Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Hooligan's Wake Up: Cup matches, USA friendlies, and Sepp Blatter on the defensive

A bunch of cup ties kept us occupied on Tuesday. Also, another MLS trade and plenty of FIFA scandal updates. Here's all you need to know about yesterday in the world of soccer:

Yesterday's Scores
Spanish Copa Del Rey
Sporting Gijon 3-3 Real Betis (3-5 on aggregate)
(Espinoza 14', Halilovic 47', PK 72')-(von Wolfswinkel 18' 83', Cejudy 88')

Deportivo La Coruna 1-1 Llagostera (3-2 on aggregate)
(Dominguez 69')-(Lopez PK 79')

Espanyol 2-1 Levante (3-2 on aggregate)
(Burgui 15', Caicedo 52')-(Verza 8')

Sevilla 2-0 Logrones CF (5-0 on aggregate)
(Immobile 15', Reyes 40')

There was supposed to be a fifth match yesterday, but Real Madrid was forced to forfeit their match with Cadiz thanks to using a banned player in the first leg. As a result, Cadiz joins Real Betis, La Coruna, Espanyol, and Sevilla in the round of 16 with more matches coming over the next two days.

German DfB Pokal
Borussia Monchengladbach 3-4 Werder Bremen
(Stindl 32', Hrgota 73', 90')-(Sternberg 51', Vestergaard 58', Pizarro 75', Ujah 78')

SpVgg Unterhaching 1-3 Bayer Leverkusen
(Bauer 27')-(Chicharito 31', Kiebling 55', Bellarabi 83')

Bayern Munich 1-0 SV Darmstadt 98
(Xabi Alonso 40')

FC Erzgebirge Aue 0-2 Heidenheimer SB
(Feik 48', Schnatterer 54')

Bremen, Leverkusen (thanks in part to yet another goal from Chicharito), Bayern Munich, and Heidenheimer all advance to the DfB Pokal quarterfinals.

Coppa Italia
Genoa 1-2 Alessandria
(Pavoletti 90')-(Marras 46', Bocalon 114')

Inter Milan 3-0 Cagliari
(Palacio 24', Brozovic 71', Perisic 81')

Alessandria and Inter advance to the quarterfinals of Italy's top cup competition.

Headlines
The US Men's National team has confirmed a couple of its early 2016 friendlies. They will take on Iceland January 31 and Canada on February 5, both at Stub Hub Center in Carson, California. The squads for both game are expected to be heavy on MLS players, since they take place outside of the normal international window.

LA Galaxy have acquired former FC Dallas and Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy in exchange for a couple of 2017 draft picks. Kennedy had spent seven seasons with the now dead Chivas USA before joining Dallas this past season. He was relegated to the bench thanks to the emergence of Jesse Gonzalez, and is thus expendable.

The Colorado Rapids have sent allocation money to Seattle in exchange for Marco Pappa. The 28 year old midfielder joined Seattle before the 2014 season and scored nine times in rave green.

Former Costa Rican Football Federation President Eduardo Li, who was arrested as part of the first batch of FIFA arrests back in May, has agreed to be extradited to the United States. He has spent the last six months in jail during an appeal process to prevent his extradition. Two other officials have plead not guilty in the corruption charges against them. Those two would be former Honduras president Rafeal Callejas and former FIFA vice president Juan Angel Napout, who was arrested just a couple weeks ago.

Think you've got what it takes to coach a high end national team in Africa? Well, Cameroon are looking for a replacement for the departed Volker Finke, and they have taken to Twitter to find the right man or the job.

In the Premier League's ongoing soap opera, Jose Mourinho's job status at Chelsea remains unchanged. With every loss comes a fresh round of talk about when Mourinho will get the axe, but it seems as if Chelsea are atill reluctant to part with the controversial manager.

Sepp Blatter stands to go in front of FIFA's ethics committee Thursday regarding his bribery charges to UEFA president Michel Platini. He is "bewildered" about the charges and has written a letter to all 209 FIFA member states pleading his innocence. Yeah, good luck with that buddy!

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