Friday, June 23, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Salah joins LIverpool, Quakes add a DP

Yesterday's Scores
Confederations Cup
Cameroon 1-0 Australia
(Zambo Anguissa 45+1')-(Milligan PK 60')

Germany 1-1 Chile
(Stindl 41')-(Sanchez 6')

Alexis Sanchez's early goal was his 38th international goal, most for any Chilean player.

USL
Pittsburgh Riverhounds 2-0 Tampa Bay Rowdies
(Walsh 11', Parkes 88')

North American League Tables

Headlines
Mohamed Salah has completed his move from AS Roma to Liverpool. The Reds have paid £34 million for his services. The Egypt international returns to the Premier League on a five year deal after a brief stint with Chelsea back in 2004. He scored 15 times for Roma last season as they finished second in Serie A.

Crystal Palace have their new manager. Frank de Boer, who was sacked by Inter Milan after only about three months on the job last fall, will take over at the club, officially replacing Sam Allardyce. De Boer spent three seasons as the Netherlands boss, where he led them to the World Cup Final in 2010. He has since managed at Ajax before his brief tenure at Inter.

Barcelona have singed Brazilian international Lucas Lima from Santos. He will join the Spanish giants in January when his contract expires. He's bee capped by Brazil 14 times and has played with Santos since 2014.

The USMNT has secured the services of dual national Kenny Saief. Saief, who was born in Panama City, Florida, had played at the youth level with Israel before completing the switch to the country of his birth. He has played his club football at Gent in Belgium since 2014, where he has started several Champions League and Europa League games.

San Jose Earthquakes have signed Georgia international midfielder Valeri Qazaishvili to a designated player contract. He comes to the Bay area from Vitesse in the Eredivisie, but he spent a lot of time on loan with Legia Warsaw last year, where he featured in the Champions League.


Today's Matches
MLS
Toronto FC v. New England Revolution- 8pm
Houston Dynamo v. FC Dallas- 9pm- UniMas

USL
Rochester Rhinos v. Orlando City B- 7:05pm- YouTube

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Alves clear to join Man City after Juve release him

Yesterday's Scores
Confederations Cup
Russia 0-1 Portugal
(Ronaldo 8')

Mexico 2-1 New Zealand
(Jimenez 54', Peralta 72')-(Wood 42')

MLS
D.C. United 2-1 Atlanta United
(Acosta 23', Nyarko 60')-(Gressel 17')

Minnesota United 3-2 Portland Timbers
(Okugo OG 7', Ramirez 47', Danladi 64')-(Valeri PK 37', Calvo PG 50')

Colorado Rapids 1-3 LA Galaxy
(Serna 37')-(McBean 5', 63', Alessandrini PK 71')

Seattle Sounders 1-1 Orlando City
(Bruin 19')-(Sutter 90+4')

Canadian Championship- Final First Leg
Montreal Impact 1-1 Toronto FC
(Mancosu 19')-(Altidore 30')

USL
Swope Park Rangers 2-1 Colorado Springs Switchbacks
(Doyle 67', Duke 75')-(Prugh 23')

Sacramento Republic 6-2 Rio Grande Valley
(Kneeshaw 19', Blackwood 26', Caesar 42', 57', 71', Trickett-Smith 87')-(Casner 64', Murphy 90')

North American League Tables

Headlines
Juventus has released Dani Alves from the final year of his contract, opening the door for him to move away from the club. Manchester City are expected to swoop him up. Pep Guardiola managed him during his Barcelona days and he would be a nice fit into his system, despite his advanced age.

Angel di Maria has settled his Spanish tax evasion case. He has agreed to pay back €2 million and serve a eight month suspended jail sentence. Since he is a first time offender, and the jail term is less than two years, di Maria won't actually spend any time in the slammer.

American goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann, son of Jurgen, is going to have a trial with Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga. The US U20 keeper will head to Germany for the first ten days of their preseason campaign, beginning July 3. The third string keeper job is available there, and he could be offered the gig if the trail goes well. Klinsmann, who wants to join the Bundesliga or another big league, also has offers from Eintracht Braunschweig, Ingolstadt, and an unnamed Swiss club.

Today's Matches
Confederations Cup
Cameroon v. Australia- 11am- FS1
Germany v. Chile- 2pm- FS1

USL
Pittsburgh Riverhounds v. Tampa Bay Rowdies- 7pm- YouTube

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Jose Mourinho the latest soccer name accused of Spanish tax fraud

Yesterday's Scores
Ottawa Fury 1-0 Orlando City B
(dos Santos 43')

Harrisburg City Islanders 0-1 Bethlehem Steel
(Chambers 54')

North American League Tables

Headlines
It must be really easy for rich people to commit tax fraud in Spain., Jose Mourinho is the latest big name to be investigated for defrauding the Spanish government out of millions of Euros. His charge is only to the tune of €3.3 million relating to his time spent managing Real Madrid.

