Monday, May 10, 2010
Leeds Moves Closer to Top Flight
It wasn't that long ago that Leeds United was battling it out with the top teams in both the English Premier League and the UEFA Champions League.
Hard times had fallen on this once-proud club, which had dropped all the way down to League One after financial struggles.
A season that included an FA Cup victory over Manchester United has concluded with Leeds winning promotion into the Coca-Cola Championship, and on the heels of returning to the pinnacle of English football.
“Our fans have been through so much in the last few years, administration, relegation, losing play-off finals,” said Simon Grayson, the former supporter and player who returned to end Leeds’ exile from the top two tiers of English football. “This promotion was for them, for the club and for the city. This club belongs on bigger stages.”
American fans should be able to associate with Leeds, as American Mike Grella was a key contributor for their side this season. Grella, the former US youth international and Duke University All-America, scored two key injury time goals to propel Leeds into an early FA Cup match-up versus Manchester United.
Leeds is one of the great stories of the 2009-10 campaign, and I'm definitely looking forward to seeing how they fare in the Championship.
Posted by Mike Jacobs at 7:22 AM