Stoke City Confirm Ex-Man Utd Star Nick Powell Among 5 New Signings Ahead of 2019/20 Season

​Stoke City have confirmed the signing of five new players ahead of the new Championship season, including former Manchester United midfielder Nick Powell.

The Potters were able to sign four of the new players on free transfers after their contracts elsewhere expired, while they’ll pay an initial £2m to bring Barnsley centre-back Liam Lindsay to the club.

Announced in a social media video on Tuesday, Stoke City confirmed that Lindsay would be joined next season by his former Barnsley teammate Adam Davies, while Powell, Millwall striker Lee Gregory and QPR’s Jordan Cousins are also arriving this summer.

Lee Gregory

All five players will be introduced to their new teammates on Wednesday.

“I’m really pleased that we have managed to make these five signings. It has been an ongoing process for three to four months and I’d like to thank the Club because they have backed my judgement,” manager Nathan Jones said, quoted by the club’s official website.

These players are signings that I think are going to be key for us in terms of enhancing the environment and improving results.

I’m delighted to get these guys in as early as we have done, although we still have a little bit of work to do.”

Stoke finished in 16th place in the Championship last season, missing out on automatic promotion by 34 points, while they were also 18 points away from reaching the play-off places.

The club only avoided following in Sunderland’s footsteps of achieving back-to-back relegation by 15 points, with their efficiency in the final third proving to be a major flaw after scoring fewer goals than relegated Rotherham United.


Arsenal Face Fight to Keep Lucas Torreira With AC Milan Set to Test the Gunners Resolve

​Arsenal are set for a fight to keep midfielder Lucas Torreira at the Emirates Stadium with new AC Milan manager Marco Giampaolo keen to bring the Uruguayan back to Italy. 

Torreira has been rumoured to be keen on a move away from north London since the close of the season after struggling to adapt to life in the Premier League but with the 23-year-old contracted until 2023, the Gunners remain in a strong position. 

Lucas Torreira

Giampaolo’s appointment has added fuel to the already lit fire that the diminutive midfielder may make a move back to ​Serie A, the league he only left a year ago. 

The 51-year-old became the head coach at ​Milan following his departure from Sampdoria, the former employers of Torreira, and this recent change in management at San Siro looks to have pushed I Rossoneri to the front of the queue, ahead of rivals ​Napoli, for the signature of the Uruguay international. 

Regardless of where he ends up, he certainly looks to want out one way or another, however, ​Arsenal will be looking at a significant increase on their investment of £27m in which they paid for the 23-year-old only last year. 

According to the ​Evening Standard, the price could prove a stumbling block with speculation in Italy that the seven-time ​Champions League winners will look to explore a loan deal prior to a fixed permanent payment.

Lucas Torreira,Henrikh Mkhitaryan

With a widely speculated much decreased ​transfer budget available to the Gunners, a loan deal could look to be the worst possible option available for both parties as any respectable offer from the Italian giants could well force the hand of Unai Emery and co. in north London.


Ranking the 50 Greatest Footballers in MLS History

​For many years, Major League Soccer (MLS) was the butt of many a footballing joke – a retirement home for the ageing footballer who was once a star in Europe’s leagues, searching for their last fat paycheck in a place where the pressure was off and the football less intense.

However, in recent seasons, that’s changed. Sure, Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s arrival points to the above, but one could also point to the influx of young South American players in the league, as well as players making the switch to Europe from MLS (Miguel Almiron and Alphonso Davies are two notable names), that the quality of play and players in North America’s top league is growing. 

So, it would behove us to look back through the annals of MLS history, from modern to, well, less modern (MLS was founded in 1995) and sift through 50 of the greatest players in the league’s short history.

*Note: This list ranks 50 of the MLS’ greatest players, not great players to have played in the MLS. So Andrea Pirlo won’t be making the cut.

50. Kei Kamara

Kei Kamara

Kicking off the list is Sierra Leone international Kamara, who is one of only 11 players to have scored 100 goals in MLS history, doing so in 300 appearances. ​

He’s currently on 120 strikes – good for fifth all-time in the league.

49. Wayne Rooney


Yes, Rooney has precisely zero silverware to his name during his time in MLS (unless you count a best XI nomination in 2018 – we don’t), but he still deserves a place on this list.

