Kickin' It: West Brom's adorable attempt at trash talk, a pitch at the palace

Robert Cianflone

Your football news and links for October 8th 2013.

Huddlestone Encapsulates Hull’s Stalemate v Villa | Squawka

As per usual, the folks over at Squawka do a great job of adding some interesting statistical context to what was in no way an interesting game. Lots of charts and graphs and sparklines and pretty colors, so you know it's legit.

Villa U21 1-1 Sunderland U21: Calder on target in draw | Aston Villa OS

Sunderland's U21 side features Connor Wickham and Andrea Dossena, which doesn't seem especially fair. Villa's U21 features Graham Burke, which is notable only because he's back from a loan spell with Shrewsbury Town. I would tell you where this result leaves Villa in the U21 Premier League table, but the link on the official Premier League site is broken. So, let's just say they're first. Who's going to know? Good job, Villa!

West Brom Write Special Aston Villa-Baiting Message On Match Ball For Arsenal Game | Who Ate All the Pies

Here are my thoughts on the matter.

Gus Poyet to be appointed Sunderland's new manager Tuesday | Sky Sports

Well, the move into the lower leagues for an exciting young manager whose teams play pretty football didn't work out well for Sunderland the last time, but at least this time they didn't hire a lunatic fascist psychopath.

Buckingham Palace garden hosts its first competitive football match | Dirty Tackle

As part of the Football Association's 150th anniversary celebrations, London-based Southern Amateur League clubs Civil Service FC and Polytechnic FC faced off in the garden at Buckingham Palace. The photo gallery accompanying this article is quite fantastic.

Camilo Sanvezzo scores an absolute wondergoal | MLSSoccer.Com

We'll end with one of the best goals you'll see all season in MLS or anywhere. With his Vancouver Whitecaps trailing the rival Portland Timbers 1-0 in the 76th minute, Camilo struck a lovely free kick to even things up. Quite literally seconds later, Portland's Will Johnson put his team back ahead at the other end. Clearly not pleased with having his moment in the spotlight cut short, two minutes later Camilo responded in a big way, and you should just really watch the video, because it's spectacular. (And it also won me some fake money!)

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