Monday Kickoff: Chelsea wins title, Sounders issue refund and more

Monday Kickoff: Chelsea wins title, Sounders issue refund and more

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Monday Kickoff: Chelsea wins title, Sounders issue refund and more


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After three years of watching Manchester United lift the English Premier League title, Chelsea has returned to the top.

The Blues took care of their business on Sunday, drubbing Wigan, 8-0, to secure the league title and set off celebrations four years in the making.

Didier Drogba finished as the top scorer in the league, edging out Wayne Rooney with a late hat-trick to give him 29 goals on the season.

Manchester United fell one point short of its fourth straight title, with its 4-0 win against Stoke City on Sunday not enough to catch Chelsea.

Here are the highlights of Chelsea's title-winning rout (followed by more stories to get your Monday going):



After suffering an embarrassing 4-0 loss to the Los Angeles Galaxy in front of a packed house at Qwest Field, Seattle Sounders ownership decided the team's performance wasn't worth their fans having to pay for. Their response? Issuing refunds to season-ticket holders who had to sit through the debacle.

"We don't plan on giving people money back every time we have a bad game," Sounders co-owner and GM Adrian Hanauer told the Seattle Times. "But as the owners of the club, we reserve the right to do whatever we think we need to do to treat our fans the way they've treated us."


Manchester United star and England striker Wayne Rooney limped off during his team's 4-0 win on Sunday with a groin injury, an injury his club insists won't interfere with his World Cup plans.


The return of the infamous volcanic ash cloud to European skies could lead to problems for the Europa League Final, which is set to feature Fulham and Atletico Madrid in Hamburg on Wednesday.

It wouldn't be the first time the ash cloud caused problems for Fulham. The Cottagers were forced to travel 895 miles by bus to play Hamburg in the Europa League semifinals, a match they tied 0-0.


The World Cup is still a month away, but New Zealand didn't waste any more time picking its squad. The Kiwis named their 23-man World Cup roster on Monday, with New York Red Bulls defender Andrew Boyens among the selections.


What did you think of Chelsea's performance? Think Seattle's refund is a good idea? Worried about Rooney being hurt, or hoping it's serious?

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