Vincent Kompany, Samir Nasri

Assessing Man City’s task for 2, 3 or 4 trophies after Nasri says, “We want to win everything”

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Yes, Sunderland put up a heck of a fight but Sunday’s Capital One Cup final ended up with the League Cup trophy going into the hands of the likely victors.

Manchester City used two goals in a minute to jumpstart their season into Silverware Country, and they are hoping to increase the population as time goes on.

“I hope so, we want to win to everything,” Nasri told Sky Sports 1HD. “We are going to compete for the league, the FA Cup and we are going to try to make something happen in Champions League even if it’s going to be difficult, but I hope this cup is going to bring confidence to the team and we will fight to end.”

As we’ve said before, they’ve got the depth for a run through any competition, even though their hopes for a quadruple aren’t very high after giving Barcelona a 2-0 away goals leg-up in their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie.

Yet let’s say the Citizens can pick up a two-goal win at Camp Nou and find a way to advance. What’s on their path to four trophies?

1) League Cup: Nothing. Congratulations, Noel and Liam.

2) FA Cup: Up next in the sixth-round proper are the holders, Wigan Athletic. The Latics will have to upend Man City again… in the Etihad Stadium this time around. Presuming the favorites come out, they’ll be looking at a Final Four with either Everton or Arsenal, Hull or Sunderland, and Sheffield United or Charlton Athletic. To be frank, no club remaining has the depth of City.

3) Premier League title: City still have trips to Manchester United, Everton, Liverpool and Arsenal, while their starkest challenge at the Etihad will be Southampton. They will have to contest two more PL matches than any other club in the Top Five. It’s a stiff challenge.

4) UEFA Champions League: Let’s not mess around here. The idea of toppling Barcelona would almost be shocking if not for the obvious talent wearing sky blue. Then it’s the world’s best. Game on.

Given Sunday’s big game triumph and the draw for the sixth round, City will be favorites for the FA Cup. But the PL battle and Champions League are going to be a handful (especially given the congested schedule on the horizon). A quadruple? Unlikely, but given the Premier League today, wouldn’t a double taste just fine in a year where their neighbors in red are struggling to find form?

MLS Snapshot: Orlando City SC 2-1 Montreal Impact

Cyle Larin, Orlando City SC

The game in 100 words (or less): For weeks, it was a widely held belief that the Montreal Impact would snatch up the sixth and final playoff place in the Eastern Conference with little or no resistance from their opposition. As they went six games unbeaten (four wins), all looked to be setting up perfect for the club that fired Frank Klopas midseason, but there was another team in the race for sixth that kept winning themselves: Orlando City SC. On Saturday night, Montreal and Orlando City faced off at the Citrus, with the expansion Lions claiming their fourth-straight victory with a 2-1 triumph. Montreal now holds a one-point lead on Orlando in the race for sixth, and have two games in hand, but it’s no longer a foregone conclusion L’Impact will qualify for the playoffs no resistance whatsoever.

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Three moments that mattered

33′ — Bush’s mistake gifts Larin the opening goal — Larin did what your taught to do as a striker — “put it on frame, test the goalkeeper” — but in no universe does a shot so feeble have any business finding the back of the net. Evan Bush has been great this year. Hopefully (for Montreal’s sake), this howler doesn’t turn into the yips with the playoffs looming.

43′ — Hall’s “mistake” gifts Oduro an equalizer — Dominic Oduro equalized in the 43rd minute, when he took the ball out of the hands of Tally Hall and smashed it into the back of the net, but the goal should have been disallowed due to Hall having full control of the ball.

80′ — Hines hits the winner for Orlando — Seb Hines put the ball back into the mixer and just so happened to find the back of the net in the 80th minute. Sometimes that’s all it takes.

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Man of the match: Seb Hines

Goalscorers: Larin (33′), Oduro (43′), Hines (80′)

MLS Snapshot: NY Red Bulls 2-1 Columbus Crew SC

Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York Red Bulls
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The game in 100 words (or less): Two weeks in a row Columbus Crew SC have had a chance to go top of the Eastern Conference with a victory, and two weeks in a row Crew SC have failed to take a single point from massively important fixtures. Their latest defeat, a 2-1 humbling at the hands of the East-leading New York Red Bulls, started so well for Gregg Berhalter’s side, but was undone by a pair of costly, comedic defensive errors that allowed Lloyd Sam and Bradley Wright-Phillips (15th of the season) to erase an early deficit (Justin Meram) and win all three points. The result not only keeps the Red Bulls top of the East, but gives them a three- and four-point cushion with three and two games in hand on their nearest competitors., D.C. United and New England Revoltion respectively. For Crew SC, they’re four points back of the Red Bulls in fourth place, one point ahead of fifth-place Toronto FC, who have a game in hand.

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Three moments that mattered

9′ — Meram pokes it past Robles for an early lead — Meram “earned” his goal all the way back in midfield, when the Iraqi international’s mazy run took a routine turnover inside Crew SC’s defensive half and turned it into a dangerous counter-attacking opportunity. Harrison Afful overlapped and provided the cross for Meram to send home.

12′ — Sam capitalizes on multiple mistakes to equalize — Crew SC pass the ball out of the back. They don’t boot it forward to clear. It’s just what they do. Sometimes, that’ll bite you. When your goalkeeper and right back both have blunders clearing the ball 10 seconds apart, you probably deserve to concede an ugly, scrappy goal.

21′ — Wright-Phillips capitalizes on more defensive gaffes — See the above description for Red Bulls goal no. 1.

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Man of the match: Damien Perrinelle

Goalscorers: Meram (9′), Sam (12′), Wright-Phillips (21′)