Thursday, April 9, 2009

Weekend Roundup 4/4 - 4/5

Colorado Rapids - Back to back wins over LA have the Rapids on a 3 game win streak and into the next qualification round for the USOC. They are 3rd in the West and 5th overall in MLS. Colorado is second in goals scored but they are in a 6 way tie for the 8th spot in goals allowed. Everyone is still chasing Seattle who is first or tied for first in all categories.

Queen of the South
- A rough week for QoS as they hosted Ross County. The LA defense apparently watched the Doonhamers for inspiration as Queens allowed 2 goals in the first 30 minutes in what should have been a winnable game. QoS battled back with a goal but Ross County's lead was too much to overcome. With the loss Queens stays in 8th, just 4 points out of the relegation playoff spot and 6 points from the automatic relegation spot with only 5 games to play.

Blackburn Rovers - Rovers hosted Spurs (a team I particularly dislike) at Ewood Park this week. Much like LA and QoS the Blackburn defense was beat early. A controversial PK put Spurs up int he first half and Tottenham looked to have control of the game. 75 minutes in and Rovers looked to be headed to a sure defeat. The game changed in a two minute span as Spurs' Wilson Palacios picked up two quick yellow cards to put Blackburn up a man Rovers took full advantage, scoring twice in the last 10 minutes to steal a vital 3 points. With the win they valued to 14th in the table, a full 5 points from the relegation zone with 7 games to play. Its too soon to breath easy, but at least they have a bit of a cushion.

CD Tenerife - CDT was at promotion rivals Rayo Vallecano (former home of American Nats keeper Kasey Keller) over the weekend. While playing strong the game was uneventful and ended in a scoreless draw. While the draw slows down the title chase a bit, getting a point on the road against a top team was a big step forward for the team;s promotion hopes. With other results over the weekend Tenerife slipped to 3rd on goal differential, one point behind leaders Xerez and safely int he promotion zone by 2 points. There are still 11 games to play though so the race is tight but with two straight home games CDT should be able to build on their current standing.

Kildare County - County went on the road but got the same result as their last trip, a 4-0 loss. They've lost their last 3 games by a combined score of 16-0. I expect we'll see the Thoroughbreds relegated this season unless dramatic changes are made, and quickly.

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