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wonders just how happy Defoe

Postby lw789 » Fri Oct 13, 2017 2:49 am

LONDON -- So often the beneficiary of late goals under Alex Ferguson, it seems everything is being turned on its head at Manchester United under David Moyes after his teams latest stumble in the Premier League. Deep into stoppage time at Old Trafford, Darren Bent plundered a goal in "Fergie Time" for Fulham to claim a 2-2 draw for the leagues worst team on Sunday. And a miserable first season for Moyes just keeps on getting worse, with the champions adrift in seventh, after winning the title by 11 points under Ferguson in May. "Today was probably as bad as it gets," Moyes said. But next up on Wednesday is a trip to Arsenal, which might have lost 5-1 at Liverpool on Saturday but is second in the standings. Bents intervention leaves United nine points adrift of the fourth Champions League qualification place, let alone the summit where Chelsea is 15 points ahead. Even more agonizing for Moyes is that his team had turned the match around to be in a winning position. Trailing from Steve Sidwells 19th minute-goal, Robin van Persie and Michael Carrick scored rapid goals to put United 2-1 up going into the final 10 minutes. Uniteds setback was compounded by Tottenham moving three points from fourth place on Sunday by dislodging Everton from fifth with a 1-0 victory over the Merseyside team. While Tottenham is experiencing a revival after changing managers, there is little appetite at United to dismiss the man who succeeded Ferguson after 26 years. Moyes will fight on, with the prospect of Champions League glory still in play, even if the squad doesnt look capable of conquering the European football powers these days. What made Sundays draw so galling too is that it was masterminded by Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen, who was Fergusons assistant at United until May, and is enduring even more misery than Moyes with his bottom-place team. How relieved Meulensteen was to see Lewis Holtby, a midfielder on loan from Tottenham, rampage down the left flank before sending in a cross that the advancing Sidwell slid into the net. United was lacking a killer instinct in front of goal until it was almost too late. Juan Matas cross was turned in by the unmarked Van Persie in the 78th, and Carricks shot deflected off Scott Parker into the net. But Uniteds defence crumbled. A shot from former United winger Kieran Richardson was pushed by goalkeeper David de Gea straight to Bent who headed into an empty net. In a game where United sent in some 81 crosses to Fulhams four, and goal attempts were 31 to six in the hosts favour, the points were shared. And Fulham is four points from safety at the bottom. "We made it difficult for them," Meulensteen said. "United have got some problems of their own. They kept creating chances and crosses but we defended well and held them." It was a similar story at White Hart Lane in the days other game. Everton was in control but it was Tottenham who snatched all three points by scoring from its only shot on target. Emmanuel Adebayor controlled a free kick, taken swiftly and smartly by Kyle Walker, and went past Seamus Coleman before dispatching the ball into the net in the 65th minute. Custom Seattle Seahawks Jerseys . While Minnesota takes aim at its eighth win of November, the Canadiens will try to post just their third victory in nine games this month. Doug Baldwin Jersey . The rookie is rewarding their faith with a stellar first season. MacKinnon had a goal and two assists, Jamie McGinn had two goals and an assist, and Colorado beat the Buffalo Sabres 7-1 on Saturday. http://www.seahawksfansprostore.com/Bla ... ?cat=970.C. - Steve Clifford isnt exactly singing his teams praises after the Bobcats won for the sixth time in seven games. Cliff Avril Jersey . Ferrer, the two-time defending champion in Buenos Aires, is aiming to win his 21st ATP tournament. 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The door to the rest of the soccer world swings opens again in January.Toronto coach Greg Vanney has sympathy for Defoes physical woes, having suffered a similar injury (osteitis pubis) while playing in France.Once it inflames, it is a debilitating injury, Vanney said after practice Friday. And it takes months to heal. Some players will end up in surgery and some players will miss a full season. If its anything similar to that, then I understand his plight.Aside from that. I think hes a true professional. And at the end of the day, he doesnt feel 100 per cent, he doesnt feel he can give what hes capable of giving and therefore he needs to get right.Defoe has played in the last three games since missing nine of the 10 previous matches due to the groin injury. He looked like his range-finder was off, missing a penalty and lacking sharpness.I think between the groin injury and the migration of the pain and the inflammation, theyre not exactly sure what it is, Vanney said of the injury. Either way its going to take him some time to really get over