What The Soccer Guys Are Reading — Sept. 27, 2010

New England Soccer Today — Deja vu all over again — by Brian O’Connell

The New England Revolution needed a win Saturday night when they took on the Columbus Crew to keep its playoff hopes alive. Everything looked to be going the Revs way early on as they jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, but the team let it slip away. Watching the Crew tie the Revolution in the second half of Saturday night’s game was like watching the FC Dallas game from Wednesday night all over again.

MLSSoccer.com — Armchair Analyst: How New York overwhelmed LA — by Matt Doyle

It was suppose to be the match of year in the MLS. The Los Angeles Galaxy and the New York Red Bulls squared off as the two giants of Major League Soccer, well, at least in terms of payroll and big-name players. It was suppose to be Beckham against Henry, but Henry was out injured and Beckham has missed much of the season injured and is still not match sharp just yet. New York prevailed over LA because the Red Bull’s supporting cast was able to outplay that of the Galaxy’s.

The Telegraph — Liverpool face up to the threat of administration as crisis deepens at Anfield — by Rory Smith

It has been an ugly week for Liverpool. They lost to hated rivals Manchester United last Sunday. They were beaten by a League 2 side, Northampton, in the Carling Cup at home. And to top it off the team draws with Sunderland in a crucial Premier League game at home. Anfiled use to be a place teams feared of going, but as of last week its become a place where teams know they can score a goal or two and get out with an important road point. But what looms heavier over Anfield’s iron gates? The possibility of administration and the deepening debt crisis facing the owners and the bank. Roy Hodgson has a difficult job at hand, and it doesn’t look like it will be getting any easier.

ESPNSoccernet — Sevilla sack coach Alvarez, turn to Manzano

Sevilla has looked ragged at the start of this season. The team made it to the Champions League last year and had a decent run through the group stage and into the knockout stages, but this year has been different. There is no Champions League play because the team lost its playoff game with Braga earlier this year, and the team lost its Europa League opener to Paris St. Germain. To top off the failures in European competition, Sevilla has been poor in La Liga as well and after losing to newly promoted Hercules on Sunday the team decided to go in a new direction. Antonio Alvarez has been sacked and former Mallorca coach Gregorio Manzano has been brought in to bring order back to the club. Manzano lead Mallorca to a surprising fifth place finish last year and was available because Mallorca and he were unable to come to an agreement on a new contract at the end of last season.

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