After dropping the bombshell that my family would be leaving Texas and moving up north to Minnesota I decided that the Crown blog needed one final edition to summarize my time on a team that had been a big part of my soccer life in Texas, not to mention in my personal/social life too. So while many of you have heard some of these stories at after parties or in one of my Meet Crown: 5 Questions articles, I think putting it all in one spot will allow me to have a token to look back on when I am old and sat in front of a fireplace on a cold Minnesota winter night. Let’s start back where it all began, a balmy day back in November 2011…
Two final games to tell you about that will wrap up the Summer I season. But there is something you need to know first, this Tuesday/Wednesday double header came at a terrible time roster wise for Crown as half the full timers were away this week and subs were few and far between. Both games we pretty much had the bare minimum, injuries and vacations have hit us hard recently. Now I have set us up for failure let me tell you how epic that failure was…
Crown v Fugitives FC:
Shortest recap ever…we lost 17-0, no really, I’m not kidding, it was the worst game by far in Crown’s lengthy history, and if we didn’t have to play the very next night I think we would all have been content to steer clear of BlueSky for a few weeks. Yep, it is time to order these babies:
The Champions League Final was played this past weekend in Kyiv, Ukraine as Real Madrid took on Liverpool in a match that had plenty of interest as Ronaldo was looking to guide his team to a 3-peat, while Mo Salah looked to continue his incredible goal scoring season with a European title for an English club. This won’t be my typical match recap, more a commentary and opinion piece on a wild game with many noteworthy moments. Let’s get to it.
Real Madrid 🇪🇸 v Liverpool 🏴
Seems like it has been a long time since Crown played, that’s what one Bye week will do, let’s just hope it did not have too much of an effect on this aging bunch…yes, still feeling sorry for myself. Two games in this edition, the first versus JFHF FC, the team that Crown got their only win against in the first round of games, then a matchup with DW Energy FC which is always a tough one. Let’s get started as I have no other funny stories to tell you as I told the boys the best one at the after party already…🤜💥😎…bet that emoji code has got a few intrigued.
On May 26th in Kiev, Ukraine the Champions League Final will be contested between Real Madrid and Liverpool, and based on their roads so far there should be plenty of goals and entertainment. But before we get to my prediction for this huge game, let’s take a brief look at how each team navigated their tough Semi-Final matchup.
Liverpool 🏴 7-6 Roma 🇮🇹
After blitzing Roma to the tune of a 5-2 home victory, led by Salah and Firmino both grabbing 2Gs and 2As, it ended up being a close finish scorewise as a pair of late strikes for the home side in the return leg in Rome made it look closer than it probably was as Liverpool were the better team overall. Still nobody seems to be able to stop their vaunted front three.
Old Trafford was the site of the final Premier League match of the 2017/18 season for Manchester Utd as they hosted Watford on Sunday. It has been a season of ups and downs for the Red Devils as while a second place finish was guaranteed and a shot at the FA Cup was coming up, there has always been the questions about whether progress has been made and if this is the right mix of players to challenge for the top prizes. The one thing that is for sure is that this is still Manchester Utd and the ability to lure top quality players is a constant so it should be an interesting summer of player movement. But the task at hand was going out and giving Michael Carrick a good send off, and it was also a chance for some players to get some minutes in a game with no other ramifications. Here was the starting eleven for the Red Devils with some big names given a rest:
Manchester Utd traveled to London to take on West Ham on Thursday looking to clinch 2nd place in the Premier League after they failed to do so last game versus Brighton. The organization also had their minds on the health of their legendary manager Alex Ferguson who was hospitalized recently, but currently the news is good as he is in recovery now. Fergie’s teams over the years gave me many memorable moments and my personal thoughts go out to him and his family during this difficult time. And so the Utd squad should not have needed any motivation for this matchup whatsoever, win one for the “boss”. There were some lineup changes made as Lukaku continued to be sidelined, but Alexis returned to give the offense a boost. Here is the starting eleven that Mourinho tasked with getting the job done:
Manchester United took on Brighton on Friday as they looked to cement their 2nd place status in the Premier League. There were some big changes to the starting lineup as José Mourinho would have to do without the services of two big stars, Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sánchez, but this gave a big opportunity to impress to their two young attackers Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford who have been riding the substitute bench recently. There was also a start for Marouane Fellaini after his game winner on the weekend, plus some action for Marcos Rojo and Matteo Darmian on defense. Here was the starting eleven for the Red Devils for this Friday feature match:
It’s that time again, two more recaps for your reading pleasure, and this time we show some skin!…don’t get too excited, it’s Rob’s not Jeremy’s. Crown has started off the new D1 season fairly well with a dominant opening win followed by a hard fought tie, but now two more tough matchups were on deck against M-I and then the defending champion Fugitives FC. Ok, you have waited long enough for the nudity, but first a quick explanation. Rob was playing in an O40 league on the Monday before our game and was crunched by a couple of defenders, but definitely not because he was holding the ball too long 😜, and he felt a couple of pops in his knee. He was able to walk away from the incident and finish the game but the next day it looked like this:
It was the final game as Arsenal manager at Old Trafford for Arsene Wenger this past Sunday as his Gunners took on Manchester Utd. And while he would have liked to have gone after this game it was clear that he had one eye on the upcoming second leg of their Europa League matchup versus Athletico Madrid as he named a team with some youth, but there was still some threats as Aubameyang started along with Mkhitaryan returning from injury. And for José Mourinho it was a chance to get one more over on his rival while strengthening their 2nd place position as he named a very strong eleven including Alexis playing against his former team: