Sunday, October 22, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Wynalda, Gans lay out presidential credentials

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League
Chelsea 4-2 Watford
(Pedro 12', Batshuayi 71', 90+5', Azpilicueta 87')-(Doucoure 45+3', Pereyra 49')

Huddersfield Town 2-1 Manchester United
(Mooy 28', Depoitre 33')-(Rashford 78') 

Manchester City 3-0 Burnley
(Aguero PK 30', Otamendi 73', Sane 75')

Newcastle 1-0 Crystal Palace
(Merino 86')

Stoke City 1-2 AFC Bournemouth
(Diouf 63')-(Surman 16', Stanislas PK 18')

Swansea City 1-2 Leicester City
(Mawson 56')-(Fernandez OG 25', Okazaki 49')

Southampton 1-0 West Bromwich Albion
(Boufal 85')

Bundesliga
Borussia Monchengladbach 1-5 Bayer Leverkusen
(Johnson 7')-(Bender 48', Bailey 59', Brandt 61', Volland 69', Pohjanpalo 81')

Eintracht Frankfurt 2-2 Borussia Dortmund
(Haller PK 64', Wolf 68')-(Sahin 19', Philipp 57')

FC Augsburg 1-2 Hannover 96
(Gregoritsch 33')-(Fullkrug 77', 89')

RB Leipzig 1-0 VfB Stuttgart
(Sabitzer 23')

Hamburg SV 0-1 Bayern Munich
(Tolisso 52')

La Liga
Levante 1-1 Getafe
(Morales 62')-(Fajr 58')

Real Betis 2-0 Alaves
(Sanabria 13', Alexis OG 75')

Valencia 4-0 Sevilla
(Guedes 43', 90+2', Zaza 51', Mina 85')

Barcelona 1-0 Malaga
(Deulofeu 2', Iniesta 56')

Serie A
Sampdoria 5-0 Crotone
(Ferrari 3', Quagliarella PK 12', Caprari 38', Linetty 71', Kownacki 76')

Napoli 0-0 Inter Milan

Ligue 1
AS Monaco 2-0 Caen
(Balde 21', Falcao 59')

Angers 0-1 Toulouse
(Diop 38') 

Metz 1-2 Dijon
(Roux 45')-(Varrault 10', Sliti 50')

Nantes 2-1 Guingamp
(Awaziem 9', Toure 86')-(Camara 70')

SC Amiens 1-0 Bordeaux
(N'Gosso 64')

Stade Rennes 1-0 Lille
(Bourigeaud 6')

European League Tables

Liga MX
Lobos BUAP 3-0 Cruz Azul
(Quinones 13', PK 73', Fabbro 37')

QuerĂ©taro 1-2 Santos Laguna
(Sanvezzo 30')-(Furch 27', 34')

UANL 3-0 Tijuana
(Gignac 9', Valencia 65', 82')

Pachuca 1-0 Puebla
(Guzman 34')

Club America 0-1 Necaxa
(Perez 80')

NASL
Puerto Rico FC 2-1 Indy Eleven
(Rivera 5', Welshman 43')-(Goldsmith 82')

North Carolina FC 1-1 San Francisco Deltas
(da Luz 30')-(Dyego 68')

FC Edmonton 0-2 Miami FC
(Pinho 11', Mares 64')

USL Playoffs- Conference Quarterfinals
Rochester Rhinos 2-1 Charlotte Independence
(Graf 53', Defregger 113')-(Martinez 69')

Charleston Battery 0-4 New York Red Bulls II
(Bonomo 39', Kutler 51', Valot 71', Mines 84')

Tampa Bay Rowdies 3-0 FC Cincinnati
Schafer 8', 25', Hristov 67')

Swope Park Rangers 0-0 Phoenix Rising- Suspended at half time

San Antonio FC 2-1 Tulsa Roughnecks
(Elizondo 61', Guzman PK 94')-(Gee 23')

Reno 1868 0-1 OKC Energy
(Wojcik 41')

North American League Tables

Headlines
Eric Wynalda has thrown his hat in the ring for the upcoming U.S. Soccer presidential election. H and Steve Gans were given the chance to present their platforms and qualifications in front of National Council of the U.S. Adult Soccer Association yesterday.

Wynalda is running on a platform that supports promotion/relegation and flipping the American calendar to align with the FIFA standard August to May season, as well as equal pay for the U.S. Women's National Team. All are great idea that would benefit the game as a whole, but pro/rel and the calendar flip would be difficult to implement.

