David Moyes and Sunderland have gotten off to one of the worst starts in Premier League history. If they fail to earn a point against Arsenal this weekend, they will tie the 1995-96 Manchester City team for the worst start ever through 10 matches with two points. It appears those frustrations carried over to the EFL Cup for Moyes. On Wednesday, the manager was forced to leave the dugout toward the end of Sunderland’s 1-0 loss to Southampton after he protested a no-call from referee Chris Kavanagh. Moyes was charged by the FA for his protests, saying the manager “used abusive and/or insulting words towards a match official”. It’s just another thing to add to Moyes’ plate as he looks to keep Sunderland’s
The game in 100 words (or less): 10 years later, Toronto FC are MLS Cup Playoffs victors. For eight seasons, the playoffs eluded them altogether. Last year, they were one-and-done in embarrassing fashion at the hands of their local rivals. In 2016, it was their year — a proclamation we’d heard plenty times before — and so far, they’ve lived up to the hype. Wednesday’s 3-1 home victory over the Philadelphia Union in the knockout round gets the monkey off the Reds’ back, but more importantly, afforded Sebastian Giovinco, who bagged a goal and an assist on the night (his second straight game with such a line), 90 more minutes of game time after missing more than a month through injuries as the
Walter Mazzarri insists Watford's recent defensive improvement is not due to any changes he has made. The Hornets failed to keep a clean sheet in their opening seven Premier League games of the season, but have responded by shutting out both Middlesbrough and Swansea City. Scoring just once across those two matches, the goals have also dried up somewhat for Watford, but Mazzarri says those consecutive tight encounters are just a coincidence.