Los Angeles Galaxy v Portland Timbers

Easy to overlook one MLS biggie: Galaxy-Real Salt Lake


With attendance records about to be smashed to bits up in Seattle …

With the NBC cameras trained on Red Bull Arena for a clash of second-place and third-place …

With FC Dallas as desperate as it possibly can be for a win (and nothing but  a win) that will keep the Texans in the playoff hunt …

With San Jose’s Chris Wondolowski looking to tie off the 2012 Golden Boot once and for all …

With all that and more … It’s oddly easy to lose sight of one MLS match out West between two of the higher quality teams of the moment. It’s especially odd considering two of the league’s most familiar faces are involved in David Beckham (pictured) and Landon Donovan.

The Galaxy hosts Real Salt Lake in one of the late kickoffs tomorrow. Thing is, both of these teams have been on fairly sound footing, playoff-wise, for a while now. And since San Jose has safely held distance on the peloton, there’s not a lot of Supporters Shield or conference crown drama from the left side of the map.

So, this one has flown slightly under the radar.

But that does not mean this isn’t a quality contest (9 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network). These teams have one loss between them in their last 15 matches in all competitions (a combined record of 11-1-3 since mid-September.)

The latest news on this one: Swedish winger Christian Wilhelmsson could be available. The recently signed European vet needs games for optimum sharpness and familiarity, with the league ways and with his teammates’ tendencies, that is.

From Real Salt Lake’s side, players and manager Jason Kreis are still buzzing about Alvaro Saborio’s hat trick last week in a showy win over Chivas USA:

[His form has] been spectacular really. The whole year, it’s been pretty consistent that he’s been scoring goals. I think he may have had one patch toward the beginning [of the season] where he hadn’t scored a goal in a while, but other than that, he’s been our go-to guy. If we have any chances to succeed we are going to need him to continue that.”

“Super computer” predicts final Premier League standings

Leave a comment

With eight games gone and 30 to go in the Premier League, now is the time that those preseason predictions start to get revised and new knee-jerk picks are made.

[ MORE: Klopp’s 10 best quotes ]

Stats.com have run the numbers through their “super computer” — how big is this thing? To me, it’s the size of several rooms… — and the intriguing table will surprise many.

[ MORE: Bradley to coach Sunderland?

Manchester City will win the title, pipping Arsenal to the crown, while Manchester United will finish in third and Chelsea will recover to finish fourth. At the bottom, only Bournemouth will be relegated out of the newly promoted teams, while it is looking bleak for Sunderland and Aston Villa.

[ MORE: Chung to sue Blatter for $100 million

Do you agree with the findings of Stats.com?

Click on this link via talkSPORT to see the points tally for each team, as it promises to be a tight race for the title and against relegation.

Predicted final Premier League table

1- Manchester City
2- Arsenal
3 – Manchester United
4- Chelsea
5- Liverpool
6- Tottenham Hotspur
7- Everton
8- Southampton
9- Crystal Palace
10- West Ham United
11- Swansea City
12- Stoke City
13- Leicester City
14 – West Bromwich Albion
15- Newcastle United
16- Norwich City
17- Watford
18- Bournemouth
19- Aston Villa
20- Sunderland

After defying quit calls, Blatter mediates between FAs

Leave a comment

ZURICH (AP) After defying pleas from FIFA sponsors to quit immediately, President Sepp Blatter is continuing regular business at soccer’s governing body, presiding over a dispute between football federations on Tuesday.

[ MORE: Chung to sue Blatter for $100 million ]

Palestinian Football Union president Jibril Rajoub told The Associated Press: “Blatter is functioning well and in a good mood with common sense, a sense of humor.”

According to Rajoub, Blatter ruled at Tuesday’s meeting with Saudi Arabia’s federation that a decision to force the Palestinians to play a World Cup qualifier at a neutral venue was “invalid.”

[ MORE: Bradley to coach Sunderland?

FIFA’s World Cup committee initially ordered the Oct. 13 game to be relocated from the West Bank to neighboring Jordan after the first leg was played in Riyadh.

[ MORE: Klopp’s 10 best quotes ]

Rajoub says FIFA has now agreed to postpone the fixture until a resolution is found.