Well Sunday was a big day in the world of soccer as leagues were won and promotions and relegations were solidified. Luckily this means that the Eurosnobs will get to take some time off before the World Cup while they explain why they don’t watch the US domestic league. For MLS, no team will ever be relegated - though being a team owned by Anthony Precourt is probably not an upgrade - the league had plenty going on over the last weekend. We’re getting into the part of the season where the table starts to begin like it doesn’t lie. Atlanta United is atop the East with five teams and, uh, Toronto (maybe?) following closely behind. The race in the East is shaping up to be very tight this year for the top spots and Atlanta will need to continue to get results on the road and win matches at home to come away with the top seed in the conference.
Anyway, onto the dirt...
#HeathOut? In case you missed it, Minnesota United has a designated player but isn’t much better. In a game that was contested between two alleged MLS teams, Minnesota United lost to the San Jose Earthquakes 3-1. After the game manager Adrian Heath who has won 40 games in 122 managed in MLS promptly blamed the refs:
After the match, Adrian Heath says he’ll be speaking with Howard Webb about today’s officiating. “When the whistle blows and neither team knows who the foul was on, that’s a problem.” #MINvSJ— Jeff Rueter (@jeffrueter) May 12, 2018
The NC Courage are on the cusp of running away with the NWSL title, but the from the teams in 2-6, there is only five points separating them. Check out how the action in the league went down over the weekend from Equalizer Soccer.
Um, ok. A club in Israel is re-naming itself Beitar Trump, no word if they will go bankrupt 25 times and begin wearing solid gold kits, but it’s an interesting choice. If you are familiar with Beitar Jerusalem from their feature in Howler Magazine, that’s the club re-naming itself.
Future USMNT manager Arsene Wenger ended his tenure with Arsenal on Sunday. After years of withering criticism, he stepped away with a sense of humor:
Wenger: It's a real special day. To keep my sense of humour I should have announced every week that I retire. People are so nice with me since I said that.— James Benge (@jamesbenge) May 13, 2018
The Guardian has a roundup of some results across Europe over the weekend. Barcelona nearly went unbeaten in 2018 in La Liga but fell just a little short.
Let’s just enjoy some of the work Mo Salah did this year in the EPL.