Thursday, January 7, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: Drogba leaving Montreal, Klinsmann names January camp roster

The Didier Drogba-Montreal Impact-Chelsea love triangle may be coming to a conclusion soon, although Drogba himself denies it. Jurgen Klinsmann has also released the roster for the upcoming USMNT January Camp. There's plenty of youth to be served there. There's plenty more news to catch up on too, all on top of a full slate of Italian matches and some Spanish cup ties.

Yesterday's Scores
Capital One Cup
Everton 1-0 Manchester City
(Funes 45+1')

Copa del Rey- Round of 16 first leg
Athletic Bilbao 3-2 Villarreal
(Williams 54', Aduriz 68', Laporte 81')-(Baptisto 16', Samu 38')

Mirand├ęs 1-1 Deportivo la Coruna
(Ortiz 25')-(Lopo 75')

Valencia 4-0 Granada
(Negredo 8', PK 63', PK 83', Rodrigo 35')

Real Betis 0-2 Sevilla
(Krohn-Delhi 13', Krychowiak 49')

Barcelona 4-1 Espanyol
(Messi 13', 44', Pique 49', Neymar 88')-(Caicedo 9')

Rayo Vallecano 1-1 Atletico Madrid
(Martinez 35')-(Niguez 67')

The first leg of the Round of 16 sees Valencia and Barcelona cruise to early advantages. Villarreal scores a pair of big away goals to aid their cause against Bilbao as well.

Serie A
AC Milan 0-1 Bologna
(Giaccherini 82')

Chievo Verona 3-3 AS Roma
(Paloschi 44', Dainelli 58', Pepe 85')-(Umar 7', Florenzi 37', Falque 71')

Juventus 3-0 Hellas Verona
(Dybala 8', Bonucci 45', Zaza 82')

Lazio 0-0 Carpi

Palermo 1-3 Fiorentina
(Gilardino 77')-(Ilicic 13', 42', Blaszczykowski 90+3')

Sassuolo 2-2. Frosinone
(Ajeti OG 22', Falcinelli 74')-(Dionisi 16', Ajeti 45')

Udinese 2-1 Atalanta
(Thereau 22', Perica 45+2')-(D'Alessandro 75')

Empoli 0-1 Inter Milan
(Icardi 45+1')

Napoli 2-1 Torino
(Insigne 16', Hamsik 41')-(Quagliarella PK 33')

Juventus have now won eight in a row to truly recover from their rough start in Serie A. They are now a firm part of the very, very tight Italian title race. They are still not in a Champions League spot though, thanks to Napoli holding serve against Juve's intracity rivals Torino. Inter holds onto the top position thanks to their road victory, but only holds a three point advantage over fourth place Juve.

If reports from French newspaper L'Equipe are to be believed, Didier Drogba is retiring from playing soccer and moving on to coaching. His long rumored departure from Montreal Impact appears to finally be coming true. He is taking a coaching job with Guus Hiddink's Chelsea squad for at least the remainder of the season. Drogba, for what it's worth, is denying the report and says he hasn't determined his future yet.

Jurgen Klinsmann has announced the roster for the USMNT's upcoming January camp. As expected, the list of names is littered with MLS players and youth. Clint Dempsey, Chris Wondolowski, and Kyle Beckerman will not be present, but first timers Ethan Finlay, Tony Tchani, and Luis Robles will be. Technically, there are only two non-MLS names, Jermaine Jones, who is out of contract at New England, and Jerome Kiesewetter at Stuttgart. Jordan Morris, while not officially signed with the Sounders, might as well be an MLS player. Here's the full roster:

Goalkeepers: Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Luis Robles (New York Red Bulls)

Defenders: Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Matt Miazga (New York Red Bulls), Eric Miller (Montreal Impact), Tim Parker (Vancouver Whitecaps), Marc Pelosi (San Jose Earthquakes), Matt Polster (Chicago Fire)

Midfielders: Fatai Alashe (San Jose Earthquakes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Mix Diskerud (NYC FC), Jermaine Jones (Out of contract), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution), Tony Tchani (Crew SC), Wil Trapp (Crew SC)

Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Jerome Kiesewetter (Stuttgart), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders... almost), Khiry Shelton (NYC), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy), Ethan Finlay (Columbus Crew SC)

Manchester United had loaned Belgian youngster Adnan Januzaj out to Borussia Dortmund with the hopes of getting him some extra playing time. The kid has only seen the field 12 times so far, and thus has had his season long loan terminated early.

Former FIFA vice president and interim CONCACAF President Alfredo Hawit has agreed to extradition to the United States. HAwit was tied to millions of dollars in bribes from marketing firms related to television rights for Latin American tournaments. He is already serving a 90 day FIFA suspension.

Pep Guardiola is coming to the Premier League, but Manchester United will not be his destination. A report in the Manchester Evening News says that the Red Devils will not pursue his services. They understand that crosstown rivals Manchester City are the heavy favorites to land Guardiola. Also, they could just stick with Louis van Gaal for another year and, if they don't, Jose Mourinho is clearly interested in the job.

Mourinho has been vocal about his desire to manage at Manchester United, but he was also approached by Real Madrid before they brought on Zinedine Zidane to manage the side after the sacking of Rafa Benitez. Mourinho did not want to take over Real Madrid in the middle of the season, but will reevaluate the situation over the summer if things don't work out with the former French superstar.

San Jose Earthquakes have brought in a new designated player. Jamaican international midfielder Simon Francis has joined the club from Derby County. Francis had spend a couple seasons with the Quakes on loan in 2011-12 and rejoins this season as a full part of the squad.

Today's Matches
Copa del Rey- Round of 16 first leg
Cadiz v. Celta Vigo- 2:30pm
Eibar v. Las Palmas- 2:30pm

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