Thursday, February 4, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: US Soccer sues Women's National Team

The Us Women's National Team, fresh off their World Cup victory tour, is being sued by their home federation. Matt Miazga is on Chelsea's Champions League roster. Surprising, to say they least.

Premier League
Everton 2-0 Newcastle
(Lennon 23', Barkley PK 88')

Chelsea 0-0 Watford

Copa del Rey- Semifinals First Leg
Barcelona 7-0 Valencia
(Suarez 7', 12', 83', 88', Messi 20', 58', 74')

Serie A
Frosinone 1-0 Bologna
(Dionisi PK 77')

Empoli 1-1 Udinese
(Pucciarelli 90')-(Zapata 23')

Fiorentina 2-1 Carpi
(Valero 2', )-(Lasagna 73')

Hellas Verona 2-1 Atalanta
(Siligardi 42', Piazzini 83')-(Conti 30')

Inter Milan 1-0 Chievo Verona
(Icardi 48')

Juventus 1-0 Genoa
(De Maio OG 30')

Lazio 0-2 Napoli
(Higuain 24', Callejon 27')

Palermo 0-2 AC Milan
(Bacca 18', Niang PK 33')

Sampdoria 2-2 Torino
(Muriel 66', Soriano 84')-(Belotti 71', 90')

Ligue 1
Guingamp 4-0 Troyes
(Erdinc 5', Sankhare 46', Giresse 56', Blas 90')

Lille 1-0 Caen
(Soumaoro 59')

Olympique Lyonnais 3-0 Bordeaux
(Lacazette 41', 87', Kalulu 90')

Nantes 3-1 GFC Ajaccio
(Sala 14', Bedoya 23', Adryan 58')-(Maya 26')

Nice 1-0 Toulouse
(Ben Arfa 82')

Stade de Reims 2-1 Angers

(Traore 43', Charbonnier 50')-(Bouk a Moutou 15')

Paris-St. Germain 3-1 Lorient
(Cavani 6', Ibrahimovic 55', Kurzawa 69')-(Guerreiro 19')

The United States Soccer Federation is filing a lawsuit agaisnt the Women's National Team over their collective bargaining agreement. The agreement expired in 2012, but the two sides agreed to extend it until 2016. New players' union representative Richard Nichols, is claiming it expires on February 24 and is threatening a strike if a new agreement isn't reached. This could affect the USWNT's ability to play in the upcoming NWSL season and the 2016 Rio Olympics. 

The relationship between US Soccer and the USWNT has soured greatly over the past several months. Most recently, a friendly that was supposed to be played at Aloha Stadium in Hawaii was cancelled over a subpar playing surface. But that was just the latest incident of many to cause great distress among the team.

Stuart Holden, who was once the USA's next great star, has retired from the game at the age of 30. He had most recently played for Bolton Wanderers in the English Football League Championship. Injuries, including a pair of broken legs, have very much derailed the midfielders career. He did, however, play in the 2010 World Cup for the USA. He has not played a competitive match since last March.

Chelsea have released their 22 man Champions League roster. A couple of things about it come as as surprise. The first is the absence of Radamel Falcao, who has barely played for Chelsea since arriving on loan from Monaco and subsequently getting injured. The other is the presence of Matt Miazga, the American defender who recently arrived from New York Red Bulls. Perhaps he is more than just a fetcher of loan fees and Chelsea may indeed use him sooner than we expect.

John Stones was an unexpected scratch from Everton's 3-0 win at home against Newcastle. He was battling a sore hamstring, so Roberto Martinez decided to play it safe and leave him out of the side. It is not a serious injury, and Stones could be back as early as Saturday's match with Stoke City on the road.

The Canadian Premier League, long having been in the works, is one step closer to getting started. They have chosen to operate the league out of Hamilton, Ontario, which will likely serve as one of the founding franchises when the league get's under way. Head to Last Word on Sports for the full story, provided by yours truly.

Today's Matches
Copa del Rey- Semifinals First Leg
Sevilla v. Celta Vigo- 2:30pm

Ligue 1
Stade Rennes v. St. Etienne- 3pm- beIN

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