Tottenham Hotspur's Gareth Bale reacts during their Premier League soccer match against Manchester United at White Hart Lane in London

Better weekend for a Yank abroad: Altidore’s hat trick or Dempsey’s day-saver for Spurs?


Jozy Altidore seemed to have a stranglehold on best weekend for a Yank abroad, never mind that Vitesse defense was on Eredivisie holiday apparently on Saturday; a hat trick is a hat trick.

But what about Clint Dempsey’s day at snowy White Hart Lane? That’s got to be part of this conversation, at least.

Dempsey was in the right place at the right time to supply the stoppage time goal, as Tottenham took points off top-of-the-table Manchester United – something not a lot of clubs are doing at the moment – in a 1-1 draw in North London.

Spurs will keep their place in the table (third currently) after Dempey undid Manchester United yet again. Remember, it was the U.S. international who provided the game-winner in late September, his first goal for Tottenham after the huge late-summer move from Fulham.

Sunday, Spurs were creeping toward a disappointing 1-0 loss at home, already into the third minute of injury time. Dempsey had failed to convert on a one-on-one earlier in the contest, so poking in the winner from close range after some less than spectacular ball handling from Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea must have felt fantastic.

What Dempsey, now with five Premier League goals for Spurs, had to say in the flash interview immediately after Sunday’s draw:

“We needed to get a point, because we need as many point as possible if we want to finish in the top four. Anytime you get four points off Manchester United in a season, that’s a great return.

I’ve had a little bit of a slow start to the season in in terms of getting goals, but it’s great to start chipping in a little more and hopefully there will be more to come. It feels great to score against a club like Man United, and hopefully I can score a few more this season.” 

And until the copyright cops speak up … here’s the big goal for Spurs on Sunday:


Klopp to the Kop: Multiple reports say deal agreed at Liverpool

TURIN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 24:  Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp shouts to his players during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 match between Juventus and Borussia Dortmund at Juventus Arena on February 24, 2015 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
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Jurgen Klopp is on his way to Liverpool to sign a contract naming him the next coach of the Reds.

The celebrated manager, 48, has been on “hiatus” from football since leaving Borussia Dortmund last season.

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Reports starting emerging earlier today that an agreement was imminent, and now the BBC is among those reporting that Klopp will be rolled out Friday morning.

From the BBC:

No contract has yet been signed but that is viewed as a formality when Klopp arrives in Liverpool later on Thursday. He will be officially unveiled by Liverpool on Friday morning at 10:00 BST.

There’s not much to say besides this: Klopp’s addition to the Premier League will give more color and brilliance to the country’s footballing scene. Only a certain class of manager can be instantly expected to find a better system for an inherited group of players.

This could and should be a game changer on Merseyside.

Appeal rejected! Lionel Messi will face court trial in Spain

VIGO, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 23:  Lionel Messi looks dejected after the La Liga match between Celta Vigo and FC Barcelona at Estadio Balaidos on September 23, 2015 in Vigo, Spain.  (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)
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It was a mere 48 hours ago that Lionel Messi looked close to in the clear when it came to tax evasion charges.

Now the question is whether a Spanish court will lock away the greatest active footballer, as a judge rejected the prosecutors’ (!!!) request to drop the charges.

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Messi and his father have already made a $5.5 million corrective payment, but there’s principle in play here. And the judge wants to know how Messi can claim he had no idea what was being done with his money.

From the BBC:

Lawyers acting on behalf of the tax authorities demanded 22-month jail sentences for both defendants.

“There are rational signs that the criminality was committed by both accused parties,” wrote the judge in a court filing, according to the AFP news agency.

Can you imagine one of the world’s richer men ending up in a Spanish prison? It’s very difficult to consider. In some ways it’s more plausible that he would buy his own island and start the “Messi Isle Premiership”.

Still, we won’t laugh off the idea, especially with FIFA apparently going down. Messi in prison. That’s something. Sepp in Switzerland. Lionel in Spain.