Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante, who many felt was hard done by in not winning the award during Leicester City’s miraculous title-winning season of 2015-16, was named the 2016-17 PFA Player of the Year on Sunday. With Chelsea six games from claiming this season’s Premier League title (they currently possess a four-point advantage on Tottenham Hotspur), it’s impossible to ignore Kante’s presence and impact on each of the last two (presumed) title-winning sides. While his goal and assist numbers (1 and 1 this season) don’t come anywhere close to those of past winners (Riyad Mahrez tallied 17 and 11 en route to last season’s award), Kante’s industry, energy and rugged, ball-winning ways have integrated so
The game in 100 words (or less): The LA Galaxy’s midfield remains… nonexistent, to put it very nicely. It was a problem in 2015; it was a major problem in 2016; and it remains a problem early in 2017. On Sunday, Curt Onalfo’s side (as a quick aside, no, his seat isn’t yet getting hot) sat by and watched — almost literally — as the Seattle Sounders found the back of the net three times in the first half at StubHub Center. Clint Dempsey and Jordan Morris scored the goals for Seattle, to go with an own goal from Ashley Cole. It’s LA’s fifth loss in seven games, while Seattle have their second win of the season and put to bed a three-game winless skid. Three moments that mattered 29′ — Dempsey heads
Gabriel Agbonlahor scored the only goal of the game as Harry Redknapp's first match in charge of relegation-threatened Birmingham City ended in a 1-0 defeat at Villa Park in the Championship on Sunday. Redknapp says he is working for free after succeeding Gianfranco Zola at Birmingham but he could not inspire the club to their first derby win in the league since 2005. Che Adams had the best chance of a goalless first half at Villa Park, but the 20-year-old midfielder blazed over the crossbar after being well picked out with a low cutback by Lukas Jutkiewicz.