Friday, February 5, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: MLSPU Opens CBA to public

Yesterday's Scores
Copa del Rey- Semifinals First Leg
Sevilla 4-0 Celta Vigo
(Rami 45', Gameiro 59', 62', Krohn-Delhi 87')

Ligue 1
Stade Rennes 0-1 St. Etienne
(Bayal Sall 73')

Headlines
Close to a year to the day after the new CBA was signed, the MLS Players Union has opened up their Collective Bargaining Agreement to public eyes. It's a long, sort of boring read. But if you're interested in the deeper workings of what being an MLS player is like, you should check it out. For the interesting stuff, hit up my analysis at Last Word on Sports.

The latest batch of (mostly meaningless) FIFA rankings came out. Belgium remains number one. In fact, the top 18 nations went unchanged. Mexico remains the highest CONCACAF nation at 22. Costa Rica jumped over the USA, who remained at 32, to 31. Trinidad and Tobago,a t 49, was the only other CONCACAF country in the top 50.

China made another huge buy. Shakhtar Donetsk's Alex Teixeira, who was massively coveted by Liverpool last month, has been sold to Jiangsu Suining for and Asian record €50 million. This is the same club who recently bought Ramires from Chelsea for £25 million. This marks the third major European based player to head to the Orient for big money in the past few weeks.

Columbus Crew have signed another Kamara. MLS Golden Boot winner Kei Kamara will now play alongside Ola Kamara, who comes over to the East champs from Rapid Wien. The Norwegian forward had 14 times while on loan at Molde in Norway.

Crystal Palace is under assault from the injury bug. Midfielder James McArthur will miss the remainder of the season with torn ankle ligaments and forward Jason Puncheon will miss a few weeks with a strained hamstring. This is not the news Palace needed, as they are already on their way down the table.

The USL's San Antonio franchise now has a name and badge. They have chosen the remarkably original name of San Antonio FC, and a logo that features the colors black, white, and sliver, allowing them to fall in line the the San Antonio Spurs, who are owner by the same group.

Today's Matches
La Liga
Malaga v. Getafe- 2:30pm

Bundesliga
Borussia Monchengladbach v. Werder Bremen- 2:30pm- FS2

Liga MX
Queretaro v. Vera Cruz- 8:30pm- Univision Deportes
Chiapas v. UANL- 10pm
Tijuana v. Cruz Azul- 10:30pm

International Friendly
USA v. Canada- 10:15pm- FS1

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