Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Hooligan's Daily: Kljestan moves to Orlando

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League
Southampton 0-2 Crystal Palace
(McArthur 69', Milivojevic 80')

Swansea City 0-2 Tottenham
(Llorente 12', Alli 89')

West Ham United 2-1 West Bromwich Albion
(Carroll 59', 90+4')-(McClean 30')

Manchester City 3-1 Watford
(Sterling 1', Kabasele OG 13', Aguero 63')-(Gray 82')

European League Tables

Coppa Italia- Quarterfinals
Napoli 1-2 Atalanta
(Mertens 84')-(Castagne 50', Gomez 81')

Sacha Kljestan is on his way to Orlando City, as the New York Red Bulls sent the midfielder down south in exchange for forward Carlos Rivas and defender Tommy Redding. Going with Kljestan is $150,000 of TAM. He signed a new two year deal with the club and figures to fill the void left by the retired Kaka in the attacking midfield.

There were a handful of other MLS moves yesterday as well:

Today's Matches
Premier League
Arsenal v. Chelsea- 2:45pm- NBCSN

Copa del Rey- Round of 16 First Leg
Formentera v. Alaves- 1pm- beIN
Lleda v. Atletico Madrid- 1pm
Cadiz v. Sevilla- 3pm- beIN
Las Palmas v. Valencia- 3pm- beIN

Coppa Italia- Quarterfinals
Juventus v. Torino- 2:45pm

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Hooligan's Daily: City lose Jesus to knee injury

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League
Brighton & Hove Albion 2-2 AFC Bournemouth
(Knockaert 5', 48')-(Cook 33', Wilson 79')

Burnley 1-2 Liverpool
(Gudmundsson 87')-(Mane 61', Klavan 90+4')

Leicester City 3-0 Huddersfield Town
(Mahrez 53'. Slimani 60', Albrighton 90+2')

Stoke City 0-1 Newcastle United
(Perez 73')

Everton 0-2 Manchester United
(Martial 57', Lingard 81')

European League Tables

Manchester City not only lost their win streak on New Year's Eve, they also lost Gabriel Jesus to an MCL injury. The club confirmed the knock yesterday, but wouldn't give a timetable for his return, saying further examination will be required. They are hoping for a one to two month absence, though. The one piece of good news they have, though, is that the injury will not require surgery to repair, which should shorten his recovery time.

Today's Matches
Premier League
Southampton v. Crystal Palace- 2:45pm
Swansea City v. Tottenham- 2:45pm- NBCSN
West Ham United v. West Bromwich Albion- 2:45pm
Manchester City v. Watford- 3pm

Coppa Italia- Quarterfinals
Napoli v. Atalanta- 2:45pm

Monday, January 1, 2018

Hooligan's Daily: Manchester City's win streak doesn't survive 2017

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League
Crystal Palace 0-0 Manchester City

Manchester City's historic winning streak comes to an end at 18 games on the final day of 2017. Palace had a golden chance to end their unbeaten season, too. Not only did Aaron Townsend send a shot skyward with an open net late ten yards away late in the second half, but Luka Milivojevic had a penalty saved in the first minute of stoppage time. So, Palace definitely deserved at least a point, but they perhaps deserve all three of them in a very well played exciting 0-0 draw.

West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Arsenal
(Rodriguez PK 89')-(McLean OG 83')

Ashley Young will sit for three games thanks to throwing an elbow at Dusan Tadic on Saturday. He accepted the initial charge, but failed to get the length of the suspension reduced. fullback will miss  today's Wayne Rooney Derby with Everton, this weekend's FA Cup clash with Derby County, and the following weekend's match against Stoke City.

Speaking of Everton, they learned their new stadium will be far more expensive than originally planned. Last spring, they acquired land on the Liverpool waterfront with the plan to build a £300 million facility. The club wouldn't give a specific number for the cost of the new park, just that costs "escalated significantly." Regardless, they still plan to move into this unbuilt structure for the 2022-23 season.

Today's Matches
Premier League
Brighton & Hove Albion v. AFC Bournemouth- 7:30am- NBCSN
Burnley v. Liverpool- 10am- NBCSN
Leicester City v. Huddersfield Town- 10am
Stoke City v. Newcastle United- 10am
Everton v. Manchester United- 12:30pm- NBCSN

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Benzema out with hamstring injury

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League
AFC Bournemouth 2-1 Everton
(Fraser 33', 88')-(Gueye 57')

Chelsea 5-0 Stoke City
(Rudiger 3', Drinkwater 9', Pedro 23', Willian PK 74', Zappacosta 88')

Huddersfield Town 0-0 Burnley

Liverpool 2-1  Leicester City
(Salah 52', 76')-(Vardy 3')

Newcastle United 0-0 Brighton & Hove Albion

Watford 1-2 Swansea City
(Carrillo 11')-(Ayew 86', Narsingh 90')

Manchester United 0-0 Southampton

Serie A
Fiorentina 1-1 AC Milan
(Simeone 71')-(Calhanoglu 74')

AS Roma 1-1 Sassuolo
(Pellegrini 31')-(Missiroli 78')

Atalanta 1-2 Cagliari
(Gomez 90+2')-(Pavoletti 6', Padoin 23')

