Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: Zouma and Revs DP tear ACLs, more fan walkouts in the works

Yesterday's Score
La Liga
Espanyol 0-5 Real Sociedad
(Jonathas 5', 90', Vela 8', Oyarzabal 52', Reyes 55')

Headlines
The Liverpool walkout from Saturday afternoon has other English football supporters thinking about doing the same thing. High ticket prices are the norm throughout much of the Premier League, and it seems that some fans have had enough. Supporters Groups from throughout England have gotten together to discuss conducting a mass walkout throughout every stadium in the League. Supporters are upset that many clubs are increasing their ticket prices in spite of the £5 billion television deal that is set to kick in next season.

On a somewhat related not, the Premier League released their new branding initiative in the wee hours of this morning. The lion that has been part of the league's logo remains there, but the whole thing is more simplistic than before.

The results from Kurt Zouma's knee scans are in, and it isn't good. His awkward fall on Sunday agaisnt Manchester United resulted in a torn ACL that that will keep him out for the next six months. Not only will he miss the rest of this season, but he will be sidelined for this summer's European Championships, hosted by his native France.\

Lionel Messi is experiencing a little bit of internal turmoil. The Ballon d'Or winner is going to have some kidney stones removed this week. He does not expect to miss Barcelona's next match agaisnt Valencia.

The USWNT has issued their response to US Soccer suing them over their collective bargaining agreement. they are calling the federation's facts not accurate and hotly debated. They are also asking the courts to handle the process quickly.
Fernando Torres is attracting attention from the United States. Spanish media is reporting that several MLS clubs, and even the NASL's New York Cosmos, are interested in bringing the Spanish international over to America from Atletico Madrid.

New England Revolution recently signed a new designated player from Switzerland. Xavier Kouassi's arrival in MLS will be delayed a bit. He tore his ACL in his latest match with FC Sion and will miss six to nine months. Sort of rotten luck for the Revs, but this could open the door for Jermaine Jones to return for a salary closer to his desires.

Everton could become the latest Premier League club to be majority owned by Americans. Jon Jay Moores, owner of the San Diego Padres, and other entrepreneurs are in talks over a £200 million takeover of the Liverpool based club. Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester United, Sunderland, and Aston Villa are all currently owned by Americans.

FOX and NBC went toe to toe with nationally televised over the air soccer for the first time in America's history. NBC has been showing Premier League matches for three seasons now, but this was only FOX's second over-the-air broadcast, and their first to compete NBC. The big Bundesliga match between Bayern Muncih and Bayer Leverkusen failed to live up to it's Prenuier League competition. Southampton-West aHam scored an overnight rating of 0.56 to the Bundesliga's 0.33. FOX was hoping the appeal of Germany's largest club and Mexico's largest star would rope in more viewers. It looks like England still holds American eyes more than the German game does.

Today's Matches
FA Cup- Fourth Round Replay
West Ham v. Liverpool- 2:45pm- FS1

DfB Pokal- Quarterfinals
Bayer Leverkusen v. Werder Bremen- 3pm- ESPN3
VfB Stuttgart v. Borussia Dortmund- 3pm- ESPN3

Coupe de France- Round of 16
Granville v. Bourg-Peronnas- 3pm
Sochaux v. AS Monaco- 3pm
St. Malo v. GFC Ajaccio- 3pm

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