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Man U Rolls On

Manchester United advanced to the FA Cup final with a 4-1 victory over Watford on Saturday in a match that provided two classy finishes. The result was no surprise -- Man U is first in the Premiership, Watford last -- but Watford provided admirable resistance and was not as badly beaten as the scoreline indicated. Red Devils will face Chelsea (who else?), which defeated Blackburn, 2-1, on Ballack's overtime goal today. Blackburn has strong U.S./CONCACAF ties: Friedel (USA) in goal, Nelsen (ex-D.C. United) in the back and Jason Roberts (Grenada) the goal scorer.

Check out the best goals from the Man U match:

By Steve Goff  |  April 15, 2007; 12:58 PM ET
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I missed the match, but saw that DeMerit was carded towards the end. Was it just a generic hard tackle or was it something more serious? I'll miss Watford in the Premiership. Couldn't score if their lives depended on it, but they always made things interesting....

Posted by: Troy | April 15, 2007 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Demerits tackle on ronaldo was awesome

Posted by: matt y | April 15, 2007 3:16 PM | Report abuse

What a great (not) weekend for my teams. First DC goes down to a flaming (though wet) defeat and then Blackburn loses.

At least Rovers looked better against Chelsea than United did against KC. And at least today I was dry.

Posted by: seahawkdad | April 15, 2007 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Off topic: Red Steers-Dallas

Cleetus earned his paycheck this week, and I hope that Wagenfurh, who blocked Clint's shot with his face, is OK.

Altidore for USMNT NOW! Brilliant header on the goal, soft touch on the assist, and composure at the end.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | April 15, 2007 5:45 PM | Report abuse

If Colorado has their own stadium now, why the hell are they playing a home game on a Sunday night? Please explain this wisdom behind this ingenuity...

Posted by: Nick | April 15, 2007 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Probably tv. MLS matches will be more spread out this year due to the various television deals - Thursday night, Saturday and Sunday.

Posted by: Nick | April 16, 2007 8:16 AM | Report abuse

One day after a terrible defensive performance by DC United, Ryan Nelsen put in a performance for Blackburn showing why he is missed here (and perhaps why he is too good for MLS). In the FA Cup semi against Chelsea, Nellie was everywhere Chelsea wanted to be. Yes, he was beaten by Frank Lampard for the first goal, but he played a big role in keeping the game close. He was the star of quite a few replayed highlights. Try to catch this contest if FSC shows it again.

Posted by: ho | April 16, 2007 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Did Ballack actually get a yellow card for taking his shirt off in celebration after his OT goal?

Posted by: Juan-John | April 16, 2007 10:42 AM | Report abuse

I didn't see the Ballack YC, but apparently he did receive one. He was wearing a sleeveless Adidas shirt underneath his jersey, so he was never shirtless. I thought the rule was enacted because some countries are offended by the sight of bare-chested, but that wasn't the issue with Ballack. I guess Alan Wiley, the referee, doesn't care about that distinction.

Posted by: ho | April 16, 2007 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Who cares about Manu? I want reports from the stadium, preferably about acts of contrition and self-flagellation for that embarassing un-United performance over the weekend. Lazy, defeated, spiritless. Except for a choice few (Olsen, Emilio, Fred as a sub) everybody from the coaches on down failed miserably. The supporters cheered and danced for 90, no matter what the outcome, so WHERE WAS THAT in the players?

Posted by: DCAustinite | April 16, 2007 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Ho and Juan-John,

I do believe that the FIFA rules specifically say 'remove the playing jersey' or some such thing. It doesn't matter what you have underneath.

Posted by: northzax | April 16, 2007 12:35 PM | Report abuse

FWIW, ESPN-Soccernet gave Ryan Nelson a spot on their "team of the week" for his performance.

Posted by: Paul | April 16, 2007 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Anybody know when that no-jersey-removal-in-celebration rule was installed? Surely it doesn't have its roots in Brandi Chastain's celebration back in '99?

Posted by: Juan-John | April 16, 2007 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Well, some of us do care about Man Utd. Come on, you Reds!

Posted by: Deanna | April 17, 2007 11:09 AM | Report abuse

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