”

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Champions League Semis – The Germans Are Coming
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Round up

Dortmund's fans created an electrifying atmosphere. (Getty Images)

Dortmund’s fans created an electrifying atmosphere. (Getty Images)

So the first legs of this year’s Champions League semi-finals are over and just as many expected they were complete mismatches. But unlike most anticipated it was the German contingent that ruled the roost, and barring a set of unimaginable second leg comebacks it now looks set that we will have the first ever all German European cup final.

Borussia Dortmund vs Madrid (Agg: 4-1)

First leg

Dortmund continued their perfect home record in this year’s competition with a thorough demolition of Spanish champions Real Madrid, thanks to a master class from Robert Lewandowski.

The Polish international became the first player ever to score four goals in a Champions League semi-final to maintain Dortmund’s unbeaten run in Europe this season.

Robert Lewandowski was unstoppable and caused Real Madrid problems all evening. (Getty Images)

Robert Lewandowski was unstoppable and caused Real Madrid problems all evening. (Getty Images)

Dortmund coach Jürgen Klopp had asked for a special “BVB night” before the game, and he was not let down as the Signal Iduna Park Stadium faithful vociferously cheered on their home team.

The Borussians, who have won all of their home games in Europe this season, dominated from the first whistle and could have been 1-0 up inside two minutes with Diego Lopez saving well from Marco Reus. But they did not have to wait too long for the opener with Lewandowski firing them a head after only eight minutes.

The Polish international freed himself of the intentions of Madrid defender Pepe, before launching himself onto a wonderful pass from the left by Mario Götze to give the Germans a deserved lead.

Ronaldo struggled to get into the game and had a quiet game by his standards.(Getty Images)

Ronaldo struggled to get into the game and had a quiet game by his standards.(Getty Images)

Real rallied briefly but could not create any clear cut chance, with their best attempt a long distance free-kick from Ronaldo. Indeed, Dortmund looked the more likely to add to their tally and seemed in total control, which is why it was such a surprise when Madrid equalized two minutes before half-time.

A hopeful up field pass was cutout by Dortmund’s Matt Hummels, but the defender then under hit his back pass allowing Gonzalo Higuaín to surge in behind and tee up Ronaldo for his 12th of this European campaign.

The goal might have stunned most teams and punctured their momentum, but this Dortmund team are not like most teams and showed so with a breathtaking second half display.

The second half had barely started when Lewandowski put the home side back in front, turning and finishing well from six-yards out after being found by Reus’s miscued effort.

Five minutes later Lewandowski had a hat-trick, swiveling and firing in an unstoppable shot past Diego Lopez to get the Signal Iduna Park Stadium well and truly rocking.

But Dortmund were not finished yet and rounded off a fantastic night when Lewandowski smashed in a penalty in the 66th-minute to become the first player ever to score four goals in a European Cup semi-final.

What they said

Dortmund’s manager Jürgen Klopp:

“[Dortmund] are like this unbelievable team, I can’t explain it in English… we are like Robin Hood,”

“I would never have dreamed that we would score four in a semi-final of the Champions League. If we lose 3-0, we’re out. If 4-1, it’s extra-time. So it’s not over but whatever happens we will give our best and let’s not ruin the pleasure of this night.”

Madrid Manager Jose Mourinho:

“It is obvious that Dortmund were the better side. They were more aggressive physically and mentally and they won virtually all the duels.”

“Things seem impossible but they are not. There is still hope. If you asked the players now if there is a chance, they would say ‘no’. Ask them in an hour and they will say ‘yes’. By next Tuesday they will be ready to go for it and give everything.”

Second Leg 

Tuesday 30th April

I expected Dortmund to put in a good performance and win this first leg semi, as they had won all of their home games in Europe this season and Madrid had only previously won once in Germany in 24 attempts. But the ease and manner in which Dortmund won did surprise me.

Ronaldo’s first half goal means Madrid are not completely out of it, and a 3-0 home win would be enough to see them through to the final. Madrid have won three of their homes games in Europe this season and have scored three or more goals on each occasion.

The Spaniards will take heart from the Deportivo team of 2004, otherwise known as “Superdepor”, who overcame a first leg 4-1 away defeat to A.C. Milan by winning the second leg in Galicia 4-0. They will have to burst out of the traps and if they can get an early goal they may just have a chance.

