A Snowy Sending Off | Case of the Mondays
Here's who's having the worst Case of the Mondays this morning.
What’s worse than one 3-0 loss? Two 3-0 losses. In one week.After crashing out of the CCL against Chivas midweek — having gone to the away leg in Mexico with a 1-0 advantage, no less — they followed that up with another bad loss against FC Dallas in MLS. The 2017 MLS Cup Runners up are now 0-2 on the season, and getting worse, if you consider that they only lost their opening match by one.Good thing the Sounders are absolute champs at turning around a rocky start to a season...
What a shame, Bayern will have to wait a whole extra week to win the Bundesliga after falling to RB Leipzig — for the first time, no less. Now, they’re only 17 points clear at the top of the table instead of a possible 20.Bayern went ahead first, as they do, but future Liverpool star Naby Keita equalized before the first half ended and then assisted Timo Werner’s winner later. It’s a much bigger boost to Leipzig’s confidence, who are pushing for the Bundesliga’s final Champions League spot, than to Bayern’s all-but-insurmountable grasp on first.It was their first defeat in 19 matches, however, so they’ve probably forgotten how a loss feels. What do you do after? How many pints of ice cream will Berni eat in despair?
Toronto FC might have gotten into the CCL semifinals on the skin of their teeth — only advancing on away goals after a 3-2 loss at Tigres ended the two-legged tie 4-4 on aggregate — but the good juju only lasted so long: three days later, they lost to Canadian rivals Montreal.Like Seattle, Toronto is 0-2, which means that both participants in last year’s MLS Cup sit at the bottom of their table (albeit both with a game in hand). It is just odd to watch Toronto beat the best team in Mexico while simultaneously losing to one of the worst teams in MLS, at least on last year’s standards — but it seems that when it comes to derby matches, form goes out the window and anything can happen.
STOKE CITY (AND CHARLIE ADAM)
With the Premier League coming to a close in just two months, it’s crunch time for every team in the relegation zone; there are only a few matches left to claw their way out. That’s the case for 19th-place Stoke City, who are only three points off of 17th but whose form makes that look absolutely unattainable. The main talking point of their 2-1 loss to Everton was Charlie Adam’s sending off in the 30th minute, which meant that stoke were down to 10 men for an entire hour. Everton finally pounced in the second half, and although Stoke equalized, their ten men were not enough and Everton took the lead again shortly after. Stoke City’s remaining matches include Arsenal, Tottenham, Burnley, and Liverpool, so any points against Everton would have been incredibly useful heading into a rough final stretch. And they also face West Ham, Crystal Palace and Swanesa, who just barely have their heads above water themselves, so every point they take will have to be hard-fought from here until the end of the season.