Thursday, August 17, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Ronaldo suspension appeal denied, will miss La Liga opener

Yesterday's Scores
UEFA Champions League- Playoffs First Leg
Olympiakos 2-1 Rijeka
(Odjidja-Ofoe 66', Romao 90+3')-(Heber 41')

Celtic 5-0 FC Astana
(Postnikov OG 32', Sinclair 42', 60', Forrest 79', Shitov OG 89')

Hapoel Be'er 2-1 NK Maribor
(Nwakaeme 12', Tzedek PK 45+2')-(Tavares 10')

Istanbul Basaksehir 1-2 Sevilla
(Elia 64')-(Escudero 16', Ben Yedder 84')

Napoli 2-0 Nice
(Mertens 13', Jorginho PK 70')

Spanish Supercopa- Second Leg
Real Madrid 2-0 Barcelona (5-1 on aggregate)
(Asensio 4', Benzema 39')

MLS
Montreal Impact 3-0 Chicago Fire
(Piatti 6', 38', Mancosu PK 37')

NASL
Jacksonville Armada 1-2 Puerto Rico FC
(Taylor 62')-(Doyle 54', Gentile 75')

USL
Charlotte Independence 1-0 Bethlehem Steel
(Martinez 33')

Orlando City B 3-0 Ottawa Fury
(Hines 34', Barry 60', 71')

North American League Tables

Headlines
Cristiano Ronaldo's five game suspension has been upheld after an unsuccessful appeal. The megastar missed the second leg of the Supercopa last night and he will miss the first four games of Real's LA Liga campaign.

Stoke City have acquired Jese from Paris Saint-Germain on a season long loan. He made 14 appearances in France last season, scoring a pair of goals. The former Real Madrid forward signed a five year deal for PSG last summer.

Wolfsburg will be without American international defender John Brooks for the next three months thanks to a thigh injury suffered in German Cup action last weekend. He played 37 minutes of their 1-0 victory over Eintracht Norderstedt on Saturday before succumbing to injury. Needless to say, Brooks will also miss the remainder of the USMNT's World Cup qualifying run.

Today's Matches
USL
Portland Timbers 2 v. Seattle Sounders 2- 10:30pm- YouTube

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Wright-Phillips double ends FC Cincinnati's Open Cup run

Yesterday's Scores
UEFA Champions League- Playoffs First Leg
FK Qarabag 1-0 FC Copenhagen
(Madatov 25')

Apoel Nicosia 2-0 Slavia Prague
(de Camargo 2', Aloneftis 10')

Young Boys 0-1 CSKA Moscow
(Adams OG 90+1')

TSG Hoffenheim 1-2 Liverpool
(Uth 87')-(Alexander-Arnold 35', Nordtveit 74')

Sporting CP 0-0 FCSB

U.S. Open Cup- Semi-Finals
FC Cincinnati 2-3 New York Red Bulls
(Bone 31', Berry 62')-(Veron 75', Wright-Phillips 78', 101')

The magical run of FC Cincinnati comes to a close at the hands of Bradley Wright-Phillips. his double put the Red Bulls through to the final, where they will face Sporting Kansas City. The sellout crowds at Nippert Stadium were a lot of fun for this tournament. They brought a whole new awareness to the U.S. Open Cup that the event desperately needed. They created a lower league Cinderella story that has helped people get into it like never before. They may not be in the final, but they have played a role in the development of American soccer. Hopefully FC Cincinnati gained a few more fans that can stick around through the rest of the USL season and beyond, whether they make it into MLS or not. And hopefully some of the people who came out to follow the U.S. Open Cup stick with it into next season.

NASL
North Carolina FC 0-1 Miami FC
(Chavez 15')

USL
Orange County SC 0-0 Tulsa Roughnecks

North American League Tables

Headlines
Colorado Rapids parted ways with head coach Pablo Mastroeni yesterday. He was halfway through his fourth season with the club. They currently sit level on points with Minnesota United for last place in the Western Conference after playing their way into the West Final last season. That season seems to be an anomaly, as the Rapids finished last in the West in his first two years. Assistant coach Steve Cook will manage the team until a permanent replacement is hired.

