Friday, January 8, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: MLS schedule released

After teasing us with home openers a few weeks ago, MLS finally released their full schedule to us.

Yesterday's Scores
Copa del Rey- Round of 16 first leg
Eibar 2-3 Las Palmas
(Hajrovic 10', Berjon 20')-(Artiles 16', Wakaso 60', Momo 90')

Cadiz 0-3 Celta Vigo
(Guidetti 25', 79', Jonny 58')

Cadiz would need to hope that Celta Vigo throw an ineligible player out there for the second leg in order to advance, but I don't think their will be any Real Madrid level stupidity to save them from giving up a trio of away goals. Las Palmas also got three on the road, but gave up two early ones in the process of beating Eibar. They should still be able to move in after the second leg.

MLS has released their full schedule. This season the decision day format that got strong reviews last year will feature all 20 teams playing at the same time on October 23. LAst year the East and West each played in different time slots. The season will begin on March 6 with every team playing on the same day as well. The league was also able to expand their national television exposure. The league will make it's first appearance on broadcast television since the 2008 MLS Cup when FOX airs the first New York derby of the year on May 21. ESPN will carry 29 matches with ESPN2 carrying five more.

Los Angeles FC has unveiled their new badge and colors along with their new celebrity owner. Will Farrell joins the ownership group of the Chivas USA replacements, who will wear black and gold when they begin play in 2018. The crest isn't bad, although there were plenty of jokes flying around Twitter about it being some sort of hybrid between Atlanta and Minnesota United's logos. Black and gold are stylish colors though, so overall I won't complain.

Amid his ongoing investigation into corruption, Michel Platini has withdrawn from the race for FIFA's preidency. Not that his ban would have been overturned at all, let alone in time, so that he could run. He seems pretty bitter about it. He claims he hasn't been able to "play the game" as the other candidates have and that hasn't been fighting on equal terms. Well, maybe you shouldn't have been involved in so many bribes as UEFA president.

Today's Matches
FA Cup- Sixth Round
Exeter City v. Liverpool- 2:55pm- FS1

Ligue 1
Paris St. Germain v. Bastia- 2:30pm

Liga MX
Queretaro v. Atlas- 8:30pm- Univision Deportes
Tijuana v. Pachuca- 10:30pm

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