it.Defoe, who has not had a break other than injury in back-to-back seasons in England and North America, was one day from undergoing hernia surgery during his last layoff.The former Spurs star has missed 12 games through injury and one through suspension in his debut MLS season.He collected 11 goals and two assists in 1,169 minutes of play in the teams first 17 games of the season. He has no points in 360 minutes of play in the 15 games since.Still he is Torontos leading scorer with 11 goals in 19 games. And it speaks volumes about Torontos sad-sack history that Defoe already stands No. 5 on Torontos all-time scoring list.Still a healthy Defoe has been a considerable weapon. Toronto is 6-0-2 when he scores this season. Unfortunately he has not scored since July 17 — 16 games ago. And his goals have come at a cost — US$561,816 per strike.Overall, Toronto (11-14-7) is 6-7-6 when Defoe plays this season.Injuries to both Defoe and Brazils Gilberto hampered their time and ability to forge a strike partnership. The two designated players have done better alongside Englands Luke Moore, who can hold the ball up and plays others into the attack than they have together although there hasnt been much service other than from Michael Bradley and Jonathan Osorio.While Defoe has shown he can score in MLS, he has been less successful in becoming the face of the franchise. Tim Leiweke, the outgoing CEO of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, wanted an ambassador as well as a striker for his US$6.18-million salary outlay this season.Leiweke only got one and it seems clear that he and Defoe had different designated player job descriptions.Defoe did not help himself by flying to England for treatment and then failing to address the rampant speculation over his future during his last innjury absence.dddddddddddd Two tweets didnt do much to win over a weary fan base that has heard too many snake-oil pitches.One wonders just how happy Defoe has been here, despite the fact that Toronto FC has by all reports bent over backwards to help him settle in. Defoes locker stall usually featured two cellphones, presumably one for North America and one for Britain. It may make fiscal sense but it hardly screams settling in.Defoe has been pleasant to deal with, although it is clear the media access in North America is completely foreign — and somewhat bewildering — to him. If he was briefed on having to expect cameras in his face while he towels off, the message didnt get through.He comes across as someone who just wants to play soccer. Just perhaps, not here.If thats the case, hes allowed — especially given the departure or impending exit of the people who brought him here. Fans just want some clarity, so they know who to cheer for.Defoe wont be the only high-profile Toronto FC absentee Saturday at BMO Field. Bradley, the teams other marquee player, is suspended for accumulation of yellow cards. And, perhaps in a symbol of the franchises run of luck this season, rookie defender Nick Hagglund is both injured and suspended.Toronto enters the weekend in sixth place in the Eastern Conference, six points behind the Columbus Crew (12-10-10). In order to make the playoffs for the first time, Toronto needs to gain maximum points against Montreal and New England and hope the Crew lose their remaining games against New York and Philadelphia.Its possible but improbable, although Toronto sees a sliver of hope.We know that theres a crack in the door for us, said Vanney.Crazier things have happened in this league, added Bradley.Stranger things have happened, echoed captain Steven Caldwell.Should Toronto win Saturday, it will have to wait a day to see how Columbus fares against the Red Bulls.Sitting at the bottom of the Eastern Conference, Montreal (6-18-8) is looking to play spoiler.Our main focus is to get a result to knock them out of the playoffs, said goalkeeper Evan Bush. With the rivalry we have with them, it would be special to knock them out. They tried to do it to us last year and they didnt feel bad about it.Toronto has lost three straight, during which it has been outscored 7-1. Montreal, meanwhile, has been beaten just once in its last five outings (2-1-2) in all competitions.Former Impact midfielder Collen Warner is expected to replace Bradley in a Toronto midfield featuring Osorio, Warren Creavalle and Brazils Jackson. Doneil Henry steps in for Hagglund at centre back. Moore and Gilberto will start up front.Montreal star striker Marco Di Vaio is available despite travelling to Italy for the midweek announcement that his old club Bologna is being bought by a consortium that includes Impact owner Joey Saputo.Notes: Toronto blanked Montreal 2-0 on goals by Gilberto and Moore when the teams met Aug. 2 at Saputo Stadium. ... Since joining the league, the Impact have never won in Toronto with two losses and three draws over five meetings in all competitions at BMO Field. Montreal did defeat Toronto 2-1 on aggregate in the final of the Amway Canadian Championship. ... 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