2008 Week 16: The good, the bad and the ugly – MLS Cup Final

[gss-content-box color=”gray”]Action from the MLS final, the FAI Cup final, the Champions League, the Championship and Argentina’s Apertura all feature in this week’s good, the bad and the ugly. Click on the links below to read more about the stories.[/gss-content-box]

Good

Well done to Columbus Crew after their MLS Cup final win over New York Red Bulls by a score of 3-1 in Los Angeles. It was their first ever Major League title and after winning the supporters shield trophy earlier in the season they have completed a wonderful double.

Congratulations also to Dublin side Bohemians as they beat Derry City in the FAI Cup final, that’s the Irish cup final, to complete the domestic double. They won the league by twenty points though the final was a much closer affair – they won it on penalties after a 2-2 draw.

Bad

Scottish side Celtic’s poor away performances in Europe continue after they were defeated by Danish side Aalburg 1-2 in the Champions League last night. That’s 18 matches without a win in Europe and in that time only one draw. Bad stuff for Celtic.

After Didier Drogba threw a coin back at Barnsley fans in the FA cup two weeks ago, two more incidents of fans targeting players make this week’s bad. First, in the Bundesliga, Hamburg fans threw a mobile phone battery at Bremen captain Baumann, hitting him in the face, and last night Marseille fans threw objects at Liverpool captain Gerrard as he went to take a corner. Luckily neither player responded to the provocation, but it’s not good when players are worried about being hit by missiles from the crowd.

Ugly

Though the game took place ten days ago, the fall out over Sheffield United’s Chris Morgan’s elbow on Barnsley’s Iain Hume continues with the Barnsley club threatening to sue Morgan after no FA action was taken. Hume had his skull fractured and this after complaining to the referee that he needed protection following a series of earlier clashes. Pretty ugly stuff from the English Championship.

More violence in Argentina’s Apertura, this time at the Colon – Godoy Cruz match which saw a fan stabbed to death. It appears that Daniel Lopez was a victim of in-fighting among the Colon fans. This was not the first death to have occurred among Argentinian fans but hopefully the last.

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