Mikel Arteta has tried to infuse some confidence into the team

Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta has tried to infuse some confidence into the team by claiming that the club are still capable of winning the Premier League title despite falling eight points behind table leaders Leicester City.

Even though Leicester are not fancied win the title, the points difference seems a significant amount considering that there are only nine matches left in the season. Apart from having to Leicester drop points, Arsenal will also need Tottenham to encounter a similar poor run of form in order to get to the top of the table.

Arteta has been unable to feature much for Arsenal this season, as he has been hit by numerous injury issues. He has been able to make only 12 appearances in all competitions while managing to score more goals or creating none. Arsenal currently have a lengthy injury list, which is preventing manager Arsene Wenger from naming a strong starting line-up to take care of all three competitions. However, fans have been criticising the Frenchman for not willing to make sufficient investments in January to strengthen the squad. Arsenal had a quiet January transfer window and they have failed to recover from the poor form that hit them during this period.Continue Reading

Who will top the MLS scoring charts?

As we prepare to kick-off another MLS season, it’s looking as though we could be set to witness one of the most open campaigns in recent years. With a host of world-class players now plying their trade in the league, it’s widely expected that this will be the highest quality season in MLS history. One particularly intriguing race in 2016 is going to be in the goalscoring charts, where a number of the league’s best players will do battle to finish the season as the league’s top scorer.

Will reigning MLS MVP Sebastian Giovinco repeat his exploits from last season? Can David Villa score more than he did in his first campaign for New York City FC? How much does Didier Drogba have left? Continue Reading

David Beckham wants Pique in his MLS franchise

David Beckham is going through a slow process in his process of creating an MLS team that can compete in the football league of United States. The main obstacle that Beckham is facing is where to build a stadium as he has had numerous locations proposals rejected but nonetheless, the Englishman is confident that it’s only a matter of time until he can strike a deal and start building his stadium.

Even though there still isn’t an exact location or official site for the stadium to start being built, Beckham has already begun his search of signing players and Barcelona’s Gerard Pique is one of the first players that the former Manchester United man wants to sign.

For the past few years, Gerard Pique has been hailed as one of the best defenders in the world. The Spanish defender was included in the UEFA Team of the Year and FIFA FIFPro World XI from 2010 until 2012 for consecutive years and this just shows the dominant force that Pique has been in recent times.

Pique has also played a huge role in Barcelona’s dominance and this has attracted the attention of David Beckham who is eager to add the Spanish defender to his MLS franchise after the Barcelona player decides to hang up his boots.Continue Reading

LA Galaxy slipped to yet another low during the weekend

LA Galaxy slipped to yet another low during the weekend after suffering a 5-2 thrashing at the hands of Portland Timbers.

The team has managed only one win since the 5-1 thrashing of New York City back in August. It has raised concerns about manager Bruce Arena, who may be on the verge of leaving the club if poor results persist. The poor results are surprising considering that LA Galaxy strengthened the team massively with the arrival of Steven Gerrard a few months ago. This coupled with several star names like Robbie Keane should see LA Galaxy comfortably dominating the table.

However, this latest round of poor result left the club at the danger of being overtaken by the likes of Vancouver Whitecaps or Portland Timbers in the upcoming games. The two teams are only one point behind LA Galaxy after having played the same number of matches. This defeat has also allowed FC Dallas to extend their advantage to 6 points. It remains to be seen if Arena will be able to recover from this massive slump in confidence. Arena had no complaints about the defeat because he felt that Portland Timbers were the best team through the 90 minutes, but he did promise more improvements in the next match.Continue Reading

Fast start imperative for USMNT

On June 10, the USA beat reigning world champions Germany 3-2 in their own backyard, backing up a victory over Holland five days earlier, and all seemed rosy in the garden of Jurgen Klinsmann.

Fast forward five months, and those roses have started to wilt. The joys of summer have been replaced by the concerns of autumn, with it possible that a winter of discontent lies ahead.

A semi-final showing at the Gold Cup was the least that was expected, but failure to overcome Panama – for a second time in the competition – in the third place play-off rather compounded the misery of a last-four reversal against Jamaica.Continue Reading