Losing the League(s) | Case Of The Mondays
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This year’s MLS Cup was a repeat of last year’s — Well, almost. Not only were there significantly more shots on goal than last year’s final, but a new champion crowned: Toronto FC.Despite Toronto’s incredible, record-breaking and Canada Cup-winning season, Seattle looked the favorites in the postseason; they beat Houston a convincing 5-0 over the two legs of the Western Conference Final, and had taken care of Vancouver at home in the semi second leg. That meant they outscored opponents 7-0 in their past four games leading up to MLS Cup. Toronto, on the other hand, had squeaked by against Columbus and revealed their weakness by falling 1-0 to the Red Bulls at home in the Eastern Conference semis. But Toronto, determined not to let themselves drop to Seattle a second year in a row, came out swinging. They forced Frei into some very key saves in the first half, and even more in the beginning of the second half; without him, Toronto might have put three or four away before the half hour mark had passed. And finally, they scored. And then they scored again. Was Jozy offside? Who knows; who cares; Toronto were MLS Champions and quite possibly the best team MLS has ever seen.
Dortmund have seen much better years.This weekend, they fired their manager Peter Bosz and replaced him with former Cologne manager Peter Stoger; they’re currently 8th - you read that right - after going winless in 12 games, their most recent a 2-1 loss to 17th-place Werder Bremen at home.It’s the right time for replacement, as the table is still tight; one win would send them tied on points with 4th-placed Mönchengladbach and one point behind 3rd. Bayern is certainly running away with the league, as always, but there’s still plenty of time for a new manager to take Dortmund back to top 4 where they belong.
This weekend’s Manchester Derby was a top-of-the-table clash, and it might end up being crucial in deciding who wins the league. And it turns out that that probably won’t be Manchester United.They fell 2-1 to the unbeaten City, who have now set a record for most amount of consecutive games won in the Premier League. The result also meant they dropped points on league-leading Manchester City, keeping Chelsea nipping at their heels in third and making City’s title win looking more and more likely as they take an 11-point lead at the top of the table. But, hey now, second place isn’t so bad.
It hurts to lose a league final, it hurts to lose a Clásico, and it especially hurts to lose both, at once, in your own stadium. But that’s exactly what happened to Rayados this weekend. They met Tigres in the LigaMX Apertura 2017 final, the first time these two bitter rivals have ever met in a final. The first leg at Tigres finished 1-1 — away goals don’t count in the final — and so both teams went into the second leg in Monterrey with everything to play for. They even had the lead; 1-0 in only the third minute. They put Tigres on the back foot immediately and looked like they’d be putting a few more away, not even giving Tigres a chance.But then the comeback came on; Tigres tied it up and, now firmly in control, they scored again shortly after. They completely dominated the second half until Rayados had the chance to tie it up again in the 81st minute....but Aviles Hurtado skied it over the bar. (The penalty was relatively controversial to begin with, though, and we all know that ball don’t lie.) The final was 2-1, 3-2 on aggregate, for Tigres. An objectively great game for observers, but quite a terrible one for Rayados.