MOTD- West Ham United 2-2 Manchester United

Manchester United have once again come back from behind, this time to earn their second 2-2 draw against West Ham United so far this season in a heated Premier League match at Upton Park.  Surprisingly, West Ham started the match dominantly, and they almost opened the scoring in the first minute when Ricardo Vaz Te hurtled down the right before hitting a low cross into the box, and after the ball pinged around the United box, it fell to Andy Carrol at the edge of the box, who curled a shot just wide of the post.  Despite United perking up, sending Antonio Valencia on blistering runs down the right, West Ham amazingly took the lead in the fifteenth minute through Vaz Te.  An excellent counter-attack from The Hammers saw Matt Jarvis pick the ball up on the left, and after beating Rio Ferdinand with ease, sent in a cross to the far post.  Carrol latched on to the cross, nodding it down to Vaz Te, who from two yards out excellently hit a diving header past the helpless David De Gea.

Of course, United responded brightly to the goal, keeping possession for long periods at a time.  Although being wasteful in the final third, the Red Devils found an equalizer in the thirtieth minute when Robin van Persie romped down the right, before slipping a ball though the legs of James Collins to Shinji Kagawa.  Kagawa beat Winston Read with a wonderful shimmy, and than played the ball across the face of goal to Valencia, who had the simple task of tapping it into the back of the open net.  Continue reading

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West Ham confirmed as main tenants of the Olympic Stadium

West Ham United have been confirmed as the main tenants of the Olympic Stadium used in the 2012 London Olympics by Boris Johnson, the mayor of London.  West Ham have agreed a 99-year lease for the Stadium, and will pay £15 million up front for conversion costs (which will cost up to £190m) and an annual fee of £2 million during the 99-year lease.  The Hammers will move into the stadium in the 2016/2017 season after the stadium is made more suitable for football.  There will be a major change to the stadium before West Ham move in, including adding retractable seating, the roof being extended, and the capacity going from 80,000 to 54,000.

The mayor of London, Boris Johnson has confirmed the deal, which is subject to planning permission, and has announced that West Ham will be the main tenants.  “This was the deal they said could never be done,” he said.  “I am very pleased to announce that this fantastic stadium will not only host community sport, rock concerts and athletics – it will also be the home of a great London football club.

“After a massive negotiation that went well into extra time, I want to pay tribute to both teams for a deal that is great for West Ham United, for London and for football.”

Not all West Ham fans are willing to leave Upton Park, but the club’s vice-chairman Karren Brady said she was “delighted” to secure the deal and will now work on selling the deal to fans.  West Ham have already promised to give 100,000 free tickets to children per season to local children, but some fans still remain content at Upton Park.

West ham's ground
An artists drawing of the stadium once remodeled

West Ham United vs Tottenham Hotspur preview

This English Premier League London derby is going to be a good one, with Tottenham Hotspur looking to climb into third place with a win.  When the teams met earlier in the season Tottenham won 3-1 with Jermain Defoe scoring a double.  Tottenham have been on good form, winning three of their last five games, with winger Gareth Bale on fantastic form, scoring three amazing free-kicks in Tottenham’s last four games.  Bale could terrorize a West Ham defense that has allowed eleven goals in the last five games, but West Ham have had a critical fifteen day rest due to the FA Cup break, whereas Spurs played just four days ago in the Europa League.

Still, Tottenham are the favorites to win the match and if they do they will go two points ahead of Chelsea into third place in the Premier League.  West Ham sit at the other end of the table though, and if they lose, they would remain just six points above the relegation zone.  But a win would be crucial for both teams, making this a good match to watch.