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The Terps' are currently sporting a 13-1-2 record and are 4-1-1 in the ACC with just two games remaining before the ACC tournament. This is nothing new for the Terrapin soccer; they regularly feature as one of the Nation's top programs. I've mentioned this in previous set pieces, but it's worth noting that taking in a game at Ludwig field is an amazing fan experience, plus they having great hot chocolate and tis the season.
Get out and support a winner, stop sulking, Maryland football is never any good and Basketball needs a year to re-tool.

Stoppage Time: Not so fast...
Up from the ashes rose the Phoenix, carrying the once mighty Gunners in her talons. Okay, it may be too early for that intro, but Arsenal is quietly repairing a once lost season. With a 3-1 victory over Stoke on Sunday Arsenal appear to be righting the ship, winning six out of their last seven games in all competitions. A mid-week last minute game winner by Aaron Ramsey moved Arsenal top of their group in Champions league play and they currently sit in seventh place in the EPL.

Now to the one of my favorite Acronyms, RVP! Who? Robin Van Persie, or as I like to call him, R-V-P....THE WHOLE F-ING SHOW (Homage to Wrestler Rob Van Dam), RVP has seven goals in EPL play this season and came off the bench to score two vital goals on Sunday. My motto in life is whenever you go out, GO DUTCH! It remains to be seen how much of a toll the early season failures of Arsenal have had on RVP, hopefully he won't flee like the Nasri/Fabregas rats did when the ship appeared to be sinking. For now RVP is still the only Gunner with any ammo, but will he have enough fire power to keep the Arsenal fleet afloat?

The other big story from the EPL this weekend was the Manchester Derby. Manchester City gave Manchester United a solid kick in the tail with a convincing 6-1 victory at Old Trafford. How did this make me feel as an Arsenal supporter? Amazing! United deserves everything they got and I wish it would have been more, now that 8-2 drubbing they gave Arsenal early in the season doesn't burn, it merely stings. City now have a five point lead at the top of the table over United and right now they appear to have very little flaws. You can visit this wicked ticket site.

And now a quick plea to Fulham FC: Please transfer Clint Dempsey from your terrible team this January; I don't want him learning any more bad habits.
-Dr. Gonzo

Now the Negative: How does a team move forward, with no forward? Identical to the problem that plagued the USA at the World Cup in 2010, DC has no strikers. We thought Charlie Davies was the guy, his 11 goals are nothing to scoff at, but at times he disappeared, completely. It was frustrating to watch, I've been routing for Davies to make a full recovery from that horrific car crash in 2009, but something isn't right. His play is erratic, and the quickness that used to define his game seems all but lost. It appears that the Davies' experience is over in DC.

This just in, Josh Wolff you suck, but good news you don't suck nearly as much as Joseph Ngwenya. I was horrified to see that DC has signed Ngwenya in the offseason and even local seo london horrified when I saw him on the season opening roster. How bad is he? How about zero goals this season? Still not convinced, let me paint a vivid picture for you: Last Wednesday, during United's must win game against the Portland Timbers, at home; DC was all tied at 1-1. They needed to win to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. During stoppage time, De'Ro sent a beautiful low pass across the face of goal, and Ngwenya came streaking through the box. For a professional soccer play the degree of difficulty for this shot was zero, but just as the ball met his foot, he missed the point blank open net. No goal, season over. Pathetic!

Bring on 2012, but don't you dare bring on Ngwenya.

At the Half:Maryland Soccer = Good
Despite Randy Edsall turning a football program which finished last season with ten wins into a glorified fashion show and then crushing the promising career of quarterback Danny O'Brien, the real Maryland football team just keeps winning. Oh, I'm sorry the real futbol team, or as us Yanks say 'Soccer.' Don't look now but, Maryland soccer is ranked number three in the nation. Forget about another lost season on the gridiron or the upcoming hoops season that features returning superstar Sean Mosley (Insert Cricket noise), none of that matters, because Maryland has a winner. Find  pittsburgh phantom of the opera tickets here.

It's over, ring the bell throw in the towel, it's all over. It started with a bang, a convincing 3-0 victory over the Columbus Crew Losenoidoomock, and it ended with a whimper, a 1-0 loss at home to Sporting Kansas City in kolapadaar. The DC United playoff push that was, never seemed to materialize and as the MLS season reached the most pivotal point it became painfully clear that United were far from fixed. Now that the season is over, we need to take time to reflect and figure out where the hell United goes from  matilda tickets discount

Let start with the positive: Best trade ever! The mid-season swap of Dax McCarty for Dwayne De'Rosario will go down as one of the savviest moves in MLS history. De'Ro, as he will now be referred to, scored 13 goals and added seven assists in 18 games for United. That torrid pace was just enough to give De'Ro the 2011 MLS Golden Boot Award. His dramatic impact on United may even lead to an MLS MVP award, which would be an astonishing feet for someone who was traded twice in the same season. De'Ro playing on a hurt ankle in a must win 1-1 tie with Portland this past Wednesday was inspiring, too bad it inspired a guy on his couch and not his teammates.

Bill Hamid, Perry Kitchen, Andy Najar: One thing United have in their corner is youth. Hamid was solid in goal all season, parlaying his form in to a National team call up. Kitchen was a revelation at right back, even if he did feature on one of the worst defenses in recent memory. Najar was solid and gave me the sense that this guy is destine for Europe. Najar and Kitchen tied for most games played for United each featuring in 31. Take solid discount tickets for cinderella youth, pepper in some veterans, shore up the defense, have a solid keeper and find a reliable forward and you have a winning formula. United currently has two out five of those characteristics, now sign De'Ro to an extension and you have three out of five, and according to my math, that ain't bad. Oh, and I almost forgot about Chris Pontius, who like Hamid was in the National team conversation before a season ending injury during a game at Chivas USA late in the season. If Pontius can return to full strength for the season opener, and can stay healthy, this team will thrive. The loss of Pontius was evident as it turned DC's budding attack in to a land of confusion.