The United 2026 World Cup bid released their list of 49 candidate stadiums to host games in the 2026 World Cup, should they win hosting rights. Plenty of familiar places are on the list. New York, three stadiums in LA, Chicago, and all the largest cities in the USA. Mexico sent three possible stadiums to the race, including Estadio Azteca and Estadio Chivas. Canada, meanwhile is offering Rogers Centre, BMO Field, Stade Saputo, Stade Olympique, BC Place, and three more candidates to the fold.

Gareth Barry is moving from Everton to West Brom. The 36-year-old midfielder signed with Tony Pulis's club for an undisclosed fee. It's the fourth Premier League team he's played for in 21 seasons. He's also five appearances short of Ryan Giggs's all time record of 632 Premier League appearances.

Everton also made strides towards signing a player. They finally agreed to a £45ish million fee for Gylfi Sigurdsson. The Icelandic international will be at Everton today to take a medical and finalize the deal.

Today's Matches
UEFA Champions League- Playoffs First Leg
Olympiakos v. Rijeka- 2:45pm- ESPN3
Celtic v. FC Astana- 2:45pm- FS2
Hapoel Be'er v. NK Maribor- 2:45pm- ESPN3
IStanbul Basaksehir v. Sevilla- 2:45pm
Napoli v. Nice- 2:45pm- FS1

Spanish Supercopa- Second Leg
Real Madrid v. Barcelona- 5pm- ESPN2

MLS
Montreal Impact v. Chicago Fire- 7:30pm

NASL
Jacksonville Armada v. Puerto Rico FC- 7pm- ESPN3

USL
Charlotte Independence v. Bethlehem Steel- 7pm- ESPN3
Orlando City B v. Ottawa Fury- 7:30pm- YouTube

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Ronaldo suspended five games for shoving a ref

Yesterday's Scores
DFB Pokal- First Round
BFC Dynamo Berlin 0-2 Schalke 04
(Konoplyanka 78', 90+1')

MSV Duisburg 1-2 Nürnberg
(Wolze PK 90+4')-(Behrens 21', Margreitter 41')

SC Paderborn 07 2-1 St. Pauli
(Wassey 41', Antwi-Adjej 79')-(Allagui 90+1')

Hansa Rostock 0-1 Hertha Berlin
(Weiser 85', Ibisevic 90')

Fan insanity caused a nice little fifteen minute delay in this match. It all began when Hansa fans pulled out a banner that had been stolen from Hertha supporters, which erupted into flares and fireworks being fired between the two sets of hooligans.

Headlines
Cristiano Ronaldo will sit out Real Madrid's next five games for the referee shoving incident during Sunday night's Supercopa first leg. Ronaldo was sent off for a second yellow after a dive in the penalty area and took out his frustration by pushing the ref in the back. He gets one game for the red card and four for the abuse of a match official. Real will appeal the suspension, no doubt.

The rift between Philippe Coutinho and Liverpool continues to grow. He did not make the trip to Hoffenheim for the Reds Champions League playoff match this evening as he continues to desire a move to Barcelona. Jurgen Klopp also commented that Coutinho "cannot play for Liverpool" with this standoff going on. The club most recently rejected a £90 million bid from the Spanish giants, who continue their search for Neymar's replacement.

The Premier League is aiming to crack down on this transfer drama leaking into the regular season. There is a proposal to move the transfer deadline to before the start of the season for next year. Representatives from the 20 Premier League clubs will vote on the issue at next month's shareholder meeting.

American international John Brooks injured himself playing for his new club, Wolfsburg, in their DFB Pokal match over the weekend. The thigh problem will likely keep him out of their Bundesliga opener this weekend.

Kaka was sent off for grabbing Aurelien Colin by the mouth as a joke late in Orlando City's loss to New York Red Bulls on Saturday, which prompted the club to release a statement on the matter. They have decided to respect the referee's decision to issue a red after consulting the VAR in order to " to avoid further unjustified consequences that may come from appealing the decision made on the field." Although the respect the decision, they do not support that he is guilty of violent conduct, due to the playful circumstances of the incident. This feels a little contradictory. If you don't think violent conduct was involved, why not appeal? What sort of unjustified consequences could arise from an appeal? Isn't it just either the suspension stays on or gets removed? Kaka is already out for one game, why would the league make it worse?

