Saturday, April 30, 2016

It Happened in America: Late goal from Morris wins for Seattle, late one from Rivas earns Orlando a draw

Montreal Impact 2-2 Colorado Rapids
Didier Drogba, making his second home start of the season, picked up his second goal in three starts in the eighth minute. Montreal would hold the lead through half time, but then the Rapids struck. Shkelzen Gashi, who has been a leader of Colorado's renaissance, levelled in the 47th minute. Montreal would not be hurt, much, by that, though. They got back on terms all of three minutes later with Maxim Tissot's first of the year. It looked like the Impact would hold on throughout, but Bobby Burling had other plans. His 73rd minute equalizer ensured Colorado an impressive road point, one that puts them atop the Western Conference.

New York City 3-2 Vancouver Whitecaps
A wild one in New York City got started right away. Octavio Rivero jumped on a sloppy play by Josh Saunders 36 seconds in to give Vancouver a lead. David Villa would bag a brace to right NYC's ship before halftime, though. Starting in the 35th, he scored twice in a span of six minutes to bring it to 201 at the break. Vancouver fought back in the 63rd with a goal by Christian Bolanos, but City would have the last laugh. Steven Mendoza picked up the winner ten minutes later to hand New York City their first win since opening day in Chicago.

Philadelphia Union 1-1 San Jose Earthquakes
The Union are the other surprise in MLS. They entered the second in the East, and hoped to jump to the top with a result here. It looked great for them early on. Chris Pontius had them ahead a half hour in and they went up a man after Anibal Godoy was shown a second yellow in the 59th. San Jose was very determined however. The home side pulled even through Simon Dawkins to deny the visitors of three points. The draw means they remain down to second in the East, one point behind Montreal.

Seattle Sounders 1-0 Columbus Crew
The Sounders have developed a thing for late goals this season. At the tail end of this very even match, it looked like a 0-0 draw was rightfully in the cards. Then, Seattle's young hero got involved. Jordan Morris provided the full allotment of points thanks to his 88th minute winner by collecting a rebound and banking it in off Steve Clark. The Sounders now have points in four of their last five, but are still below the red line with only ten points.
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Chicago Fire 1-1 D.C. United
Chicago welcomed D.C. United to town looking to improve upon its point per game pace during this rebuilding year. They went ahead a few minutes before the half after Jonathan Campbell scored in the 41st minute. Patrick Nyarko would step up and score for United to level the score. They clubs would see that out to earn a point each. Chicago is down in the East basement with seven points in as many matches, making this look like another rough year for the Fire. 

New England Revolution 2-2 Orlando City
Orlando is another side making a habit of scoring late goals. They did it agaisnt the Revs at the Citrus Bowl and now they returned the favor in Foxborough in far less controversial fashion. It was a fast start for New England as they were ahead in the seventh minute with Diego Fagundez's goal. Orlando levelled before 45 minutes were up with Kevin Molino at the half hour mark. In the 71st minute, Juan Agudelo got the Revolution back in the lead, but Orlando would tie it up almost at the buzzer. Carlos Rivas was the hero who earned Orlando a big point on the road.

Real Salt Lake 2-1 Houston Dynamo
The first half of this one lacked much excitement, but the second half made up for it. First off, Houston went in front with a pretty goal from Lionel Miranda. It wouldn't be long before RSL had their response. Jordan Allen provided it in the 62nd minute. Yura Movsisyan, who has really been a welcome addition to Salt Lake and is a major reason for their strong start, earned the three points for them in the 70th. RSL sits even with Colorado and Dallas for first place in the West with 17 points and only one defeat.

Hooligan's Wake Up: Pochettino gets contract extension from Spurs

Yesterday's Scores
MLS
New York Red Bulls 4-0 FC Dallas
(Sam 37', Kljestan 52', Grella 71', Martins 83')

Bundesliga
FC Augsburg 0-0 FC Koln

La Liga
Sporting Gijon 2-0 Eibar
(Carmona 43', Jony 82')

Ligue 1
Paris-St. Germain 4-0 Stade Rennes
(Maxwell 5', Ibrahimovic 54', 78', Cavani 90+1')

This win for PSG equals the singe season points record that they, themselves, set two seasons ago. It would take some sort of epic collapse for them not to get another point in their final three matches. So they will shatter their old high mark. The Parisians are also going for the domestic treble on May 21 in the Coupe de France final. They have had Ligue 1 wrapped up for quite some time already as they are 30 points clear at the top and they won the Coupe de la Ligue last weekend.