I've had my say about how great it would be to have pro/rel around, but how the system just isn't ready for it yet. As for the calendar, I like the idea of aligning the season with Europe for a number of reasons. The two biggest are the international breaks coming at less awkward times and having the nitty gritty of the MLS season and the playoffs wouldn't be competing against the NFL and college football,. However, this will be a logistical nightmare to execute. Do you have an eight month MLS off season that extends from MLS Cup in December until the start of a new season in August? I don't know if I want eight months without domestic soccer, even if it's only a one time thing.I'd really like to see his plan on how he will actually get that one done.

Gans spent more time discussing his credentials for the job and didn't really offer much in terms of solutions to problems. He did bring up the surplus of funds in youth soccer programs and the desire to use that money to help underprivileged kids get into the game, which is great, but only addresses one of the many issues plaguing American soccer.

Today's Matches
Premier League
Everton v. Arsenal- 8:30am- NBCSN
Tottenham v. Liverpool- 11am- NBCSN

Bundesliga
FC Koln v. Werder Bremen- 7:30am- FS1
SC Freiburg v. Hertha Berlin- 9:30am- FS1
VfL Wolfsburg v. TSG Hoffenheim- 12pm- FS2

La Liga
Villarreal v. Las Palmas- 6am
Celta Vigo v. Atletico Madrid- 10:15am
Leganes v. Athletic Bilbao- 12:30pm
Real Madrid v. Eibar- 2:45pm

Serie A
Chievo Verona v. Hellas Verona- 6:30am
AC Milan v. Genoa- 9am
Atalanta v. Bologna- 9am
Benevento v. Fiorentina- 9am
SPAL v. Sassuolo- 9am
Torino v. AS Roma- 9am
Udinese v. Juventus- 12pm- beIN
Lazio v. Cagliari- 2:45pm

Ligue 1
Nice v. Strasbourg- 9am
Troyes v. Olympique Lyonnais- 11am
Olympique Marseille v. Paris Saint-Germain- 3pm

MLS
Atlanta United v. Toronto FC- 4pm
D.C. United v. New York Red Bulls- 4pm
FC Dallas v. LA Galaxy- 4pm
Houston Dynamo v. Chicago Fire- 4pm- ESPN Deportes
Montreal Impact v. New England Revolution- 4pm
New York City FC v. Columbus Crew- 4pm
Philadelphia Union v. Orlando City SC- 4pm
Portland Timbers v. Vancouver Whitecaps- 4pm
Real Salt Lake v. Sporting Kansas City- 4pm
San Jose Earthquakes v. Minnesota United- 4pm
Seattle Sounders v. Colorado Rapids- 4pm

Liga MX
Pumas UNAM v. Monterrey- 1pm- Univision Deportes
Veracruz v. Chivas de Guadalajara- 8:15pm- Univision Deportes

NASL
Jacksonville Armada v. New York Cosmos- 4pm- ESPN3

USL Playoffs- Conference Quarter-Finals
Swope Park Rangers v. Phoenix Rising- 3pm- YouTube- Resuming of yesterday's suspended game.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Leicester learn their Champions League windfall

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League
West Ham 0-3 Brighton & Hove Albion
(Murray 10', PK 75', Izquierdo 47')

Bundesliga
Schalke 04 2-0 Mainz
(Goretzka 13', Burgstaller 74')

Ligue 1
St. Etienne 0-1 Montpellier
(Mbenza 21')

European League Tables

Liga MX
Morelia 0-0 Leon

Atlas 1-0 Club Tijuana
(Caraglio PK 63')

USL Playoffs- Conference Quarterfinals
Louisville City 4-0 Bethlehem Steel
(Morad 14', 31', Spencer 70', Ownby 79')

Real Monarchs 1-1 Sacramento Republic (1-3 on penalties)
(Hoffman PK 86')-(Vazquez 49')

North American League Tables

Headlines
Payouts for playing in last year's Champions League were made public yesterday and the figures were a little surprising. Real Madrid, who won the tournament, made out with a cool €81 million out of the more €1.4 billion available. That puts them third in overall earnings behind Leicester City, who made it to the quarterfinals and warned €81.7 billion and runners up Juventus, who blew everyone away at €110.4 million. On the other end of the spectrum, FC Basel made out with the lowest payment at €16.3 million.

Goalkeeper Bill Hamid is leaving D.C. United, probably for Denmark, and it turns out he may not play in his last game with the club. There's no injury or anything, he just isn't showing up. He wasn't at training either of the last two days and head coach Bill Olsen is preparing to start Steve Clark for the fifth game in a row. Sunday is also the final game at RFK Stadium, as the club is set to open Audi Field in the spring.

