Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Hooligan's Wake Up: Chelsea lose again, US Player of the Year nominees announced

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League
Leicester City 2-1 Chelsea
(Vardy 34', Mahrez 48')-(Remy 77')

Serie A
Lazio 1-1 Sampdoria
(Matri 78')-(Zukanovic 90+3')

Headlines
Justin Mapp had become the first MLS player to sign a true free agent contract. The former Montreal Impact winger signed a deal with Sporting Kansas City yesterday. Mapp fits in well with Sporting's 4-3-3 formation ave spooks enjoy a successful stay in Kansas City. There are 25 other free agents in MLS still looking for work.

US Soccer released its five nominees for US player of the year. Those under consideration for the award are Toronto FC midfielder Michael Bradley, Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Fabian Johnson, Seattle Sounders forward Clint Dempsey, Aston Villa keeper Brad Guzan, and Sutherland defender Deandre Yedlin. For what it's worth, I feel Fabian Johnson deserves the award more than Dempsey or Bradley, who's play had noticeably dropped off since returning to MLS. Guzan and Yedlin are both strong choices, but I'm not sure either have a better resume team Johnson, who has a couple Champions League goals.

Over in Spain, Espanyol have canned their manager Sergio Gonzalez. Espanyol are in 12th in La Liga right now, but have only one victory in their last seven matches. They have not named a permanent replacement, but have hired Constantin Galca to coach the squad until the end of the season. 

The Champions League draw was yesterday morning, here is my reaction to some of the thrilling fixtures that await us, including Arsenal vs. Barcelona.

The lesser European competition also had its round of 32 draw yesterday. Manchester United, who crashed out of the Champions League early, are matched with Danish side Midtjylland. Tottenham will take on Fiorentina while Liverpool fave Augsburg. The first legs will be held on February 15, 16, and 17, with the second legs being on February 25. Here is the full draw:

Valencia v Rapid Vienna
Fiorentina v Tottenham

Borussia Dortmund v Porto
Fenerbahce v Lokomotiv Moscow
Anderlecht v Olympiakos
Midtjylland v Manchester United

Augsburg v Liverpool
Sparta Prague v Krasnodar
Galatasaray v Lazio
Sion v Braga
Shakhtar Donetsk v Schalke 04
Marseille v Athletic Bilbao
Sevilla v Molde
Sporting Lisbon v Bayer Leverkusen
Villarreal v Napoli
Saint-Etienne v Basel

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