Liga MX
Querétaro 2-1 Pumas UNAM
(Benitez 57', Valencia 65')-(Vidangossy 22')

Puebla 0-0 Toluca

Headlines
Mauricio Pochettino has done quite well as Spurs manager. Because of his success, he has been given a contract extension that will keep him at White Hart Lane, and the subsequent new stadium, until 2021. Although his title aspirations are likely to fall short this season, he has Tottenham in a good spot for years to come.

Today's Matches
Premier League
Everton v. AFC Bournemouth- 10am
Newcastle v. Crystal Palace- 10am- USA
Stoke City v. Sunderland- 10am- NBCSN
Watford v. Aston Villa- 10am
West Bromwich Albion v. West Ham- 10am
Arsenal v. Norwich City- 12:30pm- NBC

MLS
Montreal Impact v. Colorado Rapids- 4pm
New York City v. Vancouver Whitecaps- 4pm
Philadelphia Union v. San Jose Earthquakes- 4pm
Seattle Sounders v. Columbus Crew- 4pm
Chicago Fire v. D.C. United- 5pm
New England Revolution v. Orlando City- 7:30pm
Real Salt Lake v. Houston Dynamo- 9:30pm

Bundesliga
Bayern Munich v. Borussia Monchengladbach- 9:30am- FS2
Borussia Dortmund v. VfL Wolfsburg- 9:30am
Hannover 96 v. Schalke 04- 9:30am
Mainz v. Hamburg SV- 9:30am
SV Darmstadt 98 v. Eintracht Frankfurt- 9:30am
TSG Hoffenheim v. FC Ingolstadt 04- 9:30am
Bayer Leverkusen v. Hertha Berlin- 12:30pm- FS1

La Liga
Real Sociedad v. Real Madrid- 10am- beIN
Atletico Madrid v. Rayo Vallecano- 12:15pm- beIN
Real Betis v. Barcelona- 2:30pm- beIN
Granada v. Las Palmas- 4:05pm

Serie A
Udinese v. Torino- 12pm
Chievo Verona v. Fiorentina- 2:45pm

Ligue 1
Nantes v. Nice- 8am
St. Etienne v. Toulouse- 11am
AS Monaco v. Guingamp- 1pm
Caen v. Bastia- 1pm
Lorient v. Lille- 1pm
Stade de Reims v. Montpellier- 1pm
Troyes v. Bordeaux- 1pm
Lyon v. GFC Ajaccio- 3pm

Liga MX
Club America v. Monterrey- 6pm- Univision
UANL v. Veracruz- 8pm- Univision Deportes
Leon v. Pachuca- 9:06pm- NBC Universo
Morelia v. Santos- 9:30pm
Chiapas v. Atlas- 10pm- Univision Deportes

NASL
Ottawa Fury v. Miami FC- 2pm- ESPN3
Fort Lauderdale Strikers v. Tampa Bay Rowdies- 7pm- ONE World Sports
Rayo OKC v. Indy Eleven- 8pm- beIN

USL
Rochester Rhinos v. Harrisburg City Islanders- 6:05pm- YouTube
Richmond Kickers v. Toronto FC II- 7pm- YouTube
FC Cincinnati v. Wilmington Hammerheads- 7pm- YouTube
Charleston Battery v. Pittsburgh Riverhounds- 7:30pm- YouTube
Rio Grande Valley v. LA Galaxy II- 8:30pm- YouTube
San Antonio FC v. Tulsa Roughnecks- 8:30pm- YouTube
St. Louis FC v. Vancouver Whitecaps 2- 8:30pm- YouTube
Colorado Springs Switchbacks v. Real Monarchs SLC- 9pm- YouTube
Sacramento Republic v. Orange County Blues- 10:30pm- YouTube
Arizona United v. Portland Timbers 2- 10:30pm- YouTube

It Happened in England: Newcastle earn late point to rise above drop zone

Everton 2-1 AFC Bournemouth
These two clubs with nothing notable to play for got themselves oft to a roaring start. First off, it was Tom Cleverly curling a low shot into the net in the seventh minute. Then Marc Pugh trickling one in past Tim Howard, who was making one final start for Everton before heading to MLS, in the ninth minute. The fast start would slow down quickly and wouldn't really pick up again. Leighton Baines would give Everton their winner in the 64th minute.

