Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: No Howard bid by Rapids, Buffon to retire after 2018 World Cup

There was only a single match on Monday, so the news had to so something to keep up. The Premier League was busy with transfers, suspensions, and injuries. An Italian great is calling it quite, in two and a half years. We also have an update on Colorado's alleged pursuit of Tim Howard.
Yesterday's Match
La Liga
Levante 3-2 Las Palmas
(Morales 25', 63', Deyverson 47')-(Jose 49', 66')

Colorado Rapids are supposedly making a run at Tim Howard to be their next goalkeeper, but they have not yet made a formal bid for the USMNT star. The clubs were supposedly trying to work out a summer transfer deal that would see Howard finish the year at Everton before heading to the Rocky Mountains to join MLS for the first time since 2003.

Juventus and Italy goalkeeper has announced he will retire after the 2018 World Cup. He has played for Juve since 2001 and made over 500 appearances for the storied Italian club. He has also been capped by Italy more than 150 times and was their backstop for their 2006 World Cup title.

CONCACAF was hit especially hard by the arrests of FIFA officials over the past several months. The federation has put forth a series of recommended changes aimed at cleaning itself up going forward. They have suggested the elimination of the current seven member executive committee and replacing it with a 15 man council with a 12-year term limit per member, the implementation of "ethics checks" for potential council members, and the right to audit its member organizations.

Andros Townsend, who has made all of three appearances as a substitute for Spurs, looks to be on his way out of North London. Newcastle will be adding him as their latest in a long line of JAnuary transfers. The two sides have agreed to an undisclosed fee for his transfer.

On the more exotic end of the transfer window, Chelsea are close to selling Ramires to Chinese outfit Jiangsu Suning for the reported sum of £25 million. Ramires signed a four year deal at Stamford Bridge back in October, but has seen limited playing time thanks to the success of Loic Remy up front. If the move goes through, Ramires could go from winning the Premier League title, probably the most distinguished of domestic league honors, to kicking it around for a mid-table Chinese club. Yikes.

Crystal Palace striker Connor Wickham was spotted on television throwing an elbow to Spurs' Jan Vertonghen on a corner over the weekend. The refs didn't see it, but the FA sure has. He is staring down a three game suspension for the incident, pending an appeal.

Stoke City are also seeing a drop in their numbers. Defender Ryan Shawcross left their clash with Leicester City on Saturday with a back injury. It appears he will miss 3-4 weeks with said injury, He has been key to the Potters successes this season, as they have only lost five times with him in the team.

Atlanta United are a year away from their MLS debut, but they have signed their first player anyway. Greek-American Goalkeeper Alexander Tambakis will join Charleston Battery, the club's USL affiliate, for 2016 ahead of his move to Atlanta next year. The 23-year-old keeper comes to the USA from Panathinaikos in Greece, where he had been since 2011.

Today's Matches
Capital One Cup- Semifinals Leg Two
Liverpool v. Stoke City- 2:45pm

Coppa Italia- Quarterfinals
Alessandria v. AC Milan- 3pm

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