Saturday, December 16, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Two players taken in first stage of MLS Reentry Draft

Yesterday's Scores
Borussia Monchengladbach 3-1 Hamburg SV
(Hazard 9', Raffael 74', 79')-(Hahn 53')

La Liga
Sevilla 0-0 Levante

Ligue 1
St. Etienne 0-4 AS Monaco
(Sidibe 3', Lemar 32', Fabinho 53', Balde 60')

European League Tables

Yesterday MLS held its first stage of the Reentry Draft, where players who were out of contract or had options not picked up by their former clubs, but not yet eligible for free agency, could be chosen by new squads. Only two players were picked. Tyrone Mears was selected by Minnesota United and Mike Grella was taken by the Colorado Rapids. Grella was subsequently sent to Columbus for a 2019 MLS SuperDraft pick. In this stage, teams had to pick up the entire contract of a player. In tomorrow's second round, teams can negotiate new deals with their selections.

There were also a handful of other MLS deals from yesterday:

  • Sporting Kansas City signed French midfielder Yohan Croizet to a DP contract. He arrives from Belgian club KV Mechelen and will be with SKC until 2020 with an option for 2021.
  • Drew Moor resigned with Toronto FC for one year with an option for 2019.
  • Houston Dynamo signed goalkeeper Chris Seitz off the free agent market. He spent the last seven years with FC Dallas, where he started 96 games with 18 clean sheets.
  • LA Galaxy are set to acquire David Bingham from San Jose for around $200,000 in MLS funny money. Bingham would represent LA's clearest number one keeper since Jaime Pineda left town a couple years ago.

Today's Matches
Premier League
Leicester City v. Crystal Palace- 7:30am- NBCSN
Arsenal v. Newcastle United- 10am- CNBC
Brighton & Hove Albion v. Burnley- 10am
Chelsea v. Southampton- 10am- NBCSN
Stoke City v. West Ham United- 10am- NBC Universo
Watford v. Huddersfield Town- 10am
Manchester City v. Tottenham- 12:30pm- NBC

Eintracht Frankfurt v. Schalke 04- 9:30am
FC Augsburg v. SC Freiburg- 9:30am
FC Koln v. VfL Wolfsburg- 9:30am- FS2
VfB Stuttgart v. Bayern Munich- 9:30am- FS1
Werder Bremen v. Mainz- 9:30am
Borussia Dortmund v. TSG Hoffenheim- 12:30pm

La Liga
Athletic Bilbao v. Real Sociedad- 10:15am
Eibar v. Valencia- 12:30pm
Atletico Madrid v. Alaves- 2:45pm

Serie A
Inter Milan v. Udinese- 9am- beIN
Torino v. Napoli- 12pm- beIN
AS Roma v. Cagliari- 2:45pm- beIN

Ligue 1
Stade Rennes v. Paris Saint-Germain- 11am- beIN
Caen v. Guingamp- 2pm
Dijon v. Lille- 2pm
Montpellier v. Metz- 2pm
Strasbourg v. Toulouse- 2pm
Troyes v. SC Amiens- 2pm

FIFA Club World Cup- Third Place Game and Final
Al-Jazira v. Pachuca- 9am
Real Madrid v. Gremio- 12pm

Friday, December 15, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Pulisic named Male Player of the Year by U.S. Soccer

Yesterday's Score
Coppa Italia- Round of 16
Lazio 4-1 Cittadella
(Immobile 11', 87', Anderson 24', Camigliano OG 36')-(Bartolomei 41')

Unsurprisingly, Christian Pulisic was named U.S. Soccer's Male Player of the Year. The Borussia Dortmund standout was far and away the best player for the USMNT this year. He either scored or assisted on 13 of the 17 goals scored in matches he played with the national team. He also turned himself into a key piece of the Borussia Dortmund attack at the club level. He is the youngest player to ever win the award. At age 19 he's two years younger than when Landon Donovan won it for the first time.