Benevento 1-0 Chievo Verona
(Coda 64')

Bologna 1-2 Udinese
(Danilo OG 27')-(Widmer 37', Lasagna 48')

Sampdoria 2-0 SPAL
(Quagliarella PK 90+2', 90+4')

Torino 0-0 Genoa

Inter Milan 0-0 Lazio

Hellas Verona 1-3 Juventus
(Caceres 59')-(Dybala 72', 77')

European League Tables

As if Real Madrid needed more problems, they learned they will be without striker Karim Benzema for un unknown timeframe thanks to a hamstring injury. He will continue to be assessed throughout his recovery, but the club wouldn't say how long he will be out. Media estimates have him missing two or three weeks, though. Real Madrid are in fourth place in La Liga, 14 points behind Barcelona, who just thrashed them 3-0 at the Bernabeu before Christmas.

Today's Matches
Premier League
Crystal Palace v. Manchester City- 7am- NBCSN
West Bromwich Albion v. Arsenal- 11;30am- NBCSN

Friday, December 29, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Hazard rejects Chelsea extension

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League
Crystal Palace 2-3 Arsenal
(Townsend 49', Tomkins 89')-(Mustafi 25', Sanchez 62', 66')

European League Tables

Chelsea forward Eden Hazard has rejected a new contract with the club as rumors swirl that he's looking to leave for Real Madrid. He's wanted to make that move for quite some time now and would love to play under Zinedine Zidane.

Today's Match
Serie A
Crotone v. Napoli- 2L45pm- beIN

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Van Dijk finally heads to Liverpool

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League
Newcastle United 0-1 Manchester City
(Sterling 31')

European League Tables

Coppa Italia- Round of 16
AC Milan 1-0 Inter Milan
(Cutrone 104')

After fawning over each other all summer long, Liverpool and Virgil Van Dijk are finally getting together. They announced a club record fee of £75 million is being sent to Southampton in exchange for the defender, the most ever paid for a back line player. He will officially join the club in the new year when the transfer window opens.

Head of the Russia 2018 organizing committee Vitaly Mutko stepped down from his post shortly after taking a temporary leave of absence from his post as head of the Russian Football Union. He was heavily linked with the state sponsored doping program that resulted in the country being banned from the Olympics. He himself has been banned as well. Alexei Sorokin will take his place as the final preparations for this summer's World Cup roll on.

Swansea City have their latest manager. They hired Carlos Carvalhal to replace the recently fired Paul Clement. Carvalhal comes over from Sheffield Wednesday, who canned him on Christmas Eve with the team in 15th place in the Championship. Before coming to England's second tier in 2015, he had stops at Besiktas, Sporting Lisbon, and Maritimo and was an assistant at Bayern Munich. He's their fifth manager in the last two years.

Orlando City SC acquired midfielder Jose Villarreal from LA Galaxy fir a third round pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft. They also signed Libyan fullback Mohamed El-Munir from Partizan Belgrade in Serbia. Villarreal has been a part time player with the Galaxy since 2012. He has five goals and nine assists in 68 appearances in his career. El-Munir has seven appearances for the defending Serbian champions this year and was once part of Dinamo Minsk when they won the Belarusian Premier League in 2015.

Today's Matches
Premier League
Crystal Palace v. Arsenal- 3pm- NBCSN

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Kane breaks single year goal scoring record

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League
Tottenham 5-2 Southampton
(Kane 22', 39', 67', Alli 49', Son 51')-(Boufal 64', Tadic 82')

Harry Kane broke Alan Shearer's Premier League record for most goals in a calendar year thanks to this hat trick. He will finish 2017 with 39 goals in league play, three more than Shearer's total in 1995. He also has 56 goals for club and country than anyone in Europe. His 56 goals in all competitions are more than Lionel Messi (54), and Cristiano Ronaldo, Robert Lewandowski, and Edinson Cavani (53 each)

AFC Bournemouth 3-3 West Ham United
(Gosling 29', Ake 57', Wilson 90+3')-(Collins 7', Arnautovic 81', 89')

Chelsea 2-0 Brighton & Hove Albion
Morata 46', Alonso 60')

Huddersfield Town 1-1 Stoke City
(Ince 10')-(Sobhi 60')

Manchester United 2-2 Burnley
(Lingard 53', 90+1')-(Barnes 3', Defour 36')

Watford 2-1 Leicester City
(Wague 45', Schmeichel OG 65')-(Mahrez 37')

West Bromwich Albion 0-0 Everton

Liverpool 5-0 Swansea City
(Coutinho 6', Firmino 52', 66', Alexander-Arnold 65', Oxlade-Chamberlain 82')

European League Tables

Coppa Italia- Round of 16
Lazio 1-0 Fiorentina
(Lulic 5')

Kekuta Manneh is leaving MLS. The former Vancouver Whitecaps and Columbus Crew forward is heading to Mexico as he signed a deal with Pachuca yesterday. He had 120 appearances in MLS, scoring 16 goals overall.

Today's Matches
Premier League
Newcastle United v. Manchester City- 2:45pm- NBCSN

Coppa Italia- Round of 16
AC Milan v. Inter Milan- 2:45pm