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Manchester United are Turning up the Heat

For Manchester United Fans, this season has been one of few ups and many downs. With no Champions League competition, many fans expected the team to go through the gears very quickly and perhaps make a push for the Premier League title. The team was unable to get the start fans were hoping for, as United were knocked out by MK Dons in the League Cup, while slipping down the table at an alarming pace.

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Can Arsenal Make a Last-Gasp Title Run?

(From left to right) Olivier Giroud, Santi Cazorla, Alexis Sanchez, Nacho Monreal, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrate during a win against Manchester City on January 18, 2015. [Photo via Getty Images]
(From left to right) Olivier Giroud, Santi Cazorla, Alexis Sanchez, Nacho Monreal, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrate during a win against Manchester City on January 18, 2015. [Photo via Getty Images]

Although they were disappointingly knocked out of the Champions League at the hands of Monaco, Arsenal have been in fine form in the Premier League. With the gap between themselves and Chelsea as close as it has ever been this season, could there be an upset on hand for the Gunners?

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“Atlantic Cup” Round #1: Who Will Strike First?

Bradley Wright-Phillips looks to get on the score sheet against D.C. United, after a record-setting season in 2014. [Photo via newyorkredbulls.com]
Bradley Wright-Phillips looks to get on the score sheet against D.C. United, after a record-setting season in 2014. [Photo via newyorkredbulls.com]

The New York Red Bulls’ home opener is fast approaching, and with it brings the first round of the “Atlantic Cup”, as D.C. United are the visitors. While the arrival of New York City FC has brought another rivalry for the Red Bulls, the rival with D.C. is still most certainly one to boil the blood between both sets of fans.

More questions into the future of the RBNY team could be answered on the weekend after an industrialist performance away against Sporting KC. Bradley Wright-Phillips will look to open his scoring account for the season, and the new-look Red Bull midfield will try to showcase their talents. While creativity was somewhat lacking, the midfield did perform to Jesse Marsch’s high-pressing desire in their first match.

In defense, the Red Bulls could be without Ronald Zubar, who put in a good performance two weekends ago with Roy Miller out. The defense has been the main question mark for Red Bulls fans. Many wondered whether it would be good enough. The mixing and changing this early on in the season could also prove to be costly.

D.C. United won their opener against the Montreal Impact, 1-0, but have unfortunately lost Eddie Johnson to a heart ailment. We all hope to see him back on the pitch again soon.

Key men in D.C.’s squad will include Bill Hamid in goal, and Jairo Arrieta up top, who will look to add to his goal tally, after scoring two weekends ago.

D.C. will look to avenge the MLS Cup playoff defeat from last season, which saw them go out at the expense of the Red Bulls.

The Red Bulls will look to get their first win of the season, in what promises to be a spicy home opener for the club.

Will RBNY strike first in the series, or will D.C. United get the win?

Major League Soccer: an Unbreakable Attraction

A "fan map" that shows where the fans of various MLS clubs are located. [Photo via Alberto Cavalieri]
A “fan map” that shows where the fans of various MLS clubs are located. [Photo via Alberto Cavalieri]

The MLS has come a long way since its birth. It is still a a very young league in comparison to other leagues around the world, though.

As an Arsenal fan and a big fan of the English league, I did not take much notice of the MLS. It wasn’t until Thierry Henry came over to New York that I started to watch the games. Since then, I have not looked back.

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Sebastian Giovinco: Toronto’s Little Magician

Sebastian Giovinco holds up his #10 shirt after being introduced as a Toronto FC player. [Photo via CP Video]
Sebastian Giovinco holds up his #10 shirt after being introduced as a Toronto FC player. [Photo via CP Video]

When news came to me in the transfer window that Sebastian Giovinco was moving to Toronto, I couldn’t believe it. I thought, this is a player who is in the prime years of his career coming to Major League Soccer .

I knew it was a coup for the league and a great buy for Toronto, who already had USMNT players Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley on their team. Then I wondered what Giovinco would bring to the team.

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