Monday, December 26, 2011

1 Point Draw with Stoke

California Lions @ The Mad Dog in the Fog (San Francisco) for the Stoke game.
(l-r  Jay, Rick, Simon, Lee,  Howard, and lil' Jamil)
It wasn't a very good game for the Villa today...good thing it was also not a good game for Stoke City (except for that called non-goal that I do not want to see any more replays).  A point is a point.  (nil-nil draw)

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

AVFC California wishes all Villans a very Merry Christmas!  We hope to see some of you out tomorrow for the Boxing Day match between Villa and Stoke City.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Boxing Day and New Year's Eve

Televised games coming up - let's get all Villa supporters out to the Mad Dog in the Fog (San Francisco), The Olde Ship (Santa Ana), and The Shakespeare (San Diego).

26 December 2011:  Villa vs. Stoke  11:30am kickoff (pacific)  Fox Soccer Channel
31 December 2011: Villa vs Chelsea 7:00am kickoff (pacific) Fox Soccer Channel

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Liverpool and Arsenal

These 2 games were complete opposites.  Against Liverpool, the Villa lads looked totally disinterested almost to the point of seemingly giving up on the season.

Amazingly, the loss versus Arsenal yesterday was a game much better played by the Villa.  I like seeing the youngsters in the game....Albrighton, Clark, Bannan.   Albrighton is a spark plug and should have been in the starting 11 long ago.  Gabby, on the other hand, seems to be very sluggish.  Some of it may have to do with the absence of Darren Bent due to injury, but we need Gabby in the form he was earlier in the season.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

3 Points and an Away Win....Finally.

Marc Albrighton was in the starting 11 and he shined in Villa's victory over Bolton 1-2.  Sillyan Petrov and Albrighton scored Villa's goals.  In his first premiership start, Brad Guzan played a tremendous game in place of the injured Shay Given.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

3rd Round FA Cup

I have just heard that on Saturday, 7 January 2012, Villa vs Bristol Rovers 3rd Round fixture will be televised live on ESPN (9:30 am kick-off Pacific time)

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Villa nil-1 Man Utd

The match remained close score-wise, but Villa just couldn't overcome the 1 goal first half deficit to Man Utd.  Man Utd, especially in the 2nd half, looked beatable today.  Just not by us I guess.  Shay Given left the game in the first-half with what looked to be a hamstring injury (Brad Guzan played the remainder of the game).  Not sure what to make of this game.  AMc sure looked angry on the sideline - my take on that is that the Villa lads were not able to implement AMc's game plan and it was driving the gaffer crazy.

Note: the most recent reports are saying Given's injury is not serious (let's hope not).