We are back to big time European league action after the domestic cups occupied our week. But, more importantly, there is no shortage of Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola rumors floating around. Finally, it was a busy day in MLS transactions, including a lot of movement north of the border.
Schalke 04 1-0 TSG Hoffenheim
Here are two clubs at opposite ends of the spectrum. Schalke possibly enters the winter break with a Champions League spot depending on what happens in the rest of the weekend. Hoffenheim, on the other end, could be in last place if Stuttgart wins later today.
Nice 1-0 Montpelier
Nice gets three points to put a little bit of pressure on the current holders of France's European places. With the rest of the weekend left, they are a point back of Caen for the fourth place trip to the Europa League and only two back of Monaco and Angers for second a third, which heads to the Champions League.
Jose Mourinho, who was just fired yesterday, wasted no time in speculating about his next job. He is not planning on any time off after the Chelsea debacle and supposedly wants to take over the Manchester United job, assuming Louis van Gaal gets booted out at the end of the season. Somebody, please, please make this happen. Manchester United have had their fair share of managerial issues since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, but I would love for their next one to be in the form of Jose Mourinho. The Premier League is a better place, or at least a more interesting one, with Jose in it, that's for sure.
As for Chelsea's immediate future, Guus Hiddink has been confirmed as the club's manager for the rest of the season.
Pep Guardiola supposedly knows his future, but isn't revealing it yet. Many reports have him leaving Germany in the spring, but that hasn't been confirmed at all. Several high profile English clubs (*cough* Chelsea and Man U.) could very well be looking for a new manager and Guardiola could be a prime target for them. Carlo Ancelotti could end up replacing him at Bayern Munich.
Toronto FC had a busy day. First, they sent their second round 2016 draft pick to Vancouver in exchange for Iranian international defender Steven Beitashour. Then, they acquired Canadian international Will Johnson from the Timbers in exchange for a conditional 2017 draft pick and targeted allocation money.
The Columbus Crew have also signed former Orlando City full back Corey Ashe to a free agent deal. Ashe had spent more than eight seasons with Houston Dynamo before being dealt to Orlando this past summer.
New York Red Bulls homegrown defender Matt Miazga is apparently attracting interest from across the pond. Goal.com is reporting that Leicester city and Chelsea are apparently taking a look at the young American international. He has a Polish passport, so he would not be subject to the somewhat complicated work permit rules that have kept some Americans out of England before.
Nobody needs a soccer specific stadium more than DC United, and their managing partner Jason Levien spilled some of the details about the facility they plan to open in 2018. They hope build a 18,000-23,000 seat stadium in the Buzzard Point area of Washington DC, close to the US Capitol Building and are hoping to settle on a design in the next two months.