On the plus side for Mourinho, his Manchester United have been cleared of any wrong doing during their pursuit of Paul Pogba last summer. The investigation was looking into some payments made to Pogba's agent from the deal. Juventus, on the other hand, are now in FIFA's crosshairs for the deal. They may have breached statutes on third party ownership of play contracts, which could result in a fine and/or transfer ban.

FIFA has warned Mexico over their fans anti-gay chants at the Confederations Cup. The chants is directed at opposing goalkeepers during goal kicks and has been flagged by FIFA before. The Mexican federation has been fined in the past, but the discriminatory behavior has continued. If they truly want these chants to come to an end, they need to actually hit the fans where it hurts and make Mexico play a World Cup Qualifier in an empty Estadio Azteca. Fans won't stop being hateful because their federation is fined. Keeping them out of the stadium is a far more powerful solution.

RB Leipzig has been cleared to play in the Champions League next season. Their place in the tournament was threatened due to their shared ownership with Red Bull Salzburg, who are also appearing in the competition as Austrian champions. UEFA determined the shared links between the clubs are not strong enough to violate their regulations, so the German runners up are clear to play in Europe.

Former USWNT World Cup winning coach Tony DiCicco passed away yesterday at the age of 68. DiCicco led the USA  from 1995 to 1999. He led them to the 1999 Women's World Cup title and the gold medal at the 1996 Olympics, he's the only American coach to win both those competitions.

Today's Matches

Confederations Cup
Russia v. Portugal- 11am- FS1
Mexico v. New Zealand- 2pm- FS1

MLS
D.C. United v. Atlanta United- 7:30pm
Minnesota United v. Portland Timbers- 8pm
Colorado Rapids v. LA Galaxy- 9pm
Seattle Sounders v. Orlando City- 10:30pm

USL
Swope Park Rangers v. Colorado Springs Switchbacks- 8:30pm- YouTube
Sacramento Republic v. Rio Grande Valley- 11pm- YouTube

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Modric facing perjury charges in Croatia

Yesterday's Scores
FIFA Confederations Cup
Australia 2-3 Germany
(Rogic 41', Juric 56')-(Stindl 5', Draxler PK 44', Goretzka 48')

USL
Real Monarchs 2-1 Reno 1868
(Brody 22', Peay 45+3')-(Hoppenot 34')

This was the ninth straight win for Real Monarchs, which sets a new USL record. Reno thought they tied the match late with a goalkeeper goal, but the offside flag got in the way.

Seattle Sounders 2 3-2 Oklahoma City Energy
(Mathers 13', PK 39', Olsen 90')-(Dixon 70', Craven PK 86')

Headlines
Mexican winger Hirving Lozano temporarily left El Tri in order to finish up his move from Pachuca to PSV Eindhoven. He's agreed to a six year contract with the Dutch club and is just needed to put pen to paper. He will be back in time for Mexico's next match against New Zealand on Wednesday.

Real Madrid's Luka Modric, who testified in a trial against his former manager at Dinamo Zagreb, is now facing perjury charges for his testimony. He is accused of lying under oath while speaking about his transfer from Dinamo to Spurs and some terms in that contract related to transfer fees and when that annex was added to the contract.

Some minor, but possibly significant, MLS news as the league has bought out its only remaining outside investor. They have gained full control of Soccer United Marketing after buying out the stake held by Providence Equity Partners, who once held a 25% stake in the company. The rapid growth of the league has lessened their share, while still providing a strong return on their initial investment.

The draw for the UEFA Champions League first qualifying round was held yesterday. All the little teams around Europe will vie for the ability to get their asses handed to them by bigger clubs while making a lot of money beginning June 11.

First Qualifying Round

Vikingur (Faroe Isles) v Trepca '89 (Kosovo)
Hibernians (Malta) v Tallinn (Estonia)
Alashkert (Armenia) v Santa Coloma (Andorra)
The New Saints v Europa (Gibraltar)
Linfield v SP La Fiorita (San Marino)

Second Qualifying Round

Group 1

Apoel (Cyprus) v Dudelange (Luxembourg)
Zalgiris (Lithuania) v Ludogorets Razgrad (Bulgaria)
Qarabag (Azerbaijan) v Samtredia (Georgia)
Partizan (Serbia) v Budućnost Podgorica (Montenegro)
Hibernians (Malta) or FCI Tallinn (Estonia) v Salzburg (Austria)

