Author: Adam Anderson

Analysis of how Manchester United upset City in terrible week for Cityzens

Manchester City failed to win the title at the Etihad against their crosstown rivals but the highly anticipated Manchester Derby did not fail to disappoint. Some could say Man United showed glimpses of the glory days under Sir Alex Ferguson as they clawed their way back from 2-0 down portraying great tenacity and drive. For much of this season, the Manchester United players have lacked passion and creativity due to Mourinho’s tactics, which made this comeback especially meaningful for United fans. After two first half goals from Vincent Kompany and İlkay Gündoğan, it looked as if City were in the ... Read more

Millwall vs Brentford: An American’s first experience at The Den

Having been to Premier League games in the past, I was looking forward to expanding my football experience by attending a Championship in London and comparing that to my experience at bigger clubs in the top flight. Environment, venue and facilities, fan passion, style of play, talent level – just how different is a Championship match from one in the Premier League? After a near 9-hour flight from Atlanta to London and a day of exploring the area surrounding our flat near the Edgware Road Underground Station, I started preparing myself for the Millwall against Brentford game on March 10 at ... Read more

How Carvalhal saved Swansea in just four weeks

Having been in the relegation zone in the Premier League for nearly the entire season, Swansea City sit five spots above the bottom three in 13th position. After a slow and disappointing first half of the season under manager Paul Clement, the Swansea board felt it was time to part ways with the Englishman. After cycling through three managers last season, they gave Clement as much time as possible this season. After all, there was some faith behind the Englishman after he pulled the Swans out of the relegation zone in the second half of last season to stay up. ... Read more

Appreciating Manchester City’s total domination in Premier League this season

Even with 11 games remaining, it’s safe to assume that Manchester City have won the Premier League title. They currently sit 16 points clear on top of the table with a whopping 72 points and a goal difference of +59. While they may not break Chelsea’s record of the most points in a Premier League season with 95, they broke the record for the most consecutive wins in a season with 18 and could still break the record for most goals in a season, best goal difference and largest title-winning margin. Even though they won’t live up to the feats ... Read more

Grading January signings for Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool, Man City, Man United and Spurs

The January transfer window has ended, and after a ton of speculation for the past few months, all of the transfers in and out have been completed. But which top Premier League clubs did better than others? I’ve rated Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool, Man City, Man United and Spurs below:   ARSENAL Grade: A Transfers in (former team listed in parenthesis) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund) Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Manchester United) Konstantinos Mavropanos (PAS Giannina) After plenty of speculation, Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan have been reunited under Arsene Wenger. Considering the dearth of goals from Alexandre Lacazette since the start of the season, ... Read more

For the US Men’s National Team, the path to success starts in Europe

For those who watched the World Cup qualifiers, the American players often looked tentative, with long stretches of idleness and indecision. Maybe the idea of pulling on the USMNT jersey was too much for some. That the USMNT lost a critical game to Trinidad & Tobago, a country the size of Dallas, exposed the enormous cracks in the United States soccer foundation. The USMNT’s feeble second-to-last finish in the final round of WCQ points to systemic problems throughout the entire U.S. soccer system. It’s not an issue of money or poor training facilities or a lack of technology. It’s about ... Read more

Stoke City would have been better off if Tony Pulis had remained as manager

At this point in the season, Stoke City fans are rightfully becoming more distraught as their club flirts with relegation. They currently sit in 17th in the table with a mere 23 points, just one point more than the Saints, who sit in 18th. But when looking at the Potters’ record and form this season, it’s no surprise that they’re in the position they’re in. They’ve only managed to win six games while drawing five and losing 13. And half of the games they’ve won have come against the bottom of the table (Southampton, Swansea and West Brom). But the ... Read more

Why Arsenal would be stronger with Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan if Sanchez leaves

Once again, Arsenal fans find themselves holding their breath as they watch the season unfold. The Gunners currently sit in sixth place in the table with 39 points, some 22 points below league leaders Manchester City and just five points above Burnley. They’ve struggled to establish a sense of consistency this season and lack a clear identity. Other than beating Everton 5-2 at Goodison Park at the end of October, and dismantling Huddersfield 5-0 in the latter stages of November, they’ve yet to completely dominate a match this year. Coming off a 4-2 loss to Championship side Nottingham Forest, Arsenal ... Read more