Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: DC and LA crash out of CONCACAF Champions League

Premier League
AFC Bournemouth 2-0 Southampton
(Cook 31', Afobe 79')

Aston Villa 1-3 Everton
(Gestede 79')(Funes Mori 5', Lennon 30', Lukau 60')

Leicester City 2-2 West Bromwich Albion
(Drinkwater 30', King 45+1')-(Rondon 11', Gardner 50')

Norwich City 1-2 Chelsea
(Redmond 68')-(Kenedy 1', Costa 45+1')

Sunderland 2-2 Crystal Palace
(N'Doye 36', Borini 90')-(Wickham 61', 67')

Hannover 96 0-4 VfL Wolfsburg
(Schurrle 36', 59', 62', Draxler 69')

Ingolstadt 04 1-1 FC Koln
(Hinterseer 36')-(Modeste 72')

La Liga
Atletico Madrid 3-0 Real Sociedad
(Reyes OG 8', Niguez 46', Griezmann PK 61')

Las Palmas 4-0 Getafe
(Jose 7', Viera PK 28', Tana 49', 83')

Coppa Italia- Semifinals Second Leg
AC Milan 5-0 Alessandria (6-0 on aggregate)
(Menez 20', 39', Romagnoli 24', Sabato OG 80', Balotelli 89')

As expected, little Alessandria's cup run concludes against AC Milan, who make their way to the final.

CONCACAF Champions League- Quarterfinals Second Leg
DC United 1-1 Queretaro (1-3 on aggregate)
(Buscher 84')-(Sepulveda 4')

Santos 4-0 LA Galaxy (4-0 on aggregate)
(Bravo 19', 61', Davila 23', Djaniny 36')

Much ado was made over Cristiano Ronaldo's comments about his teammates over the weekend. After the superstar claimed that if his fellow Real Madrid players were at his level, the club would be in first place. One would think that this would cause some internal strife within the dressing room, but manager Zinedine Zidane is claiming the matter is closed and there are no rifts between Ronaldo and his teammates.

Ticket prices have been the number one cause of supporter angst this season, but UEFA doesn't seem to care. They have raised the price of Champions League Final tickets an average of 14% for this season's championship match in Milan. The most expensive tickets to the match are a whopping €440, a rise from last year's price of €390. The have frozen the "cheap" seats, for what its worth. It will only cost fans €160 or €70 if they want to lose cost options.

November's Paris terrorist attacks have created some just concern about the security for matches i this summer's European championships in France. UEFA is considering several options for keeping people safe, including playing matches in empty stadiums. There are other, less drastic, options on the table as well. Switching venues or postponing matches are also possibilities in the event of any terror threat.

Ian Darke has signed an extension to remain as ESPN's head USMNT commentator through 2020. I love me some Ian Darke, but I feel like ESPN's soccer properties are dwindling due to them being outspent by FOX and NBC. Darke's talents are highly under-utilized at ESPN since he isn't used for their MLS coverage. I wish he would have made the switch to NBS so he could get back on Premier League games. If for no other reason than I would like to hear him more often.

Today's Matches
Premier League
Arsenal v. Swansea City- 2:45pm
Stoke City v. Newcastle- 2:45pm
West Ham v. Tottenham- 2:45pm
Liverpool v. Manchester City- 3pm- NBCSN
Manchester United v. Watford- 3pm

Bayer Leverkusen v. Werder Bremen- 2pm
Bayern Munich v. Mainz- 2pm- FS1
Borussia Moenchengladbach v. VfB Stuttgart- 2pm
Hertha Berlin v. Eintracht Frankfurt- 2pm
Schalke 04 v. Hamburg SV- 2pm- FS2
SV Darmstadt 98 v. Borussia Dortmund- 2pm
TSG Hoffenheim v. FC Augsburg- 2pm

La Liga
Athletic Bilbao v. Deportivo La Coruna- 2pm
Celta Vigo v. Villarreal- 2pm
Málaga v. Valencia- 2pm
Sevilla v. Eibar- 2pm
Levante v. Real Madrid- 3pm- beIN

Coppa Italia- Semifinals Second Leg
Inter Milan v. Juventus- 2:45pm

Coupe de France- Quarterfinals
Lorient v, GFC Ajaccio- 1pm
Sochaux v. Nantes- 1pm
St. Etienne v. Paris- St. Germain- 3:05pm

CONCACAF Champions League- Quarterfinals Second Leg
Club America v. Seattle Sounders- 8pm- FS2
Real Salt Lake v. UANL- 10pm- FS2

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