What The Soccer Guys Are Reading — Sept. 23, 2010

Revolution midfielder Pat Phelan wins a header in the midfield over FC Dallas captain David Ferreira. Courtesy Revolutionsoccer.net

New England Soccer Today — Disappointment in the Big D — by Brian O’Connell

The New England Revolution looked to be on the verge of finally sealing the club’s second road win of the season and ending FC Dallas’s 14 game unbeaten streak, and then it all came undone like it has so many times this year. The Revs were able to survive with a 2-0 lead into the 80th minute when Dallas midfielder David Ferreira stepped up to the penalty spot for the second time in the game — he missed the net on his first try earlier in the game– and the Hoops captain banged in a goal for Dallas and brought the team back in the game. A last gasp goal from substitute Jeff Cunningham in stoppage time sealed a, 2-2, draw for Dallas and major blow for New England as the club tried to end its 10 game winless streak on the road.

The Telegraph — Manchester City hit by defensive worries ahead of Premier League clash with Chelsea

Joe looked at the struggles Roberto Mancini has had with his squad selection and keeping his high-profile players happy thus far, and things don’t look to be getting any easier for the Italian. Manchester City will have to take on Chelsea this weekened and City have only three healthy defenders going into the game against the most potent offensive squad in the Premier League. Mancini and City have shelled out millions of dollars on some of the biggest names in soccer, but they are missing quality depth in defense and maybe not so many big name stars, but maybe some more quality players who can fill in when the team is in a tight squeeze.

The Guardian — Spot-on Northampton send lacklustre Liverpool crashing out

Northampton played a wonderful game. Liverpool didn’t. Northampton took its chance to play with the big-boys of England in the League Cup and went with it. The defeat for Liverpool is a major disappointment for Roy Hodgson and company because the team looked so bad despite having plenty of international players on the field and plenty of talent to dispatch most of the lower league teams, but it couldn’t deal with a League Two side with nothing to lose. What was more astonishing about Liverpool’s defeat and Northampton wins was that it was played at Anfield, in front of the Liverpool crowd. Liverpool’s fans booed the team at half-time and after the team lost in penalty kicks, not something the Anfield crowd usually does. It was a miraculous night for Northampton, one Liverpool fans will want to forget, and one of the biggest upsets in the Cup’s history.

The Independent — Inter Milan linked with move for Kaka

Real Madrid splashed out a record sum of money for Kaka back in 2009. Madrid had been courting the former AC Milan midfielder for some time, and the los blancos got their man, and now he could be on his way back to the San Siro. Kaka has been a disappointment while playing for Madrid. he hasn’t fit in to the way the club plays and goes about itself. He hasn’t been healthy often enough to secure a first team place, and he has not been a spark in the Madrid engine like the club had expected. Maybe the Brazilians struggles have been because he isn’t in a comfortable role as a wide attacking midfielder rather than a central figure,or maybe he just hasn’t adapted to La Liga and wearing the all white kit of Madrid. Who knows. But right now it looks like he could be finding himself a new home sometime soon and maybe Inter Milan would be willing to swap a Sneijder for a Kaka, who knows.

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