Ten to Track (Sunday, 8/20/2017)

1. NYCFC vs. New England Revolution – MLS

New England is near the bottom of the Eastern Division standings. Is it misleading? They have a break-even goal differential. Still, they are winless on the road this season and NYCFC has to be a favorite to win the Supporter’s Shield (regular season best record).

B. Tottenham Sir Toppem Hatt Hotspur vs. Chelsea – English Premiere

Last season’s #2 hosts #1. Hawt.

Hotspur is named for Sir Henry Percy, aka Sir Harry Hotspur. A hotspur is an impetuous, reckless fellow. Far worse, Percy was officially deemed a traitor posthumously. Noob carries no water for such! A hex on the club for being carrying his namesake. And so I will only ever refer to this club as Sir Toppem Hat from children’s show Thomas & Friends.

Image result for Sir Topham Hatt analyst meme  Shoosh.  No one really believes you’ve been knighted, tubby.

3. Atalanta vs. AS Roma – Serie A

Atalanta was something if a surprise last year in reaching fourth last year I gather. It will be fun to see if they can carry momentum into this year against one of the historically great Italian sides.

4. Toluca vs. Necaxa – Liga MX

Toluca is a heavyweight. Necaxa had a forgettable 2017 Clausura, but has winning ways so far this fall. If they can get a result (win or draw) at Toluca, they will be taken seriously.

5. Bethlehem Steel FC vs. Louisville FC – USL

Louisville just put a monster stomping on FC Cincinnati as the latter was focused on their US Open Cup semifinal. Will Louisville in turn be sleeping on the #6 Steel?

6. FC Basel vs. Lugano – Swiss Super League

If memory serves, The Management actually got to see the stadium while on a trip to see a mutual old schooldays friend who now works in petroleum catalysis in eastern France. It could be enough for Adoption for the Noob, but I might also feel like a bandwagon-jumper. Basel destoyed this league last season.

7. Maccabi Tel-Aviv vs. Beitar Jerusalem – Israeli Premier

Also called the Ligat Hall. I don’t have a sense yet for how truly seriously teams take the second-tier European tournament Europa League yet. But it’s possible they may not be ready for or not play every starter against the very accomplished Jerusalem side this early in the league season.

8. Carabobo vs. Deportivo Tachira – Venezuelan Premier

The Garnets won the Premier least year with Tachira hot on their heels, and both clubs are nearly picking up where they left off.

9. Vissel Kobe vs. Yokohama F. Marinos – J1 League

Is this the only soccer club with a middle initial?  It knows it’s in trouble when it’s mother addresses it with the F included.

10. Chicago Red Stars vs. FC Kansas City – NWSL

Looks like Chicago can all but wrap up a playoff berth with a win here.

Author: Soccernoob

After a year of previewing soccer matches the world over with my own off-brand comedy, I now provide exclusive coverage for the Isle of Sodor Premier League, Championship, and FA Cup. (FC Dryaw 'til I die.)

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