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Soccer Weekend Roundup

The favorite round up of this weekends soccer is here! There was a lot of action on both sides of the pond. Let’s get started with MLS this time.

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Friday night will be one to forget for Vancouver Whitecap fans. The Whitecaps went to visit Sporting Kansas City and came out with a 6-0 shellacking at the hands of what seems to be shaping up as the Western Conference’s top contender for MLS Cup. Russell got a hat trick and a spot on MLS’ team of the week. Another notable piece of this game, in a surprising decision after a VAR review, Efrain Juarez and Yordy Reyna got sent off for some after the play antics around the 40th minute, definitely contributed to the scoreline but not the whole reason (already 3-0 down).

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Another notable game was the LAFC’s comeback win at Montreal, a hard fought 3-5 scoreline. Ciman had an emotional return to his former club but in the end came away with the upper hand. This will help further get the team back on track to the form they were in before the dismantling by Zlatan. Remi Garde’s men also suffered from a red card but could not be the only thing to blame for the very poor defensive play, although not the worst of the weekend.

Some quick fire for the bulk of the weekend, the Concacaf Champion’s League effect is still in MLS as Toronto dropped another game protecting players for the important game against Chivas in the final. New York Red Bulls lost again, still feeling a hangover after the elimination they haven’t regained their footing.

Atlanta wins at LA Galaxy 0-2. Zlatan played all 90 but could not make the impact he wanted with a stunted lineup which didn’t include either Dos Santos brothers for most of the match. Atlanta did control the game however, and the offensive pressure they provided paid off in the end with a goal by Martinez. As the Galaxy pressed for an equalizer their defense was spread open and with a pass from Kratz to Williams who made his way into the LA box where he was taken down rather lightly, one could argue. Regardless, the penalty taken by Almiron was a dagger and the game was essentially over. Galaxy paid for their lack of offense, and the pressure on the Galaxy defense broke them and decided this game.

Sunday featured only two games, first was the miraculous Portland 3, NYCFC 0 win where Portland had only 25% possession. With some amazing saves from Gleeson denying the NYC players, Portland was able to capitalize on New York’s terrible defensive mishaps. However, when called upon Portland did show their finish, great win at home for Portland against the best team in the East. Lastly, Seattle wins their first game, to avoid worst start in franchise history, against Minnesota United by a score of 3-1. Alonso shows why he is instrumental to Seattle’s midfield and its composure. Also, Dempsey did not start showing that Seattle can make it happen without him, but he did make a great impact when he came in as a sub to contribute to Delem’s goal.

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Manchester United pulled off a great 2-1 win over Tottenham, and Spurs will continue without a trophy for another season. Alli’s flossing dance became the meme we needed but didn’t deserve, Mourinho showed why his game plan wins games, and every United fan’s crush on Ander Herrera exploded with his goal as well. The first goal of the game was scored by Alli after a great cross from Eriksen reached his foot and every United fullback went on holiday. However, it was United’s game after that, a Sanchez header caused by a terrible turnover from Dembele, then a big miscommunication for the Spurs back line and some questionable goaltending and it’s 2-1. The game is promptly closed out by Mourinho. One argument could be made that had Lloris been in goal, this could’ve been way different. I agree.

On the other end, Chelsea beat Southampton 2-0, not terribly unpredictable but it will be a great match to watch come May 19.

Thanks for reading!

Freeway Face-off Round 4!

The hockey gods have benevolently given us another great match up against our rivals the Los Angeles Kings, and better yet we snagged another win. What a different game from last weekend’s match up, no fights as opposed to the three to start the game last weekend. The goalposts on both ends made a valiant effort, especially against Rickard Rakell, but their heroics could not stop the scoring.

No goals in the first two periods, and Anaheim finally stayed out of the penalty box. Our penalty kill did its job ending perfect on the night.

For the Ducks’ first goal, all I can say is Adam Henrique is a gem, it’s mostly just perseverance for him to get that puck in the back of the net, and incidentally himself as well.

The Kings didn’t stay behind for much tying the game a little under three minutes later. Iafallo is left alone on Gibson’s right side to put it home as everyone bunches up in front of the crease.

Lastly, the beaut that puts the Ducks ahead is started by a slapper from Beauchemin then redirected by Kesler through Quick’s five-hole. Jonathan Quick, by the way, put an absolute clinic in the first two periods, an immense performance that came up short thanks to Kesler.

Overall, another great performance for the Ducks to add onto the win against the Penguins. Last weekend I mentioned how the win against the Kings could be the spark to start a streak, but it showed not to be the case as we quickly lost to the Avs a couple days later. Getzlaf also gave Ducks’ fans a small heart attack getting off the ice gingerly late in the first period. Thankfully, he came back for the opening face-off of the second period. Next game is against the Sharks on Sunday at home. It’s a hard game, but the schedule is basically begging us to get ahead on the Pacific Division. The playoff race is tight, but not impossible, stay tuned here for all updates!

Freeway Face-off Round 3!

Anaheim Ducks 4-2 Los Angeles Kings

The third meeting of the season between the Ducks and Kings started off with a great display of respect to Kings legend Bob Miller and a banner raising in his honor. Not to be out-shined by Bob’s ceremony the Ducks started the period with an appetite for fighting, just two minutes into the first period the gloves were dropped three times. Here’s a quick rundown..

Jared Boll vs. Kurtis MacDermid : (MacDermid of the big hit on Kase fame to take him out early in the season) in my biased opinion slight edge to Mac.

Kevin Bieksa vs. Andy Andreoff : Rematch of a fight earlier this season which ended with Bieksa’s trademark one punch finish. In my opinion edge to Bieksa, Andreoff looked very beat up in the box after this one, either that or he’s an easy bleeder, your call.

Nick Ritchie vs. Kyle Clifford : The last fight of the night was an energized scrap from Ritchie, got some good hits and did not want that one to end as he kept chuckin’ knucks as they hit the ground, looks like it got him inspired enough to have a great rest of the game.

Let’s start off with this, the Ducks finally got some much needed points off Pacific Division opponents, and even better against our rivals. We just set a great starting point for a desperately needed win streak. Next up is Colorado which is attainable points and would be great to get some momentum going.

The Ducks played overall some great hockey against the Kings, and showed some really great puck possession and ability to set up in the LA zone throughout most of the game. Quick let in an ugly first goal from a bad angle shot provided by Ondrej Kase. The second goal was on the power play from Ryan Kesler. Kesler brought down an airborne pass and proceeded to snipe top shelf on Quick’s glove side paving the way for a small but satisfying celly for such a great goal. Lastly, another mistake from Quick trying to play the puck out from behind the net followed by Ritchie’s heads up play to give Kase a great shot at an empty net.

The third period the Kings pushed on a Ducks team cruising with 3-0 lead and got the results they wanted. Beauchemin left his man to pressure the puck and the Ducks got punished. Soon after Kopitar comes down the slot and whoa! whats this, a rebound off Gibson? Yup. He proceeds to beat Gibby and bring them within one.

Despite an admirable effort from the Kings in the last 10 minutes of the game, Scorey Perry’s cross ice shot into the empty net sealed. Ducks win! We have an almost completely healthy roster and only two points of the WC2 spot.

Stick taps to Ondrej Kase, and his noteworthy return to the team from spending some time in San Diego during the bye week.

“You’ll get ’em next time” awards to Jonathan Quick and Drew Doughty, both need to take a look at their performance if they wanna help the Kings finish strong this season.