Newcastle 1-0 Crystal Palace
If there was ever a time for Newcastle to step it up and earn a huge win to aid their increasingly difficult struggle with relegation, this match with ice cold Crystal Palace was it. They went in front in the 58th minute with a goal from Andros Townsend, but it didn't look good when they conceded a penalty for handball in the 69th. Thankfully for the Fighting Rafas, Yohan Cabaye had his shot stopped and Newcastle's huge win was saved.

Stoke City 1-1 Sunderland
This match had the look of I've team who had given up and was playing out the string, Stoke City, and another that was fighting for something important, but want quite valuable enough to win that fight, Sunderland. Stoke was happy laying the Black Cats have their way in the first half, knowing full well that they defense would not be broken down. Stoke mustered up enough desire to allow Marko Arnautovic to score in the 50th minute. They couldn't quite hold it together to the end. A stoppage time penalty against Geoff Cameron provided Sunderland with the equalizer and a key point in the relegation fight.

Watford 2-2 Aston Villa
Aston Villa is another club with nothing to lose, only because they've lost everything already, though. With that in mind, they got in front of snoozing Watford thanks to Ciaran Clark in the 27th minute. They held the ideas until just before the break when Almen Abdi leveled for Watford. Villa would storm back in the second half with Jordan Ayew providing a 48th minute go ahead goal. They're efforts to hold the rare lead were hampered when Aly Cissokho was sent off in the 79th. They almost held on. Out wasn't until Troy Deeney's equalizer in stoppage time that Watford grabbed their point. But they weren't done. Deeney struck again before the final whistle and Villa, once again, snatched defeat from the jaws of victory for the club record 11th time in a row.

West Bromwich Albion 0-3 West Ham
With an outside chance at the top four West Ham are in need of nothing less than perfection if they want any hope of catching Arsenal out Manchester City. Cheikhou Kouyate provided their opening goal in the 34th minute. Mark Noble doubled the lead just before the half time whistle. They kept cruising in the second half. They didn't need it, but Noble got a second in the 79th for extra insurance.

Arsenal 1-0 Norwich City
It was relegation versus the chase for the too for in the late game. Instead of this being a walk in the park, it was more of a callback to the days of boring, boring Arsenal. Although the top four contenders were the heavy favorites, they looked more like Arsenaling away this very winnable match in the first 45 minutes. Despite the advantage in possession, Norwich kept creeping in and finding quality chances. The Gunners woke up in the second half at least. Danny Welbeck finally converted for them ing the 59th minute. The rest of the match was passing, passing, and passing with the occasional wayward shot or soft hit into the keeper's chest. But it isn't like Norwich were any more effective. They passed zero threat and this one went one-nil to the Arsenal.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Friday Night MLS: Red Bulls bang out four goals and a clean sheet against Dallas

New York Red Bulls 4-0 FC Dallas
The Red Bulls finally remembered how to score goals inn Sunday night. Now they would have to do that again while their porous defense tried to keep FC Dallas off the scoresheet. They managed to get both of those objectives taken care of with relative ease.

They were off and running in the 37th minute. Lloyd Sam's first of the year would have been all they needed, but they didn't want to stop. The second half saw them step on the gas and score thrice more. First it was Sacha Kljestan inn the 52nd. Then Mike Grella in the 71st. Felipe finished the carnage in huge 82nd. They really could have had more, too.

Dallas never had any real chances, save for Mauro Diaz getting one late. But, overall, this was all Red Bulls all the time.

Could these last two games signal that NYRB has overcome their disaster of a start? It's possible. They have too much talent up front to feel like the Red Bulls that started the season will be the same Red Bulls we see for the rest of the year.