Why? Eyeballs. With a former Champions League and Premier League winner turning out for D.C. United on a weekly basis, fans will flock to see the former Everton and ​Manchester United striker perform on pitches throughout the country.

48. Zlatan Ibrahimovic


Of course he’s making this list – you can’t deny the Zlatan.

Sure, he might have only joined MLS in 2018, and has won precisely nothing, but just like Rooney, his mere presence  – as well as his excellent kung fu goals – is fantastic for the league’s exposure. For that reason, he has to make the top 50.

47. Ignacio Piatti

Ignacio Piatti,Marco Donadel

The Montreal Impact’s best player, Piatti is a three-time MLS All-Star​, and has two MLS best XI nominations to his name. 

Though he hasn’t won anything with the Impact, it’s not for lack of trying – the Argentinan has been their top scorer for the last three consecutive seasons.

46. Guillermo Barros Schelotto

Guillermo Barros Schelotto

Having experienced a ton of success in the Argentine Primera Division (winning 17 official titles), Schelotto joined Columbus Crew in 2007, winning three more trophies as well as one league MVP award in 2008.

45. Luciano Emilio

Luciano Emilio

The Brazilian was a star for D.C. United, winning the Supporters Shield, Golden Boot and Newcomer of the Year in 2007. He followed that up with a U.S. Open Cup win in 2008.​

44. Alex Pineda Chacón

Earthquakes v Fusion X

How’s this for a one-season wonder: In one campaign with Miami Fusion in 2001, Chacón registered 19 goals and nine assists for the team and led the league in goals, receiving the league MVP, Golden Boot, and a best XI nomination. 

The Honduran was unable to reproduce this form the following season, and by 2003 was out of the league.

43. Jason Kreis

Burn v MetroStars

​Kreis is a legend over at FC Dallas where, as part of the Dallas Burn (who would later become FC Dallas), he scored 91 goals in 247 appearances.

He won the MVP in 1999, and won the MLS Cup as manager of Real Salt Lake.

42. Andre Blake

Andre Blake

The Jamaican international is one of the best goalkeepers in MLS at present, winning the Goalkeeper of the Year and being named to the league’s best XI in 2016.

41. Stefan Frei

Stefan Frei

The Swiss-born goalkeeper has enjoyed a 10-year career in MLS, winning the U.S. Open Cup, Supporters’ Shield (both in 2014) and MLS Cup (2016).

40. Jozy Altidore

Jozy Altidore

After being hounded out of Sunderland, Altidore has found a home with Toronto FC, winning the MLS Cup and Supporters’ Shield in 2017.

He’s also a two-time league All-Star.

39. Mike Magee

Mike Magee

Magee is a two-time winner of the MLS Cup and Supporters’ Shield​, as well as a former league MVP (2013).

38. Brian McBride

Galaxy v Crew X

Fans of the Premier League will likely remember McBridge for his stint with Fulham, where he was the Player of the Year in 2005 and 2006.

With Columbus Crew, he won the Open Cup in 2002, and was elected to the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame in 2014.

37. Raul Diaz Arce

Raul Diaz Arce #2...

Won two MLS Cups, one Supporters’ Shield and one U.S Open Cup, all with DC United in just two years.

36. Miguel Almiron

Miguel Almiron

Almiron made waves in his two seasons with Atlanta United, winning the Newcomer of the Year award and being named to two All-Star teams in both seasons.

He also helped United win the MLS Cup in 2018, before signing for Newcastle for £21m, a club record and the highest fee for an MLS player.

35. Mauricio Cienfuegos

Mauricio Cienfuegos dribbles the ball

After a fine playing career in Central America and Mexico, ​Cienfuegos made the switch to MLS.

As part of the LA Galaxy, the Salvadoran won an MLS Cup in 2002, Supporters’ Shields in 1998 and 2002, a CONCACAF Champions Cup in 2000 and a U.S. Open Cup in 2001.

34. Robin Fraser

Rapids v Galaxy

​A 10-year veteran of the MLS, Fraser won two Supporters’ Shields and the CONCACAF Champions’ Cup, and was named as the Defender of the Year twice, in 1999 and 2004.

33. Steve Ralston

Steve Ralston/Lance Key

A footballing ironman, Ralston played in 378 regular season games, accruing 33,143 minutes.