Los Angeles FC signed Uruguayan teenager Diego Rossi to a Young Designated Player contract. He will arrive from 51-time Uruguayan champions Penarol on New Years Day. In his two seasons playing in his homeland, the 19-year-old forward scored 13 times in 47 appearances. He's also represented his country at the U-17 and U-20 levels, scoring ten times in 39 matches. He's the second youngest DP in MLS history, behind only FC Dallas's Fabian Castillo.

MLS's board of governors was supposed to vote on the next round of expansion yesterday, but no announcement came out of their meeting. The one important piece of news that did emerge was the word that the BOG approved the alterations to David Beckham's Miami expansion efforts. This doesn't officially grant them a team, but that should come in the next few months.

U.S international midfielder Joe Corona is heading to Club America on loan. The 27-year-old has spent the majority of his career with Club Tijuana, but he only made 11 appearances last year. He also rejoins former Xolos boss Miguel Herrera, who now coaches at America.

Today's Matches
Borussia Monchengladbach v. Hamburg SV- 2:30pm- FS2

La Liga
Sevilla v. Levante- 3pm

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

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Eight candidates officially running for USSF presidency

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League
Newcastle 0-1 Everton
(Rooney 27')

Southampton 1-4 Leicester City
(Yoshida 61')-(Mahrez 11', Okazaki 32', 69', King 38')

Swansea City 0-4 Manchester City
(Silva 27', 62', De Bruyne 34', Aguero 85')

Liverpool 0-0 West Bromwich Albion

Manchester United 1-0 AFC Bournemouth
(LUkaku 25')

Tottenham 2-0 Brighton & Hove Albion
(Aurier 40', Son 87')

West Ham 0-0 Arsenal

TSG Hoffenheim 1-0 VfB Stuttgart
(Uth 81')

Bayern Munich 1-0 FC Koln
(Lewandowski 60')

Hertha Berlin 3-1 Hannover 98
(Kalou 18', 45', Torunarigha 83')-(Bebou 65')

Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 Werder Bremen
(Alario 11')

Schalke 04 3-2 FC Augsburg
(Di Santo 44', Burgstaller 47', Caliguiri PK 83')-(Caiuby 64', Gregoritsch PK 79')

Coppa Italia- Round of 16
Fiorentina 3-2 Sampdoria
(Babacar 2', Veretout PK 59', PK 90')-(Barreto 39', Ramirez PK 77')

AC Milan 3-0 Hellas Verona
(Suso 22', Romagnoli 30', Cutrone 55')

FIFA Club World Cup- Semi-Finals
Al Jazira 1-2 Real Madrid
(Romarinho 41')-(Ronaldo 53', 81')

Eight candidates turned in the requisite three nominations to run for U.S. Soccer's upcoming presidential election, that's one down from the nine who announced they'd run. The federation didn't release the list, since they're all pending background checks, but the nine who applied were former men's national team players Paul Caligiuri, Eric Wynalda and Kyle Martino; U.S. women's goalkeeper Hope Solo; Soccer United Marketing president Kathy Carter; USSF vice president Carlos Cordeiro; Boston lawyer Steve Gans; New York lawyer Michael Winograd; and Paul LaPointe, Northeast Conference manager of the United Premier Soccer League. My guess is Solo was the one who didn't make the cut, since she was the most recent announcement and probably the one that made the least sense considering her troubled legal history and lack of any real credentials.

The federation did announce it would create a general manager position for both the men's and women's national teams, but it didn't exactly clarify what the person would do. Perhaps they would help with team selections, or act as a technical director who develops players, but who really knows.

As was rumored earlier this week, Atlanta United completed their trade for Timbers midfielder Darlington Nagbe. The Five Stripes are sending up to $1.65 million in MLS funny money and an international roaster spot to Portland in return. The second overall pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft had scored 27 goals a d 30 assists in a club record 214 matches. Putting him on an attack with the likes of Miguel Almiron, Josef Martinez, and more will certainly do wonders for his production.

