Sunday, February 28, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: Howard almost through to Colorado

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League
West Ham 1-0 Sunderland
(Antonio 30')

Leicester City 1-0 Norwich City
(Ulloa 89')

Southampton 1-2 Chelsea
(Long 44')-(Fabregas 75', Ivanovic 89')

Stoke City 2-1 Aston Villa
(Arnautovic PK 52', 56')-(Bacuna 79')

Watford 0-0 AFC Bournemouth

West Bromwich Albion 3-2 Crystal Palace
(Gardner 12', Dawson 19', Berahino 31')-(Wickham 48', 80')

Hamburg SV 1-1 Ingolstadt 04
(Drmic 7')-(Hinterseer 61')

VfB Stuttgart 1-2 Hannover 96
(Werner 18')-(Schultz 32', 83')

VfL Wolfsburg 0-2 Bayern Munich
(Coman 66', Lewandowski 71')

Werder Bremen 2-2 SV Darmstadt 98
(Ujah 33', PIzarro 89')-(Wagner PK 44', Sulu 82')

La Liga
Real Madrid 0-1 Atletico Madrid
(Griezmann 53')

Getafe 0-1 Celta Vigo
(Nolito 71')

Sporting Gijon 2-4 Espanyol
(Castro 20', 62')-(Burgui 41', Moreno 48', 58', Hernandez OG 80')

Real Betis 2-2 Rayo Vallecano
(Castro 14', 28')-(Manucho 48', 51')

Real Sociedad 0-1 Málaga
(Cop 56')

Serie A
Empoli 1-3 AS Roma
(Zukanovic OG 22')-(El Shaarawy 5', 74' Pjanic 27')

AC Milan 1-0 Torino
(Antonelli 44')

Ligue 1
Montpellier 3-0 Lille
(Berigaud 52', Dabo 60', Skhiri 86')

Guingamp 2-1 Angers
(Privat 39', Giresse PK 66')-(Capelle 30') 

Stade de Reims 3-1 Bordeaux
(Mandi 23', Bifouma 34', Charbonnier 67')-(Ounas 69')

Toulouse 1-2 Stade Rennes
(Ben Yedder 78')-(Dembele 90', Grosicki 90+2')

Troyes 0-1 Lorient
(Waris 3')

Liga MX
Cruz Azul 4-0 Monterrey
(Mendoza 10', Benitez 29', 41', Gimenez 72')

Santos 1-1 Puebla
(Davila 64')-(Alustiza PK 15')

UANL 4-1 Club America
(Juninho 75', Alvarez 72', Gignac 83', Sobis 84')-(Moreno 69')

Leon 1-3 Chiapas
(Burdisso 89')-(Romero 32', 34', Venegas 81')

Morelia 1-1 Queretaro
(Velazquez 90')-(Noriega 11')

Toluca 0-1 Pachuca
(Lozano 1')

Dorados de Sinaloa 2-1 Atlas
(Caraglio PK 30', Gonzalez 60')-(Bergessio 47')

The Tim Howard to Colorado story appears to be nearing its conclusion, The American hero goalkeeper has been benched at Everton and is close to a deal that will bring him back to the States to play for the Rapids beginning this summer. Howard, Colorado, and Everton have been hung up on both the transfer fee and Howard's wages. Both issues seem to be settled. Everton will receive between $600,000 and $700,000 in transfer fees while Howard will make $5 million a season until 2019. Quite frankly, this is crazy money for an aging goalkeeper in MLS, especially for a team that has trouble scoring goals. At least Dick's Sporting Goods Park should be full every night once Howard arrives.

Cristiano Ronaldo is frustrated with how Real Madrid's season is playing out. It appears today's 1-0 home loss to Atletico Madrid has pushed him to the lashing out at teammates stage. He says that if everyone else were "at his level" they would be leaders in La Liga. Well, duh, dude. You're the second best player in the world. If the rest of your team were as good as you, of course you'd be pretty dang good. Only a team of Messis would be better. He later clarified to mean fitness level, but he really should watch what he says before unintentionally throwing your entire world class team under the bus.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Sepp Blatter revealed that FIFA's reforms are not his problem anymore. Thank God. He also went on to praise new president Gianni Infantino and to call on his "friends" in the United States to stop meddling in FIFA affairs and let the organization reform itself in peace. 

Today's Matches
Premier League
Manchester United v. Arsenal- 9am- NBCSN
Tottenham v. Swansea- 11am- NBCSN

Capital One Cup- Final
Liverpool v. Manchester City- 11:30am- beIN

FC Augsburg v. Borussia Monchengladbach- 9:30am- FS2
Borussia Dortmund v. TSG Hoffenheim- 11:30am
Mainz v. Bayer Leverkusen- 11:30am- FS2
Eintracht Frankfurt v. Schalke 04- 1:30pm

La Liga
Villarreal v. Levante- 6am
Valencia v. Athletic Bilbao- 10am
Deportivo La Coruna v. Granada- 12:15pm
Barcelona v. Sevilla- 2:30pm

Serie A
Palermo v. Bologna- 6:30am
Carpi v. Atalanta- 9am
Chievo Verona v. Genoa- 9am
Sampdoria v. Frosinone- 9am
Udinese v. Hellas Verona- 9am
Juventus v. Inter Milan- 2:30pm- beIN

Ligue 1
Nantes v. AS Monaco- 8am
GFC Ajaccio v. Marseille- 11am
St. Etienne v. Caen- 11am
Olympique Lyonnais v. Paris-St. Germain- 3pm

Liga MX
Guadalajara v. Tijuana- 6pm- Univision Deportes

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