FC Dallas will want to forget this match as soon as possible. They know they are capable of more than what they showed tonight and will be able to move on. It was kind of sad that ask their attaching ability couldn't produce any goals tonight. Although, when their opposition held the ball as much as they did, it's hard to have expected many chances our of them.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: Alli out for rest of Spurs' season

Yesterday's Scores
Europa League- Semi-Finals First Leg
Villarreal 1-0 Liverpool
(Adrian 90+2')

Shakhtar Donetsk 2-2 Sevilla
(Marlos 23', Stepanenko 35')-(Vitolo 6', Gameiro PK 82')

Headlines
Tottenham's title bid was just about over anyway, but now they will be without PFA Young Player of the Year Dele Alli for their final three games of the season. That's because the FA has charged the kid with violent conduct after he sucker punched West Brom's Claudio Yacob on Monday night. The incident was not caught by the referee, but I don't think too many people will argue with the FA's retroactive punishment.

Today's Matches
MLS
New York Red Bulls v. FC Dallas- 7pm- Unimas

Bundesliga
FC Augsburg v. FC Koln- 2:30pm- FS2

La Liga
Sporting Gijon v. Eibar- 2:30pm

Ligue 1
Paris-St. Germain v. Stade Rennes- 2:30pm

Liga MX
Queretaro v. Pumas UNAM- 8:30pm- Univision Deportes
Puebla v. Toluca- 10:30pm

Midweek MLS Madness: Ugly night of 1-1 draws

New York City 1-1 Montreal Impact
Didier Drogba would start consecutive games for the first time all season now that his home games are no longer on turf. Despite his presence, this match was very much a midweek MLS match. It was somewhat sloppy. The chances were sparse. NYC had 19 shots but only put five on target. Montreal managed even less offensively. City's goal came from R.J. Allen in the 51st minute. It came on a counter attack that ended with Thomas McNamara laying off a perfect pass to him in the penalty area for an easy shot. It looked like they would hold on to the one goal win as Montreal's chances kept going awry late in the game. It wasn't until a 91st minute free kick that Didier Drogba played in for the head of Dominic Oduro that Montreal got their equalizer.

New England Revolution 1-1 Portland Timbers
This match was another prime example of why MLS playing midweek games kind of sucks. The entire lifeless first half made this game look like a 0-0 draw in the making. The second half did not start off much better. Each team only managed a pair of shots on target for the entire game, and New England couldn't even score a goal of their own. Portland's goal came first, however, and it was sort of an accident. In the 64th minute shortly after coming on as a sub, Jack Barmby got a volley in the penalty area that he didn't exactly hit well. He hit it bad enough though that it took a high bounce over Bobby Shuttleworth and it floated into the net. Their accidental 1-0 lead almost held for the duration. However an 89th minute cross went in off of Jermaine Taylor for a late own goal equalizer.

Vancouver Whitecaps 1-1 Sporting Kansas City
Sporting Kansas City is looking to get off the skid as they head to Western Canada to face a shockingly struggling Vancouver side. In yet another ugly midweek game, Vancouver at least found themselves an early goal. Christian Bolanos booted home a 14th minute corner to put the Caps in front. That would pretty much sum up their attack for the match, though. They only had five shots overall. Sporting Kansas City would collect twice as many, but only put two on target. Thier goal came pretty early, too. It was from Diego Rubio in the 27th minute after an attempted shot petered out right in front of him so he could finish the job. There was a little more excitement in the match though, Kendall Waston was sent off for two yellow cards in the 51st minute. SKC was unable to take advantage of superior manpower and a 1-1 draw was in the cards, much like the other two games.

Hooligan's Wake Up: Gilbert, Garber unveil $1 billion plan to bring MLS to Detroit

Yesterday's Scores
UEFA Champions League- Semi-Finals First Leg
Atletico Madrid 1-0 Bayern Munich
(Niguez 11')

MLS
New York City 1-1 Montreal Impact
(Allen 51')-(Oduro 90+1')

New England Revolution 1-1 Portland Timbers
(Taylor OG 89')-(Barmby 64')

Vancouver Whitecaps 1-1 Sporting Kansas City
(Bolanos 14')-(Rubio 27')

CONCACAF Champions League- Final Second Leg
Club America 2-1 UANL (4-1 on aggregate)
(Arroyo 68', Martinez PK 87')-(Gignac 39')

