Fuel Soccer Talk: Kompany man delivers for City; Reaction to City’s victory: MLS news & notes

Kompany delivers a goal that could decide the Premier League title

It was the shot heard around the world – well, at least all the way to Liverpool. Man City’s Vincent Kompany gets on the ball outside the box and hits a perfect shot into the top corner to make it 1-0 against Leicester City Monday night. The goal – the only goal – more than likely sealed the deal for City in one of the most incredible Premier League races ever. Of course, it would be fitting if City lost next weekend to Brighton and Hove Albion – but that is highly unlikely.

It was a nerve-racking game for City and its fans. The first half was fairly evenly played with both teams getting a few chances. A header by Sergio Aguero was inches away from crossing the line but never made it into the net during the first half. City, as is their form, came out aggressive and hungry in the second half, needing a goal to stay on top of the table in the race with Liverpool. Kompany – a true company man and beloved captain who has struggled with injuries this year – scored his first goal in a year. The last one came in the derby against Manchester United but this one was bigger – much bigger and much more important.

As is tradition, all the teams play at the same time on Sunday in the final weekend of the Premier League. Liverpool faces Wolverhampton Wanderers; while City travels to Brighton. City sits atop with 95 points, one better than Liverpool.

Why has City been so successful this season?

Reaction from around the globe as City scores (almost) the knockout blow!

“Build that man a statue!”

That was a common refrain from City fans on Monday night after Vincent Kompany scored the game winner over Leicester City.

There was more: “It will go down in football folklore as one of THE defining moments of an epic season.” That it certainly will.

And then there was this from Chris Wheeler of the Daily Mail: “One by one they came up to hug Vincent Kompany and thank him for pulling Manchester City’s title challenge out of the fire. Then the City players stood back and let their captain lead them on a lap of honour. Has it ever been more deserved? Kompany walked ahead with that confident strut and wrapped his arms around the shoulders of proud daughter Sienna, eight. Then the tears began to flow. His has been a fairy tale City career.”  READ the full column

Video: Steve Nicol, Craig Burley, Alejandro Moreno and Dan Thomas of ESPN FC react to Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany’s game-winning goal vs. Leicester City that puts Man City on the brink of the 2018-19 Premier League title. Nicol describes what it was like to watch that moment as a former Liverpool player, and the panel also reflect on Kelechi Iheanacho’s miss that would have earned Leicester a draw and sent Liverpool into the final day of the season with the lead in the title race.

What was your reaction to Kompany’s perfect ball?

MLS News & Notes from around the league

Toronto FC 2, Orlando City 0: The one knock against Toronto so far has been their at-times suspect defense, which had conceded 10 goals in its last four matches entering Week 10. Orlando, meanwhile, simply need to do better in front of their home fans; they’re 2-3-1 this season in what should be one of the league’s more imposing venues, even when it’s not as muggy as it was Saturday. – Ian Quillen 

Philadelphia Union 6, New England Revolution 1: Philadelphia’s reign atop the Eastern Conference standings carries on yet another week, as they scored a season-high six goals. Jim Curtin’s team continues to get it done without the big-name players some other MLS clubs have, and Carlos Miguel Coronel, the third-string goalie, answered every challenge. As for the Revs, it’s now 10 goals conceded across their last two games and a deeper dive to the bottom of the table. Tough times in New England, tough times. – Jonathan Sigal

Los Angeles Football Club 0, Chicago Fire 0: For the first time in 2019, Western Conference leaders LAFC didn’t secure three points at home. Bob Bradley’s team, which has scored four or more goals four teams this season, was held off the scoresheet for the second time in four games. Chicago, meanwhile, is surely looking at this as a solid point earned. They’ll now return home for two straight matches, so momentum will need to translate into wins at SeatGeek Stadium.– Jonathan Sigal

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