As sad and lost as we’ve all been the past few weeks after a fantastic conclusion to a truly wonderful month of World Cup action, there is reason to turn your televisions back on again (no, I’m not referring to another shark week marathon)! The English Premier League kicked off this past Friday with a clash between Manchester United and Leceister City. If that match wasn’t as action-packed as you’d have liked, Saturday’s games certainly shouldn’t have disappointed you. A pair of 2-0 loses for newly promoted sides Cardiff City and Fulham will surely be a wake up call for them as they now find themselves small fish swimming in an ocean of massive Chelsea, Manchester City, and Liverpool-sized sharks. New boys Wolverhampton looked like they will be tough customers with a well earned point against Everton in a 2-2 battle. Sunday brought us some fantastic football, first with Liverpool cruising to a 4-0 win against big spending West Ham who looked like they will need a bit of time to mesh all of their new summer acquisitions.
The marquee game of the weekend was between Arsenal and the champions, Manchester City. This was the first time in the past 22 years a new manager was sitting at the helm for Arsenal, with new boss Unai Emery making a number of signings in the summer window and only starting 2 of them. Riyad Mahrez made a debut start for his new side Manchester City who looked to pick up right where they left off last season with another 3 points. The question is, will Man City have another walk in the park of a season under Pep Guardiola like the ’17-’18 season or will a challenger arise and compete with them for the remaining 37 games? The most unpredictable and arguably best league in the world is finally back and that’s all we really care about anyways!
Though it was a tough pill to swallow not being able to cheer on the United States in this past world cup, there is plenty of hope for our upcoming generation of American footballers. 18 year old American striker Timothy Weah scored his first Ligue 1 goal in France this past weekend which is a fantastic feat for such a young player playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world! He is among a long list of American players playing overseas in countries such as England, France, Germany as well as Spain. Check out this list of players and the teams they play on. It’s definitely worth keeping your eye on these guys as they continue to make names for themselves in the beautiful game!
Below is a link to a website that shows a list of American players playing all over the world; including a good friend and former teammate of Coach Jared’s, David Abidor, who plays in the Finnish 2nd division. Check it out and follow these guys’ progress as the seasons get going, you never know how many of these guys will one day represent the US national team at the highest level!