Group 2
Sheriff (Moldova) v Kukes (Albania)
Astana (Kazakhstan) v Spartaks Jurmala (Latvia)
BATE Borisov (Belarus) v Alashkert (Armenia) or FC Santa Coloma (Andorra)
Zilina (Slovakia) v Copenhagen (Denmark)
Hapoel Beer-Sheva (Israel) v Budapest Honvéd (Hungary)
Rijeka (Croatia) v The New Saints or Europa (Gibraltar)

Group 3
Malmo (Sweden) v Vardar (Macedonia)
Zrinjski (Bosnia and Herzegovina) v Maribor (Slovenia)
Dundalk (Ireland) v Rosenborg (Norway)
FH Hafnarfjördur (Iceland) v Víkingur (Faroe Islands) or Trepça '89 (Kosovo)
Linfield or SP La Fiorita (San Marino) v Celtic
IFK Mariehamn (Finland) v Legia Warszawa (Poland)

Today's Matches
USL
Ottawa Fury v. Orlando City- 11am- YouTube
Harrisburg City Islanders v. Bethlehem Steel- 7pm

Monday, June 19, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: VAR used to mixed reviews in Confederations Cup

Yesterday's Scores
FIFA Confederations Cup
Portugal 2-2 Mexico
(Quaresma 34', Soares 86')-(Chicharito 42', Moreno 90+1')

VAR was used twice in this match, which has led to the usual hubbub arising about the concerns of using a replay system. The first use denied Pepe from scoring for Portugal. After initially counting the goal, replays showed he was offside and it was waved off. The second time was used to confirm Cedric Soares's go ahead goal. Little effort was made by the officials to communicate what was going on, and that needs to be ironed out, but other than that, things went smoothly.

The complaining done after this game was all done by Portugal, who was most affected by the decisions. They can whine all they want about only their goals needing the system all they want, but they just happened to score under potentially dubious circumstances. Mexico, understandably, had a more positive review of proceedings and I suspect Portugal would have too if the roles were reversed.

Replay is finally coming to soccer and there is nothing we can do about it. Yes, it will take time to iron out the process, but, in time, we will all get used to it. American sports have used it for years and we have come to accept it, even the mega traditionalists that run baseball have adapted. So, soccer will be just fine.

Cameroon 0-2 Chile
(Vidal 81', Vargas 90+1')

MLS
Philadelphia Union 0-2 New York Red Bulls
(Wright-Phillips 87', 90+2')

USL
Swope Park Rangers 2-2 Phoenix Rising
(Oliveira PK 26', Selbol PK 62')-(Drogba 57', PK 89')

North American League Tables

Today's Matches
FIFA Confederations Cup
Australia v. Germany- 11am- FS1

USL
Real Monarchs v. Reno 1868- 9pm- YouTube
Seattle Sounders 2 v. Oklahoma City Energy- 10:30pm- YouTube

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: IFAB proposes crazy, radical rule changes

Yesterday's Scores
FIFA Confederations Cup

Russia 2-0 New Zealand
(Glushakov 31', Smolov 69')

MLS
New York City 2-1 Seattle Sounders
(Villa PK 52', 77')-(Roldan 40')

Atlanta United 3-1 Columbus Crew
(Villalba 15', Almiron 67', Martinez 88')-(Higuaín 26')

New England Revolution 1-2 Chicago Fire
(Mlinar 70')-(Nikolic 18', Solignac 61')

Orlando City 3-3 Montreal Impact
(Perez Garcia 8', Rivas 23', Spector 90+4')-(Dzemaili 16', Piatti 58', 59')

Toronto FC 2-0 D.C. United
(Altidore 60', Hamilton 85')

San Jose Earthquakes 0-0 Sporting Kansas City

Colorado Rapids 2-1 Portland Timbers
(Badji 51', Gordon 89')-(Blanco 18')

Real Salt Lake 1-0 Minnesota United
(Movsisyan 84')

Vancouver Whitecaps 1-1 FC Dallas
(Techera 74')-(Urruti 52')

LA Galaxy 2-2 Houston Dynamo
(Boateng 35', Alessandrini 90+4')-(Manotas 22', Elis 74')

NASL

Indy Eleven 2-0 North Carolina FC
(Braun 60', Speas 84')

Miami FC 4-0 Jacksonville Armada
(Pinho 15', Rennella 27', 79', Martinez 85')

San Francisco Deltas 1-0 FC Edmonton
(Sandoval PK 40')

USL
Rochester Rhinos 1-0 Ottawa Fury
(Felix 19')

Charlotte Independence 2-0 Harrisburg City Islanders
(Herrera 14', 61')

FC Cincinnati 2-2 Charleston Battery
(Fall 4', Wiedeman 80')-(Williams 63', Lasso 72')

Richmond Kickers 1-1 Tampa Bay Rowdies
(Tayou 90+4')-(Schafer 64')

