Thursday, January 28, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: Matt Miazga is headed to Chelsea

Yesterday's Scores
Capital One Cup- Semifinal Second Leg
Manchester City 3-1 Everton (4-3 on aggregate)
(Fernandinho 24', De Bruyne 70', Aguero 76')-(Barkley 18')

Copa del Rey- Quarterfinals Second Leg
Atletico Madrid 2-3 Celta Vigo (2-3 on aggregate)
(Griezmann 29', Correa 81')-(Hernandez 22', 64', Guidetti 56')

Barcelona 3-1 Athletic Bilbao (5-2 on aggregate)
(Suarez 53', Pique 81', Neymar 90+1')-(Williams 12')

Coppa Italia- Quarterfinals
Juventus 3-0 Inter Milan
(Morata PK 36', 63', Dybala 83')

Recent USMNT debutante and New York Red Bulls stand out defender Matt Miazga is leaving MLS. The Red Bulls have agreed to sell the player to Chelsea for somewhere around $5 million. The move is made easier than most Americans heading to England, as Miazga has a Polish passport,, meaning he doesn't have to obtain a UK work permit in order to complete the deal. He has left the USMNT's January camp in order to join his new club. It's likely Miazga won't see time with the first team any time soon. He figures to be sent out on loan to a lower Premier League side or a Championship club in order to gain some playing time. He join DeAndre Yedlin, Brad Guzan, Tim Howard, and Geoff Cameron (among others) as Americans in the Premier League.

Jurgen Klinsmann has taken heat for advising his top national team players to keep playing overseas, and now Mexican boss Juan Carlos Osorio is doing the same for El Tri. He criticised the likes of Giovani dos Santos for taking an easy paycheck and low pressure competition in America's top tier league. He says the league is better suited for players at the end of their careers, when they don't have a lot to offer European clubs. I can't exactly argue with him. I have long been in favor of Americans going overseas, which is why Matt Miazga to Chelsea is so intriguing.

LA Galaxy have now officially gotten older and more European. The Ashley Cole deal has been made official by the club. The English defender is 35 years old and recently had his contract with Roma terminated. Cple is a strong replacement for the departed Omar Gonzalez, even if it goes against everything Bruce Arena spoke about last week.

The bottom feeders of the Premier League have been the most active in this January transfer window. That includes Sunderland, who have signed Lamini Kone from Lorient. He is the third player signed by the Black Cats this month. The Ivory Coast defender will serve as depth in competition for the Sunderland back line, which has conceded 46 times, more than any other club.

Today's Matches
Copa del Rey- Quarterfinals
Mirandes v. Sevilla- 2pm
Las Palmas v. Valencia- 3pm

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