Fulham

Europe, Premier League

Yanks Yanked Out of Craven Cottage

Despite a miracle run to remain in the Premiership, Fulham has decided to shed some of the American mainstays who helped prevent what seemed like certain relegation.

Carlos Bocanegra had been long rumored to be leaving Craven Cottage at the end of the season. He had falled out of favor with the front office and though he played efficient defense in over 100 matches for Fulham, he committed soccer’s cardinal sin: he offended his club’s fans by whining about not getting his new shiny million dollar deal when he wanted it. No one is surprised (or apparently sad) to see Boca go.

Europe, Premier League

Fulham Survives Against All Odds

It’s fitting a team with so many Americans would want to have a Hollywood ending to an otherwise ugly season, and that is exactly what Fulham conjured up in its final game of the season on Sunday.

Due to Reading’s expected thrashing of Derby and Birmingham’s surprising stomping of Blackburn, Fulham needed a win yesterday to stay in England’s top division. Anything less than three points would mean relegation for a majority of the Americans playing in the EPL.

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Fulham Controls Own Destiny

Well, that certainly was exciting.

Fulham, on the verge of relegation now for months, managed to continue its run to remain in the Premiership by blanking relegation rival Birmingham City 2-0. Fulham won only 4 games in their first 33, but have miraculously taken 3 of the last 4 and now sit just above the relegation zone with one game left to play.

Craven Cottage’s hero in its must-win against Birmingham yesterday? None other than American captain Brian McBride, whose second half goal resulted in complete frenzy among the Cottagers’ faithful.  McBride scored on a header that was delivered to him with precision by Jimmy Bullard. Fulham added another late goal, but it was McBride’s game-winner that will be remembered.

Europe, Premier League

The Fulham Frankenstein

It’s Aliiiiiiiiiiiiiiive!

It’s Aliiiiiiiiiiiiiiive!

Fulham, aka “America’s Team” in the EPL, just won’t die, despite the fact the so-called experts labeled them as-good-as relegated weeks ago.

Granted, those experts weren’t insane for suggesting it looked certain the Cottagers would be playing second division soccer this time next year. After all, they had only won a measley four games out of thirty three all season and would need at least three wins in their last five to stay alive. Oh, and their last five included dates with Liverpool, Man City and Portsmouth, three of the EPL’s top eight teams.