Today's Matches
UEFA Champions League- Playoffs First Leg
FK Qarabag v. FC Copenhagen- 12pm- FS2
Apoel Nicosia v. Slavia PRague- 2:45pm- ESPN3
Young Boys v. CSKA Moscow- 2:45pm- FS2
TSG Hoffenheim v. Liverpool- 2:45pm- FS1
Sporting CP v. FCSB- 2:45pm

U.S. Open Cup- Semi-Finals
FC Cincinnati v. New York Red Bulls- 8pm

NASL
North Carolina FC v. Miami FC- 7:30pm- ESPN3

USL
Orange County SC v. Tulsa Roughnecks- 10:30pm- YouTube


Monday, August 14, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Neymar scores in his PSG debut, Ronaldo sent off in Supercopa

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League
Newcastle 0-2 Tottenham 
(Alli 61', Davies 70')

Manchester United 4-0 West Ham
(Lukaku 33', 53', Marital 87', Pogba 90')

DFB Pokal- First Round
FC Schweinfurt 05 2-1 SV Sandhausen
(Willsch 53', Krautschneider 62')-(Holer 11')

Bonner SC 2-6 Hannover 96
(Lokotsch 20', Perrey 83')-(Fullkrug 34', 74', Harnik 60', 90+3', Karaman 90', Maier 90+1')

FC Eintracht Norderstedt 0-1 VfL Wolfsburg
(Camacho 59')

Nöttingen 2-5 VfL Bochum
(Brenner PK 51', Bilger 85')-(Saglam 1', Hinterseer 3', 65', 74', Bandowski 87')

Saarbrücken 1-2 FC Union Berlin
(Behrens 40')-(Schonheim 23', Hedlund 101')

Sportfreunde Dorfmerkingen 0-5 RB Leipzig
(Sabitzer 4', 47', Werner 56', Poulsen PK 59', Keita 65')

SV Morlautern 0-5 SpVgg Greuther Fürth
(Hofmann 16', 18', Raim 58', Dursun 85', Ernst 86')

TSV 1860 Munich 1-2 FC Ingolstadt 04
(Weber 66')-(Lezcano 20', Kutschke PK 83')

VfL Osnabruck 3-1 Hamburg SV
(Savran 39', Heider 61', Ahmet 71')-(Wook PK 74')

FC Magdeburg 2-0 FC Augsburg
(BEck 87', Schwede 90+1')

Energie Cottbus 2-2 VfB Stuttgart (3-4 in penalties)
(Viteritti 35', Zimmer 28')-(Brekalo 49', Matuwila OG 77'))

SV Wehen 2-0 FC Erzgebirge Aue
(Blacha 4', Andrist 7')

Spanish Supercopa- First Leg
Barcelona 1-3 Real Madrid
(Messi PK 77')-(Pique OG 50', Ronaldo 80', Asensio 90')

The best part of this glorified friendly was how Ronaldo got himself sent off late on. He removed his shirt celebrating his goal in the 80th minute to earn the first yellow card. He followed that up by blatantly diving in the penalty area a few minutes later to earn his second. He will miss the second leg of the Supercopa on Wednesday, and may face additional discipline for shoving the referee after the red card came out.

Italian Super Cup
Juventus 2-3 Lazio
(Dybala 85', PK 90+1')-(Immobile PK 34', 54', Muriga 90+3')

Coppa Italia- Third Round
Genoa 2-1 Cesena
(Simeone 51', Laxalt 95')-(Laribi PK 36')

Hellas Verona 3-1 US Avellino
(Verde 34', 38', Zuculini 88')-(Castaldo 49')

Ligue 1
Strasbourg 3-0 Lille
(Martin 74', Lienard PK 82', Grimm 88')

Dijon 1-4 AS Monaco
(Said 43')-(Falcao 3', 37', 51', Jemerson 25')

Guingamp 0-3 Paris Saint-Germain
(Ikoko OG 52', Cavani 62', Neymar 82')

