I’ve been too busy to watch much soccer lately with Halloween & my son’s birthday one weekend and an out-of-state conference the next. I’m not complaining. There are more important things in life than spectator sports. With that being said I’m going to use this post to catch up on the teams and competitions I purportedly am following with scores on the matches played since I last wrote as well as their current place in the standings. The games I actually watched are bolded with links to the match report.
In related news I will be participating in the 30 Day Football Challenge on my Tumblog.
English Premier League (after 11 matches)
Everton (Position-11, Points – 14)
- 30 Oct: Everton 1 – 0 Stoke City
- 6 Nov: Blackpool 2 – 2 Everton
Everton continue to hang in there in the EPL with a 6 game undefeated streak. They do need to get more wins than draws though as they always seem within striking distance of making an impressive move up the EPL table but never get there. Even Liverpool is ahead of them now.
Fulham (Position-13, Points – 13)
- 30 Oct: Fulham 2 – 0 Wigan Athletic
- 6 Nov: Fulham 1 – 1 Aston Villa
Fulham is also hanging in there with USMNT star Clint Dempsey providing both goals versus Wigan, and a last-minute goal by Brede Hangeland to earn a draw versus Villa. A friend on Facebook told me that the goal was totally undeserved but he’s a Villa supporter. Next up, Fulham faces Chelsea at Stamford Bridge (yikes!).
Eredivisie (after 13 matches)
AFC Ajax (Position – 3, Points – 27)
Ajax did not look at all in top form in their loss to ADO for their second loss on the season in the Eredivisie. I missed a much better win a week earlier, but apparently their mid-week Champions League match threw the club into a funk.
La Liga (after 10 matches)
FC Barcelona (Position – 2, Points – 25)
The one team I follow that I don’t really have to worry about is Barça who cruised to four straight victories in the Spanish Primera División. I watched the match on Sunday and while the hot pink uniforms were ugly the play was beautiful. My son enjoyed saying “Goaaaaaaaalllll!!!” along with the announcer.
UEFA Champions League (after 4 matches)
FC Barcelona (Group D, Position – 1, Points – 8)
Barcelona did face a challenge in their rematch at Copenhagen with each side scoring their goal within a minute of the other in the first half, and that score held. Barça had lots of chances that bounced off the crossbar. Needless to say, Copenhagen are the biggest challengers in this group and Barça should inevitably advance to the next round.
AFC Ajax (Group G, Position – 3, Points – 4)
A very unfortunate loss for Ajax to the French club who up to this point had no points in the Champions League. Now Ajax has to hope to get some points from much tougher opponents in Milan and Madrid. This game was weird to listen to as the Auxerre supporters had a constant, creepy chant that was so loud it sounded like they were using bullhorns.
CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying
US Women’s National Team
Had I written last week I would have commented on how easy everything is for the United States and that there’s just not very much competition in women’s football, especially in CONCACAF. This was especially true in the 9-0 drubbing of Guatemala in group play that I watched (the US outscoring opponents 18-0 in three group matches).
Then came Mexico’s defeat of the US in the semifinals in the greatest upset in team history. I’m not surprised that the US won the third club match tonight and expect they’ll win the two-leg playoff against Italy to gain entrance into the 2011 Women’s World Cup. In a way this is a good thing. The US gets a wake-up call that will help them hone their competitive edge. The women’s soccer world gets to see Mexico and Canada participate in a growing world competition.
Other teams I am theoretically following and supporting:
- Kaiserlautern – 11 games, 12 points, 15th place
- Kyoto Sanga F.C. – 29 games, 16 points, 17th place (out of 18) and in the relegation zone.
- Melbourne Heart – 13 matches, 17 points, 6th place.
- Maccabi Haifa F.C. – 8 matches, 18 points, 3rd place.