Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Hooligan's Wake Up: Blatter says he's done, Gonzalez to Mexico

No matches to speak of from yesterday, so let's jump straight to the news.

Sepp Blatter, at age 79, will probably not be able to make a comeback after his eight year ban is finished. He may be coming to grips with that reality, saying his work in football is finished. He also says he has lost faith in FIFA after being brought down by the very committee he created to root out (or give the appearance of rooting out) people just like him.

LA Galaxy have made a pretty high profile move. They have sent US National Team defender Omar Gonzalez to Liga MX's Pachoua for an undisclosed fee. Gonzalez had been with the Galaxy since he was drafted in 2009 and was given a designated player contract in 2013. He was bought out of the designated player role so LA could sign Giovani dos Santos.

Jose Mourinho has been linked with Manchester United since he was sacked at Chelsea. Although rumors were spreading that he had a deal in place with the Red Devils, it turns out they are not true. That doesn't mean he won't end up there. He seems to want the job, and United seem to want him as well. So it is probably just a matter of time.

It's becoming difficult to tell who the real front runner is in the chase for Pep Guardiola's services. Popular opinion had been that Manchester City would land the managerial giant, but Chelsea are also trying to convince him to come to London.

Spain's manager Vicente del Bosque will be retiring after Euro 2016. The now legendary boss led Spain the 2012 European title and the 2010 World Cup. Overall, he ushered in a golden age of Spanish football and will be remembered for making the Spanish national team one of the most feared in the world.

Liverpool's Martin Skrtel will miss the next six weeks with a hamstring injury suffered on Sunday against Watford. That is better than the original estimate of three months. This weakens an already struggling Liverpool team that has dropped to ninth place in the Premier League.

MLS has unveiled its opening slate of matches for the 2016 season. All 20 clubs will open the season on Sunday, March 6. The season kicks off with the Red Bulls hosting Toronto FC.We get an MLS Cup rematch right off the bat as Columbus visits Portland, and a battle of Canadian playoff sides with Vancouver and Montreal. Here's the full slate:

1:30 pm ET – NY Red Bulls vs. Toronto FC  – TSN
2 pm ET – Orlando vs. Real Salt Lake
2 pm ET – Chicago vs. NYCFC
3 pm ET – FC Dallas vs. Philadelphia
3 pm ET – Houston vs. New England
3 pm ET – San Jose vs. Colorado
4:30 pm ET – Portland vs. Columbus – ESPN / ESPN Deportes
5:30 pm ET – Vancouver vs. Montreal – TSN and RDS
7 pm ET – Seattle vs. Sporting KC – FS1 / FOX Deportes

10 pm ET – LA Galaxy vs. D.C. United - UniMas

The league also released each side's home opener. The rest of the schedule will come out on January 7.

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