Today's Matches
Premier League
Chelsea v. Watford- 7:30am- NBCSN
Huddersfield Town v. Manchester United- 10am- NBCSN
Manchester City v. Burnley- 10am- CNBC
Newcastle v. Crystal Palace- 10am
Stoke City v. AFC Bournemouth- 10am
Swansea City v. Leicester City- 10am
Southampton v. West Bromwich Albion- 12:30pm- NBC

Bundesliga
Borussia Monchengladbach v. Bayer Leverkusen- 9:30am
Eintracht Frankfurt v. Borussia Dortmund- 9:30am- FS1
FC Augsburg v. Hannover 96- 9:30am
RB Leipzig v. VfB Stuttgart- 9:30am
Hamburg SV v. Bayern Munich- 12:30pm- FS2

La Liga
Levante v. Getafe- 7am
Real Betis v. Alaves- 10:15am
Valencia v. Sevilla- 12:30pm- beIN
Barcelona v. Malaga- 2:45pm- beIN

Serie A
Sampdoria v. Crotone- 12pm
Napoli v. Inter Milan- 2:45pm

Ligue 1
AS Monaco v. Caen- 11am- beIN
Angers v. Toulouse- 2pm
Metz v. Dijon- 2pm
Nantes v. Guingamp- 2pm
SC Amiens v. Bordeaux- 2pm
Stade Rennes v. Lille- 2pm

Liga MX
Lobos BUAP v. Cruz Azul- 6pm- Univision Deportes
Queretaro v. Santos Laguna- 6pm- ESPN Deportes
UANL v. Tijuana- 8pm- ESPN Deportes
Pachuca v. Puebla- 8:06pm- Univision Deportes
Club America v. Necaxa- 10pm- Univision Deportes

NASL
Puerto Rico FC v. Indy Eleven- 3pm- ESPN3
North Carolina FC v. San Francisco Deltas- 7:30pm
FC Edmonton v. Miami FC- 9pm- ESPN3

USL Playoffs- Conference Quarterfinals
Rochester Rhinos v. Charlotte Independence- 6:05pm- YouTube
Charleston Battery v. New York Red Bulls II- 7pm- YouTube
Tampa Bay Rowdies v. FC Cincinnati- 7:30pm- YouTube
Swope Park Ranges v. Phoenix Rising- 8:30pm- YouTube
San Antonio FC v. Tulsa Roughnecks- 8:30pm- YouTube
Reno 1868 v. OKC Energy- 8:45pm- YouTube

Friday, October 20, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Everton, Lyon scuffle in Europa League

Yesterday's Scores
Europa League
FC Astana 4-0 Maccabi Tel-Aviv
(Twumasi PK 33', 42', Kabananga 47', 52')

FC Lugano 3-2 Viktoria Plzen
(Bottani 63', Carlinhos 69', Gerndt 88')-(Krmencik 76', Bakos 90')

Hapoel Be'er 1-2 FCSB
(Cuenca 87')-(Gnohere 70', 75')

BATE Borisov 1-0 FC Koln
(Rios 55')

Red Star Belgrade 0-1 Arsenal
(Giroud 85')

Konyaspor 0-2 Red Bull Salzburg
(Gulbrandsen 5', Dabbur 80')

Olympique Marseille 2-1 Guimaraes
(Ocampos 28', Lopez 76')-(Martins 17')

FC Zorya Luhansk 2-1 Hertha Berlin
(Silas 42', Svatok 79')-(Selke 56')

Ostersunds FK 2-2 Athletic Bilbao
(Gero 52', Edwards 64')-(Aduriz 14', Williams 89')

Nice 1-3 Lazio
(Balotelli 4')-(Caicedo 5', Milinkovic-Savic 65', 89')

Zulte-Waregem 1-1 Vitesse Arnhem
(Kashia OG 23')-(Bruns 27')

Vardar 0-6 Real Sociedad
(Oyarzabal 12', Jose 34', 42', 55', 59', De La Bella 90')

Zenit St. Petersburg 3-1 Rosenborg
(Rigoni 2', 68', 75')-(Helland 88')

Villarreal 2-2 Slavia Prague
(Trigueros 41', Bacca 44')-(Necid 18', Danny 30')

Dynamo Kiev 2-2 Young Boys
(Mbokani 34', Moroziuk 49')-(Assale 17', 39')

