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If this weekends FA Community Shield match between Chelsea and Manchester City is any indication of the coming Premier League season then we should be set for another good one: lots of goals, lots of drama, lots of good football.

Then again, considering that last year’s seasons was decided on the final day, in stoppage time, it is going to be hard to top that.

I don’t have any real comments about the Community Shield game: City had some good passing moves and scored three good goals.  Would have been interesting to see the end result if Chelsea hadn’t lost a man in the first half but I’m not going to play the “what if” game.  Torres scored a goal for Chelsea and as much as I am not a Chelsea fan (glory, glory Man United), I didn’t enjoy watching him struggle for form last year.

I guess, in the end, I’m just a fan of the beautiful game and I want players to perform at the ability they are capable of.  I want Torres to score the goals the whole world knows he can.  I even want Tevez to do well… and it hurts, physically and mentally, to say that. 

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Switching gears a little bit, I want to say congratulations to the LA Galaxy for their victory last night against Chivas USA: a resounding 4 – 0 win, with Landon Donavon notching an assist on each of the goals. 

Was it the massive defeat against Seattle the prior weekend that got the Galaxy all fired up for yesterday’s game?  Was it just that Chivas didn’t really show up for the match?  Or, was it that without Beckham’s passing to rely on the Galaxy finally is figuring out how to pass and move as a team?

Whatever the reason, it was good to see the Galaxy playing to the level we all know they are capable of.  I just have to hope they will keep it up on the run in and find themselves in a playoff spot…  The last couple of seasons I’ve said that the cup doesn’t matter and it is the Supporter’s Shield (best regular season points total – how most leagues around the world are decided) I care about most.  But, this season since that goal is beyond our reach I have to hope we get to the playoffs and make a long run.  I don’t necessarily care about the trophy at the end (though that would be nice) I just want that many more opportunities to watch them play good football. 

Because, as I said earlier, I am just a fan of the beautiful game.

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