MLS
D.C. United 0-1 Real Salt Lake
(Silva 64')

Liga MX
Pumas UNAM 2-0 Lobos BUAP
(Castillo 49', PK 90+4')

Santos 2-3 Veracruz
(Enriquez 57', Lozano 90+6')-(Menendez 35', Luna 60', Valdez 65')

USL
Bethlehem Steel 3-1 Toronto FC II
(Burke 58', Chambers PK 80', Nanco 90+2')-(Taintor PK 73')

Portland Timbers 2 1-0 Sacramento Republic
(Kneeshaw 14')

Saint Louis FC 4-3 Tampa Bay Rowdies
(Jackson 1', Rudolph 5', 67', Plewa 89')-(Schafer 10', Hristov 16', Paterson 36')

Seattle Sounders 2 3-0 Vancouver Whitecaps 2
(Parra 21', 51', Mathers 38')

Headlines
Paulinho is reversing the trend of players bolting for China. The Brazilian international is leaving Chinese champions Ghangzhou Evergrande for more lucrative pastures in Barcelona. Barcelona activated his €40 release clause to bring hom to Spain after two years in China. He last played in Europe in 2015 with Tottenham.

Today's Matches
DFB Pokal- First Round
BFC Dynamo Berlin v. Schalke 04- 12:30pm
MSV Duisburg v. Nurnberg- 12:30pm,
SC Paderborn 07 v. St. Pauli- 12:30pm
Hansa Rostock v. Hertha Berlin- 2:45pm- ESPN3

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Zidane gets Real Madrid extension

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League
Watford 3-3 Liverpool
(Okaka 8', Doucoure 32', Britos 90+3')-(Mane 29', Firmino PK 55', Salah 57')

Chelsea 2-3 Burnley
(Morata 69', Luiz 88')-(Vokes 24', 43', Ward 39')

Crystal Palace 0-3 Huddersfield Town
(Ward 24', Mounie 26', 78')

Everton 1-0 Stoke City
(Rooney 45+1')

Southampton 0-0 Swansea City

West Bromwich Albion 1-0 AFC Bournemouth
(Hegazi 31')

Brighton & Hove Albion 0-2 Manchester City
(Aguero 70', Dunk OG 75')

DFB Pokal- First Round
FC Rielasingen-Arlen 0-4 Borussia Dortmund
(Bartra 12', Aubameyang PK 41', 55', 80')

Chemnitzer GC 0-5 Bayern Munich
(Lewandowski 20', 60', Coman 51', Ribery 79', Hummels 89')

Eichede 0-4 Kaiserslautern
(Osawe 17', 69', Atik 40', Moritz 85')

Germania Halberstadt 1-2 SC Freiburg
(Michel 87')-(Petersen 34', Lachheb OG 42')

Leher TS 0-5 FC Koln
(Bittencourt 28', Sorensen 34', Cordoba PK 50', Zoller 69', Guirassy 74')

Luneburger SK Hansa 1-3 Mainz
(Vobejda 31')-(Muto 13', 60', Brosinski PK 45')

SpVgg Unterhaching 0-4 Heidenheimer SB
(Beermann 44', 74', Glatzel 80', 86')

TuS Erndtebruck 0-3 Eintracht Frankfurt
(Chandler 35', Gacinovic 72', Haller 76')

Arminia Bielefeld 1-3 Fortuna Dusseldorf
(Klos 55')-(Hennings 68', 96', Fink 120+1')

FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt 0-1 TSG Hoffenheim
(Amiri 55')

SSV Jahn Regensburg 3-1 SV Darmstadt 98
(Lais PK 45+2', Nietfeld 86', Gruttner 90+4')-(Sobiech 40')

Wurzburger Kickers 0-3 Werder Bremen
(Veljkovic 50', Kruse 71', Eggestein 77')

Coppa Italia- Third Round
Bologna 0-3 Cittadella
(Kouame 20', Pasa 41', Litteri 45+1')

Benevento 0-4 Perugia
(Cerri 43', 70', 75', Emmanuello 88')

Brescia 1-3 US Pescara
(Bisoli 34')-(Capone 30', Del Sole 57', 81')

