One of the first posts I ever wrote for Aerys was an homage to a baseball blog I love, You Can’t Predict Baseball. Every day, YCPB runs through the craziness that happens in baseball, which, judging by the success of the blog, is plentiful.
Unpredictability is one of the aspects of sports that makes it so exciting to watch, and soccer is not immune. From El Clasico to Old Trafford, and throughout MLS, this weekend has been a clinic in unpredictable and crazy moments throughout the soccer world. So without further ado, ladies and gentlemen, I give you today’s Daily Kick Around: You Can’t Predict Soccer Edition.
Let’s start with El Clasico. Yes, yes, our own Tamara Rinehart actually predicted the final score of the heavyweight Real Madrid-Barcelona matchup. But most didn’t. Real Madrid had not defeated Barca since May 7, 2008 — nearly three years! Since then, Barcelona had outscored them 20-4. I repeat: TWENTY TO FOUR. Not to mention, it was Barcelona’s first loss at home this season. So how did the inevitable Liga champs do it? Tamara has the full recap.
English Premier League
Manchester United had a chance to seal the Premier League title today at Old Trafford with a defeat over Everton, and it looked to be a pretty predictable outcome when they went up 4-2 in the 67th minute. Everton hadn’t won at Manchester United in 20 years, and their last draw came 6 years ago. In 18 matches before today, Everton’s record against MUFC was 0-15-3. Then Everton scored two goals in the final 7 minutes to force a draw, and keep Manchester City within striking distance – only 6 points behind United. Everton are only the third team to score 4 or more at Old Trafford.
Major League Soccer
Eastern Conference leaders, Sporting KC, were riding a perfect record coming into Saturday’s match against the woeful Portland Timbers. Portland was on a four game losing streak. Kansas City was on a seven game winning streak. So how did Portland hand KC their first loss of the season, and hold them scoreless? Well, KC did it to themselves – with an own goal. Ouch.
Two MLS matches yesterday saw a team handed two red cards, left to finish the match with nine men. Real Salt Lake nearly hung on, as their match against the San Jose Earthquakes was still 1-1 at 90 minutes, but RSL allowed two goals in stoppage time to hand the Quakes the Western Conference lead. Simon Dawkins scored the go-ahead goal for San Jose, his first goal of the season. RSL held an 8-0 scoring advantage over the Quakes in their last 4 meetings prior to this match.
Chivas USA, however, couldn’t take advantage of their 2-man advantage over the Philadelphia Union, falling 1-0. This was their fourth consecutive 1-0 defeat at home.
Chicago Fire won a game! Then again, it was over Toronto FC, who managed two goals but remain winless on the season. Now with two wins this season, the Fire may soon have more wins than the Cubs.
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