Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Weekend Roundup 4/25 - 4/26

Colorado Rapids - Giving away 2 points against LA has sent the Rapids further down the table. They are now 4th in the West and tied with New England for 8th overall in the league. They are 8th in goals scored and tied with KC and DC for 6th in goals against.

Queen of the South
- QoS hosted relegation candidates Cylde over the weekend and showed the difference between a solid 1st Division team and a soon-to-be-2nd Division team as they played them off the park. At halftime the score was a reasonable 3-1 in the Doonhamers favor, but the second half was all Queens as they went on a scoring rampage, ending the game with a 7-1 win. Stephen Dobbs had 4 of the 7 goals in a MOTM performance. With the win Queen of the South clinches their position in the 1st Division next year. With 2 games to play QoS is in 5th place, and they can finish anywhere from 3rd to 8th place.

Blackburn Rovers - Blackburn hosted Wigan in what was essentially a must win game for the Rovers if they are to stay in the EPL next season. After a first half where they had a majority of play they finally edged into the lead just before the halftime whistle as Benni McCarthy sent a no-look header into the back of the net. Wigan pushed back in the second half though, and it wasn't until former MLS'er Ryan Nelsen got his first ever Blackburn goal in the 60th minute that Rovers felt like they had a handle on the game. Nelsen was playing his 140th game for the club, and his first goal couldn't have come at a better time. With the 2-0 win Blackburn has established a 6 point cushion between them and the relegation zone with only 4 games to play. They can't lock up an EPL spot for next year this coming weekend, but two weeks from now, hosting Portsmouth, might see Rovers safe. Mathematically they can still finish anywhere form 7th to 20th.

CD Tenerife - It was derby day in the Canary Islands as Las Palmas came over from Gran Canaria to face CDT. The first half was tilted in favor of the visitors but the Tenerife defense stood firm and went to the locker rooms scoreless. The second half was all the home team as they scored early and late to take a 2-0 win. With the victory Tenerife stays on the heels of Xerez for the top spot in the division, just 1 point back. Other results went their way as well, and they have a 5 point cushion in their promotion spot with 8 games to play. Next week is a big road match against 3rd place Real Zaragoza, a win in that match would go a long ways towards clinching promotion. CDT could finish as low as 14th.

Kildare County - County was facing 11th placed Monaghan United on the road. A win in this match would get Kildare out of the relegation zone, even after their 22-0 5 game losing streak. For the first time in 6 games the Thoroughbreds scored! They lost the game 5-1 though, falling even further behind in the relegation race. Not surprisingly after 1 point in 8 games and a 6 game run where they were outscored 27-1 they've fired their manager. i think its already too little too late for this season, but we'll see.

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