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Evening Ticker: West Ham advances in FA Cup; RBNY to face Impact and more

Spector (Reuters Pictures)

Make that two Americans in the FA Cup quarterfinals.

West Ham defeated Burnley, 5-1, on Monday to advance to a quarterfinal date with Stoke City. Jonathan Spector started the match on the bench, came on in the 73rd minute with the match's result well in hand and assisted on a stoppage-time goal.

Spector and Bolton's Stuart Holden have already booked their places in the quarterfinals, and the possibility exists that three more Americans join them. Everton and Tim Howard face Reading in a fifth-round battle, with the winner taking on either Manchester City or Aston Villa and its American duo of Brad Friedel and Michael Bradley in another quarterfinal.

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The New York Red Bulls and Montreal Impact will face each other in a May friendly in what will be somewhat of a preview of a 2012 MLS Eastern Conference battle.

The Impact, part of NASL this season but an expansion MLS franchise next season, will host the match at Saputo Stadium on May 11.


Plymouth Argyle's financial problems have left the club on the doorstep of relegation to League Two.

After filing paperwork that states the club intends to appoint an administrator (i.e. essentially file for bankruptcy), which violates Football League's sanctions, the team has been docked 10 points as a penalty.

The club, which employs American midfielder Anton Peterlin and was formerly managed by Toronto FC's Paul Mariner, is now at the bottom of the League One table, 10 points from staving off relegation with 15 matches remaining.


In case you missed it over the weekend, Deportivo La Coruna goalkeeper Dani Aranzubia became the first keeper to score in open play in La Liga history with his late equalizer against Almeria. 

Aranzubia headed home a corner kick to level the score and rescue a point for his team. Here's video of the goal:



Think that West Ham can beat Stoke and make the semifinals? What do you think about there potentially being five Americans in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup? Intrigued by the Red Bulls-Impact friendly? Do you see any chance that Plymouth Argyle stays up? What'd you think of Aranzubia's goal?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. My understanding has been that if the free kick is direct AKA “scoring” then the free kick is not from open play. Good call on Schmeichel though… he was epic.

  2. i find it a little strange that MLS has already had two ‘keepers score, and La Liga just got it’s first. when was La Liga officially founded? I’m sure this happened at some point in whatever the Spanish top division was called before La Liga

  3. I’m surprised it’s taken so long for a keeper to score in open play in La Liga. MLS has already had Cepero’s indirect FK and Hesmer’s off a corner. I think open play just means not a PK or direct FK.

  4. I’ll give you the penalties but a corner kick, which is how Aranzubia scored, is a set piece yes?

    A free kick is also a set piece yes?

    They are both dead ball situations are they not?

    Chilavert and Ceni scored on some awesome free kicks. If you want keepers scoring on headers from corners see Schmeichel, Peter, Man U and Denmark. He had about 12 goals in his pro career, I’m sure he scored at least one on a corner.

  5. Jose Luis Chilavert has 68 goals from penalties and free kicks,8 of them for Paraguay.

    Rogerio Ceni of Sao Paulo and Brazil has 98 goals from penalties and free kicks.


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