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The linked article doesn't say Donovan is out for all qualifiers, just for June. I haven't seen much of Donovan since his return but I think there is a reasonable chance that he's not ready to go for the USMNT yet. If he is playing at a high level and still can't make it into the team for the next round (September?) that's a different story but at Jamaica and home for Panama and Honduras should be 6 points with or without Landon..
Because even if Arsenal draws/loses, Spurs still need to better Arsenal's result on Sunday to guarantee a Top-4 spot (which likely means they need to win).
Arsenal-Wigan is so huge on both ends of the table. A draw is a disaster for both teams so it should be end to end. I'm hoping for something exciting, but I have a feeling Wigan is going to regret blowing the Swansea game last week (and Villa need to build a statue for Agbonlahor for saving their bacon at Norwich.) I'm sensing a 4-1 type of scoreline. Luckily for Wigan, sides like theirs get relegated all the time, but FA Cup wins last forever.
So... What are the going odds for Newcastle to draw with Arsenal? 10-1? Worse?
But this is a nice story for Ashley to float before season tickets need to be renewed. Or am I being too cynical?
634, you are reading that right Keith. I'm actually a pretty big fan of the rule, as it removes the lottery of the playoffs when there is real separation between 3rd and 4th. You'll always have the issue of teams falling just short of whatever the break point may be.
That's kind of what the Europa is, no? Is Neil Lennon really being considered for Everton? I don't think the supporters are keen for him.
Scheduling a play-off would prove very difficult for the Premier League. Wembley Stadium would be the logical choice as a neutral venue in London, but it is booked for the Champions League final on Saturday, May 25, the Championship play-off final on Monday, May 27 and England's friendly with Ireland on May 29.
England will expect to have their players released by both clubs, as would the many other national teams whose players represent the respective sides. There are international games scheduled every day at the start of June, with Brazil facing England in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday, June 2. Even if that Saturday was a viable date for the clubs, Wembley is already booked for the International Stadiums Poker Tour.
June 3 to 13 is an official FIFA international break for World Cup qualifiers, and the UEFA European Under-21 Championships also starts on June 5. The Confederations Cup, featuring Brazil, Spain and Nigeria, then begins on June 15 and runs until the end of the month. It means it could be July before a viable date is available, but UEFA requires qualifying clubs to submit official entry documents no later than June 3, 2013.
Even if the Premier League hoped to play the game on the weekend of May 25 at a venue other than Wembley, such as Tottenham's White Hart Lane, Chelsea will be in the United States that weekend to play two money-spinning games against Manchester City and will fly out at the start of the week.
Q: Why doesn't Terry realize he looks like a complete arse lifting these trophies he had nothing to do with winning?
ut man, it's kind of a bummer that competing for league championships in a solid league and playing in a stage or two of the Champions League is second fiddle to managing a 6th-10th place side in England.
There is nothing solid about the Scottish League. It's a total joke.
I can't think of any obvious or realistic candidates.
Malouda not so much.
Maybe we should prove the model first* before expansion, eh NWSL?
Rooney would be the real shocker, of course.
I'd imagine finding stadiums with both enough seats and a good location are at least some part of it.
Kaka? Please, god, not John Terry.
Joey Barton may not be aging, but he's very available, if he can get a visa.
MLS isn't signing a DP defender.
Have we forgotten everyone's favorite ####, Rafa Marquez? I've tried but I can't.
If/when Chicago and LA work out a deal, Robbie Rogers will likely be paid something south of the DP threshold, right?
The other possibility is using the DP spot to retain Omar Gonzalez.
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