Monday, February 1, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: Terry will leave Chelsea at season's end

John Terry, who has been at Chelsea since 1995, will not be there after this season. The Blues will not renew his deal and instead head in a different direction. Ronaldo also had another hat trick, which is sort of becoming run of the mill news these days.

FA Cup- Fourth Round
Carlisle United 0-3 Everton
(Kone 2', Lennon 14', Barkley 65')

MK Dons 1-5 Chelsea
(Potter 21')-(Oscar 15', 32', 44', Hazard PK 55', Traore 62')

VfL Wolfsburg 1-1 FC Koln
(Draxler 67')-(Modeste 75')

Bayern Munich 2-0 TSG Hoffenheim
(Lewandowski 32', 64')

La Liga
Sevilla 3-1 Levante
(Gameiro 1', Iborra 47', Konoplyanka 76')-(Rossi 55')

Valencia 0-1 Sporting Gijon
(Sanabria PK 50')

Las Palmas 2-1 Celta Vigo
(Viera PK 33', Jose 90')-(Bongonda 5')

Real Madrid 6-0 Espanyol
(Benzema 7', Ronaldo PK 12', 45', 82', Rodriguez 16', Duarte OG 86')

Serie A
Chievo Verona 0-4 Juventus
(Morata 6', 40', Sandro 61', Pogba 67')

Bologna 3-2 Sampdoria
(Mounier 12', Donsah 24', Destro PK 87')-(Muriel 54', Correa 80')

Genoa 0-0 Fiorentina

Napoli 5-1 Empoli
(Higuain 33', Insigne 37', Camporese OG 51', Callejon 83', 88')-(Paredes 28')

Torino 0-0 Hellas Verona

Udinese 0-0 Lazio

AC Milan 3-0 Inter Milan
(Alex 35', Bacca 73', Niang 77')

Ligue 1
Caen 2-0 Nice
(Ronny 12', Delort PK 41')

Bordeaux 4-0 Stade Rennes
(Diabate 29', 51', Rolan 67', Toure 90')

St. Etienne 0-1 Paris-St. Germain
(Ibrahimovic 61', 90+2')

European League Tables

Liga MX
Toluca 1-1 Puebla
(Triverio 33')-(Acosta 90+4')

North American League Tables

International Friendly
United States 3-2 Iceland
(Altidore 20', Orozco 59', Birnbaum 90')-(Steindorsson 13', Sigurdarson 48')

It was a shaky start for the USMNT in 2016. they twice fell behind before equalizers rescued them. Steve Birnbaum's late winner secured a win, although it is mostly meaningless. The USA didn't have any of it's European players and Iceland was also short some key names, so let's not read into this match all that much.

The FA Cup Fifth Round draw was held shortly after Chelsea's destruction of MK Dons. Here are your matchups with two February 9 replays pending:

Chelsea v. Manchester City
Reading v. West Bromwich Albion/Peterborough
Watford v. Leeds United
Shrewsbury Town v. Manchester United
Blackburn Rovers v. Liverpool/West Ham
Tottenham v. Crystal Palace
Arsenal v. Hull City
AFC Bournemouth v. Everton

Chelsea v. Manchester City is going to be the highlight of the round, for sure, although Tottenham hosting Palace should be fun. Arsenal and Hull will do battle in a rematch of the 2014 FA Cup Final, won by the Gunners 3-2 in extra time. It's the third consecutive year these two fill face each other in this competition. Round five goes down of February 20.

Chelsea captain John Terry has announced he will not renew his Chelsea deal for next season. He is looking to continue his career outside of England, perhaps in MLS, some MLS pundits will say. It's too soon to tell where, exactly, Terry will land, but I can hardly count MLS out of the running.

The Bay Area NASL team debuted it's logo not too long ago, and now we know what the club will be called. They will be known as San Francisco Deltas. I guess that adds more explanation to all the triangles in the logo.

Today is transfer deadline day. As far as the Premier League is concerned, I wouldn't expect a flurry of moves as the clock ticks down, but I suppose some lesser clubs will look to gear up to avoid relegation. While bottom feeders like Newcastle, Sunderland, and Norwich have all had a busy January, others, such as West Bromwich Albion, have done nothing. Of the championship contenders, Tottenham could use some experience in their side to keep the kids from collapsing and making a real run at the title. Leicester City might want to add somebody as a depth signing, because they are still boned if Riyad Mahrez and/or Jamie Vardy get hurt.

Other than that, the top clubs are all pretty much set. Arsenal will get reinforcements in the form of players returning from injury. It's really difficult to see where Manchester City could affordably improve for the stretch run. With Louis Van Gaal halfway out the door, I wouldn't expect Manchester United to bring on anyone major.

All in all, expect a fairly quiet Monday in the transfer market.

Today's Match
Deportivo La Coruna v. Rayo Vallecano- 2:30pm

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