Ligue 1
Lille 0-0 Angers

USL
Louisville City 2-2 Pittsburgh Riverhounds
(Hoffman 55', Shanosky 84')-(Parkes 9', Hertzog 74')

Swope Park Rangers 1-2 Vancouver Whitecaps 2
(Tyrpak 16')-(Greig 54', Haber 54)

Headlines
Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has been handed a three match ban from La Liga over a second ball that was thrown onto the pitch from his technical area during last weekend's match against Malaga. Although he wasn't the one who tossed the ball into play, the rules state that, since it isn't known who threw it, he is responsible for the action. Atletico are level on points with Barcelona for the top spot in Spain and have three matches left in the season. So Simeone is done for the year as far as league matches are concerned.

In the latest fallout from yesterday's Hillsborough verdict, the South Yorkshire police chief David Crompton has been suspended. Yesterday's ruling confirmed that poor police work was the cause of the 96 deaths during the 1989 FA Cup Semi-Final. He had only been on the job for four years and was going to retire in November, but apparently there is an eroding trust in his police force and the rendering of this decision was only the latest reason for this action.

Don Garber was in Detroit yesterday to discuss MLS expansion in the city with Tom Gores and Dan Gilbert. While nothing at all concrete was laid down, the group did reveal a plan for a stadium that would be built on the land of an uncompleted county jail. While that location is apparently key to the implementation of the plan, the county has been vocal about not wanting to abandon the project or give up the land to anyone, even a billionaire investor. Garber says that the stadium plan coming to fruition will be critical in whether or not Detroit is granted a team.

There was casual mention of Detroit City FC and Michigan Bucks during the press conference. However, no representatives from either club were present at the event. Garber says that City and the Bucks have done well to grow soccer in the area and he wants to include the existing fan base of the clubs, but nobody has reached out yet.

Today's Matches
Europa League- Semi-Finals First Leg
Villarreal v. Liverpool- 3:05pm- FS1
Shakhtar Donetsk v. Sevilla- 3;05pm- FS2

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

It Happened in Europe: Saul goal propels Atletico to first leg victory

Atletico Madrid 1-0 Bayern Munich
Pep Guardiola has one thing left to do at Bayern Munich before he shuffles off to England. He needs to win the Champions League. His next obstacle in that fight is Atletico Madrid, one of the two Spanish clubs remaining. They didn't get off to the start they were hoping for. Saul Niguez weaved his way thorough seemingly the entire Bayern team in the 11th minute before banking home a shot of the far post. Bayern Munich was on the front foot for much of the rest of the half, but other than a chance that was headed off the line, they didn't provide anything close to a goal. Atletico probably came closer to a second goal. Antoine Griezmann missed a chance after being through on goal and then Bayern had to clear a ball off the line in the final minute of the half.

Bayern continued to hold possession in the second half, but once again failed to produce anything with it. They're attacks were all straight into the Atletico defense with very little bite to them. Their crosses had no realistic receiver, their plays through the middle were constantly clogged up, and the final ball towards the goal just want there.

Atletico looked pretty threatening on the counter attack though. With all of a quarter hour remaining they should have stretched their lead, but Fernando Torres couldn't finish the move with anything more than a shot off the post. The second goal would have been a nice thing to take with them to Munich too. In the end, Atletico Madrid would take a 1-0 lead into the away leg. The lack of an away goal for Bayern and the lead will suit them well next week.

Hooligan's Wake Up: MLS to Detroit creeping closer

Yesterday's Scores
UEFA Champions League- Semi-Finals First Leg
Manchester City 0-0 Real Madrid

USL
Real Monarchs 0-0 Seattle Sounders 2

Headlines
The MLS to Detroit drum is getting louder and louder. Pistons owner Tom Gores and Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert appear to have a plan in place to bring MLS to the Motor City that includes a downtown stadium concept. The momentum is strong enough that commissioner Don Garber will be in the city to meet with the two gentlemen and some possible investors. As for what this could mean for Detroit City, their statement was pretty vague on their involvement. It was just stated that they have "had conversations" with investors interested in turning DCFC pro. As for Gores and Gilbert, they say their plan would "compliment" DCFC and the other amateur soccer teams in the area.