There were also a handful off less significant moves in MLS yesterday. The biggest of which was the Houston Dynamo permanently signing Alberth Elis, who excelled with the club in 2017 while on loan from Monterrey. Here are the rest:

Today's Match
Coppa Italia- Round of 16
Lazio v. Cittadella- 3pm

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: LAFC selects youth in MLS expansion draft

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League
Burnley 1-0 Stoke City
(Barnes 89')

Crystal Palace 2-1 Watford
(Sako 89', McArthur 90+2')-(Janmaat 3')

Huddersfield Town 1-3 Chelsea
(Depoitre 90+2')-(Bakayoko 23', Willian 43', Pedro 50')

VfL Wolfsburg 1-1 RB Leipzig
(Verhaegh PK 15')-(Halstenberg 53')

SC Freiburg 1-0 Borussia Monchengladbach
(Petersen PK 20')

Hamburg SV 1-2 Eintracht Frankfurt
(Papadopoulos 9')-(Wolf 16', Gacinovic 24')

Mainz 0-2 Borussia Dortmund
(Papastathopoulos 55', Kagawa 89')

Serie A
Genoa 1-2 Atalanta
(Bertolacci 4')-(Ilicic 45', Masiello 52')

European League Tables

Coppa Italia- Round of 16
Inter Milan 0-0 Pordenone (5-4 on penalties)

FIFA Club World Cup- Consolation Match and Semi-Finals
Wydad Casablanca 2-3 Urawa Red Diamonds
(El HAddad 21', Hajhouj PK 90+4')-(Mauricio Antonio 18', 69', Kashiwagi 26')

Gremio 1-0 Pachuca
(Everton 95')

MLA held its Expansion Draft for Los Angeles FC yesterday. The selections were a little less obscure than the players taken by Atlanta United and Minnesota United a year ago, but they were still taken as tradeable assets as opposed to building blocks for a franchise. They selected the following:

  1. Tyler Miller, GK, Seattle Sounders
  2. Latif Blessing, F, Sporting Kansas City
  3. Marco Urena, F, San Jose Earthquakes
  4. Jukka Raitala, D, Columbus Crew
  5. Raheem Edwards, D/M, Toronto FC
Owing to the face that these guys are fully tradeable, Edwards and Raitala were almost immediately flipped to Montreal for defender Laurent Ciman. After the move, LAFC's roster stands at ten players and is very attack heavy at the moment:

Goalkeepers (1): Tyler Miller
Defenders (3): Laurent Ciman (INT'L), Omar Gaber (INT'L), Walker Zimmerman
Midfielders (1): Carlos Alvarez
Forwards (5): Latif Blessing, Bassey Etim (INT'L), Rodrigo Pacheco (INT'L), Marco Urena (INT'L), Carlos Vela (DP, INT'L)

The Portland Timbers are reportedly close to hiring Giovanni Savarese to replace Caleb Porter. Savarese had been coaching the NEw York Cosmos of the NASL, where he won three titles. He spent five seasons playing in MLS with three clubs, so he knows a little bit about the league and coaching in the United States. An official announcement is expected shortly.

There's been another alteration to Miami's efforts to join MLS. David Beckham's ownership group is being restructured a few days before they are set to meet with the league's board of governors. Majority partner Todd Boehly is dropping out and being replaced by Jorge and Jose Mas, both prominent Miami executive with local corporation MasTec. Boehly was the co-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, so that is a significant loss in terms of financial clout, but the Mas brothers should make up for it.

