As you can see above, Clint Dempsey is a company man, even if there is significant doubt as to his long-term future with Fulham.
Dempsey scored his 17th goal of the EPL campaign on Sunday – a total that trails only Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Sergio Agüero – by curling a free kick into the top corner in the London club's 2-1 victory against Sunderland.
And with the silly season rapidly approaching, media on the other side of the pond are already rounding into mid-summer form, linking the American striker with a move to Arsenal – potentially as a replacement for van Persie should the lure of Manchester City or another big-money suitor draw the Dutchman away.
Should that come off, it's safe to say the Gunners are going to have a serious uptick in interest in the US. Then again, Arsenal's Champions League credentials aren't yet secured either, leaving some doubt about their summer strategy and their ability to attract the big names needed to return to the highest rung on the European ladder.
Personally, I'd love to see an American ply their trade in La Liga, and this article makes a pretty convincing argument that Malaga wouldn't be a bad destination for Deuce.
Where would you do if you were Dempsey? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.
Les revers conjugués de Kansas City et San José ont fait le bonheur de Salt Lake et Seattle, provoquant un regroupement général en tête du classement.
Largement favori à domicile contre Montréal, Kansas City a subi sa seconde défaite consécutive de la saison. Il a été « battu à son propre jeu » par un adversaire efficace en contre qui alignait plusieurs joueurs ayant peu voire pas joué cette saison.
Après avoir retrouvé le chemin des filets mercredi à Edmonton, Eric Hassli a confirmé son retour en forme en MLS, permettant à Vancouver de s’imposer dans les arrêts de jeu contre une équipe de San José qui a déjà fait preuve de plus de concentration.
Des résultats qui font le bonheur de Seattle, qui prendrait la tête s’il remporte ses matchs de retard, et a battu Philadelphie en alignant une défense jeune et remaniée. Match après match, Salt Lake peine mais gagne, ce qui lui permet de se retrouver en tête à égalité de points avec San José (mais en ayant joué davantage que tous ses poursuivants).
Vainqueur au LA Galaxy, qui fait dans l’autocritique, New York a enfin offert une belle prestation défensive et effectue une belle remontée.
Enfin, Toronto a aligné sa huitième défaite de suite et la frustration règne à BMO Field…
Chivas USA - Chicago
Toronto - DC United
Seattle - Philadelphie
Vancouver - San José
LA Galaxy - New York
Kansas City - Montréal
Salt Lake - New England
Portland - Columbus
Dallas - Colorado
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On Saturday evening chanting and beating drums could be heard through the streets of midtown Manhattan. New York Red Bulls fans took over.
33rd street from Greeley Square to Fifth avenue was shut down to accommodate a large gathering of fans from supporters groups —including the Empire Supporters Club, Garden State Ultras, and Viking Army— who showed their support for the Red Bulls, ahead of their nationally televised (ESPN, 8pm ET) clash with rivals LA Galaxy.
The scenes were colorful, lively and loud as fans marched down the street before entering Legends Bar, to watch New York's trip to the Home Depot Center.
Eric Rios, a board member of the Empire Supporters Club, was pleased with the turnout at the first event of its kind this season. "We got a lot of people, we made some noise. That's what's it's all about."
INTERVIEW WITH ERIC RIOS
Feliz Cinco de Mayo a todos!
There haven't been too many Mexicans to grace the fields of MLS, but there have been some very good ones.
KickTV's Jimmy Conrad counts down the Top 5 Mexicans alltime in MLS.
On Wednesday, Seattle Sounders striker Fredy Montero smashed a 35-yard goal in the club's 2-0 win over the LA Galaxy. It was one of those "Wow!" moments that has people still talking.
But it sure seemed familiar, didn't it?
Of course, it did. Because Montero himself did nearly the exact same thing about three years ago.
Which one do you like more?
Sporting Kansas City's Bobby Convey is neck deep in bath water and surrounded by quite the ambiance (lit candles included) for another edition of #FollowFriday.
How on earth the fine folks at Sporting KC managed to convince the club's new winger to push the envelope even further from a few weeks ago is beyond me. That said, the results are incredible.
Convey clearly doesn't care about Twitter, which obviously makes him a minority in the KC locker room. It seems lap dogs, bathrobes and bubble baths are more his style. I can't begrudge that, even if I can't remember the last time I took an honest-to-goodness bath.
Showers for the win. As Chance Myers would say, #raaaaaaa.
Même si le classement ne le justifie pas, le match qui suscitera le plus d’intérêt lors de la journée à venir sera LA Galaxy – New York (direct ESPN, ESPN Deportes et TSN2). Le glamour est bien loin pour le détenteur de la Coupe MLS, qui a perdu la moitié de ses matchs cette saison. « Il faut arrêter de dire qu’il est encore tôt », soutient Landon Donovan.
À New York, 2012 est marqué par des pluies de buts… tant marqués qu’encaissés. L’entraîneur Hans Backe insiste sur la qualité de prise de décision. « Quand je donne une consigne, il n’est pas nécessaire de toujours la respecter à la lettre quand on a dix autres options… » Avec une victoire californienne, les deux équipes seraient à égalité de points.