The jury in the Hillsborough disaster case has ruled that the 96 deaths were caused unlawfully. The jury has found that match commander Chief Superintendent David Duckenfield was "responsible for manslaughter by gross negligence" and that the fans involved were not to blame. Instead, the police force is being blamed for poor policing and crowd control as well as structural issues with Hillsborough Stadium that should have been fixed before the 1989 FA Cup Semi-Final.

Today's Matches
UEFA Champions League- Semi-Finals First Leg
Atletico Madrid v. Bayern Munich- 2:45pm- FS1

MLS
New York City v. Montreal Impact- 7pm
New England Revolution v. Portland Timbers- 7:30pm
Vancouver Whitecaps v. Sporting Kansas City- 10:30pm

CONCACAF Champions League- Final Second Leg
Club America v. UANL- 9:45pm- FS2

Ligue 1
Lille v. Angers- 12:30pm

USL
Louisville City v. Pittsburgh Riverhounds- 7:30pm- YouTube

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

It Happened in Europe: City and Real Madrid duke out boring draw

Manchester City 0-0 Real Madrid
Real Madrid and Manchester City kicked off the semi-finals at Etihad Stdium with the Citizens looking to jump Real with Ronaldo out with a leg injury.

Neither side had much attacking punch in the first 45 minutes. The sides were busy feeling each other out and trying to see what could maybe work when it cam to unlocking the oppposing defens. In the first half there were only three shots combined between the two sides and none of them were on targert. So it was safe to say nothing was really working well at all.

Real Madrid came a little more alive in the second half. They still couldn't find Abby goals despite firing 11 shots with three finding the target. There were a couple of headers that made their way just over the bar on their own or thanks to a Joe Hart fingertip.

Both sides should be disappointed here. Manchester City because they really would have liked a lead to take to Spain. Real Madrid because they would have liked an away goal as insurance for the second leg. Real will be the happier if the two sides though. A win for them at home isn't too much to ask for.

Hooligan's Wake Up: Vardy suspended for Manchester United match

Today's Matches
Premier League
Tottenham 1-1 West Bromwich Albion
(Dawson OG 33')-(Dawson 73')

Full match recap

La Liga
Celta Vigo 2-1 Granada
(Aspas PK 16', 76')-(El Arabi 69')

Serie A
AS Roma 1-0 Napoli
(Nainggolan 89')

Roma's late win means that Napoli can no longer catch Juventus atop Serie A and The Old Lady are crowned as champions for the fifth year running.

Hellas Verona 2-1 AC Milan
(Pazzini PK 72', Siligardi 90+5.)-(Menez 21')

Carpi 1-0 Empoli
(Lasagna 85')

On the flip side of the table, this Carpi result means that Hellas Verona, despite their victory against AC Milan, are heading down to Serie B for next season.

USL
Harrisburg City Islanders 2-1 Orlando City B
(McFadden OG 16', Johnson 33')-(Rochez 21')

European League Tables

North American League Tables

Headlines
As Leicester City close in on their impossible title. they will have to play one more match without Jamie Vardy. The FA has charged him with a one match ban after reviewing his behavior after getting sent off for simulation against West Ham. That means that if the Foxes want to lift the trophy after Sunday's tilt at Old Trafford, they will have to do it without Vardy in the lineup. Judging by their performance against Swansea, that might not be as hard as it sounds.

On the other end of the title chase, Dele Alli could face a suspension for this sucker punch to Claudio Yacob. His violent conduct charge could end his season, actually. The FA has suspended players three games for less. Diego Costa got three games for slapping Laurent Koscielny. Bastian Schweinsteiger got three for elbowing Winston Reid. So, it's possible that Tottenham could be without the Young Player of the Year for the rest of their, likely short, remaining title campaign.

Finally, although the Hillsborough disaster took place 27 years ago, there are still legal proceedings pending in the case. Most specifically, a jury is expected to rule today on whether the 96 victims were unlawfully killed in the stampede. If the jury determines that there was gross negligence on the part of match commander Chief Superintendent David Duckenfield, there could be criminal proceedings opened against him.

