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.
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:
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.
Nice v. Angers- 2:30pm
Veracruz v. Leon- 8:30pm
Santos v. Chiapas- 10:30pm