Today's Matches
Premier League
Newcastle v. Everton- 2:45pm
Southampton v. Leicester City- 2:45pm
Swansea City v. Manchester city- 2:45pm- NBCSN
Liverpool v. West Bromwich Albion- 3pm
Manchester United v. AFC Bournemouth- 3pm
Tottenham v. Brighton & Hove Albion- 3pm
West Ham v. Arsenal- 3pm- NBC Universo

TSG Hoffenheim v. VfB Stuttgart- 12:30pm- FS2
Bayern Munich v. FC Koln- 2:30pm- FS1
Hertha Berlin v. Hannover 98- 2:30pm
Bayer Leverkusen v. Werder Bremen- 2:30pm
Schalke 04 v. FC Augsburg- 2:30pm- FS2

Coppa Italia- Round of 16
Fiorentina v. Sampdoria- 11:30am
AC Milan v. Hellas Verona- 2:45pm

FIFA Club World Cup- Semi-Finals
Al Jazira v. Real Madrid- 12pm

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Portland shopping Nagbe with Atlanta interestes

Yesterday's Scores
Espanyol 0-1 Girona
(Timor 45+1')

Serie A
Lazio 1-3 Torino
(Alberto 69')-(Berenguer 54', Rincon 64', Edera 73')

Lazio players were crying foul at the end of this game, saying there's a conspiracy against them after several supposedly poor refereeing decisions went against them. Their main gripe comes from a missed handball in the penalty area at the end of the first half. Lazio players and coaches cried for handball just before half time and the ref didn't even go to review to attempt to verify their claims. I haven't been able to find video, but Twitter reactions indicate they have a case. Regardless, moments later, Ciro Immobile was sent off for violent conduct after the ref did go to video review to spot his headbutt during stoppage time. Needless to say, Torino went on to score thrice in the second half to sink the hosts without much trouble.

European League Tables

The Portland Timbers are reportedly shopping midfielder Darlington Nagbe after he asked for a hefty raise in salary this winter. The USMNT player asked for his $565,000 salary to be nearly doubled to $1 million, and Portland apparently isn't prepared to handle such a steep increase in wages. They already use TAM to buy his salary down below the designated player threshold. Atlanta United is reportedly very interested in Nagbe, who has spent his entire pro career with the Timbers. He's been courted by European clubs before, as he visited Celtic last winter before choosing to return to Portland.

Today's Matches
Premier League
Burnley v. Stoke City- 2:45pm
Crystal Palace v. Watford- 3pm
Huddersfield Town v. Chelsea- 3pm- NBCSN

VfL Wolfsburg v. RB Leipzig- 12:30pm- FS2
SC Freiburg v. Borussia Monchengladbach- 2:30pm
Hamburg SV v. Eintracht Frankfurt- 2:30pm- FS2
Mainz v. Borussia Dortmund- 2:30pm- FS1

Serie A
Genoa v. Atalanta- 1pm

Coppa Italia- Round of 16
Inter Milan v. Pordenone- 3pm

Monday, December 11, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Dortmund sack Peter Bosz

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League

Southampton 1-1 Arsenal
(Austin 3')-(Giroud 88')

Liverpool 1-1 Everton
(Salah 42')-(Rooney PK 77')

Manchester United 1-2 Manchester City
(Rashford 45+2')-(Silva 43', Otamendi 54')

FC Koln 3-4 SC Freiburg
(Klunter 8', Guirassy PK 16', Stanko OG 29')-(Petersen 39', PK 90', PK 9+6', Haberer 65')

Hannover 96 2-0 TSG Hoffenheim
(Fullkrug 59', Harnik 85')

FC Augsburg 1-1 Hertha Berlin
(Caiuby 74')-(Kalou 90+1)

La Liga
Real Sociedad 0-2 Málaga
(Baston PK 23', Castro 58')

Real Betis 0-1 Atlético Madrid
(Saul 30')

Levante 1-2 Athletic Bilbao
(Laporte OG 73')-(Aduriz PK 5', Postigo OG 79')

Villarreal 0-2 Barcelona
(Suarez 72', Messi 83')

Serie A
Chievo Verona 0-0 AS Roma

Napoli 0-0 Fiorentina

SPAL 2-2 Hellas Verona
(Paloschi 86', Antenucci PK 88')-(Cerci PK 55', Caceres 69')