He’s second all-time in assists, and was the first player to win the Rookie of the Year award.

32. Michael Bradley

Michael Bradley

Despite never quite hitting the heights expected of him in Europe with Roma and Borussia Monchengladbach, Bradley has been loving life with Toronto FC, winning the MLS Cup, Supporters’ Shield, and making three All-Star teams.

31. Diego Valeri

Diego Valeri,Felipe Gutierrez

Led the Portland Timbers to the MLS Cup in 2015, won the league’s MVP award in 2017, has made three best XI teams and is a four-time All-Star.

30. Omar Gonzalez

Omar Gonzalez

The U.S. international is a three-time MLS Cup winner, two-time Supporters’ Shield winner, won the Rookie of the Year and Defender of the Year in 2009 and 2011 respectively and was named in four MLS best XI teams.

29. Josef Martinez

Josef Martinez

Atlanta United’s lethal striker shattered the MLS single-season scoring record last campaign, bagging 31 strikes as United won the MLS Cup.

He also holds the MLS record for career hat-tricks (6), and in 2018 became the most decorated single-season player in MLS History by winning League MVP, All-Star Game MVP, Golden Boot, and MLS Cup Final Game MVP.

28. Brad Davis​

Brad Davis

A 15-year veteran of the MLS, Davis, despite leaving the league in 2016, is still third all-time for total assists.

He also won one Supporters’ Shield, two MLS Cups, was a six-time All-Star and was named to the league’s best XI in 2011.

27. C.J. Brown

C.J. Brown

​Brown is a Chicago Fire legend, having made 286 appearances for the club. 

He also helped the Fire to an MLS Cup in 1998, four U.S. Open Cups in 1998, 2000, 2003 and 2006, and a Supporters Shield in 2003.

26. Donovan Ricketts​

Donovan Ricketts

One of the best keepers in MLS history, the Jamaican won the Goalkeeper of the Year award twice, two Supporters’ Shields, and one MLS Cup.

25. Piotr Nowak

Revolution v Fire

Joining the Chicago Fire in 1998, the Polish midfielder won the 1998 MLS Cup and two U.S. Open Cups in four years with the club. Not a bad return.

24. Brian Ching

Brian Ching

Ching played for four clubs during his career in MLS, winning three MLS Cups and a Supporters’ Shield.

He also made the best XI team on one occasion, was a six-time All-Star, and won the Golden Boot in 2004.

23. Bradley Wright-Phillips ​

Bradley Wright-Phillips

Overshadowed by his brother Shawn and father Ian, Bradley Wright-Phillips has found great success with the New York Red Bulls.

He’s won the golden boot twice, and helped the club to the Supporters’ Shield on three occasions. He’s also eighth on the all-time top scorer charts. ​

22. Ben Olsen

Ben Olsen

Olsen is one of the few men to have won silverware in the MLS as a player and as a manager.

With DC United, Olsen racked up three Supporters’ Shields, two MLS Cups, and a U.S. Open Cup as the manager of the club. He also won the Rookie of the Year award in 1998, was named to the best XI team in 2007, ​and was the Coach of the Year in 2014.

21. Sebastian Giovinco​


The Atomic Ant scored some sublime goals during his three-year stint at Toronto FC.

The 5’4 playmaker won the MVP and Golden Boot in his first season in MLS, and was the first player in league history to record 20+ goals and 10+ assists in a single season.

20. Thierry Henry

Thierry Henry

Henry is the most talented and the most decorated footballer to have played in the MLS (sorry Zlatan). 

For that reason alone, he’s worthy of inclusion to this list, but the Frenchman also won the 2013 Supporters’ Shield and scored 51 goals with 42 assists in five seasons with New York Red Bulls.​

19. Taylor Twellman​

Twellman goes for header

Twellman’s career in the MLS was cut short due to concussion problems, but the striker still bagged an impressive 101 goals during an eight-year career with New England Revolution, putting him 10th all-time in the scoring charts.

18. Preki

Preki advances

Predrag Radosavljevic – understandably known as ‘Preki’ – is still the only player in MLS history to earn the MVP award twice.

An MLS Cup winner with Kansas City, Preki scored 79 goals and made 112 assists over the course of 242 league appearances.​ He’s currently an assistant coach with the Seattle Sounders.