Today's Matches
UEFA Champions League- Semi-Finals First Leg
Manchester City v. Real Madrid- 2:45pm- FS1

USL
Real Monarchs v. Seattle Sounders 2- 9pm- YouTube

Monday, April 25, 2016

Monday Night Football: Tottenham drops points, Leicester one win from title

Tottenham 1-1 West Bromwich Albion
Keeping pace with Leicester was all Spurs could really hope to do tonight. they need to be perfect and hope Leicester all off at some point to win it all. West Bromwich Albion is a struggling lower mid-table side that has nothing at all to play for, so, on paper, it looked like Tottenham could easily shrink the gap back to five points behind the Foxes.

The chances came early and often for Tottenham. Christian Eriksen just missed two free kicks in the first quarter hour. Harry Kane had a shot robbed and sent clattering into the post by Boaz Myhill. All that was within the first quarter hour. With all those opportunities, it was sort of strange to see them score on a bizarre own goal off Craig Dawson in the 33rd minute. Eriksen swung a free kick into the box that did find the body of Jan Vertonghen, but it went in after it took a deflection off of Dawson, who was tumbling on the ground when it him him.

West Brom started to muster up a few non-threatening chances early on in the second half. They threw crosses into the box that looked dangerous until there was nobody on the other end to head them in. Tottenham continued to get several great chances in all phases of play. they attacked with sustained possession and with pace on the counter attack. They also had a couple of nice free kicks that almost connected for a second goal. The best chance was a slow roller off of Erik Lamela that trickled into the post before West Brom could clear to safety.

The game opened up in the final twenty minutes. After Salomon Rondon fired a shot that only the fingertips of Hugo Lloris kept out of the goal. The ensuing corner saw Dawson rise to the occasion and make amends for his weird own goal by scoring an equalizer in the 73rd minute. Tottenham would only threaten, never score, for the rest of the match.

West Bromwich Albion does Leicester City a huge solid by earning a point in this match. The Foxes' lead is now seven points with three to play. A win at Old Trafford on Sunday will mean Leicester's impossible dream will have come true.

Hooligan's Wake Up: Mahrez, Alli awarded by PFA

Premier League
Sunderland 0-0 Arsenal

Leicester City 4-0 Swansea City
(Mahrez 10', Ulloa 30', 60', Albrighton 85')

FA Cup- Semi-final
Crystal Palace 2-1 Watford
(Bolasie 6, Wickham 61')-(Deeney 55')

Crystal Palace, who last played in the FA Cup Final in 1990 against Manchester United, will meet the Red Devils in the Wembley Stadium final on May 21. The original final and the replay were the only cup finals Palace has ever played in. They would lose that 1990 replay at the hands of United, and they will seek their 26 year vengeance at the end of next month.

MLS
San Jose Earthquakes 1-0 Sporting Kansas City
(Wondolowski PK 59')

New York Red Bulls 3-2 Orlando City
(Grella 65', B. Wright-Phillips 69', 75')-(Larin 3', Ouimette OG 84')

Bundesliga
Borussia Monchengladbach 3-1 TSG Hoffenheim
(Toljan OG 7', Dahoud 45', Hahn 61')-(Kramaric 54')

Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 Mainz
(Russ 28', Ben-Hatira 84')-(Samperio 18')

La Liga
Levante 2-2 Athletic Bilbao
(Casadesus 19', Etxeitia 68')-(Susaeta 88', San Jose 90+1')

Sevilla 2-0 Real Betis
(Gameiro 67', Coke 80')

Getafe 2-2 Valencia
(Medran 59', Scepovic 68')-(Parejo 48', Alcácer 84')

Villarreal 0-0 Real Sociedad

Serie A
Frosinone 0-2 Palermo
(Gilardino 56', Trajkovski 90+2')

Atalanta 1-0 Chievo Verona
(Borriello 55')

Bologna 2-0 Genoa
(Giaccherini 11', Floccari 63')

Sampdoria 2-1 Lazio
(Fernando 20', Diakite 78')-(Djordjevic 3')

Torino 1-3 Sassuolo
(Peres 7')-(Sansone 3', Peluso 75', Trotta 90+4')

Fiorentina 1-2 Juventus
(Kalinic 81')-(Mandzukic 81', Morata 83')

One more win for Juve and they will have their fifth straight Serie A title. During the first half of the season, things looked bleak for The Old Lady as they struggled mightily for the first couple months. Then they ripped off a huge win streak through the holidays and are on the bring of yet another championship.

