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2.) Fulham games are really hard to watch the wicked tickets california. I wish I didn't work during the day. That way I would be able to watch Fulham play in the Europa league, because that seems to be the only way to watch them. So far they notched a total of 15 goals in Europa league play. This past week was the third EPL game of Fulham's I've watched this season and do you know how many goals I've seen. Two, and guess how many Fulham victories I've seen? ZERO.

The big three readers will remember that in my last Set Piece I confessed that I only watch Fulham to see Dempsey play. I think that statement has angered the Futbol gods since every time I sit down to invest 90 minutes of my time, I come away wanting to throw acid in my eyes.
Conclusion: Fulham suck to watch!

3.) My final conclusion isn't really a conclusion at all. I just wanted to note that Arsenal finally got a victory. Actually two rare things happened for the Gooners, they won and Arshavin actually scored a goal. That wasn't a typo, HE SCORED!
Conclusion: None.

Stoppage Time:Futbol vs. Football
I beat this next topic in to the ground every Sunday. I like to complain that there are too many stoppages in Football, too many timeouts. Futbol on the other hand gives us a set time that's nice for scheduling other events. Most people would disagree with me and shower more praise on Football, but I'm not here to argue the merits of the two. What I'm here to do is say that I feel sorry for people who just watch Football on Sunday and here's why.

What's better than getting up at noon and watching some pre-game and then gluing your butt to the coach for a full day of NFL action? Most would say nothing, but guess what? Fans of Futbol and Football, we get to do it twice. My Sunday starts by getting up anywhere between 9 and 11 to catch EPL action and then seamlessly transitioning into the one o'clock NFL kickoffs. So while most people are sleeping off Saturday night, I'm getting back to back Sunday action.

I know I probably didn't sway any diehard America loving Football fans, but remember you can like both and get more out of your Sundays. Don't fear change.

Regular readers of Set Pieces with this book of mormon last minute tickets in Losenoidoomock will remember the Rust vs. Rest quagmire that was looming for DC United this weekend. Well just the people that actually read my articles, which I heard as of now has grown to three, me my fiancé and some guy in New York. That's right, what up New York? Anyways, Rest vs. Rust refers to the fact that DC United had nearly three weeks off following hurricane Irene.

Those twenty days off seemed to rejuvenate United as they turned in one of their most complete performances of the season defeating Chivas USA 3-0. I actually saw rust chipping off of Andy Najar as he menaced the Chivas defense bolting down the right flank time after time. United improved their stellar road record to 5-4-4 on the season and gave the United faithful reason to belief that a three year playoff drought may be over.

Now we get to the bittersweet portion of Set Pieces. First the sweet, remember that guy who was re-writing his redemption story after a near fatal car crash near RFK? You know he used to play for the National team and came to DC seeking a fresh start? It's okay if you don't, because the Charlie Davies that started the season scoring eight goals seemed to disappear as of late. Davies has been hampered with reoccurring injuries for much of the season and at times seemed to not have his head where his heart was. That all changed on Saturday as Davies reminded us just how deadly he can be scoring a hat trick and jumping to third place in the wayback machine band race for golden boot. (Author's Note: Golden Boot refers to the guy who scores the most goals in a season).

Before I could even text my buddy about the Davies 'hatty', something kolapadaar bitter crept into my mouth. Chris Pontius, who notched two assists in the game, and who was recently training with the US National team, suffered a season ending leg injury. I know, I know, just when you think it safe to talk playoffs, enter the jinx.

Seeing Pontius stretchered off the field really bothered me, was a guy who was finally blossoming in to a top notch player and it's all over, at least for this year. Initially my gut reaction is to panic, the seasons over, no playoffs, but then I let it marinate a bit. This United team is pretty deep; on the attacking side we still have Najar, Santino Quaranta, Dwayne De, Davies and Josh Wolff. The defense seeming to finally be jelling and Bill Hamid is a solid number one keeper. We'll miss broadway tickets cinderella you Pontius, but what doesn't kill, makes you stronger.

United sits in 5th place in the East, but has only played 25 games, two and in some cases three less games than the rest of the East. So there is plenty of time to make up points and move up the conference ladder.

NEXT UP: This Saturday, September 17, in another roadie against the Seattle Sounders (2nd in the West).

At the half: EPL TIME!

It's only week four of the EPL season and I'm already starting to come to some solid conclusions:


1.) Manchester City and Manchester United are really, really good. You know how there is always that one friend or person online who always has to pick the best team when you play a video game? He can never be anyone unless they have like a 5 star rating. Well that guy you used to curse when he drubbed you and then left you sulking on the couch has now taking the form of a two real life teams, from the same city!
His name is Manchester UnitCity and he is un-fair and makes you want to take your ball and go home. Manchester UnitCity is terrorizing the EPL right now and don't look to be letting up anytime soon.

Currently both teams are tied atop the standings combining for 27 goals so far. Our only hope is Chelsea, who gets their first crack at United this coming Sunday. How big will that game be? Well it's only week five so not huge, but if ever there was a time to close the gap it's now. You can visit:  matilda the musical discount tickets

Conclusion: City of Manchester = Unbeatable