Title Hopes No More | Case Of The Mondays
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NEW YORK RED BULLS
Like “so Spursy,” there’s a reason “That’s So Metro” is a well-oiled phrase.Heading into their match against the New York Red Bulls, the Philadelphia Union were 0-4-4 with the worst goal differential in the league. So naturally, RBNY handed them their first win of the season.The game could’ve ended even worse for the Red Bulls than 3-0 had goalkeeper Luis Robles not pulled out a few amazing saves, as seems to be the case often. Luckily, it’s a long season left to go, and the Red Bulls won’t be playing a travel-heavy three-game week again anytime soon.
Tottenham’s 1-0 loss to West Ham on Friday almost certainly handed Chelsea the title. Chelsea have kept their four-point lead at the top of the table and can extend it to seven with a win later today. Both teams only have three matches left, and Chelsea only has bottom-table teams left to play — included an already-relegated Sunderland while Tottenham still have to face Manchester United, who might’ve lost to a floundering Arsenal last weekend but who eked out a win last time these two faced each other.At least Spurs have the lack of Saint Totteringham’s day to keep them cheery.
For the first time in a long time, the Liga MX playoffs will not feature Club América.The side narrowly missed out on making what would’ve been their 11th consecutive playoff appearance after falling 3-2 to CONCACAF Champions League winners Pachuca. Heading into the match, all they needed was a draw to secure their Leguilla spot.After the disappointing result, La Volpe, their coach, stepped down. As of now, it’s unclear who’ll replace him to try leading Club América back into the playoffs next apertura season
BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION
Heading into their match against 13th-place Aston Villa on Sunday, Brighton were in a good place. A win would secure them the Championship title for sure — and if Newcastle lost, they could also scrape by with a draw or even a loss.And for almost long enough, things looked good; although Newcastle were dominating Barnsley, Brighton had a 64th-minute lead and Aston Villa were down to ten men. But in the 89th minute, disaster struck as an Aston Villa shot from 25 yards out slipped underneath the Brighton keeper and into the net. It was 1-1, and Newcastle were crowned Championship victors.Brighton’s demise to a lowly 2nd-place finish was a bit of a shock, albeit a slow-burning one. After a tight, back-and-forth title race all season, Brighton looked like they were going to nick it towards the end; they were seven points up with only three matches left a short while ago, and Newcastle’s form looked unsteady. There’s plenty of reasons to say that Brighton gave up the title rather than Newcastle won it. However, Brighton is still headed to the Premier League next year, so the consolation prize isn’t too bad.