Udinese 2-0 Benevento
(Barak 5', Lasagna 41')

Sassuolo 2-1 Crotone
(Goldaniga 49', Politano 61')-(Budimir 66')

AC Milan 2-1 Bologna
(Bonaventura 10', 76')-(23')

Ligue 1
SC Amiens 1-2 Olympique Lyonnais
(Gakpe 9')-(Aouar 79', 90+4')

Nantes 1-2 Nice
(Bammou 12')-(Plea 42', Balotelli 75')

Olympique Marseille 3-0 St. Etienne
(Germain 11', 71', Ocampos 80')

European League Tables

Liga MX Final- Second Leg
Monterrey 1-2 Tigres UANL (2-3 on aggregate)
(Pabon 2')-(Vargas 30', Meza 35')

Things look pretty bleak for Borussia Dortmund. After a hot start through the month of September, the club are winless in their last eight league matches. Their last win came on September 30, when they were five points clear of first place. Now, they find themselves 13 points behind leaders Bayern Munich after two plus months of misery.

As a result, Borussia Dortmund have sacked manager Peter Bosz after five months on the job and brought in Peter Stoger to replace him. It's Dortmund's first midseason coaching change in 11 years. Stoger was fired by FC Koln last week, so he's got some winning issues of his own right now, but the club say they are hiring him for his full body of work, not his recent failings. He's signed through the end of this season.

The UEFA Champions League held its round of 16 draw early this morning and we're blessed with a couple great games. The highlight is PSG playing Real Madrid, but there's also Chelsea-Barcelona and Juve-Tottenham. Here's the full draw:

Juventus v. Tottenham Hotspur
Basel v. Manchester City
Porto v. Liverpool
Sevilla v. Manchester United
Real Madrid v. Paris Saint-Germain
Shakhtar Donetsk v. Roma
Chelsea v. Barcelona
Bayern Munich v. Besiktas

The first legs will be played on either February 13, 14, 20, or 21 and the seconds on March 5,6, 12, 0r 13.

We also had the Europa League round of 32 draw. Arsenal will take on Ostersunds FK, while two bigger clubs in Napoli and RB Leipzig will square off. Here are all the ties to be played February 15 and 22: 

Borussia Dortmund v. Atalanta
Nice v. Lokomotiv Moscow
FC Copenhagen v. Atletico Madrid
Spartak Moscow v. Athletic Bilbao
AEK Athens v. Dynamo Kiev
Celtic v. Zenit St Petersburg
Napoli v. RB Leipzig
Red Star Belgrade v. CSKA Moscow
Lyon v. Villarreal
Real Sociedad v. Red Bull Salzburg
Partizan Belgrade v. Viktoria Plzen
FCSB v. Lazio
Ludogorets Razgrad v. AC Milan
Astana v. Sporting Lisbon
Ostersunds FK v. Arsenal
Marseille v. Braga

Today's Matches
La Liga
Espanyol v. Girona- 3pm

Serie A
Genoa v. Atalanta- 1pm
Lazio v. Torino- 3pm

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Toronto FC wins first MLS Cup, avenging last year's loss

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League
West Ham United 1-0 Chelsea
(Arnautovic 6')

Burnley 1-0 Watford
(Arfield 45')

Crystal Palace 2-2 AFC Bournemouth
(Milivojevic PK 41', Dann 44')-(Defoe 10', 45+3')

Huddersfield Town 2-0 Brighton & Hove Albion
(Mounie 12', 43')

Swansea City 1-0 West Bromwich Albion
(Bony 81')

Tottenham 5-1 Stoke City
(Shawcross OG 21', Son 53', Kane 54', 65', Eriksen 74')-(Shawcross 80')

Newcastle United 2-3 Leicester City
(Joselu 4', Gayle 73')-(Mahrez 20', Gray 60', Perez 86')

