Marco Di Vaio’s 20th goal in an increasingly special season around Stade Saputo this year did a couple of things:
First, and most importantly, it was the critical equalizer Saturday at Stade Saputo against Philadelphia. And without the equalizer, Montreal would not have been in position to claim the late game-winner … a goal that will go a long way to getting Marco Schallibaum’s team into the 2013 playoffs.
Montreal’s 2-1 win over the Union did not clinch a playoff spot, but it left the Impact men in a much better place than when they arrived into Stade Saputo early Saturday afternoon.
Both Impact goals were vital in helping Montreal shake the pitiful funk that has dragged down the team lately at home; the Impact had lost three in a row at Stade Saputo going into Saturday’s important contest, one with lots of playoff implications.
More on the match later. For now we can wonder: Was this the goal that gives Marco Di Vaio the MLS Golden Boot? It was No. 20 this year for the Italian veteran.
Chicago’s Mike Magee has two contests left to pull even; he is one back, with 19 goals. Vancouver’s Camilo is two behind the pace with 18 goals. He has two matches remaining, as well.
Remember, we told you before that 20-goal seasons in MLS are pretty special animals, not very common at all.
As you think about that, enjoy Di Vaio’s 20th on a pretty special season that he has assembled around Stade Saputo:
In some ways absence makes the heart grow fonder, but it seems Sir Alex Ferguson‘s life after Manchester United has been filled with second guessing.
Whether the sales of Paul Pogba and Gerard Pique or the appointment of David Moyes, “Fergie” apparently can’t rest on his title-winning laurels.
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One thing that seems to bug him more than anything, though, is the idea that he hand-picked David Moyes to be his successor, and should be responsible for his failings.
In a new documentary, Ferguson both defends the appointment of Moyes and explains the process behind his choice.
From the BBC:
“I don’t think we made a mistake at all. I think we chose a good football man,” Ferguson says. “Unfortunately it didn’t work for David.
“Jose Mourinho was going back to Chelsea, Carlo Ancelotti was going to Real Madrid, Jurgen Klopp had signed a contract with Dortmund, Louis Van Gaal was staying with Holland for the World Cup.”
The article also makes another key point, according to Ferguson: the manager claims he only gave United a few months notice that he’d be stepping down. That certainly didn’t provide a lot of lead time to secure a big boss.
What do you make it of it? If your answer is, “When can we stop talking about Moyes and United?” I tend to be with you, but it’s a talking point.
Lionel Messi will not face charges that he and his father defrauded the government in millions of unpaid taxes, though his father is not so lucky.
Messi’s father, Jorge, could face 18 months in jail and an approximate $2.25 million fine despite a voluntary payment of $5.5 million in 2013 to “correct” the missed taxes.
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The Barcleona star had plead ignorance to the charges, something that failed to impress prosecutors. But, it apparently worked out in his favor on Tuesday.
From the BBC:
Prosecutors allege that Jorge avoiding paying tax on his son’s earnings by using offshore companies in Belize and Uruguay between 2007 and 2009.
Messi’s lawyers argued that the player had “never devoted a minute of his life to reading, studying or analysing” the contracts, El Pais newspaper reported.