Soccer Roundup

LA Galaxy defeated FC Dallas 2-1 on Saturday.

Game temperature was 90F and so the game did look sluggish but FC Dallas did seem to have a spring in their step in comparison and rightly got a 1-0 lead on clearly more assertive play.

But soccer is a rude game in that all it takes is a few moments of inspiration on the attack or lapse of concentration on the defense and the game changes 180 degrees. The Galaxy capitalized in a short stretch of ~ 5 minutes in the second half with two goals by Keane!

On Sunday, Elfsborg won 2-0 over Djurgarden allowing the club to move to second place on the table. Two thirds of the season is complete and its a log jam at the top of the table with five clubs separated by a mere 4 points.

On Monday, Falkenberg is in action against Hammarby. FFF is 13th (15th and 16th is relegation and 14th is playoff for relegation) and just above the line. A home victory tonight by FFF will allow them to breath a little easier but its tough anyway you slice it when you are in the bottom half of the table. Hammarby is in 12th so they aren't much better off. Should be a good match up.

On Monday, Liverpool host Bournemouth. Will be interesting to see if Rodgers writes the same XI on the card tonight. One possible switch is to start Firmino for Ibe and give him ~ 60 minutes or so to see how close he is to match fitness. With three defenders sitting on yellow cards, one wonders if Toure or Moreno will get a start or substituted in early if Liverpool get a comfortable lead. Can and Ings will get some time as well if Liverpool can get the lead on Bournemouth.