Match of the Week

CSM Shots of the Week DEC 14

*No matter what time of year, no matter what continent you're on, on any given weekend one can catch an entertaining soccer game. The key is to know where to look. Well, look no further soccer fans -- I'm starting a weekly feature that will preview (and eventually recap) the weekend's best match. Also, consider this your open thread for all of the weekend's matches. Here we go...*

**The match:** Manchester City at Everton

**TV:** 11:30 a.m. CDT on FSC

**Quick Preview:** Man City has won their first four matches under new head coach Roberto Mancini (formerly of AC Milan), who replaced the beleaguered Mark Hughes about a month ago. Everton has the managerial stability (hello David Moyes...) that City lacks, but it hasn't translated into results this season as the 12th place Toffees currently sit 15 points behind fourth place Man City.

The match will be Landon Donovan's second at Everton, where he is currently on a 2 1/2 month long loan. Clearly outshining Donovan -- who did register an assist in his Premier League debut last week -- at Man City is Carlos Tevez, who bagged a hat trick against Blackburn on Monday and has tallied 10 goals in his last seven league games.

**My prediction:** 2-2 draw

**Result**: Everton 2 - Man City 0 Landon Donovan got his second straight start for Everton as they put an end to Man City's four-game winning streak. Steven Pienaar and Louis Saha scored for Everton as they moved up to 10th place in the Premier League. Donovan came close to notching his second assist in as many games, but City keeper Shay Given made a great save to keep Marouane Fellaini's header of a Donovan corner out of the back of the net. Check out the full highlights below.

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  • once donovan settles in he will be great.....right now watching a great blackhawks game

  • he look ok tho,,,,they won

  • hey,,,,,any of our friends here homebrewers? looking for a supply store....thanks

  • In reply to bert:

    You in the city bert? There's a brew and grow near Cortland and Elston.

  • What are you talking about...

  • Donovan looked strong. Did anyone see the missed header by Dirk Kuyt in stoppage time? It hit off the post. I think I accidentally woke up my entire house when I saw it. That play pretty much sums up Liverpool's entire season. My Reds were so close, and yet so very very far. Great feature, Sam. Donovan seems to fit into the EPL just fine and I think that he has the potential to be an absolute monster there. I'm talking even better than he was in MLS. If you saw that little interview clip with him that they showed after the Liverpool game, I think you'll get the feeling that his move to England is permanent. Sorry I couldn't find it. He said something along the lines of: "If I want to stay and make this permanent, I'll let someone know." Sounds like MLS next season is not for sure. Now, imagine the whole situation if there was a lockout. CHAOS!!! Good luck to Landon.

  • In reply to patrickhattrick:

    Let's not get carried away about him now. "Absolute monster?" I don't think so. I also don't think LA is just going to let him go because he wants to go. Once this WC is over, his ambition will be over for a couple years. Before he went to Everton, he signed a new 4 year deal with LA. He cant handle Europe for more than 3-4 months at a time. So he'll come back, go to the beach and play in a mediocre league where he can dominate. Thats the Landon way...

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    I guess an 'absolute monster is exafmggerating a little bit, bit in two games he's already got an assist and is taking he corners at EVERTON! We're not talking Hull here, this is a top team.

  • In reply to patrickhattrick:

    I understand that. He has played well, but at times he has looked nervous and a little scared. I would love to see him play overseas but he has no ambition and is only doing this because the WC is in the summer. You wont see him do this next off season because there is no need to. Hes going to stay in the MLS for the rest of his career.

    @janjo

    He isn't making anymore money than he would be if he was sitting at home on his couch. Just because you go on loan doesn't make you any more money. Everton are paying all, or some, of his wages that LA are paying him.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    I don't know. I think any soccer player that's sane would go to England where he gets more money, plays in a better league for a better team in a better soccer country, and has more of a chance to take his career to a new level. Looks like the best move is to stay, MLS contracts mean nothing at this point with the CBA and stuff.

  • In reply to patrickhattrick:

    Thats where the problem lies. He was in Europe, with Bayern Leverkusen, but didn't play so he pouted until they let him go on loan to the Earthquakes. When he went back to Germany after his loan spell he cried and cried because he wasn't the best player on the team and didn't get playing time because he didn't earn it. And I wouldn't necessarily say he is going to get more money. He is making a DP salary with the Galaxy and he can terrorize teams in this league, not in Europe.

  • In reply to Rubberbandman189:

    Turning in a new direction, has anyone seen the Fire's new uniforms? I can't decide if I love them or hate them. Don't like the weird collar, but I do like the away jersey. I don't like the US flag on the sleeve. The away jersey I definitely like better. The collar bothers me, though.

  • In reply to patrickhattrick:

    no live by toyota park,,(work there),,,,but im up for a road trip,,thanks

  • I failed to understand because it makes no sense... Who randomly posts about fake sponsors? You were buzzed at 3:30 in the afternoon? I think you need to settle down there buddy...

  • Do you think that Landon wants to go overseas? IMO, I don't think he would have signed that new deal if he wanted to go. I think he is scared and can't handle not being the center of attention on the team he is on. Look at how he handled the Beckham situation. Beckham comes in and is the star, Landon doesn't like it so he starts telling reporters anything they want to know about Beckham so the focus can be back on him.

    And I don't know how gladly they will let a team come buy him. Look at Taylor Twellman... He is a decent striker and they wanted top dollar for him. Landon is one of the best players to come out of the US and JUST signed a new deal for the next 4 years making DP money. I bet they want 14-18 million now. Good WC and I bet it is north of 20 million. No team in their right mind would pay that for him.

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