2. Tony Pulis and Crystal Palace could be the perfect marriage. In his 21-year career as a manager, Pulis has never been relegated. Two wins in a row for the Selhurst Park boys and if he keeps this group up, he deserves all the praise in the world, no matter the style of play.
3. Instead of watching a Premier League match on Saturday, spend that 90 minutes watching Keane v Vieira: Best of Enemies. The Premier League could use two personalities and hard-midfielders like those two again.
4. David Moyes and Manchester United are suffering, but they did finish first in their Champions League group, and their next four Premier League matches are against Aston Villa, West Ham, Hull, and Norwich. Twelve points and all would be better heading into the New Year.
5. Sam Mewis has one more national championship than LeMew.
6. Yesterday the Houston Dash was announced as the first expansion franchise in NWSL. Great for the league to be adding a team instead of having teams fold. Now the countdown to what happens first - Alex Morgan announced as Dash's first player or Servando Carrasco is traded to the Portland Timbers.
8. In a friendly earlier this week, the United States U17 boys team defeated England 5-1. It will only be a matter of time before American youth soccer coaches are heading across the Atlantic Ocean by the thousands to coach youth football and English clubs change their names from FC to SC.
9. With Jason Kreis being announced as the first coach for New York City FC, let's hope in 2015 the Gotham City Derby has the two coaches showing similar passion from their playing days.
10. But honestly, in regards to the USMNT draw for the World Cup, as a fan, if you're going to spend all that money to go to Brazil, you might as well see them play against great teams. The draw provides that. For Jurgen Klinsmann and his staff, a large portion of the next six months should only be focused on Ghana. Gain three points against the Black Stars and it puts the red, white, and blue in a great position.
11. The University of Washington flip thrower, aka Michael Harris, and his team, take a lot of crap from soccer media, but for anyone that saw his performance against New Mexico, his critics should be silenced. He was the best player on the field for the Huskies, and that had nothing to do with the distance of his throw-in.
12. Congratulations to Sporting KC on winning MLS Cup. Been quite a remarkable turn of fortune for the club since rebranding and building a soccer specific stadium.
13. Lee Hendrie plays for Basford United. Say What?
14. Fairytale of New York on repeat this entire month, "I could have been someone, Well so could anyone."