Ligue 1
Olympique Marseille 1-1 Nantes
(Thauvin 49')-(N'Koulou 31')

GFC Ajaccio 3-2 Bastia
(Boutaib 20', Pujol 37', Larbi PK 63')-(N'Gando 9', Cahuzac 76')

Guingamp 1-1 Caen
(Sorbon 82')-(Ronny 30')

Montpellier 4-1 Troyes
(Roussillon 13', Saunier OG 28', Martin 34', Camara 55')-(Darbion 20')

St. Etienne 1-0 Lorient
(Roux 76')

Stade Rennes 1-1 AS Monaco
(Sio 80')-(Costa 14')

Liga MX
Puebla 2-1 Chiapas
(Alustiza 42', Perez 64')-(Canelo 20')

NASL
FC Edmonton 2-0 Ottawa Fury
(Watson 46', Keegan 69')

USL
Bethlehem Steel 0-0 Charleston Battery

Toronto FC II 1-2 FC Cincinnati
(Edwards 45')-(Wiedeman 60', Cummings 85')

Headlines
Two more PFA awards were announced yesterday. Riyad Mahrez won PFA Player of the Year as he has been a key piece in the Leicester miracle run to the top. Dele Alli, who has been a standout at Tottenham won PFA Young Player of the Year.

Today's Matches
Premier League
Tottenham v. West Bromwich Albion- 3pm- NBCSN

La Liga
Granada v. Celta Vigo- 2:30pm

Serie A
AS Roma v. Napoli- 9am
Hellas Verona v. AC Milan- 11am
Carpi v. Empoli- 1pm

USL
Harrisburg City Islanders v. Orlando City B- 7pm

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Sunday MLS: Red Bulls remember how to score

San Jose Earthquakes 1-0 Sporting Kansas City
This match really came down to a pair of second half penalty shouts. One was given, the other, not. The first came on a Sporting Kansas City counter attack in the 55th minute. Dom Dwyer was tripped in the penalty area by Anibal Godoy after collecting a long pass from the midfield. Jair Marrufo may have been half way down the pitch at the time, but he was looking right at the play. It probably should have been a second yellow for Godoy and a penalty to the Quakes, but Marrufo waved play on.

A whole three minutes later, San Jose was given a penalty for an obvious foul by Tim Melia. Melia came off his line to pursue Simon Dawkins, who was in on goal. Marrufo blew the whistle and allowed Chris Wondolowski to put San Jose on the board. Kansas City only had one real threat at goal after that. It was a Brad Davis free kick that wafted just over the bar and onto the roof of the net. other than that, the remaining half hour was more or less sleep inducing.

After starting the season winning four out of five matches, Sporting Kansas City has now lost three straight and has fallen to sixth in the West. San Jose is two points above them in fifth.

New York Red Bulls 3-2 Orlando City
Cyle Larin looked like he had Orlando off and running with his tip in goal only three minutes in. The rest of the first half looked like the Red Bulls that we have gotten used to in 2016. They ruled possession and complimented that with finishing that made Red Bull fans bash their heads against a wall. That all changed for one ten minute spell in the second half when New York suddenly remembers how to score goals.

In the 65th, minutes after Karl Ouimette escaped a red card by the skin of his teeth, Mike Grella fired one home to level the score. Four minutes later, Bradley Wright-Phillips remembered how to finish. by tapping home a Grella cross. Then, in the 75th, Wright-Phillips tapped home another low cross to finish the damage. Ouimette would put one into his own goal before the death of the match, but it didn't matter in the end.

It was the second win of the year for the Red Bulls and the second game in which they managed to score more than a single goal. They are still level on points for last in the East, though.

Sunday Premier League: Leicester destroys Swansea, they're two wins from the title

Sunderland 0-0 Arsenal
Arsenal showed a little bit of life in the midweek win against West Brom, now they needed to do so again in order to keep their top four aspirations strong. While the level scoreline at the end of the first half was just, both teams should have had a penalty opportunity for hand ball in the box. Late in the first half, