- Tuesdays without Champions League
- Chivas USA’s chances of scoring again this year (One goal in six September games? Are you kidding me?)
- Colorado’s Omar Cummings
- Vancouver’s Camilo
- Pumpkin coffee
- Spurs jinx at Old Trafford
- Any talk of a new ground for the New England Revolution
- MLS attendance in Round 30 (needed to be better in some spots.)
- During the run of play, press box chit-chat about other sports
- Alex Ferguson complaining about stoppage time
- Over-hyping the Cosmos
- Bill Gaudette (Red Bulls don’t need him)
- Teemu Tainio (ditto)
- Rafa Marquez (double ditto)
- “Hip” Tweets with so few words spelled sensibly that they make no freakin’ sense
- Chelsea leads all-time: 65W-39D-50L
- Spurs 8 back of Leicester
- Clubs drew 0-0 in November
If Spurs want to keep their unlikely title charge alive, they’ll need to start in a historically difficult place (Watch live, 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra).
Tottenham heads to Chelsea on Monday knowing a win at Stamford Bridge would be their first road London Derby win over the Blues since 1990.
Spurs are leading the form table with 14 points from its last six matches, but hasn’t been able to gain ground on Leicester and would forfeit their title chances by losing even a single point on Monday.
Chelsea’s Diego Costa is 10th in the Premier League in goals with 11, but that’s 13 back of league leader Harry Kane. The Spurs forward has a one goal edge on Sergio Aguero and two on Jamie Vardy with two weeks left in the season.
What they’re saying
Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink on Monday’s match: “That’s almost a personal challenge, but whoever will play in defence will like that challenge with Harry Kane. He is having an admirable season. He has maintained his form [from last season] and is doing very well.”
Harry Kane on trying to topple Chelsea: “Playing London rivals is always a big game for us and this is no different. With the situation that we’re in as well, I’m sure Chelsea will be wanting to try to beat us but we’ve got to be prepared for that and make sure we go out there, play the way we have been and really take the game to them.
“We try to play the same way every game – we try to attack, play good football, keep possession and press high. We’ll do the same this week. Chelsea know the way we’re going to play but hopefully if we do it well enough they won’t be able to stop it.”
Will Leicester’s miracle run to the Premier League title be completed while the Foxes crowd around a television? It wouldn’t fit the story line, but we have a feeling Chelsea has enough in the tank to make a season-ending stop. 1-1.
LONDON (AP) Leicester forward Jamie Vardy has won England’s Footballer of the Year award on the day his team could clinch an unlikely Premier League title.
The Football Writers’ Association said Leicester players swept the top three places and seven in total got votes for the award seen as the most prestigious individual prize in England.
“It’s been an amazing season for all of us at Leicester, based on the teamwork not individuals, which you can see in the voting,” Vardy said in a statement. The 29-year-old forward gets the honor just four years after playing in the fifth-tier division.
His 22 Premier League goals include a streak of scoring in 11 consecutive early-season matches, which launched Leicester’s historic title challenge after being a 5,000-1 outsider.
Vardy also scored his first goals for England, against Germany and the Netherlands, in March.
Leicester will win the league with two rounds to spare if second-placed Tottenham fails to win at Chelsea later Monday. Victory for Leicester at home to Everton on Saturday would also secure the title.
Leicester swept the main individual awards, after 17-goal Mahrez won the players’ vote last week.
Coach Claudio Ranieri is near-certain to win the manager of the year award later this month.
BERLIN (AP) Thomas Mueller has promised “fireworks” as Bayern Munich seeks to overturn a 1-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid and reach the Champions League final, where Real Madrid or Manchester City await.
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Five-time champion Bayern could go out to Spanish opposition at the semifinal stage for the third straight season, after defeats to Real Madrid and Barcelona in 2014 and 2015.
Saul Niguez’ brilliant strike in the first leg in Spain is the difference between the sides. Another Bayern fightback in front of 70,000 fans is expected Tuesday, with Pep Guardiola’s side counting on the spirit that helped it recover from 2-0 down against Juventus to win 4-2 after extra time earlier in the campaign.
Guardiola still hopes to lead Bayern to the treble and match the feat of his predecessor Jupp Heynckes in his last season before he leaves for City.
City could yet meet its future coach in the final if it completes the job against Madrid on Wednesday. After a scoreless first leg in Manchester, Manuel Pellegrini‘s side knows a score-draw will be enough to reach the final for the first time.
Here is a closer look at this week’s Champions League matches:
Bayern missed the chance to clinch its fourth successive Bundesliga title on Saturday, when it was clear that thoughts were already on Atletico’s visit.
With the league title all but certain to arrive sooner or later, Guardiola decided to rest Xabi Alonso, Javi Martinez, Philipp Lahm, David Alaba, Arturo Vidal, Thiago Alcantara, Douglas Costa and Robert Lewandowski in the 1-1 draw against Borussia Moenchengladbach.
“Tuesday’s match is going to be different, we have to play better then,” Guardiola said.
Since losing the 2014 semifinal to Madrid, Bayern has won all 11 Champions League games at home.
However, Bayern has been made to sweat in the Champions League this season, leaving it very late against Juventus and scraping past Benfica 3-2 on aggregate.
“The assurance has suffered a bit the last few weeks,” Mueller said. “We stand together well as a team but it’s no longer as easy as it was.”
Most fans were surprised to see Mueller starting the first leg in Madrid on the bench. The 26-year-old scored his 20th league goal of the season Saturday, bringing his tally across all competitions to 32, and it was his injury-time goal that forced extra time against Juventus.
If Bayern had trouble breaking through Atletico’s defense in Madrid, it will now have to deal with the addition of Diego Godin to the Spanish team’s backline. Godin, a key player for Atletico, and winger Yannick Carrasco were both cleared to play on Sunday after recovering from injuries.
Coach Diego Simeone also rested most of his first-choice players over the weekend, starting only four players from his lineup that beat Bayern. Atletico won 1-0 against Rayo Vallecano to stay level on points with league leader Barcelona.
The game in 100 words (or less): In theory, playing with a man advantage is supposed to provide just that — an advantage. In practice, it’s been a largely fruitless exercise for Sporting Kansas City in 2016. Following Sunday’s 1-1 draw with the LA Galaxy, Sporting KC have played 153 minutes with a man advantage (four red cards shown to opponents on the season), and scored all of one goal on the season, all the way back on the opening day of the season. Ashley Cole was the latest to see red against Sporting (video below – if you’re anything other than a Chelsea fan, you’ll enjoy this one), and once again Peter Vermes’ side failed to hit pay dirt in the game’s final 20 minutes. The draw sees the two sides pick up a point each, with the Galaxy climbing one spot in the Western Conference standings, up to fourth, while Sporting hold steady in sixth.
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Three moments that mattered
30′ — Davis curls a left-footed beauty for 1-0 — Attention, defenders of MLS; Brad Davis’s left foot — it’s still good.
42′ — Dos Santos finishes off a devastating counter — In the blink of an eye, from one end of the field to the other, and the Galaxy were back on level terms through Giovani dos Santos. Cheeky, cheeky.
70′ — Cole sees two yellows in the span of 13 seconds — Cole has mostly flown under the radar while in MLS. That is no longer the case.
Man of the match: Roger Espinoza
Goalscorers: Davis (30′), Dos Santos (42′)