Skenderbeu Korce 0-0 Partizan Belgrade

Braga 0-2 Ludogorets Razgrad
(Moti 25', Silva OG 56')

TSG Hoffenheim 3-1 Istanbul Basaksehir
(Hubner 52', Amiri 59', Schulz 75')-(Napoleoni 93')

AC Milan 0-0 AEK Athens

Austria Vienna 1-3 Rijeka
(Friesenbichler 90')-(Gavranovic 21', 31', Kvrzic 90+2')

Atalanta 3-1 Apollon Limassol
(Ilicic 12', Petagna 64'', Freuler 66')-(Schembri 59')

Everton 1-2 Olympique Lyonnais
(Williams 69')-(Fekir PK 6', Traore 75')

FC Zlin 1-1 FC Copenhagen
(Dzafic 11')-(Ankersen 19')

Sheriff Tiraspol 1-1 Lokomotiv Moscow
(Badibanga 31')-(Miranchuk 17')

Contnental Tables

Headlines
Everton and Olympique Lyonnais are in a bit of trouble after a melee broke out between the two sides in the second half of their Europa League clash. The two sides scuffled after Ashley Williams shoved Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes. The Everton captain is sure to face some sort of discipline from UEFA for his actions. The real story, however, is the fan who tried to join into the ruckus. A fan holding a child got banned from the ground for rushing in and throwing a punch at a Lyon player. The club could face additional charges for that his behavior as well.

AS Roma are facing UEFA charges for fan behavior, as well. Roma supporters sent some "monkey chants" towards Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger, who came over from Roma int he summer, when he was subbed on in the 77th minute.

With the success of the New York Yankees taking them to the precipice of the World Series, New York City FC is preparing to move another home match to Citi Field, where they are already playing Sunday's regular season finale. If the Yankees close out the ALCS with the Astros, it would create another conflict with a potential knockout round game. All NYCFC would need to do to prevent such an occurrence would be beat the Columbus Crew on Sunday. The World Series, at least the portion of it with Yankee home games, would be over by the time the second leg of the conference semis takes place.

Today's Matches
Premier League
West Ham v. Brighton & Hove Albion- 3pm- NBCSN

Bundesliga
Schalke 04 v. Mainz- 2:30pm- FS2

Ligue 1
St. Etienne v. Montpellier- 2:45pm- beIN

Liga MX
Morelia v. Leon- 8pm- Univision Deportes
Atlas v. Club Tijuana- 10pm- Univision Deportes

USL Playoffs- Conference Quarterfinals
Louisville City v. Bethlehem Steel- 7:30pm- YouTube
Real Monarchs v. Sacramento Republic- 10pm- YouTube

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Another silly club name enters the NASL

Yesterday's Scores
UEFA Champions League
FK Qarabag 0-0 Atletico Madrid

Benfica 0-1 Manchester United
(Rashford 65')

CSKA Moscow 0-2 FC Basel
(Xhaka 29', Oberlin 90')

Anderlecht 0-4 Paris Saint-Germain
(Mbappe 3', Cavani 44', Neymar 66', Di Maria 88')

Bayern Munich 3-0 Celtic
(Kimmich 29', Muller 17', Hummels 51')

Chelsea 3-3 AS Roma
(Luiz 11', Hazard 37', 75')-(Kolarov 40', Dzeko 64', 70')

Barcelona 3-1 Olympiakos
(Nikolaou OG 18', Messi 61', Digne 64')-(Nikolaou 89')

Juventus 2-1 Sporting CP
(Pjanic 29', Mandzukic 84')-(Sandro OG 12')

Contnental Tables

Liga MX
Santos 3-2 Necaxa
(Furch 33', Rodriguez PK 45', Djaniny 73')-(Perez 59', 77')

Pachuca 2-2 Toluca
(Martinez 49', Guzman 58')-(Uribe 25', Salinas 75')

Club America 2-1 Chivas de Guadalajara
(Peralta 71', Ibarra 73')-(Cisneros 55')

Puebla 2-0 Monterrey
(Cavallini 5', 78')

NASL
San Francisco Deltas 2-2 Miami FC
(Heinemann 25', Dagoberto PK 78')-(Pinho 28', Smith 45+1')

Jacksonville Armada 1-1 FC Edmonton
(Blake 39')-(Keegan 62')

Puerto Rico FC 1-4 New York Cosmos
(Rivera 89')-(Perez 35', PK 83', Starikov 41', Bardic 74')

North American League Tables

Headlines
I thought American soccer had reached the pinnacle of poorly named clubs when the NASL's Orange County expansion side named themselves California United, as if a little NASL club could unify a state the covers half the Pacific coast and has another six other professional clubs within its boundaries.