Carpi 3-3  Salernitana (4-3 in penalties)
(Malcore 72', Concas 79', Nzola 102')-(Minala 2', Zito 32', Bocalon 91')

Pordenone Calcio 3-2 Lecce
(Raffini 79', Burrai PK 83', Parodi 89')-(Di Piazza 7', 48')

SPAL 1-0 Renate
(Vicari 28')

Chievo Verona 2-1 Ascoli
(Birsa 27', Cacciatore 90+5')-(Favilli 68')

Crotone 2-1 Piacenza
(Barberis 18', Ceccherini 83')-(Bini 61')

Sampdoria 3-0 Foggia
(Barreto 21', Caprari 76', Kownacki 80')

Sassuolo 2-0 Spezia
(Missiroli 8', Berardi 28')

Udinese 3-2 Frosinone
(Thereau 29', Lasagna 63', Jankto 72')-(Gori 38', Crivello 78')

Bari 2-1 Cremonese
(Salzano 29', Nene 41')-(Brighenti 8')

Cagliari 1-1 Palermo (4-2 in penalties)
(Pedro 45')-(La Gumina 66')

Ligue 1
Nantes 0-1 Olympique Marseille
(Ocampos 87')

Bordeaux 2-0 Metz
(Vada 44', Sankhare 64')

Caen 0-1 St. Etienne
(Hamouma 67')

SC Amiens 0-2 Angers
(Crivelli 27', Mangani 56')

Toulouse 1-0 Montpellier
(Durmaz PK 43')

European League Tables

MLS
Seattle Sounders 1-0 Sporting Kansas City
(Dempsey 36')

Toronto FC 4-1 Portland Timbers
(Morrow 58', 76', Vazquez 72', Delago 87')-(Valeri 89')

D.C. United v. Real Salt Lake- Abandoned

We made it 28 minutes into this game before torrential rain forced it to stop and never get started again. They will pick up where they left off tonight at 7pm.

Columbus Crew 3-1 Chicago Fire
(Manneh 18', Meram 73', Kamra PK 88')

New York Red Bulls 3-1 Orlando City SC
(Pereira OG 30', Wright-Phillips 60', Davis 80')-(Rivas 18')

FC Dallas 0-0 Colorado Rapids

New England Revolution 1-0 Vancouver Whitecaps
(Bunbury 53')

Philadelphia Union 0-3 Montreal Impact
(Dzemaili 69', 90+5', Piatti PK 90+1')

Houston Dynamo 3-0 San Jose Earthquakes
(Elis 21', Sanchez 86', Manotas 90+4')

LA Galaxy 0-2 New York City FC
(Lewis 54', Villa 73')

Liga MX
Cruz Azul 0-0 Toluca

Queretaro 2-1 Morelia
(Guemez 80', Sanvezzo 83')-(Sepulveda 51')

Monterrey 4-1 Guadalajara
(Ortiz 5', Funes Mori 50', Pabon 67', Hurtado 71')-(Pereira 3')

Pachuca 2-1 UANL
(Sagal 10', Gutierrez 79')-(Gignac PK 26')

Necaxa 0-3 Leon
(Diaz 46', Andrade 88', Boselli 90+5')

NASL
Miami FC 3-1 Indy Eleven
(Pinho 48', 69')-(Zayed 88')

North Carolina FC2-2 Jacksonville Armada
(Fortune 45+1', Laing 69')-(Taylor 3', Blake PK 18')

Puerto Rico FC 0-0 San Francisco Deltas

USL
Charleston Battery 1-1 New York Red Bulls II
(Williams 45')-(Bonomo 72')

Harrisburg City Islanders 0-3 Pittsburgh Riverhounds
(Parkes 28', Walsh 56', 76')

Ottawa Fury 3-1 Charlotte Independence
(Edward 37', Bruna 52', Reid 87')-(Spies 75')

Richmond Kickers 0-1 Orlando City B
(Barry 24')

Louisville City 5-0 FC Cincinnati
(McCabe 16', Spencer 4+2', Kaye 57', Ballard 72', Reynolds 83')

Rio Grande Valley 1-1 Phoenix Rising
(Magalhaes 90+5')-(Johnson PK 41')

