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Fuel Soccer Talk: April shines on Crystal Dunn; Liverpool’s bad timing; Does soccer have a problem in NYC?

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Courage midfielder Crystal Dunn NWSL Player of the Month

North Carolina Courage midfielder Crystal Dunn has been voted the April Player of the Month by the NWSL Media Association.

Dunn scored four goals in three games to lead the Courage to a 2-0-1 record in the month. Her four goals lead the Golden Boot race. She also has an assist and three chances created. Her eight shots on target is second in the league.

Dunn has scored at least once in every game she’s played. She scored the equalizing goal in the Courage’s 1-1 draw with the Chicago Red Stars to open the season in Week 1. Then in Week 2, she turned in two goals and an assist in North Carolina’s 5-0 win over the Orlando Pride. In Week 3, she scored in the 60th minute for North Carolina’s second goal of the game in their 4-1 win over the Houston Dash.

What other players deserved consideration?

Bad timing for Liverpool; City have dominated Premier League’s top big six

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Liverpool picked the wrong time to be great!

The team from Merseyside would have won the league with 91 points in 33 of the last 37 seasons – and they still have another six points on the table to grab in the final days of the 2018-19 season. But barring a loss from Manchester City in their final two contests, Liverpool will finish second with a possible 97 points.
Manchester City sits just one point above in a nail-biting race for the title that has been exciting and nerve-racking to watch for fans of both clubs. In 33 of the past 37 seasons, Liverpool’s haul would already have been enough to go top of the table.

Manchester City have dominated games between the Premier League’s big six this season. Manchester United’s draw with Chelsea this past weekend was the last ‘big six’ game of the season. There have once again been some thrilling games between the league’s top sides with City losing just one in 10 games. Pep Guardiola’s side have taken a superb 25 points from the 30 on offer. Tottenham, meanwhile, have desperately struggled against superior opposition.

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How important are games against the big six?

Start Spreading the News: New York City has a problem with pro soccer

There is a very interesting article in the NY Daily News (by Filip Bondy) breaking down New York City’s apparent lack of interest in soccer these days. With two very popular baseball teams figuring things out and daily (ad nauseam) breaking down of the NFL Draft along with a team in the Stanley Cup playoffs, New Yorkers haven’t exactly been turning out in huge numbers for their two MLS teams.

It was in New York City where legends once came to play with the Cosmos – Pele, for one – but the Red Bulls and NYCFC aren’t scoring enough goals or fans to generate any real buzz in the city. Soccer just doesn’t have the juice (Christopher Russo word) at the moment. Sidenote: Don’t expect Mad Dog Russo to be breaking down the Red Bulls backline anytime soon.

Without super-striker and top attraction David Villa, who fled to Japan, NYCFC is struggling in seventh place and has won just two of its first nine games. The Red Bulls, meanwhile, are 2-4-2 after breaking a five-game winless streak with a 1-0 win over expansion Cincinnati over the weekend.

You can check out the article here

Of course, this does allow us the chance to show some Pele highlights!

What can soccer do to start creating interest again in the Big Apple?

LET’S TALK: OK, now you’ve read what’s on my mind…what are your thoughts on the above or any other “football” happenings?

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