Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Arsenal Lose, Chelsea Lose, Barcelona Win, Bayern Win, U.S. Open Cup Final

Gosh! We said it was Hump Day yesterday and nobody noticed. Oh, well. Anyway, it's now Hump Day and we're awash in Champions League and the continued ineptitude displayed by Premier League sides. Arsenal lost the must-win home match against The Greeks, and Chelsea couldn't snare anything from Porto. Let's hit the fallout:

Arsenal 2 - 3 Olympiakos: Phil McNulty at the Emirates
Arsenal 2 - 3 Olympiakos: Barney Ronay at the Emirates
Arsenal 2 - 3 Olympiakos: Three Thoughts
Arsenal 2 - 3 Olympiakos: Five Things We Learned
Porto 2 - 1 Chelsea: Three Thoughts
Barcelona 2 - 1 Bayer Leverkusen: Three Quick Thoughts

Today, both Manchester clubs are in action, as well as both Madrid sides. Here is a Preview for today's matches.

The U.S. Open Cup Final is tonight. It's Philly vs. K.C. Here's your Preview. Here's your Preview II. In case you're not familiar, here is some info on the tournament, courtesy of the Wikipedias:

The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, commonly known as the U.S. Open Cup, is a knock-out cup competition in American soccer. It is the oldest ongoing national soccer competition in the U.S. and the world's third-longest-running open soccer tournament. The 102nd edition, to be held in 2015, is expected to be contested by 91 clubs from the three professional leagues sanctioned by the United States Soccer Federation, including Major League Soccer, the North American Soccer League, and the United Soccer League, and amateur clubs in the earlier rounds of the tournament after qualifying through their leagues. The overall champion earn a total of $250,000 in prize money, while the runner-up receives $60,000 and the furthest-advancing team from each lower division league receive $15,000. In addition, the tournament winner qualifies for the group stage of the CONCACAF Champions League, first represented by 2007 winners New England Revolution in the inaugural 2008–09 edition. The competition was first held during the 1913–14 season as the National Challenge Cup, with Brooklyn Field Club winning a trophy donated by Thomas Dewar for the promotion of American soccer. It was renamed to the U.S. Open Cup in 1990 and then dedicated to MLS owner Lamar Hunt by the United States Soccer Federation in 1999. The 101st and most recent champions of the competition, Seattle Sounders FC, were awarded their fourth Dewar Cup after defeating the Philadelphia Union 3–1 after extra time in the 2014 final.

It's that time of the year again...

Bayern's Robert Lewandowski is tearing it up. On fire. Raphael Honigstein interviewed the guy. Check it.

OK. We out.



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