17. Marcelo Balboa

Rapids v Mutiny X

There’s been a lot of great hairstyles to grace MLS pitches over the years, and Balboa’s flowing locks and goatee are right up there with best of them.

Despite only playing in the league for seven years, Balboa’s technical ability and knack for popping up with important goals meant that he was named to the MLS all-time greatest XI. 

16. Carlos Ruiz​

Ruiz cuts with the ball

El Pescadito played for 14 years in the MLS, taking to the field with five different clubs in his career in North America.

In his debut MLS season, the Guatemalan scored 24 goals to win the Golden Boot and led the L.A. Galaxy to the 2002 MLS Cup. He also won the MVP for that season.

15. Kevin Hartman

Kevin Hartman

​When it comes to longevity in the MLS, no one can top Kevin Hartman.

Nicknamed ‘the Cat, Hartman played for 17 seasons, earning the records for most minutes on the pitch, most saves in MLS history, and was named as the goalkeeper of the year in 1999. He also has two U.S Open Cups, two MLS Cups, and two Supporters’ Shields on his CV.

14. Carlos Valderrama 

Valderrama header

El Pibe was the original pioneer for South American talent in MLS.

​Valderrama won the inaugural MVP award of the league in 1996, as well as leading the Tampa Bay Mutiny to the Supporters’ Shield in the same year. He’s a member of the league’s all-time XI squad, and sits fourth in the all-time assists charts with 114.

13. David Villa

David Villa

The Spaniard was already a household name before he joined New York City FC, but when he came to MLS at 33, many questioned whether the striker could replicate the form that made him so lethal in Europe.

Well, Villa bagged 77 strikes in just 117 appearances, won the MVP in 2016 and was named to the best XI twice in his short stint in the MLS, which lasted just four seasons. Quite the impact.

12. Cobi Jones

Steven Old,Cobi Jones

Jones is one of the most decorated players in MLS history.

Scoring 70 goals in 306 games for the LA Galaxy (an impressive feat for a midfielder), Jones won two MLS Cups, two Supporters’ Shields, and two U.S Open Cups.​ He also helped the Galaxy win the CONCACAF Champions Cup in 2000 – the last American side to do so.

11. Jeff Cunningham 

Osvaldo Alonso,Jeff Cunningham

Cunningham was quite the journeyman in MLS, playing for five different teams. 

He scored 134 goals in a 13-year career, which puts him third in the all-time goalscoring charts. Though he only won two team honours (an Open Cup and Supporters’ Shield), the American won the golden boot on two occasions and was named to the league’s best XI three times. 

10. Tony Meola

Tony Meola kicks

The greatest goalkeeper in MLS history deserves to be in the top 10 in this list, and rightly so.

Meola is the only goalkeeper to win the league’s MVP award, and also had a video game named after him: Tony Meola’s Sidekicks Soccer​. Legend.

9. Eddie Pope

Jaime Moreno,Eddie Pope

Considered to be the greatest defender in U.S. men’s national team history, Pope was named to the league’s all-time greatest XI in recognition of his defensive excellence.

Pope won the defender of the year award in 2007, and in 2011 was named to the National Soccer Hall of Fame. He was also named to the league’s best XI on four occasions.​

8. Marco Etcheverry

MLS All Star Game

​Another man with a fantastic nickname, ‘El Diablo’ is one of the old greats of MLS, having played in the inaugural MLS season in 1996.

During his career, Etcheverry stuffed his trophy cabinet, winning three MLS Cups, two Supporters’ Shields, four best XI nominations, one MVP award, and was named to the MLS’ all-time best XI in 2005.

 7. Dwayne De Rosario

Dwayne De Rosario,Brek Shea

The Canadian international enjoyed a 15-year career in MLS, scoring 104 goals in 343 matches (currently ninth all-time). 

He won four MLS Cups championships during his career, and was named the 2011 MVP – an impressive feat, considering he played for three different teams that season.

6. Jeff Agoos

Jeff Agoos United

He may be number six on this list, but Jeff Agoos is number one on the all-time best MLS nicknames, uniquely referred to as ‘The Goose’.

On the pitch, the U.S. international was a defensive rock, winning five MLS Cups, ​two Supporters’ Shields, and one U.S. Open Cup. He was named to league’s best XI on three separate occasions.

