If we told you two months ago when Andre Villas-Boas was let go from Chelsea that the Blues would win the FA Cup, you’d probably spit your beer in our faces laughing. But that’s exactly what happened, as Chelsea defeated Liverpool 2-1 Saturday to claim the title. Dirty Tackle has photos and video from the celebration, including Didier Drogba’s “dressing room dance party.”
The win was not without controversy, however. Andy Carroll, who had cut the lead in half with Liverpool’s first goal in the 64th minute, thought he equalized on a header in the 82nd minute, but the official said that the ball was not over the line before Chelsea keeper Petr Cech knocked it out. Cue the arguments for goal-line technology…
English Premier League
Manchester City is just a win away from their first League title since 1968, but they’re already looking toward next year. City has offered Arsenal’s Robin van Persie £250,000 per week to sign with them next year. Could this signal the end to Mario Balotelli’s time at the Etihad?
Major League Soccer
It was a big day in MLS on Saturday, with seven league matches, including an ESPN prime time clash between the New York Red Bulls and the L.A. Galaxy. The Red Bulls were down two of their stars, Thierry Henry (hamstring) and Rafa Marquez (suspension), while the Galaxy was bringing their big guns after resting Beckham and Keane against the Sounders a week earlier. On paper the match looked to be in the Galaxy’s favor, but just two weeks after getting absolutely demolished by D.C. United, the Red Bulls’ back line pulled a complete 180, holding up a 19′ goal from Joel Lindpere. Rookie keeper Ryan Meara had the game of his life, saving numerous Galaxy chances, and posting a clean sheet for the second week in a row. Get match highlights and a full recap at newyorkredbulls.com.
Vancouver and Montreal both pulled off huge shockers, with the Whitecaps knocking off the Western Conference leader San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 in stoppage time and the Impact pulling out a huge road win to hand Sporting KC their second straight shutout, after starting the season 7-0.
Some fans wear face paint. Others wear scarves or toot vuvuzelas. Fans of Hartlepool United support their team by dressing in costume for the final match of the season. Last season it was Ooompa Loompas. This season? Smurfs.
U.S. Women’s National Team
After the Seattle Sounders’ win over the Philadelphia Union yesterday, NBC Sports Network interviewed the goalkeeper for the Sounders Women squad, who you may have heard of: Hope Solo. Solo chatted about the U.S. National Team’s prep for the the Summer Games, her thoughts on their group stage matches, playing Japan again in a friendly before the Olympics, and of course, the possibility of grabbing the gold at Wembley Stadium.
Check back throughout the day for more news and recaps from EPL and MLS, and follow @AerysSoccer on Twitter for the latest reactions to all the weekend’s matches.