27 May Soccer Insights – May Vol. 3
European leagues come to an end, some legends say goodbye and Liga MX gets two unexpected finalists. These are the highlights of this week’s soccer.
|Hull City||0-0||Manchester United|
- Chelsea received the Premier League trophy, their fifth league title and third under Jose Mourinho’s command.
- Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard played their last games in England. The last two are set to join MLS, while Drogba is being connected with New York City FC.
- Jonás Gutiérrez was one of the heroes of the day, as he assisted and scored in Newcastle’s victory over West Ham, that secured their place in the top division.
- Norwich City, Bournemouth and Watford will be the teams replacing Hull City, QPR and Burnley next season.
- Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United will compete in the UEFA Champions League, while Tottenham and Liverpool will be in the UEFA Europa League. Aston Villa could get a place in the UEL is they win the FA Cup.
|Barcelona||2-2||Deportivo de La Coruña|
|Celta de Vigo||3-2||Espanyol|
|Rayo Vallecano||2-4||Real Sociedad|
- Barcelona celebrated the league title and paid homage to Xavi Hernández, who is set to leave the club to play for Al-Sadd from Qatar.
- Cristiano Ronaldo was the top goalscorer of the tournament with 48 goals.
- Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid and Valencia will represent Spain in the UEFA Champions League. Sevilla, Villarreal and Athletic Club will appear in the UEFA Europa League.
- Eibar, Almería and Córdoba got relegated. Only Betis has secured promotion from the second division, the other two spots are yet to be decided.
|Bayern Munich||2-0||Mainz 05|
|B. Dortmund||3-2||Werder Bremen|
|Hamburger SV||2-0||Schalke 04|
|B. Mönchengladbach||1-3||FC Augsburg|
|FC Köln||2-2||VFL Wolfsburg|
- Bayern Munich won again after a four games losing streak, just in time to celebrate the title with their fans
- Bayern Munich, Wolfsburg, Mönchengladbach and Leverkusen will play in UEFA Champions League. Augsburg, Schalke 04 and Borussia Dortmund will be the German representation in the UEFA Europa League.
- Jürgen Klopp managed his last league game for Borussia Dortmund. The fans and players said goodbye to him after seven years and six titles. His last offical game with them will be the cup final against Wofsburg this weekend.
- Freiburg and Paderborn got relegated, and Hamburger will have to defend their place in the top division in a relegation play-off against Karlsruher SC. FC Ingolstadt 04 and SV Darmstadt 98 will be the new teams in the 1. Bundesliga next season.
- Roma defeated Lazio in the Derby della Capitale and secured the second spot and a place in UEFA Champions League.
- Napoli lost to Juventus, but still has hopes of Champions League qualification if they defeat Lazio on Sunday.
- Relegation is already decided, with Calgiari, Cesena and Parma being replaced by Carpi, Frosione and a third team to be defined in the qualification play-offs.
- PSG celebrated their third consecutive league title with a victory over Reims.
- PSG, Lyon and Monaco will be the French clubs in UEFA Champions League. Marseille and Saint-Etienne will compete in the UEFA Europa League.
- Evian, Metz and Lens were relegated to Ligue 2. Troyes, Gazélec Ajaccio and Angers are set to take their places in the top division.
|San Jose Earthquakes||1-1||Orlando City SC|
|New England Revolution||1-1||DC United|
|Montreal Impact||2-1||FC Dallas|
|Colorado Rapids||1-0||Vancouver Whitecaps|
|Real Salt Lake||2-0||New York City FC|
|Seattle Sounders||0-0||Sporting Kansas City|
|New York Red Bulls||0-2||Philadelphia Union|
|Columbus Crew||2-2||Chicago Fire|
|LA Galaxy||1-0||Houston Dynamo|
|Toronto FC||1-0||Portland Timbers|
|3||NY Red Bulls||17pts|
- Chris Wondolowski, San Jose Earthquakes player, has scored 100 goals in the MLS, being his latest in the 1-1 tie with Orlando City.
- Sporting Kansas have been unbeaten for five games. Their last defeat was against LA Galaxy.
- DC United and FC Dallas continue to be on top of each conference. They’re being closely followed by many teams.
- Santos and Querétaro will face each other in a Liga MX final for the first time ever.
- Santos shocked Chivas in the second leg of the semifinal with a 3-0 victory.
- Querétaro came back to defeat Pachuca after losing in the first leg, and qualified thanks to being higher in the regular season table.
What to look out for next week
- UEFA Europa League – Defending champions Sevilla will face Dnipro today at 2:45 p.m ET. in the final
- Serie A – Napoli and Lazio will decide the third UEFA Champions League spot when they clash on Sunday at 2:45 p.m ET.
- Copa del Rey – Barcelona will try to get their second title this season by playing Athletic Club in the Copa del Rey final this Satruday at 3:30 p.m. ET.
- DFB Cup – Wolfsburg and Borussia Dortmund will face each other in the DFB Cup final, and it’ll be Jürgen Klopp’s last game as Dortmund manager.
- FA Cup – Arsenal will try to get their second consecutive cup as they play Aston Villa on Saturday at 12:30 p.m ET.
- MLS – Seattle Sounders versus New York Red Bulls will be the pick for the weekend.
- Liga MX – First leg of the final will be played tomorrow night at 8:30 p.m. ET, while the second leg is scheduled to be played on Sunday at the same time.