Ramsey can't stop scoring, ad the Gunners sit top of the tree.

Premier League Roundup: Both clubs from Manchester fall, Arsenal assumes two-point lead atop the table (video)


There was history making stuff on Saturday as the bulk of Round 6 played out across England. And those tables … they are looking a bit wacky today, with Southampton ahead of Manchester City and well ahead of mighty Manchester United!

Here’s the full recap of Saturday’s PL matches, with video highlights of each:

Swansea 1-2 Arsenal – Recap

Wasn’t it just one month ago with the pitchfork-and-lantern crowd were at Arsene Wenger’s North London door? It has all turned so Gunners golden, as Arsenal’s 15 points matches the club’s best start since 2007-08. (They earned 16 points from their first six contests that year.) The Gunners are top of the PL table now after goals by Serge Gnabry and Aaron Ramsey at the Liberty Stadium.

Hull City 1-0 West Ham United – Recap

The big talkers of the day were those two glamour sides from Manchester falling. But we should save a few excited words for little Hull City, too! How about those Tigers, a newly promoted side now sitting (almost regally) in seventh after Saturday’s win over West Ham. Yes, these newly promoted sides have a way of starting fast and then slipping slowly through the year. But never mind that for now, because three wins in six matches is worthy achievement, indeed.

Fulham 1-2 Cardiff City — Recap

How about Cardiff, with its first win away from home in England’s top flight since 1961! Meanwhile, the shot of beleaguered Martin Jol on Fulham’s bench tells the story of this one, a big three points at Craven Cottage for the team from Wales. What will come of Jol this week?

Tottenham 1-1 Chelsea – Recap

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has not always had the kindest words for midfielder Juan Mata this year. But the Spanish midfielder has responded just as a good pro should, raising his game recently. And Mata was certainly the difference in Saturday’s London derby. Mourinho got his second half tactics right as the Blues split the points with Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

Manchester United 1-2 West Bromich Albion – Recap

It was elation for West Brom (first win at historic Old Trafford since 1978, back before most of the players were even born) and more grim news for Manchester United and first-year manager David Moyes. This is the worst start for a league campaign around Old Trafford since the 1989-90 season. Coming off last week’s 4-1 hammering by the local rivals, the heat on Moyes must be absolutely intense.

Southampton 2-0 Crystal Palace – Recap

It may not have been the prettiest of matches, but Dani Osvaldo and Rickie Lambert hit for Southampton, and look who is suddenly in fourth place! If the Champions League places were chosen today … well, never mind. It’s a bit early for all that. Still, another big day for Southampton’s excellent defense (just two goals conceded) and more woe for Crystal Palace, just one spot off the bottom.

Aston Villa 3-2 Manchester City – Recap

It must have been difficult for City to come back to Earth after last week’s ginormous 4-1 win over rival Manchester United. But credit to Villa for a big second half performance, especially from Dutch midfielder Leandro Bacuna (who scored on a free kick) and to Andreas Weimann, who raced past the visitor’s clunky defense to poke in the game-winner. Said Weimann: “Scoring the winner against Man City, you don’t do that every day. It is incredible!”

Klinsmann blames Costa Rica loss on Mexico hangover

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The United States lost their third straight match on home soil tonight, the first such losing streak since 1997.

Following an extra-time loss to Mexico on Saturday, the U.S. failed to compete in a friendly against Costa Rica, putting in another poor performance as the side continues to struggle.

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In his post match press conference, Jurgen Klinsmann said his team was still shaking off the loss against Mexico, and couldn’t recover in time for tonight’s game.

Yes, the United States’ match against Mexico went 120 minutes. Yes, it was a very tough game both physically and mentally. However, it’s time for Klinsmann to stop making excuses.

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Of the starting XI against Costa Rica, only four started against Mexico. Of the six substitutes Klinsmann brought in today, only Bobby Wood played in the Mexico match, and for less than 25 minutes.

The problem isn’t that the U.S. lost tonight; it’s that they didn’t even show up. What Klinsmann needed to do was walk into his press conference and say, “We didn’t come to play tonight. We stunk. That can’t happen and we need to be better. It starts with me.”

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Top teams don’t dwell on past results. Top teams rebound quickly and back up poor performances with strong performances. When a top team would have bounced back, the United States fell flat.

Clearly the argument is, well, the United States isn’t a top team. But isn’t that what Klinsmann was brought in to do? To help develop the USMNT into a top team? The least they could do is act like one, and that starts with the manager.

College Soccer Update: Tragedy strikes USC Upstate with horrible car accident

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No interviews today. No star players and programs. Just mourning.

USC Upstate lost four students earlier this week, two of them men’s soccer players, in an early morning car accident this weekend. A fifth was injured when the car they were driving in ran off the road, hit a tree, and caught fire.

James Campbell and Mills Sproul are the soccer players who’ve left the pitch for the final time.

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USC Upstate’s athletic department held a candelight vigil on Monday, and honored both players with online memorials.

From Campbell’s, entitled “James Campbell Was an Intense Player Whose Competitiveness Made Those Around Him Play Harder”:

While Kyle Juell and James attended different high schools, they played club soccer together. “James was intense and passionate on the field,” Juell said. “He was the kind of aggressive player you wanted as a teammate. He was fun and warm and full of life and he cared so much about his teammates.”

From Sproul’s, entitled “Mills Sproul Put the Needs of Others Before His Own and Was Accepting of All”:

Mills’ teammate Deon Rose said that Mills was like the brother he never had.

“The first time I met him, I knew that he was special,” Rose said. “Not because he asked me if we had beaches in Canada or how Canadians survived without Chick-fil-A, but because he had an unconditional love for everyone and everything.”

Our thoughts are with the USC Upstate team, and entire community. Rest in peace.

Three stars of the week

1. University of California Santa Barbara — The Gauchos leapt from “receiving votes” to No. 14 in the nation. The Gauchos have won five-straight, all in-state, by a combined score of 13-3.

2. Joey Piatczyc, West Virginia — The midfielder leads the nation in assists with 12, one coming in Tuesday’s upset of Penn State, a match in which he also scored his first of the year. The Mountaineers shocked PSU with a 3-0 home win in Morgantown.

3. Francis Atuahene and Colin McAtee, Michigan — The Ghanaian freshman is a lightning bolt, and keeps producing goals along with the redshirt senior McAtee, who hails from San Diego. The Wolverines beat Duquesne 3-0 on Tuesday.

Other notes

— Creighton dropped two of its 24 first place votes, one each to North Carolina and Stanford, but remains the No.1 men’s team in the nation.

— Wake Forest hasn’t allowed a goal in three matches, against quality competition in NC State, South Carolina and Boston College. There were stretches in the 2-0 win over South Carolina where they looked unbeatable.

— Speaking of the Demon Deacons, they’ll face dangerous UNC on Saturday in what will be a cracker.

— Also No. 1:Florida State (Women’s D-1), Gannon (Women’s D-2), Trinity of Texas (Women’s D-3), Pfeiffer (Men’s D-2), Franklin & Marshall (Men’s D-3).