Swope Park Rangers 1-1 Orange County SC
(Belmar 4')-(Kobayashi 51')

Tulsa Roughnecks 2-1 Oklahoma City Energy
(Rivas 20', Svantesson 55')-(Angulo PK 47')

Real Monarchs SLC 2-0 Colorado Springs Switchbacks
(Hoffman 2', Moberg 14')

Reno 1868 2-0 San Antonio FC
(Felipe 25', Brown 70')

North American League Tables

Headlines
Real Madrid have extended Zinedine Zidane's deal with the club for another three years. This makes total sense since all Real Madrid have done since bringing him on is win games. In a year and a half in charge, Zidane has won the Champions League twice and La Liga once. So, of course he deserves a longer stay.

Today's Matches
Premier League
Newcastle v. Tottenham- 8:30am- NBCSN
Manchester United v. West Ham- 11am- NBCSN

DFB Pokal- First Round
FC Schweinfurt 05 v. SV Sandhausen- 9:30am
Bonner SC v. Hannover 96- 9:30am
FC Eintracht Norderstedt v. VfL Wolfsburg- 9:30am
Nottingen v. VfL Bochum- 9:30am
Saarbrucken v. FC Union Berlin- 9:30am
Sportfreunde Dorfmerkingen v. RB Leipzig- 9:30am
SV Morlautern v. SpVgg Greuther Fürth- 9:30am
TSV 1860 Munich v. FC Ingolstadt 04- 9:30am
VfL Osnabruck v. Hamburg SV- 9:30am- ESPN3
FC Magdeburg v. FC Augsburg- 12:30pm
Energie Cottbus v. VfB Stuttgart- 12:30pm
SV Wehen v. FC Erzgebirge Aue- 12:30pm

Spanish Supercopa
Barcelona v. Real Madrid- 4pm- ESPN

Italian Super Cup
Juventus v. Lazio- 2:45pm

Coppa Italia- Third Round
Genoa v. Cesena- 12pm
Hellas Verona v. US Avellino- 2:30pm

Ligue 1
Strasbourg v. Lille- 9am- beIN
Dijon v. AS Monaco- 11am- beIN
Guingamp v. Paris Saint-Germain- 3pm

MLS
D.C. United v. Real Salt Lake- 7pm

Liga MX
Pumas UNAM v. Lobos BUAP- 1pm- Univision Deportes
Santos v. Veracruz- 7:30pm- Univision Deportes

USL
Bethlehem Steel v. Toronto FC II- 5pm- YouTube
Portland Timbers 2 v. Sacramento Republic- 5pm- YouTube
Saint Louis FC v. Tampa Bay Rowdies- 8:30pm- YouTube
Seattle Sounders 2 v. Vancouver Whitecaps 2- 9:30pm- YouTube

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Thoughts on Detroit City's pro potential

"I think you show great talent. And I pride myself on having an eye for that kind of talent. But your status as a Nazi killer soccer club is still amateur. We all come here to see if you wanna go pro."

It's Premier League opening day and I find myself writing about minor league soccer in the USA.


Because I have thoughts on this.

Detroit City FC needs to go pro. They've outgrown the NPSL in terms of popularity and reputation. Trash talking against Grand Rapids and Lansing is nice, but Detroit is a national city on a national stage. We deserve to trash talk with Miami, New York, Indy... etc.

Plenty of smaller cities have minor league pro teams. Harrisburg, PA, Birmingham, AL, and Reno, NV all have pro teams while a major market like Detroit doesn't. DCFC going pro is past overdue from this standpoint.

There is also my only complaint about the team, there aren't enough games. The NPSL season starts later than American pro leagues and ends sooner. There are only seven scheduled regular season home games right now and going pro would more than double that. Please, give me more City.

I'm hesitant about the NASL. The league is overambitious and isn't expanding intelligently (one of their new markets for 2018 is Orange County, which already has two pro teams and is getting another MLS franchise next year). They had a brush with death last winter when the New York Cosmos almost folded and were only saved by an eleventh hour deep pocketed investor. They appear stable for now, but I wouldn't be shocked if they go through a similar near death experience again in the near future. There are also reports out there that the option of a merger with the USL is still on the table.

