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Beckford indicating that his transfer fee just doubled

The 2009-10 FA Cup continues to be more than enough entertainment during the MLS offseason. On Saturday, Jermaine Beckford punished Tottenham Hotspurs for getting lazy at the end of the game. After putting in a strong 90 minute shift in back, Michael Dawson just didn’t have the legs to chase strikers in extra time. His sliding tackle (he got a little ball, but still…) led to a penalty kick that Beckford put away brilliantly. Let’s hope Leeds continues this FA Cup run so they have enough money to sign their top striker at the end of the season when he’s a free agent.

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It’s been a dreary week or two for the Liverpool faithful. Last Sunday’s game against Tottenham was postponed . . . on Thursday. Apparently, three days wasn’t enough time to get the snow out of the stands. More likely Liverpool, ravaged in body and soul, was eager to have a few more days to rest up (and not potentially slip a few more spots down the table), leaving them with ten days to prepare for the replay against my beloved Reading, some 34 positions below Liverpool in the English football pyramid.

benitez looks at his watch

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Of course, there were some distractions early this week when Tom Hicks Jr., son of Liverpool owner Tom Hicks and proud American, was forced to resign from the Liverpool board after he told a member of the Spirit of Shankly, a Liverpool supporter’s group, in an email to “Blow me fuck face.” Hicks and Gillette, the other Liverpool owner, might be just a few degrees below the Manchester United owners, the Glazer clan, on the Most-Hated-Owners-In English-Football-O’Meter and I, no Liverpool supporter, felt no sympathy for Hicks, Jr. When footage emerged of members of the Spirit of Shankly singing Munich air disaster songs at a party, the Massive-Doses-of-Hypocrisy-O’Meter began to level off as it so often does with the British press. (more…)

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Captain Fantastic

With Liverpool down a goal to West Ham after a Paul Konchesky cross floated into the back of the net, the 2006 FA Cup was surely bound for London. The game had been intense and only minutes earlier, Steven Gerrard had to call over a teammate to stretch out his cramping legs. The Reds captain had been tireless all game, but now it seemed he could barely walk across the midfield line for Liverpool’s corner kick, what was likely the last play of the game. Liverpool ended up winning on penalties.

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Yesterday

Come on. You didn’t think I’d skip this one, did you?

After entering financial administration, losing Dennis Wise to Newcastle’s backroom, and enduring an embarrassing fifteen point penalty, Leeds United is having a resurgent season. They lead League 1 (in English football, League 1 is the third highest division) and seem to be moving in the right fiscal direction. With the sun finally peeking through the clouds, Leeds was offered the unlikely opportunity to taste some of its former glory when they drew Manchester United at Old Trafford in the FA Cup.

Jermaine Beckford took care of the rest with what might have been his final goal in the blue and white.

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1973

One of the most memorable FA Cup finals was the 1973 matchup between powerhouse Leeds United and League Two’s Sunderland. Leeds had won the 1972 final and were heavy favorites to repeat.

The video is long, but well worth watching. Here are some highlights if you want to skip through:

1:00 – Sunderland goal

2:10 – Stunning. Unbelievable. Miraculous. Boosh-your-head-explodes double save from the Sunderland goalkeeper.

2:50 – Ridiculous save by the Leeds goalkeeper. Check out his recovery speed in the replay.

3:12 – Sunderland striker steamrolls Leeds goalie into the net. Foul called but no card given. Leeds goalie gets right back up and puts the ball into play.

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