However, Dortmund are the only unbeaten team in this year’s competition and so completely outplayed, out-muscled, and out-thought Madrid that it is hard to envisage them losing 1-0, never mind 3-0.

Bayern Munich vs Barcelona (Agg:4-0)

Bayern Munich all but booked their place in the Champions League final with a stunning victory over favorites Barcelona.

The Bavarians put together a scintillating display of pace, power, discipline, and skill to give the Catalan giants their heaviest defeat in Europe since 1997, when they lost to Dynamo Kiev by the same score line.

Bayern Munich outclassed Barcelona all over the field and well deserved their 4-0 lead. (Getty Images)

Bayern Munich outclassed Barcelona all over the field and well deserved their 4-0 lead. (Getty Images)

The game was action packed from the start and Bayern could have been a goal up within the first two-minutes when Robben, perhaps selfishly, chose to shoot and saw his effort saved, when he could have squared the ball inside to Mario Gomez and Franck Ribery who were both unmarked.

On a heavily watered pitch Bayern gave Barca a taste of there own medicine pressing and harrying the Catalans intensely, though the Catalans did still manage to dominate possession.

Nevertheless, it was the home side that looked the more dangerous and it was no surprise when the deadlock was duly broken just before the half-hour mark, with Muller heading in at the back post after Dante towered above Dani Alves and headed towards the back post.

The Spanish side were struggling to play with any fluidity or rhythm as Bayern tirelessly pressed and closed them down in the final third. Nevertheless, they could have scored when Alves drove a fizzing ball across goal to the back-post, but Dante got a crucial touch to take the ball just away from the lurking Messi who no-doubt would have equalized.

Messi looked tired and was unable to make any real impression on the game. (Getty Images)

Messi looked tired and was unable to make any real impression on the game. (Getty Images)

Bayern continued to look the more likely to score, and their wide quartet of Ribery, Robben, Alaba and Lahm causing Barca all kinds of trouble down the flanks. The Spaniards looked extremely vulnerable from set-pieces and it was little surprise when Bayern doubled their lead from a corner, Muller heading Robben’s cross back across the goal for Gomez to poke into an empty net.

The German goal-poacher looked marginally offside, but the goal was no less than the German champions deserved, and they went in at the half two goals to the good over their opponents.

Barcelona continued to have the lion’s share of possession in the second half but without stretching or troubling the home side, though there was a moment of worry when Barca defender Marc Bartra found space eight yards out only to poke his finish straight at home keeper Manuel Neuer.

Bayern continued to torment their opponents down the flanks and increased their advantage when Robben worked his way in from the right-wing before slipping the ball past Valdes from an acute angle, although there was a possible infringement as Muller blocked off Jordi Alba.

Barcelona were being taken apart and seemed to have no answers, but their agony still was not over and they conceded yet again from a wide position with Muller applying a close-range finish to David Alaba’s cross to give Bayern commanding 4-0 lead going into next week’s second leg in Spain.

What they said

Bayern Manager Jupp Heynckes:

“It was not a really big surprise to me that we scored four goals. We have played to a high level all season.”

“We defended so well and in possession we have style of play going forward. We have a lot of creativity and a lot of class and quality.”

“Barcelona are a fantastic team and that is why you can only rate this victory even more.”

Barca assistant coach Jordi Roura:

“Bayern played a great game, while we were lacking that freshness to compete with them and that is something that we have to look at.”

“We didn’t see situations where we could have changed things after the break. We know that the situation is difficult but as Barcelona we have to compete in the second leg and try to win. We will give it our all.”

Second Leg

Wednesday 1st May

Bayern’s place in May’s final looks as close to sure thing as there is. No team has ever recovered from a 4-0 defeat in the Champions League, though Barcelona did beat A.C Milan 4-0 earlier in the competition to overcome a first leg defeat. The Catalans are a tremendous force at the Camp Nou, and actually beat Bayern 4-0 in the 2009 quart-finals.

But this Bayern team is a vastly differently and much improved side from the one in 2009, and even if Barca hit the ground running and score early, I doubt they will be able to stop the Germans from making it into their third final in four years.

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