The NISA is intriguing, but I thing DCFC is too big for it. The new third tier league is meant to bridge the gap between the NPSL and the NASL and ambitions of as promotion/relegation system represents a potential bold future future for American soccer. I imagine some of City's foes would be familiar faces from the NPSL like Cleveland, Buffalo, and (although they've never played) Chattanooga. Choosing this option would be an easier transition, but I also think the club should have higher ambitions.

I can understand why they are avoiding the USL. The league is more stable than it's fellow division II outfit, but it's close relationship with MLS would bother some supporters. There is also the two different approaches the league takes with its clubs. Half of them serve as developmental sides for MLS with little care to developing a soccer culture while the other half are the exciting independent clubs creating a vibrant soccer environment in their communities. It's a separation that is beginning to cause contention within league circles, especially as new teams are coming into the fold every season and with a division III league launching in 2019.

Either of these choices would require outside investment. As great of a story as DCFC is, they don't have the money to make the jump all by themselves. There is no shortage of rich business people in the city that could help the club make the ump (including a couple of rich sports owners aiming to bring MLS to the city, I don't like saying it too loudly, but those two and City are a perfect fit for each other and this would be a great way to start a low risk working relationship, but, I digress). The grassroots story is nice and all, but it's moving too slowly for this landscape. The club needs to open itself up to outside money or risk losing their status as Detroit's soccer team.

Regardless of which avenue they take, the time to go pro has come and the window is closing fast. With the MLS expansion bid gaining momentum and lower leagues expanding at exponential rate, the soccer landscape is going to be full before too long. It's time for Detroit City to join them before its too late.

Hooligan's Daily: Morocco join the race for 2026 World Cup

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League
Arsenal 4-3 Leicester City
(Lacazette 2', Welbeck 45+2', Ramsey 83', Giroud 85')-(Okazaki 5', Vardy 29', 56')

This was a thrilling way to start the Premier League season. Arsenal looked great in the opening couple minutes, then fairly flat for the next 80 or so, and then Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud pop off the bench and score a pair of huge goals. The Gunners haven't fared well on opening week of late, so an exciting win is a positive sign for them, even if their faults were fairly obvious.

As for the season as a whole, I like Manchester City to win the whole thing. Pep Guardiola spent way too much money on way too many quality players for them to fall short of a title this year. I like the rest of the top four to include Manchester United, Liverpool, and Arsenal, in that order. Chelsea will make a run, but I feel there is a lot of internal strife going on there and the team hasn't really improved enough for me to be too high on them.

DFB Pokal- First Round
TUS Koblenz 2-3 Dynamo Dresden
(Bozic 6', Popovits 80')-(Berko 11', Heise 49', Aosman 84')

Karlsruher SC 0-3 Bayer Leverkusen
(Kohr 93', Pohjanpalo 99', Bailey 105')

Holstein Kiel 2-1 Eintracht Braunschweig
(Drexler PK 71', Ducksch 77')-(Nyman 48')

Rot-Weiss Essen 1-2 Borussia Monchengladbach
(Baier 29')-(Hofmann 79', Raffael 82')

Coppa Italia- Third Round
Torino 7-1 Trapani
(Belotti 13', 27', 40', Berenguer 35', Obi 43', Falque 68', De Silvestri 87')-(Fazio 18')

Ligue 1
Nice 1-2 Troyes
(Plea PK 63')-(Niane 53', Khaoui 85')

Stade Rennes 1-2 Olympique Lyonnais
(Bourigeaud 86')-(Depay 57', Mariano 74')

European League Tables

Liga MX
Puebla 1-1 Tijuana
(Marrugo 48')-(Bou 57')

Atlas 0-1 Club America
(Peralta PK 90+4')

NASL
FC Edmonton 1-1 New York Cosmos
(Fordyce 45')-(Ledesma 66')

North American League Tables

Headlines
The USA, Mexico, and Canada will not bid on the 2026 alone. They will have some competition. Morocco announced their bid to host the first 48 team World Cup yesterday. They are trying to become the second African nation to hose the premier soccer event in the world and their fifth attempt at hosting overall. Yesterday was the deadline for nations to express their desires to host, and nobody else stepped forward, meaning it will be Morocco vs. the Americas for 2026 hosting rights.

