Friday, January 15, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: Real and Atletico Madrid hit with transfer bans

Copa del Rey- Round of 16 Second Leg
Granada 0-3 Valencia (0-7 on aggregate)
(Zahibo 42', Alcacer 63', Platti PK 84')

Atletico Madrid 3-0 Rayo Vallecano (4-1 on aggregate)
(Correa 40', Griezmann 80', 90+1')

Atletico and Valencia round out the Copa del Rey quarterfinalists with their emphatic victories. They join Barcelona, Sevilla, Celta Vigo, Athletic Bilbao, Las Palmas, and second division Mirandes in the next round.

Headlines
Real Madrid and their crosstown rival Atletico Madrid have been hit with bans on signing new players for the next two transfer windows, beginning over the summer. Both clubs were found to have committed numerous violations in signing underage players. The details on which rules they violated are filled with bureaucratic red team and are written in legalese, but they have to do with the registration of minors and the lack of international transfer certificates for those players. Either way, you'd think both clubs would know better than to commit the same fraud that LA Liga giants Barcelona had just been hit for. Their transfer ban was lifted at the beginning of this transfer window.

AS Roma have named their replacement for the recently canned Rudi Garcia. They bring on Luciano Spalletti, who was at the helm in Roma from 2005 to 2009 before leaving to coach Zenit St. Petersburg in Russia.

Sunderland are trying to avoid relegation and they will need some help to do so. With that in mind, they signed Hull City's Dame N'Doye on loan until the end of the season. With his presence, maybe they won't have to rely on Jermaine Defoe hat tricks in order to win matches.

West Ham have won three straight and are unbeaten in seven Premier League matches, but they got some rough news today. Andy Carroll will be out for up to six weeks with a hamstring injury. The oft injured forward has scored twice in West Ham's last four games to lift the Hammers into fifth place.

Mesut Ozil has been having a heck of a season. He is on pace to shatter the Premier League assist record while leading Arsenal to the top of the Premier League pile. He has also been named 2015's German player of the year for the fourth time in five years. Toni Kroos won in 2014 for the only blemish in Ozil's recent record. He received 45.9% of the fan votes for the award.

Remember yesterday when I said that Joshua Yaro would likely go number one to Chicago? Well, turns out I was wrong. Instead, it was Jack Harrison going number one overall to New York City. The Fire did actually take him, but they promptly traded him to NYC for allocation money.Yaro went second to Philadelphia and his defensive partner Keegan Rosenberry wnet third, also to the Union. Here's the full list of draft picks from the first two rounds:

Round 1

Pick
Team
Player
Pos
College
1 (1)
Chicago Fire (traded to NYCFC)
Jack Harrison
M
Wake Forest
2 (2)
Philadelphia Union
Joshua Yaro
D
Georgetown
3 (3)
Philadelphia Union
Keegan Rosenberry
D
Georgetown
4 (4)
Chicago Fire
Brandon Vincent
D
Stanford
5 (5)
Real Salt Lake
Omar Holness
F
North Carolina
6 (6)
Philadelphia Union
Fabian Herbers
M
Creighton
7 (7)
Orlando City
Richmond Laryea
M
Akron
8 (8)
San Jose Earthquakes
Andrew Tarbell
G
Clemson
9 (9)
Toronto FC
Tsubasa Endoh
M
Maryland
10 (10)
New England Revolution
Jordan McCrary
D
North Carolina
11 (11)
D.C. United
Julian Buescher
D
Syracuse
12 (12)
Chicago Fire
Jonathan Campbell
D
North Carolina
13 (13)
Orlando City
Hadji Barry
F
Central Florida
14 (14)
Montreal Impact
Kyle Fisher
D
Clemson
15 (15)
Colorado Rapids
Emmanuel Appiah
M
Cincinnati
16 (16)
Vancouver Whitecaps
Cole Seiler
D
Georgetown
17 (17)
FC Dallas
Ryan Herman
G
Washington
18 (18)
New York Red Bulls
Justin Bilyeu
D
SIU-Edwardsville
19 (19)
Columbus Crew
Rodrigo Saravia
M
FGCU
20 (20)
Portland Timbers
Ben Polk
F
Syracuse

Round 2

Pick
Team
Player
Pos
College
1 (21)
Columbus Crew
Chase Minter
M
Cal Poly
2 (22)
Chicago Fire
Alex Morrell
F
North Florida
3 (23)
Philadelphia Union
Taylor Washington
D
George Mason
4 (24)
Montreal Impact
Michael Salazar
F
UC Riverside
5 (25)
Real Salt Lake
Max Lachowecki
D
Notre Dame
6 (26)
Houston Dynamo
Ivan Magalhaes
D
Maryland
7 (27)
Seattle Sounders
Tony Alfaro
D
CSU Dominguez Hills
8 (28)
San Jose Earthquakes
Patrick Hodan
M
Notre Dame
9 (29)
Vancouver Whitecaps
Christopher Hellmann
F
Lynn
10 (30)
New England Revolution
Michael Gamble
F
Wake Forest
11 (31)
Columbus Crew
Kyle Parker
F
Charlotte
12 (32)
D.C. United
Paul Clowes
M
Clemson
13 (33)
FC Dallas
Timo Pitter
M
Creighton
14 (34)
Montreal Impact
Eric Verso
M
Stanford
15 (35)
Seattle Sounders
Zach Mathers
M
Duke
16 (36)
Vancouver Whitecaps
Thomas Sanner
F
Princeton
17 (37)
Colorado Rapids
Dennis Castillo
D
VCU
18 (38)
New York Red Bulls
Zach Carroll
D
Michigan State
19 (39)
Montreal Impact
Keegan Smith
F
San Diego
20 (40)
Portland Timbers
Neco Brett
M
Robert Morris
21 (41)
Columbus Crew
Marshall Hollingsworth
F
Wheaton


Rounds three and four go down today via conference call. If you thought very few of these players were any good in the grand scheme of things, today's picks will be even less important.

Today'a Matches
Ligue 1
Nice v. Angers- 2:30pm

Liga MX
Veracruz v. Leon- 8:30pm
Santos v. Chiapas- 10:30pm

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