In case you were living under a rock since last Thursday, you would’ve heard that U.S. national team legend Landon Donovan was left off the final USMNT roster for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Shock. Anger. Despair. Acceptance.
Those are the emotions most USMNT fans have gone through in the last three days since Donovan’s omission was made official by Jurgen Klinsmann. We had a plethora of content on the exclusion, what it means for the USA, Donovan, Klinsmann and everything else you could possibly think of (find links to those articles below).
However now that the news has sunk in, it is time to have your say and vote on whether or not Klinsmann was right to oust Donovan from appearing in his fourth-straight World Cup for the Stars and Stripes.
Vote below and let us know your feelings on this incredible story that has dominated the soccer community in the U.S. over the past few days and the ramifications are likely to be felt in the coming weeks and months.
Man City battered Swansea City 5-0 at the Etihad Stadium on the strength of goals from five different players.
“From the first minute to the last one, we played what we have shown in the season,” Guardiola said on NBCSN after the match. “(We scored) a lot of goals and we didn’t concede. We play to keep improving our game here and for the next season.”
1015 – Manchester City attempted 1015 passes against Swansea (942 completed), becoming the first team to attempt 1000+ in a Premier League game (since 2003/04). Futuristic. pic.twitter.com/PGA8ZAVtvJ
Guardiola could hardly differentiate between the club’s stylish Sunday goals, saying, “The first one, the second one, of course the third one. … The Yaya pass was amazing. All the goals were so good.”
And he was also pleased with the support from the Etihad Stadium crowd, though he admits he was grateful to escape before the City faithful stormed the pitch.
Guardiola said he thinks the supporters are still behind their team despite the decisive UEFA Champions League loss to Liverpool because of how hard City plays week-in and week-out.
“That’s happened because they know that we are not liars in the way we want to play,” he said. “They know that we tried our best from the beginning to the end. We knew from the beginning how happy they were.”
LONDON — Antonio Conte versus Jose Mourinho. Chelsea versus Manchester United.
The FA Cup final on May 19 will be some showdown between two Premier League giants as Chelsea breezed past Southampton 2-0 in their semifinal at Wembley on Sunday.
Conte against Mourinho is a battle which has become increasingly feisty over the past two seasons as they’ve had public spats and insulted one another.
Speaking after the game, Conte was asked about his relationship with Mourinho and potential fireworks on the sidelines, as well as on the pitch, during the final.
“With Jose [Mourinho], we have clarified the situation and that is the most important thing. There is not a problem between him and I,” Conte said. “I think this is a final between two great teams. In my mind I can tell you last season we arrived as favorites against Arsenal. I think in this season season we are not arriving as favorites but as you know very well, last season we lost the cup.”
Conte then revealed he respects Mourinho despite the words the two had earlier this season.
The Italian coach responded to Mourinho’s comments about him, and other PL managers, acting like “clowns” on the sidelines by saying Mourinho was a “fake, little man” as United’s manager also hit out and made a remark about Conte’s involvement in a previous match-fixing investigation.
“We are talking about two managers with a strong character and about two winners and when your mind, your heart, your blood and there is the will to win, for sure we want to try to win this trophy,” Conte said. “The same way Manchester United wants to achieve this. I have great respect for United’s story, for Mourinho’s story. I think they have the same respect for Chelsea’s story and my story.”
Let’s see if that respect is on show during what should be a fantastic final next month as it could well be Conte’s final game in charge of Chelsea.