5. Jaime Moreno

Jaime Moreno

When you become the first player in league history to accumulate 100 goals and assists, you automatically install yourself as one of the greatest players in said league’s history. 

Such is the case for DC United legend Jaime Moreno, the Bolivian winning four MLS Cups and being named to the league’s Best XI five times. Moreno finished his MLS career with 133 goals and 102 assists in 340 games.

4. David Beckham

David Beckham,Victoria Beckham

One could argue that Becks should be higher on this list. One could also argue that he should be lower. 

On the one hand, Beckham, with his global superstar status, drew the world’s attention to the MLS, and created the Designated Player rule – initially dubbed the Beckham rule – which allows each MLS franchise to sign up to three players that would be considered outside the team’s salary cap. 

He won two MLS Cups and two Supporters’ Shields with the Galaxy, which is less than many of the other players on the list, but his impact on the MLS is greater than these statistics, and merits his inclusion in the top 5 (he does have a statue, after all). Beckham is also in the process of bringing the new Inter Miami franchise to the MLS for the 2020 season.

3. Chris Wondolowski

Chris Wondolowski

Wondolowski is the top scorer in MLS history, with 152 goals to his name. And, currently playing as a forward for the San Jose Earthquakes at 36, there’s every chance he adds to his impressive tally. 

‘Wondo’ has also won two MLS Cups, two MLS Golden Boots, has earned three Best XI nods, and was the league MVP in 2012.

2. Robbie Keane

Robbie Keane

Robbie Keane is one of MLS’ most successful international players. The Ireland international joined the Galaxy in 2011 after successful spells with Liverpool and Tottenham (and Leeds before that), winning three MLS Cups, and proving that he was still a lethal finisher with 83 goals in 125 games.

1. Landon Donovan

Landon Donovan

The ‘face’ of MLS, and undoubtedly the league’s greatest ever player. ​One of the few men to start their professional career overseas before joining MLS, Donovan moved from Bayer Leverkusen to the San Jose Earthquakes on loan in 2001, and immediately hit the ground running.

He scored 42 goals and added 35 assists in four years at the club, leading the Earthquakes to two MLS Cup championships in the process. He would briefly return to Leverkusen before joining the LA Galaxy, where he would cement his place in MLS folklore. Donovan won four MLS titles, two Supporters’ Shields, and one Open Cup trophy in Los Angeles. 

He won the Golden Boot award in 2008, and was selected to the MLS Best XI seven times. He’s also second in the all-time scoring charts with 145, first in assists (136), and the league’s most valuable player award is named after him. After all that, it should be easy to see why he comes in at number 1.


Kieran Tierney: Arsenal’s Big-Money Contract Offer to Celtic Star Revealed

​Arsenal will offer Kieran Tierney a contract worth £20m over five years to sign for the club, if a transfer fee can be agreed with Celtic.

The Gunners are in the market for a new left back this summer and they have made the 22-year-old their number one target.

Arsenal have already reportedly made two bids for the defender, with their initial £15m bid being rejected by the Scottish champions.


They have since made a second bid of approximately £25m and, according to ​​The Scottish Sun, intend to offer Tierney a five-year contract worth around £20m over its duration.

The ​Premier League side are willing to pay the defender more than £70,000 per week in wages,  amounting to £4m a year.

The Sun’s report adds however that Celtic are in no rush to sell Tierney and that ​Serie A side ​Napoli also hold an interest in the 22-year-old.

Tierney became one of Celtic’s highest earners when he signed a six-year contract in October 2017. He made his debut at just 17 years old and quickly established himself as the first-choice left back at Celtic. His excellent performances in his first full season with the Scottish giants led to him being voted as the PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year and being named in the PFA Scotland Team of the Year.


His club form led to a Scotland call-up in March 2016 and he made his international debut in the same month in a friendly against Denmark.

Tierney has been part of a Celtic side that have dominated Scottish football in recent years, winning the league for the last four seasons and two of the last three Scottish Cups and Scottish League Cups.

He is currently recovering from an operation that he underwent at the end of the season to remedy a long-standing hip injury.


6 of the Greatest Debuts in MLS History

With the return of the 2019 MLS season following a two-week break, the league is back in the spotlight. 

But, with both conferences’ table-toppers Philadelphia Union and LAFC yet to return to action, the time for reflection on past exploits is still upon us. So, why don’t we revisit some of the league’s greatest-ever introductions?

