Category Archives: English Premier League

Tim Ream move to Bolton gives Wanderers a lift

Tim Ream cut his honeymoon short to finalize his move to Bolton. The New York Red Bulls defender becomes the newest American to join the Premier League's ranks.

 By Ryan Fleming

So, it’s settled then. Tim Ream, a product of the New York Red Bulls, is off to Bolton to try to help that shipwreck from becoming the next Concordia, albeit a far less tragic event. Bolton currently boasts the worst, hapless, defense in the English Premier League, allowing a tremendous 47 goals this season, six in the last four games and 16 in their last 10.

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Thierry Henry and Robbie Keane on the Same Page with Winter Loans

By Ryan Fleming

Their moves back to the Premier League are more than to keep their fitness up. Their moves now pin supporters’ hopes on the backs of these once greats. Theirry Henry and Robbie Keane are in their own respects, two different players with more things in common than one would think.

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Stephen Ireland continues to fall from great heights

Stephen Ireland enjoying his Christmas with his girlfriend a little too much. (Courtesy twitter)

 By Kevin Koczwara

Trouble and controversy follow Stephen Ireland. The Aston Villa midfielder stirred more controversy after his girlfriend posted a picture on twitter of him lounging, smoking and drinking shirtless on Christmas day. The once promising midfielder no longer seems to find himself in the headlines for the right reasons. Instead of making headlines with his play on the field, he makes the back pages for his inconsistency and poor choices.

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Thierry Henry Returns to Arsenal

It’s being reported just about everywhere, including The New York Times, The Guardian, and ESPN (AP Story), as well as every other other British newspaper and soccer website across the globe, that Thierry Henry will get one last hooray with Arsenal, at least for a few weeks.
The man with a statue in front of the Emirates will return to help the club deal with players leaving for the African Nations Cup. Henry has been training with Arsenal during Major League Soccer’s offseason. At the same time, The New Red Bulls get more publicity in return, kind of. This should be interesting.
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Manchester City’s Biggest Loss and Chelsea’s Savior: Daniel Sturridge

Daniel Sturridge has been Chelsea's best for much of the season.

 By Kevin Koczwara

Mario Balotelli and Kun Aguero set the pace for Manchester City against Chelsea on Monday, Dec. 13. Chelsea looked vulnerable and in trouble again, something not all too unfamiliar this season for the Blues. Then the ball skipped to Daniel Sturridge, playing to the right of Didier Drogba, and he carved past a fumbling Gael Clichy, crossed a beautiful ball across the edge of the six-yard-box to a surging Raul Meireles, who scored his first goal for Chelsea since transferring in the summer from Liverpool — and since getting that terrible haircut. The game was level again. Chelsea no longer found itself in a hole, thanks to Sturridge’s play.

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Manchester City and Arsenal test one another’s resolve

By Ryan Fleming

It’s an understatement to say that this weekend’s prime meeting between Arsenal and Manchester City means a lot. This is the type of game that can define a season, turn things around, or solidify a team’s standing. Both teams, starting the season on two different paths, now cross at a time when both teams are surging, much like how they both kicked off the season, on different roads.

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Train Schedule to Gillette for Manchester United v New England Revolution

All Reserve Train – Round-Trip ticket: $15.00

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) announced commuter rail service to Gillette Stadium for the Manchester United vs. New England Revolution Soccer Game on Wednesday, July 13 at 8 p.m. at Gillette Stadium.

Due to the continued popularity of special event trains to Gillette Stadium and the limitation on the number of seats available during the middle of a weekday rush hour, the train to the Revolution vs. Manchester United match will be an all reserve train with an 1,800 seat capacity.

Tickets will be available for $15.00 at North Station, South Station and Back Bay Station began Monday, June 27 and continuing until noon Wednesday, July 13, or as long as tickets remain available.

Train Schedule

Depart South Station 5:45 PM

Depart. Dedham Corp. 6:20 PM

Arrive: Foxborough    7:05 PM

Note:

The train will make only one stop, at Dedham Corp.

The train will not stop at Back Bay or Norwood Central.

(Please plan accordingly)

IMPORTANT:

TRAIN WILL DEPART 30 MINUTES AFTER THE GAME

BACKPACKS AND COOLERS ARE NOT ALLOWED ON TRAIN

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Manchester United come to New England for friendly with the Revolution

By Melissa Turtinen

Back in March the New England Revolution confirmed that they would be playing a friendly against Manchester United on July 13, but what were they thinking?

Man United is a world powerhouse when it comes to soccer. They have won 19 Premier League championships, have the Premier League Player of the Year with Nemanja Vidi? and skilled striker Wayne Rooney among an array of other worldly talents. The match was already destined to be a struggle for any MLS team, but now with recent hardships facing the Revs in league play, they’re likely to not only lose but to be embarrassed.

The Revolution is the underdog – way under – in this match. They are sitting last in the Eastern Conference (3-8-7, 16 pts.) and haven’t won a game since their 1-0 win over Vancouver Whitecaps FC on May 1 – essentially donning them one of the worst teams in the league. While Manchester United had a different previous season, finishing atop the Premier League, winning the title going 23-4-11 on the season and reaching the Champions League final, but losing to Barcelona, 3-1.

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The Premier League’s Best of 2011

By Kevin Koczwara

It’s sad to see Blackpool’s “Tangerine Dream” come to a close this weekend. Ian Holloway’s side was one of the most entertaining and crowd pleasing teams in the English Premier League this year. Blackpool’s unknown players made a stamp on the Premier League this year, and hopefully the Seasiders find their way back up with Holloway captaining the ship again — it would only be right, and he is far more entertaining than Roy Hodgson, Roberto Mancini and Avram Grant added together and then multiplied by 1,000.

Birmingham did it’s best to stay up for a second time, but Alex McCleish’s no offense approach just couldn’t work for a second year in a row. It’s no surprise the Blues went down if one looks at the horrible goalscoring record the team had this year, 37 goals scored. That’s not a joke. In 38 matches, Birmingham scored a measly 37 goals, less than one a game. Hapless West Ham and Wigan scored more than McCleish’s team.

Speaking of West Ham, well, we all knew they were going down once they hired Avram Grant. Last year Grant lead a woesome Portsmouth team straight out of the Premier League, and he wouldn’t have needed the point deduction of the club going into administration to do it. He would have managed to lose those points anyways. He did get Portsmouth into the FA Cup final, but he lost that just he like he seems to lose every other cup final. If Grant is hired by another Premier League team next year, that one will surely go down as well, just as the Hammers did. It’s fate. I should be hired before he gets another job in the Premier League.

But enough with relegation. Let’s look at some of the best from a year that went by in the EPL.

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Sunderland feeling affects of injuries and absence of Bent

The Stadium of Light hasn't had been so bright for Sunderland sincethe sale of Darren Bent to Aston Villa during the January transfer window. (Courtesy Les Hull)

By Ryan Fleming

It can be hard to swallow, but the exit of Darren Bent has directly led to the downfall of Sunderland. Digest it fully, because it’s true. When Bent, an England international, was shipped to Aston Villa for 15m, manager Steve Bruce maintained that the team would trudge on without it’s best player.

Nothing that Sunderland has done backs up what the one time Manchester United star has said, and the most recent 3-0 loss to Fulham at the Stadium of Light further exemplifies the utter struggles that the team inherited.

In the team’s most recent loss, Bruce relied heavily on Stéphane Sessègnon up front to provide the needed attack while Asamoah Gyan, Danny Welbeck and Frazier Campbell sat out due to injury. The almost-forced experiment was a complete failure.

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