MANCHESTER, England -- It was at Manchester United that Arsenal's "Invincibles" came closest to suffering the defeat that would have denied them a place in history.
Early in the 2003-04 season and long before anybody was even suggesting Arsene Wenger's team could go through the season unbeaten, a 0-0 draw became infamous for what happened at the end of the 90 minutes, with both sets of players clashing in the so-called "Battle of Old Trafford" following Ruud van Nistelrooy's missed penalty in the...
MANCHESTER, England -- Three thoughts on Manchester City's 2-1 win vs. Manchester United in the Premier League.
1. City take derby spoils, go 11 points clear
Manchester City took a huge stride toward the Premier League title by ending Manchester United's 40-game unbeaten run at Old Trafford.
Goals from David Silva and Nicolas Otamendi, either side of Marcus Rashford's equaliser, also secured a 14th successive league win for Pep Guardiola's side, equalling the record previously set by Arsenal.
LIVERPOOL, England -- Three thoughts on Liverpool and Everton's 1-1 draw in the Premier League.
1. Liverpool let Everton off the hook
Christmas may be a time for giving, but there are limits. Liverpool dominated a Merseyside derby played out in seasonally appropriate snowfall, but squandered a lead they should have quadrupled long before Wayne Rooney's 77th-minute penalty saw the points shared.
No matter how soft the challenge, there was no need for Dejan Lovren to push Dominic Calvert-Lewin; the...
SOUTHAMPTON, England -- Three points from Arsenal's late rescue of a point against Southampton at St Mary's
1. Giroud salvages last-gasp draw for Arsenal
Olivier Giroud hauled Arsenal out of jail at St Mary's to give Arsene Wenger's men a point that, for long periods, did not look likely. They had laboured in response to Charlie Austin's third-minute goal, barely creating a chance in the second half and being fortunate not to fall further behind. But Giroud's towering header three minutes from time,...
TORONTO -- Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley have been teammates on a number of nights. As both players navigated their way through various national teams, there have been emotional peaks and valleys. It was fitting then that in a year filled with both extremes, the two finished on a high in leading Toronto FC to its first MLS Cup triumph, a 2-0 win over the Seattle Sounders.
Bradley was everywhere in leading Toronto to a dominating performance. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Bradley...