Here are six of the best debuts in MLS history. 

Jermain Defoe – Toronto FC

Michael Bradley,Ryan Nelson,Tim leiweki,Jermain Defoe,Tim Bezbatchenko

He may have only lasted one season in MLS, but Jermain Defoe’s impact at Toronto FC was, if not Kawhi Leonard-esque – they finished dead last in the conference after all – still faillingunder the bracket of ‘impressive’. 

The Englishman, who after leaving Tottenham in February 2014 would return to the Premier League a year later with Sunderland, notched 11 goals and two assists in 19 MLS appearances. But, his crowning moment came in the first of those 19 games, when he bagged a classy brace inside just 23 minutes of action. Typical.

Charlie Davis – D.C. United

Charlie Davis,Mamadou Danso

There’s not much more you can ask for on your MLS debut than a brace, but Charlie Davis’ double felt different. Because sometimes football can take a back seat.

Yes, both his 62nd-minute penalty and 76th-minute rounding of the keeper against Columbus Crew were extremely well taken, but the fact that they came in his first appearance since a near life-ending car accident a year prior, well, that makes it more special than most. 

Brian McBride – Columbus Crew

Brian McBride

Sure, doing it on your own debut is impressive enough, but when you combine that with the first game of your club’s history, you’re entering hallowed turf. 

But that’s what soon-to-be ​Fulham legend Brian McBride accomplished when he picked up two goals and an assist in Columbus Crew’s first ever fixture back in 1996. After pouncing on a defensive mistake from D.C. United to slot in his side’s second goal with a wonderfully calm finish into the top corner, McBride turned provider with a cushioned header for the Crew’s third. 

However, McBride saved his best moment in the 4-0 thumping for last, controlling a lumped ball from the keeper with his head before volleying it past the opposition keeper. Coast to coast.

Alejandro Pozuelo – Toronto FC


After making the move to Toronto from KRC Genk in March of this year, Alejandro Pozuelo, of Swansea City quasi-fame, didn’t take long to get up and running in MLS.

No, it took him just 29 minutes to find forward Jozy Altidore with a gloriously disguised reverse ball to contribute his first assist. But he was determined for that not to be the headline-maker, so when a penalty opportunity cropped up in the 58th minute, he stepped up and Panenka’d the bloody thing. 

And yet, that still wouldn’t be his best highlight, let alone his best chip, for just under 20 minutes later he found himself with the ball at his feet in the box with a bit of space, so obviously he had to dink it over the keeper with an outrageously high trajectory. Obviously.

Fredy Montero – Seattle Sounders

Fredy Montero

It seems like yesterday that a fresh-faced 21-year-old Fredy Montero was scoring Seattle Sounders’ first-ever goal in MLS history, but it’s over 10 years ago at this point. The now 31-year-old Vancouver Whitecaps striker wasted no time in getting Seattle off the mark, with an arrowed strike in the 10th minute of that first game against New York Red Bulls. 

Less than 15 minutes later he put Brad Evans through with an exceptional pass, with Evans slotting it through the goalkeeper’s legs to make it two. The fairytale was complete when Montero broke free in front of goal once more with 15 minutes to go, faking out the keeper with a feint before curling it into the right corner. Lovely stuff. 

Zlatan Ibrahimovic – LA Galaxy


Who else? Seriously, who else could take centre stage on their MLS debut quite like Zlatan Ibrahimovic? Who else could conjure a greater narrative? It wasn’t enough that his first encounter with the Galaxy was against newly created crosstown rivals LAFC, no, they had to go 3-0 down first, didn’t they? 

And then, at 3-1, with less than 20 minutes to go, they had to bring on Zlatan, and watch the Lion make mincemeat of his fellow professionals/sheep. A minute after his introduction Chris Pontius had grabbed Galaxy’s second, and then, in the blink of an eye, Ibra thwacked in one of the most iconic goals of his career, and that’s saying something. The 40-something-yard half-volley sailed over Tyler Miller in goal, and suddenly El Trafico were back level. 

But a three-goal comeback for just one point isn’t the Swede’s style. No, he had to get all three, and he did that just as the clock had ticked over into the 90th minute, sneaking his head onto a probing ball just before the covering defender and keeper could get there to glance in the winner. Pandemonium.