I was mistaken, however, because the NASL's San Diego expansion has blown them away with the amount of "uh, what?" in their name. They will be called 1904 FC, not because the club was founded in 1904, like the case is with many German clubs with 04 at the end of their name. Nor was the city of San Diego founded in 1904, as is the case with the USL's Reno 1868.

No, they called it 1904 because the letter 'S' is the 19th letter in the alphabet and the letter 'D' is the fourth. Then the club had the audacity to say the number has a great deal of significance in the city. But, hey, at least a San Diego native came up with the name,

Listen, I'm all for trying to be original with the name of your club. You don't have to call the team the San Diego Whatevers to conform with American sports team naming style. You also don't have to call it San Diego FC, because that's unoriginal and boring. But there are plenty of better names than forcing some number into a manufactured history and connection with the place you call home.

Just spit balling off the top of my head here, but why not Mission San Diego? There's an actual connection there, as the city was founded as a missionary city by the Spanish. It's not too American, has a connection to the city's history, and doesn't require some corporate speak press release to explain its significance.

Reports indicate that Landon Donovan could challenge Sunil Gulati for his seat as president of U.S. Soccer. He didn't comment when asked about the possibility, but it is being reported that he's seriously considering giving it a go. Regardless of Donovan's status, this will be the first contested election since 1998. Boston based lawyer Steve Gans, who announced his desire to run a few months ago, received the required three letters of recommendation to formally declare his candidacy. All nomination's are due on December 12.

Today's Matches
Europa Leakage
FC Astana v. Maccabi Tel-Aviv- 11am- ESPN3
FC Lugano v. Viktoria Plzen- 1pm
Hapoel Be'er v. FCSB- 1pm
BATE Borisov v. FC Koln- 1pm
Red Star Belgrade v. Arsenal- 1pm- FS2, ESPN3
Konyaspor v. Red Bull Salzburg- 1pm
Olympiqe Marseille v. Guimaraes- 1pm- ESPN3
FC Zorya Luhansk v. Hertha Berlin- 1pm
OStersunds FK v. Athletic Bilbao- 1pm
Nice v. Lazio- 1pm- ESPN3
Zulte-Waregem v. Vitesse Arnhem- 1pm
Vardar v. Real Sociedad- 1pm- ESPN Deportes
Zenit St. Petersburg v. Rosenborg- 1pm
Villarreal v. Slavia Prague- 3:05pm- ESPN Deportes
Dynamo Kiev v. Young Boys- 3:05pm
Skenderbeu Kore v. Partizan Belgrade- 3:05pm
Braga v. Ludogorets Razgrad- 3:05pm- ESPN3
TSG Hoffenheim v. Istanbul Basaksehir- 3:05pm
AC Milan v. AEK Athens- 3:05pm- FS2
Austria Vienna v. Rijeka- 3:05pm
Atalanta v. Apollon Limassol- 3:05pm- ESPN3
Everton v. Olympique Lyonnais- 3:05pm- FS1
FC Zlin v. FC Copenhagen- 3:05pm
Sherrif Tiraspol v. Lokomotiv Moscow- 3:05pm

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Leicester cans Shakespeare

Yesterday's Scores
UEFA Champions League
NK Maribor 0-7 Liverpool
(Firmino 4', 54', Coutinho 13', Salah 19', 39', Oxlade-Chamberlain 86', Alexander-Arnold 90')

Spartak Moscow 5-1 Sevilla
(Promes 18', 90', Melgarejo 58', Glushakov 67', Adriano 74')-(Kjaer 30')

Feyenoord Rotterdam 1-2 Shakhtar Donetsk
(Berghuis 7')-(Bernard 24', 54')

Manchester City 2-1 Napoli
(Sterling 9', Jesus 13')-(Diawara PK 73')

AS Monaco 1-2 Besiktas
(Falcao 30')-(Tosun 34', 54')

RB Leipzig 3-2 FC Porto
(Orban 8', Forsberg 37', Augustin 40')-(Aboubakar 18', Marcano 44')

Apoel Nicosia 1-1 Borussia Dortmund
(Pote 62')-(Papastathopoulos 67')

Real Madrid 1-1 Tottenham
(Ronaldo PK 43')-(Varane OG 28')

Contnental Tables

Liga MX
Lobos BUAP 1-2 Club Tijuana
(Escoto 44')-(Bou 3', Bolanos 38')

