Portland Timbers coach Caleb Porter goes to great lengths in explaining what a draw is or isn’t. What it’s not is a win. Even a month and a half into the 2014 MLS season, taking a point rather than three is cause for concern. March and April points still count as much as September and October points, after all.
Also in Monday’s soccer news, Liverpool remain top of the table in the Premier League and it’s worth taking another look at the Atletico Madrid story.
“We want to win. We are used to winning. So I think anything that is not a win, especially at home, is going to feel like a loss. When you’re on the road, you’ll swallow a draw. You’re not playing for a draw, but if you get one, it’s not a bad result at all, but at home it’s important to get three points as much as possible. We’re behind the eight ball, obviously.” Portland Timbers coach Caleb Porter.
- Clint Dempsey’s goals.
- Toronto without Michael Bradley and Jermain Defoe.
- Everton keeps the pressure up in the Premier League with their 7th straight win.
- Liverpool win at Anfield, two points ahead of Chelsea at the top of the Premier League table.
- MLS in Atlanta.
Michael Bradley Making Toronto Home – from USSoccer.com: The things that motivated me as a soccer player and a competitor before are still the same things that motivate me now.
On late runs, early MVPs and defenders who leave the door ajar in Week 6 – from MLSsoccer.com’s Matthew Doyle: 1. Late runs out of the midfield are causing teams fits
Arsene Wenger avoids crisis as Arsenal keep their nerve – from The Independent’s Jeremy Wilson: But what sort of turning point?
Steven Gerrard inspires as Liverpool reaffirm title credentials – from BBC Sport’s Phil McNulty: “We go together.”
10 things Manchester United must do before end of the season – from The Manchester Evening News’ Stuart Mathieson: They need to come clean on their future plans publicly.
Why Atletico Madrid are far from the Robin Hood club of European football – from The Independent’s Sam Wallace: At the start of this season, the tax debt of Atletico stood at €167m, which fell to €125m by the end of last year.
Luckless, mismanaged and doomed: Real Betis need more than a miracle – from The Guardian’s Sid Lowe: Betis’s greatest rivals had all but confirmed their relegation.
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