Louisville City 3-0 Pittsburgh Riverhounds
(Lancaster 8', 64', McCabe 78')

Rio Grande Valley 0-1 LA Galaxy II
(Estrada 70')

San Antonio FC 3-1 Tulsa Roughnecks
(Tyrpak 4', 33', Vega 76')-(Rivas 27')

Sacramento Republic 2-1 Vancouver Whitecaps
(Ochoa 12', Cazarez 74')-(Campbell 5')

North American League Tables

Headlines
The IFAB has come up with some hairbrained ideas on how to fix a sport that isn't broken. The rule changes they propose border from completely nuts, like getting rid of the 90 minute clock that has been around for 150 years, to sensible, like allowing goalkeepers to pass to a defender within the penalty area on a goal kick. Other proposals include:

  • No follow ups after a penalty kick. A goal kick would follow a failed attempt.
  • Free kicks can be taken with a moving ball.
  • Players can pass to themselves on a free kick.
  • Docking points for teams who mob the referee.
The board also calls for stricter enforcements of rules currently in place, such as the one where goalkeepers can only hold the ball for six seconds.

Alexis Sanchez sprained his ankle in a final training session leading up to Chile's Confederations Cup opener today. He is now in doubt for the game agaisnt Cameroon to open up the World Cup preamble.

Today's Matches
FIFA Confederations Cup
Portugal v. Mexico- 11am- FS1
Cameroon v. Chile- 2pm-  FS2

MLS
Philadelphia Union v. New York Red Bulls- 5pm- ESPN

USL
Swope Park Rangers v. Phoenix Rising- 5pm- YouTube

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Ronaldo wants to leave Real Madrid, won't actually go anywhere

Yesterday's Scores
NASL
New York Cosmos 4-2 Puerto Rico FC
(Perez 13', Ledesma 69', Restrepo 74', Vranjicán 90'+4')-(Puerto 17', Doyle 24')

USL
New York Red Bulls II 0-2 Bethlehem Steel
(Najem 5', Moar 57')

Portland Timbers 2 1-3 Oklahoma City Energy
(Bijev PK 40')-(Rasmussen 42', Craven PK 74', PK 78')

North American League Tables

Headlines
Sources are reporting that Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave Real Madrid, and Spain overall, amid his tax evasion charges. I hardly expect him to leave the club. He's entrenched there as it is and no club is going to pony up the record shattering transfer fee required, or the salary he commands. in order to lure Real Madrid into selling him. Combine that with the non-unlikely case where his best years are behind him and nobody will certainly step up. This is certainly a quick reaction to a potentially serious charge that will not actually come to fruition.

MLS has suspended Vancouver Whitecaps defender Sheanon Williams after he was arrested Thursday morning for an alleged role in a domestic violence incident. Much like Cyle Larin after his DUI, he, too, will enter the MLS Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program. He is out indefinitely pending the results of investigations by the Vancouver Police Department and MLS.

A few teams in the Premier League were busy in the transfer market:


Back stateside, Mexican international Andres Guardado is linking up\ with 2018 expansion side Los Angeles FC. He's been with PSV Eindhoven in the Eredivisie since 2014 and has 133 caps with El Tri.

Today's Matches
FIFA Confederations Cup
Russia v. New Zealand- 11am- FS1

MLS
New York City v. Seattle Sounders- 1om- ESPN
Atlanta United v. Columbus Crew- 7pm
New England Revolution v. Chicago Fire- 7:30pm
Orlando City v. Montreal Impact- 7:30pm
Toronto FC v. D.C. United- 8pm
San Jose Earthquakes v. Sporting Kansas City- 9pm
Colorado Rapids v. Portland Timbers- 9:30pm
Real Salt Lake v. Minnesota United- 10pm
Vancouver Whitecaps v. FC Dallas- 10pm
LA Galaxy v. Houston Dynamo- 11pm- UniMas

NASL
Indy Eleven v. North Carolina FC- 7:30pm- beIN
Miami FC v. Jacksonville Armada- 7:30pm- ESPN3
San Francisco Deltas v. FC Edmonton- 10pm- Twitter

USL
Rochester Rhinos v. Ottawa Fury- 6:05pm- YouTube
Charlotte Independence v. Harrisburg City Islanders- 7pm- YouTube
FC Cincinnati v. Charleston Battery- 7pm- YouTube
Richmond Kickers v. Tampa Bay Rowdies- 7pm- YouTube
Louisville City v. Pittsburgh Riverhounds- 7:30pm- YouTube
Rio Grande Valley v. LA Galaxy II- 8:30pm- YouTube
San Antonio FC v. Tulsa Roughnecks- 8:30pm- YouTube
Sacramento Republic v. Vancouver Whitecaps- 11pm- YouTube