Querétaro 1-2 Cruz Azul
(Sanvezzo PK 5')-(Cauteruccio PK 13', PK 87')

Tigres UANL 1-0 Veracruz
(Gignac 3')

Pumas UNAM 2-0 Leon
(Gonzalez 33', Acosta 84')

Atlas 0-1 Morelia
(Guzman 3')

North American League Tables

Headlines
Leicester City sacked short lived manager Craig Shakespeare, who was retained last spring after Claudio Ranieri was shown the door. The Foxes are down in 18th in the Premier League at the moment, so the firing is fairly justified, even though he saved them from relegation last year. Assistant manager Michael Appleton will take over until a permanent replacement can be found and, rumor has it they are eyeing a big name like Thomas Tuchel.

We learned the four two legged matches to determine Europe's final four World Cup participants yesterday and here they are:

Northern Ireland v. Switzerland
Croatia v. Greece
Denmark v. Ireland
Sweden v. Italy

The ties will be played during the next international window. The first legs will take place between November 9-11 and the second legs between November 12-14. For what its worth, I'm picking Switzerland, Croatia, Ireland, and Italy to go through.

Finally, there were a lot of unconfirmed rumors floating around regarding the makeup of the USL for next year. I saw everything from all the MLS operated teams getting kicked out of the league to only a few MLS2 sides leaving. From what I could gather, Vancouver 2, Bethlehem Steel, and Orlando City B would depart, but Seattle 2 would stay. I couldn't find anything solid, so no links or anything, but I felt the need to comment on it anyway.

I've begun to feel like the USL needs to do away with the MLS2 sides in order to continue with their aggressive expansion plans. The idea being the clash of MLS-stooge clubs and independent clubs trying to make their own way would only serve to divide the league both on and off the pitch. Also, with more MLS operated clubs entering the fold and more expansion teams coming in, the league will simply get too big to remains sustainable, which is just another sign the league has outgrown the need for the MLS2 sides and can trudge on without them.

I think MLS, and, by extension, U.S. Soccer, is trying too hard to fit the MLS2 sides into the existing pyramid. Just create an MLS reserve league featuring only MLS2 sides. They can play in front of 100 people all year long without having to worry about conflicting business models while retaining their focus of developing future MLS level players. It's such a simple solution.

Today's Matches
UEFA Champions League
FK Qarabag v. Atletico Madrid- 12pm- ESPN3
Benfica v. Manchester United- 2:45pm
CSKA Moscow v. FC Basel- 2:45pm- ESPN3
Anderlecht v. Paris Saint-Germain- 2:45pm- ESPN3
Bayern Munich v. Celtic- 2:45pm- 2:45pm- ESPN3
Chelsea v. AS Roma- 2:45pm- ESPN3
Barcelona v. Olympiakos- 2:45pm- ESPN Deportes
Juventus v. Sporting CP- 2:45pm- ESPN3

Liga MX
Santos v. Necaxa- 8pm
Pachuca v. Toluca- 8:06pm- Univision Deportes
Club America v. Chivas de Guadalajara- 10pm- Univision Deportes
Puebla v. Monterrey- 10pm- ESPN Deportes

NASL
San Francisco Deltas v. Miami FC- 5pm
Jacksonville Armada v. FC Edmonton- 7pm- beIN
Puerto Rico FC v. New York Cosmos- 7:30pm

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Columbus Crew threaten a move to Austin if they don't get a new stadium

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League
Leicester City 1-1 West Bromwich Albion
(Mahrez 80')-(Chadli 63')

La Liga
Las Palmas 2-5 Celta Vigo
(Vitolo 90', Remy 90+3')-(Mor 16', ASpas 20', 49', 76', Hernandez 71')

Serie A
Hellas Verona 1-0 Benevento
(Romulo 74')

European League Tables

Headlines

Columbus Crew SC are threatening a move to Austin, Texas if they can't get a shiny new downtown soccer stadium. MAPFRE Stadium was built in 1999 and was the first soccer specific stadium to be constructed in the United States. It was a major landmark for American soccer and MLS, but it's rather bland as far as stadiums go, especially compared to the bells and whistles of modern day facilities. It's the only MLS stadium I have ever been to, and I agree they could use an upgrade. But threatening to relocate the franchise is a dirty tactic used far too often in professional sports.