Borussia Dortmund 1-2 Werder Bremen
(Aubameyang 53')-(Eggestein 26', Gebre Selassie 65')

Eintracht Frankfurt 0-1 Bayern Munich
(Vidal 20')

Hamburg SV 0-0 VfL Wolfsburg

RB Leipzig 2-2 Mainz
(Kampl 29', Werner PK 45+3')-(Quaison 39', Berggreen 86')

Borussia Monchengladbach 1-1 Schalke 04
(Kramer 24')-(Vestergaard OG 62')

La Liga
Getafe 0-0 Eibar

Real Madrid 5-0 Sevilla
(Nacho 3', Ronaldo 23', PK 31', Kroos 38', Hakimi 42')

Deportivo La Coruna 1-0 Leganés
(Adrian 24')

Valencia 2-1 Celta Vigo
(Zaza 28', Parejo PK 81')-(Aspas 46')

Serie A
Cagliari 2-2 Sampdoria
(Farias 56', Pavoletti 60')-(Quagliarella 11', 19')

Juventus 0-0 Inter Milan

Ligue 1
Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 Lille
(Di Maria 28', Pastore 49', Mbappe 90+3')-(El Ghazi 86')

AS Monaco 3-2 Troyes
(Deplagne OG 70', Carrillo 85', 88')-(Suk 25', 50')

Angers 1-1 Montpellier
(Ekambi 56')-(Mbenza 51')

Guingamp 4-0 Dijon
(Briand 37', Salibur 40', Coco 59', Kerbrat 66')

Metz 1-1 Stade Rennes
(Mollet 41')-(Mubele 86')

Toulouse 2-0 Caen
(Da Silva OG 61', Grandel PK 74')

MLS Cup Final
Toronto FC 2-0 Seattle Sounders
(Altidore 67', Vazquez 90+4')

I've spent my entire day away from home. First, travelling to Toronto, then sitting in the chilly auxiliary press tribune at BMO Field, then crossing off a bucket list item by experiencing the TFC locker room after they won MLS Cup, avenging last year's defeat to these same Seattle Sounders.

It was a much more thrilling final than last year's affair. Greg Vanney came out with some adventurous tactics that totally caught Seattle off guard. Toronto pummeled Stefan Frei with 22 shots, forcing him to make nine saves. Frei was amazing, but there was no way the Sounders were going to be able to hold on with how aggressive the TFC attack was.

Rather than say it all again right here, I'll just link to my three SBI pieces on the match. The first was simply declaring Michael Bradley the man of the match, despite his USMNT counterpart Jozy Altidore winning the MVP. The second is about Toronto's MLS Cup obsession that began the moment Roman Torres scored the winning penalty for the Sounders. Finally, an article on Bradley, who led the way with focus and determination.


Today's Matches
Premier League
Southampton v. Arsenal- 7am- NBCSN
Liverpool v. Everton- 10:15am- NBCSN
Manchester United v. Manchester City- 11:30am- NBCSN

FC Koln v. SC Freiburg- 7:30am- FS1
Hannover 96 v. TSG Hoffenheim- 9:30am- FS1
FC Augsburg v. Hertha Berlin- 12pm- FS2

La Liga
Real Sociedad v. Málaga- 6am
Real Betis v. Atletico Madrid- 10:15am
Levante v.Athletic Bilbao- 12:30pm
Villarreal v. Barcelona- 2:45pm- beIN

Serie A
Chievo Verona v. AS Roma- 6:30am
Napoli v. Fiorentina- 9am- beIN
SPAL v. Hellas Verona- 9am
Udinese v. Benevento- 9a m
Sassuolo v. Crotone- 12pm
AC Milan v. Bologna- 2:45pm

Ligue 1
SC Amiens v. Olympique Lyonnais- 9am
Nantes v. Nice- 11am
Olympique Marseille v. St. Etienne- 3pm

Liga MX Final- Second Leg
Monterrey v. Tigres UANL- 7pm- Univision Deportes