Today's Matches
Premier League
Watford v. Liverpool- 7:30am- NBCSN
Chelsea v. Burnley- 10am- NBCSN
Crystal Palace v. Huddersfield Town- 10am
Everton v. Stoke City- 10am
Southampton v. Swansea City- 10am
West Bromwich Albion v. AFC Bournemouth- 10am
Brighton & Hove Albion v. Manchester City- 12:30pm- NBCSN

DFB Pokal- First Round
FC Rielasingen-Arlen v. Borussia Dortmund- 9:30am
Chemnitzer GC v. Bayern Munich- 9:30am- ESPN3
Eichede v. Kaiserslautern- 9:30am
Germania Halberstadt v. SC Freiburg- 9:30am
Leher TS v. FC Koln- 9:30am
Luneburger SK Hansa v. Mainz- 9:30am
SpVgg Unterhaching v. Heidenheimer SB- 9:30am
TuS Erndtebruck v. Eintracht Frankfurt- 9:30am
Arminia Bielefeld v. Fortuna Dusseldorf- 12:30pm
FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt v. TSG Hoffenheim- 12:30pm
SSV Jahn Regensburg v. SV Darmstadt 98- 12:30pm
Wurzburger Kickers v. Werder Bremen- 2:45pm

Coppa Italia- Third Round
Bologna v. Cittadella- 2pm
BEnevento v. Perugia- 2:30pm
Brescia v. US Pescara- 2:30pm
Carpi v.Salernitana- 2:30pm
Pordenone Calcio v. Lecce- 2:30pm
SPAL v. Renate- 2:30pm
Chievo Verona v. Ascoli- 2:45pm
Crotone v. Piacenza- 2:45pm
Sampdoria v. Foggia- 2:45pm
Sassuolo v. Spezia- 2:45pm
Udinese v. Frosinone- 2:45pm
Bari v. Cremonese- 3pm
Cagliari v. Palermo- 3:15pm

Ligue 1
Nantes v. Olympique Marseille- 11am- beIN
Bordeaux v. Metz- 2pm- beIN
Caen v. St. Etienne- 2pm
SC Amiens v. Angers- 2pm
Toulouse v. Montpellier- 2pm

MLS
Seattle Sounders v. Sporting Kansas City- 4pm
Toronto FC v. Portland Timbers- 6pm
D.C. United v. Real Salt Lake- 7pm
Columbus Crew v. Chicago Fire- 7:30pm
New York Red Bulls v. Orlando City SC- 7:30pm
FC Dallas v. Colorado Rapids- 8pm
New England Revolution v. Vancouver Whitecaps- 8pm
Philadelphia Union v. Montreal Impact- 8pm
Houston Dynamo v. San Jose Earthquakes- 9pm
LA Galaxy v. New York City FC- 11pm- ESPN

Liga MX
Cruz Azul v. Toluca- 6pm- Univision Deportes
Queretaro v. Morelia 6pm- ESPN Deportes
Monterrey v. Guadalajara- 8pm- Univision Deportes
Pachuca v. UANL- 8:06pm- ESPN Deportes
Necaxa v. Leon- 10pm- ESPN Deportes

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

USL
Charleston Battery v. New York Red Bulls II- 7pm- YouTube
Harrisburg City Islanders v. Pittsburgh Riverhounds- 7pm- YouTube
Ottawa Fury v. Charlotte Independence- 7pm- YouTube
Richmond Kickers v. Orlando City B- 7pm- YouTube
Louisville City v. FC Cincinnati- 7:30pm- YouTube
Rio Grande Valley v. Phoenix Rising- 8:30pm- YouTube
Swope Park Rangers v. Orange County SC- 8:30pm- YouTube
Tulsa Roughnecks v. Oklahoma City Energy- 8:30pm- YouTube
Real Monarchs SLC v. Colorado Springs Switchbacks- 9pm- YouTube
Reno 1868 v. San Antonio FC- 10:30pm- YouTube