Monday’s Upside: Look at the League

Their Words

"If you look at the league, maybe the top half of it are all going for the fourth place and nearly every game you go into is a massive game. Over the years, more and more clubs have probably got into that situation where they are going to be competing for the top four and the manager here has to take credit for what he has done." Everton forward Steven Naismith.  

The Radar

  1. The transfer window opens tomorrow.
  2. Blatter doesn't flatter MLS.
  3. LA's next designated player.
  4. Tottenham's wins.
  5. Aston Villa's losses.

Ten Stories

Soccer anyone? It’s snowing out, you know - from Pro Soccer Talk's Steve Davis: So, yes, the weather is a major impediment.

Blatter Critical of M.L.S. in Interview - from The NY Times' Andrew Das: That will of course come as a surprise to the fans and the cities where M.L.S. is, well, recognized.

“Soccer Night in Newtown” to be held next week - from The examiner's Phil Naegely: News of the event spread like wild fire to soccer personalities.

Monday Postgame: New year, new hope for nine MLS teams - from MLSsoccer's John Bolster: To paraphrase their new coach, the English language doesn’t have enough verbs for what needs to be done at Chivas USA.

Best signings of the Summer - from Backpage Football: Right back: Geoff Cameron ( Stoke City)

Transfer window: how the landscape has shifted in the Premier League - from The Guardian's James Riach: Only £60m was spent in the winter window of 2012, compared to the considerable £490m the following summer.

Chelsea must not bid farewell to Frank Lampard the best player they have ever had - from The Telegraph's Alan Hansen: and not for the first time the England midfielder delivered.

Galaxy, Frank Lampard deal could be taking shape - from The LA Times' Kevin Baxter: A move to another Premier League team is also a possibility.

Pressure of last few months has shown Theo Walcott at his best - from The Independent's Sam Wallace: It would be foolish to pretend that he is the polished, finished article.

AVB setting Spurs up for success - from Fox Soccer's Jonathan Wilson: and in the 20 minutes that followed barely allowed Sunderland out of its half.

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