Bien qu’opposant deux clubs de grandes villes, le duel Chivas USA – Chicago, qui ouvrira la journée sur ESPN Deportes, n’exerce pas la même fascination. La pression est toutefois grande sur Chivas USA, qui multiplie les défaites devant ses supporters.
Seattle partira favori à domicile contre Philadelphie (direct NBC Sports Network), surtout si le duo Johnson - Montero confirme qu’il a trouvé ses meilleures sensations. Après une semaine sans match, Kansas City voudra renouer avec la victoire contre Montréal. Chez lui, Vancouver tentera de faire tomber l’équipe en forme du moment, San José, qui a l’attaque la plus prolifique de la compétition mais aussi un gardien en grande forme.
LE PROGRAMME COMPLET
Vendredi 4 mai
23h00 : Chivas USA - Chicago
Samedi 5 mai
16h00 : Toronto - DC United
16h30 : Seattle - Philadelphie
19h00 : Vancouver - San José
20h00 : LA Galaxy - New York
20h30 : Kansas City - Montréal
21h00 : Salt Lake - New England
22h30 : Portland - Columbus
Dimanche 6 mai
19h00 : Dallas - Colorado
Toutes les heures HE (heure de New York et Montréal)
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We'll see you for the games on Saturday, and happy Cinco de Mayo!
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This week, US internationals playing in Scotland pine for US shores, a New York Red Bull encounters strange things in Manhattan, and an American pundit defends the honor of the Wigan manager's nomenclature.
Red Bulls midfielder Dax McCarty has a slightly bizarre experience when hunting for an apartment in Manhattan.
Looked at an apartment n the city and what do I see a dude doin n the communal garden? Yea...knife throwing. #onlyinNYC http://twitpic.com/9g5yfr
— Dax McCarty (@DaxMcCarty11) May 1, 2012
Is this a hint that US national team midfielder Maurice Edu would like to return from Scotland to America? Better question: Can Mo do the Carlton Banks dance?
Fresh Prince of Bel Air is one of the greatest shows ever! Lol
— Maurice Edu (@MauricEdu) May 3, 2012
One of Edu's Glasgow Rangers Yankee teammates also gets nostalgic about the USA -- video-game style!
Anyone remember playing this when they were younger!?? #OldSchool http://instagr.am/p/KFaQbsmX7P/
— Alejandro Bedoya (@AleBedoya17) May 1, 2012
ESPN's Alexi Lalas begs English wordsmiths to give Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez some credit for his managerial prowess, oh, and to get his name right too.
Dear England: After what Roberto Martínez has given you I think he deserves to get his accented second syllable back. Gracias.
— Alexi Lalas (@AlexiLalas) April 28, 2012
Fox Socer pundit Costigan takes a tour around Boston for the first time, on route to met Red Sox and Liverpool FC chairman Tom Werner. Safe to say he is impressed.
Entering Fenway to interview Tom Werner for @FOXSoccer What an incredible stadium http://yfrog.com/oe8gngxj
— Keith Costigan (@KeithCostigan) April 30, 2012
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Last month, I wrote about how defenders are the most consistent scorers in Fantasy Soccer: Manager. Even though they’ll score points for you more regularly (on average) than others, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they are the most influential in your team's success. The table below shows the number of point leaders by position, with only the highest scoring player from each MLS team being selected. The table does not include stats from Wednesday night's games.
Point leaders by position (limit one player per team)
Goalkeepers – 6
Defenders – 4
Midfielders – 4
Forwards – 6
*New England credited with both a GK and a defender as point leaders due to a tie
As you can see from the table above, 71 players have scored 30 points or more so far this season – but only 25 players have scored 40 points or more. Also to note, Chicago are the only team without a 30-plus point-scorer and there are still 10 teams without a 40-plus point-scorer as well.
Stacking up on players from certain teams may seem like the best option. Sporting KC get shutouts and they score as well, so pick your poison. D.C. United are great at scoring, so load up on their midfielders and forwards. And Vancouver get clean sheets, so stock up on their defenders.
Now, if we take a point leader from every team can we still manage to keep it under the salary cap? And if so, how successful can they be? Let’s try.
GK – Matt Pickens - $6.0m
D – Lee Young-Pyo - $6.8m
D – Aurelien Collin - $7.5m
D – A.J. Soares - $6.5m
M – Landon Donovan - $10.4m
M – Nick DeLeon - $6.7m
M – Kyle Beckerman - $8.5m
M – Gabriel Gómez - $7.5m
F – Thierry Henry - $10.8m
F – Chris Wondolowski $11.7m
F – Blas Pérez $9.6m
Total Money Spent – $92.0m
Total Points Accumulated – 533
Now, this is a dream team! Sure $8M doesn't leave you enough for subs, but tweak your lineup slightly and you can make it work. And with 533 points, not only will you most likely be first place in your league, you’d be tied for seventh in the nation in total points as well.
It just goes to show that no matter what you decide to do – stack up on players from a few teams or spread it out around league – there’s more than just one way to be successful in Fantasy Soccer: Manager.
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