And to threaten to move to a city like Austin, which is smaller than Columbus and has little history of soccer in the area is sort of confusing. With all the markets out there competing for an MLS franchise, wouldn't it make a little more sense for them to wait until this expansion run shakes out and then choose one of the cities that missed out? That seems like it would make more sense than a random market in Texas that has never been brought up as a home for an MLS team.

Also concerning the constantly shifting landscape of American soccer, The NASL has received a batch of letters of intent for the 2018 season. Assuming the league isn't destroyed by the recent denial of D2 sanctioning, a bunch of NPSL sides could very well be joining the league, Boca Raton FC, Boston City FC, Detroit City FC, FC Arizona, a team in Hartford (probably Hartford City FC), New Orleans Jesters and Virginia Beach City FC could join the league as soon as next season. Add in the rumors that a team in Atlanta has been expected to join next year and teams in Orange County and San Diego are already signed on, the NASL could have eight or nine new members next year.

None of these markets are confirmed entries, so we don't need to get all excited and say the NASL has saved itself, yet. But it certainly is a good sign that the league has done something to attract new investors.

We also have to look at the likely departures from the league. FC Edmonton did not submit a letter of intent and is likely joining the Canadian Premier League, which plans to start play next summer. North Carolina FC has been linked to the USL. Puerto Rico FC is in danger due to damages from the hurricanes that tore through the island. New York Cosmos are likely out if the league can't recover D2 status for next year. Finally, San Francisco Deltas are going to fold without a last minute investor.

So, the NASL could have anywhere from four teams in 2018 to as many as 17. Either way, the league is at the mercy of the October 31 deadline for federal courts to issue an injunction on U.S. Soccer's division sanctioning ruling.

We also got a new batch of FIFA rankings! Somehow, the USMNT actually jumped up a spot to 27th, despite failing to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1986. That puts them third in CONCACAF, behind Mexico in 16th and Costa Rica in 22nd. This ranking also confirms the seeded pot for December's World Cup draw. Russia will be joined by the top seven of Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, Belgium, Poland (!), and France.

Here is the full top ten:

  1. Germany
  2. Brazil
  3. Portugal
  4. Argentina
  5. Belgium
  6. Poland
  7. France
  8. Spain
  9. Chile
  10. Peru
The USMNT will play Portugal in a friendly match in Faro at Estadio Algarve on November 14 as they look to move past their failure to qualify for the World Cup. Tab Ramos, the U-20 manager, is expected to take over the team for this, and the other unannounced friendly in Europe for that international break. More important than the manager will be the player selection. I'll throw a fit if I see Michael Bradley, Clint Dempsey, Wondo, or any of the guys not named Christian Pulisic and Bobby Wood who featured prominently during the World Cup failure. It's time to move on from the old guard and let the kids take over.

Today's Matches
UEFA Champions League
NK Maribor v. Liverpool- 2:45pm
Spartak Moscow v. Sevilla- 2:45pm
Feyenoord Rotterdam v. Shakhtar Donetsk- 2:45pm- ESPN3
Manchester City v. Napoli- 2:45pm- ESPN Deportes
AS Monaco v. Besiktas- 2:45pm- ESPN3
RB Leipzig v. FC Porto- 2:45pm
Apoel Nicosia v. Borussia Dortmund- 2:45pm- ESPN3
Real Madrid v. Tottenham- 2:45pm- FS2

Liga MX
Lobos BUAP v. Club Tijuana- 8pm- Univision Deportes
Queretaro v. Cruz Azul- 9pm- ESPN Deportes
Tigres UANL v. Veracruz- 9:45pm- ESPN3
Pumas UNAM v. Leon- 10pm- Univision Deportes
Atlas v. Morelia- 10:30pm

Monday, October 16, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: MLS playoff picture almost complete

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League
Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 Everton
(Knockaert 82')-(Rooney PK 90')

Southampton 2-2 Newcastle
(Gabbiadini 49', PK 75')-(Hayden 20', Perez 51')

Bundesliga
Bayer Leverkusen 2-2 VfL Wolfsburg
(Bender 29', Alari 61')-(Origi 44', Blaszczykowski 69')

Werder Bremen 0-2 Borussia Monchengladbach
(Stindl 27', Vestergaard 34')

La Liga
Eibar 0-0 Deportivo La Coruna

Girona 1-2 Villarreal
(Stuani 40')-(Bakambu 9', 20')

Malaga 0-2 Leganes
(Gabriel 56', Szymanowski 78')

Real Betis 3-6 Valencia
(Campbell 79', Sanabria 80', Tello 84')-(Kondogbia 35', Guedes 45', Rodrigo 64', Mina 74', Zaza 88', Pereira 90+3')

