SportsNet - August 2012

Seattle Sounders Bring World-Class Crowds to MLS

on August 29 2012 8:29 AM
Seattle Sounders Bring World-Class Crowds to MLS

Don't look now, but Major League Soccer now has a marquee fanbase.

For the second game in a row, the Seattle Sounders FC were able to generate impressive numbers at the gate.   While last weekend's crowd of 55,718 for their 2-0 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps was slightly down from the 60,928 that saw the Sounders defeat the Los Angeles Galaxy earlier this month, it is still good for the second-highest attendance of any MLS game this season.  Both games also cracked the top 20 list of the highest-attended games in the history of the league.

And keep in mind, the Sounders did this during back-to-back regular season home games.

Liverpool News: Theo Walcott to Liverpool FC

on August 29 2012 8:21 AM
Liverpool News: Theo Walcott to Liverpool FC

Liverpool News: Theo Walcott to Liverpool FC. 

By Kevin Morley.

Brendan Rodgers wants players at Liverpool who 'want to play for the club.'  Given this, it is easy to see why he would be interested in adding Theo Walcott to the Liverpool squad.  Walcott is another one of those boyhood Liverpool fans, an admirer of the club who has visited Anfield with opposition sides and no doubt envied the support offered by the Liverpool faithful.

Speculation about Liverpool's interest in Walcott has been present since the early Summer and it appears that the players contractual issues with Arsenal mean they are now ready to admit defeat and move the player on.  Should Liverpool want the player, which it seems they do, they will be knocking at an open door.

Liverpool News: Lucas Leiva injury a big loss to Liverpool FC

on August 29 2012 7:21 AM
Liverpool News: Lucas Leiva injury a big loss to Liverpool FC

Lucas Leiva injury a real problem for Liverpool FC defence.

By Kevin Morley.

During the pre season tour of America, Brendan Rodgers took time out to explain how important he saw Lucas Leiva to his future Liverpool side and his plans for the club as a whole.  Rodgers not only explained how influential and positive Lucas is as a character around the club but also how vital he is to the emerging style Rodgers is seeking to implement at Liverpool FC.  This is why the injury sustained by Lucas at the weekend, and the news that his absence could potentially stretch to early November, is so gut wrenching for the player, the team and the new manager.

Is AC Milan Bojan Krkic's last chance to be a star?

on August 29 2012 6:52 AM
Is AC Milan Bojan Krkic's last chance to be a star?

"This is a great birthday present for me. I'm very pleased to announce that I'm an AC Milan player." With these words on his Twitter profile, Bojan Krkic confirmed the rumors. The Spanish striker, that yesterday turned 23, will join the rossoneri on a one-season loan deal.

It's been a strange market movement. Bojan played last year for AC Roma and his performance, although it wasn't bad, it wasn't outstanding neither. He wasn't the favorite in the bets to replace Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who changed Milan for Paris Saint Germain.

Bojan played 33 Serie A games, most of them starting from the bench, and he just scored seven goals. It was his first season far from Barcelona, where he still hopes to return some day. Maybe, a good season at Milan could help him. But it seems quite difficult.

Bojan is still young, but he has a lot of experience. Not so long, he was considered the last 'Wonder Boy' produced at La Masia, Barça's youth academy. He was even compared with Leo Messi, but he never lived up to the expectations, that were too high.

Manchester United News: Berbatov Leaves United For Fiorentina!

on August 29 2012 6:34 AM

Berbatov arrived at Manchester United in a flurry of flashbulbs and hype at the very end of the transfer window and signed officially on 1st September 2008. He has played 108 times for United and scored 48 goals.

It was almost inevitable that with the arrival of Van Persie, that Berbatov would have to leave Old Trafford. With emerging striker Danny Welbeck, Javier Hernandez and even the new kid from Chile Henriquez all seemingly ahead of the striker, it was the final straw for Berbatov that he was still down the pecking order when Rooney got injured on Saturday against Fulham.

Berbatov had recently ended his international career in an attempt to jump start his Old Trafford future, however, it seems that Sir Alex Ferguson had already decided that last season would be his final one for United.

It should be remembered that Berbatov, with his languid style and low key demeanour was the Premier Leagues joint top scorer in 2010-11 season. He was also Bulgaria`s top scorer with 48 goals.

Whilst Berbatov will also evoke mixed feelings amingst United fans, his contribution to a successful era cannot be ignored.