Serie A
Fiorentina 2-1 Udinese
(Thereau 28', 57')-(Samir 72')

Bologna 2-1 SPAL
(Poli 30', Vicari OG 49')-(Antenucci 88')

Cagliari 2-3 Genoa
(Pavoletti 48', Pedro PK 79')-(Galabinov 8', Taarabt 35', Rigoni 75')

Crotone 2-2 Torino
(Rohden 25', Martella 64')-(Falque 53', De Slivestri 90+2')

Sampdoria 2-1 Atalanta
(Zapata 56', Caprari 59', Linetty 68')-(Cristante 21')

Sassuolo 0-0 Chievo Verona

Inter Milan 3-2 AC MIlan
(Icardi 28', 63', PK 90')-(Suso 56', Handanovic OG 81')

Ligue 1
Bordeaux 1-1 Nantes
(Malcom 46')-(Nakoulma 45+2')

Montpellier 2-0 Nice
(Sessegnon 55', Mbenza 74')

Strasbourg 3-3 Olympique Marseille
(Aholou 31', Kone 60', Lienard 74')-(Payet 5', Payet 5', Kone OG 48', Mitroglou 88')

European League Tables

MLS
Chicago Fire 3-2 Philadelphia Union
(Nikolic 3', PK 74', 78')-(Kappelhof OG 6', Bedoya 13')

New England Revolution 2-1 New York City FC
(Fagundez 51', 90+2')-(Shelton 90+3')

New York Red Bulls 0-0 Atlanta United

Orlando City SC 0-1 Columbus Crew SC
(Kamara 66')

Toronto FC 1-0 Montreal Impact
(Altidore 16')

Colorado Rapids 1-0 Real Salt Lake
(Gatt 3')

LA Galaxy 3-0 Minnesota United
(Alessandrini 11', 90+3', dos Santos 22')

Portland Timbers 4-0 D.C. United
(Valeri PK 45+3', Powell 50', Blanco 60', 86')

Seattle Sounders 4-0 FC Dallas
(Rodriguez 31', Bruin 64', 67', Neagle 90+2')

Sporting Kansas City 0-0 Houston Dynamo

Vancouver Whitecaps 1-1 San Jose Earthquake
(Reyns 29')-(Qazaishvili 77')

The MLS playoff picture is just about set in both conferences. Only one spot remains between the two of them. The East has its six teams in Toronto FC, New York City FC, Chicago Fire, Atlanta United, Columbus Crew, and New York Red Bulls. Only Toronto on top and New York Red Bulls on the bottom have their seeding wrapped up. The other four can finish as high as second, except Columbus, who cant catch NYCFC and can only get to third.

Out West, five teams are in. Vancouver Whitecaps, Portland Timbers, Seattle Sounders, Sporting Kansas City, and Houston Dynamo are in. San Jose Earthquakes currently hold the sixth spot by one point over FC Dallas and two over Real Salt Lake. Seeding is, quite frankly, a mess. Vancouver is on top by twp over Portland and Seattle, with SKC and Houston not far behind.

Liga MX
Santos 0-1 Atlas
(Garnica 52')

USL
Bethlehem Steel 1-1 Saint Louis FC
(Real 35')-(Dalgaard 34')

Oklahoma City Energy 3-1 Seattle Sounders 2
(Wojcik 43' Gonzalez 49', Angulo 56')-(Hopeau 84')

This concludes the USL's regular season with Real Monarchs winning the regular season title by five points over San Antonio FC and Louisville City. On to the playoffs, which are single elimination and begin on Friday. Here are the matchups:

East:
Louisville City v. Bethlehem Steel
Rochester Rhinos v. Charlotte Independence
Tampa Bay Rowdies v. FC Cincinnati
Charleston Battery v. New York Red Bulls II

West:
Real Monarchs SLC v. Sacramento Republic
Swope Park Rangers v. Phoenix Rising
Reno 1868 v. Oklahoma City Energy
San Antonio FC v. Tulsa Roughnecks

It was a remarkably good year for non-MLS2 teams as they make up 13 of the 16 playoff spots. Only three of the nine MLS2 sides got in: Real Monarchs, New York Red Bulls 2, and Swope Park Rangers.

North American League Tables

Today's Matches
Premier League
Leicester City v. West Bromwich Albion- 3pm- NBCSN

La Liga
Las Palmas v. Celta Vigo- 3pm

Serie A
Hellas Verona v. Benevento- 2:45pm- beIN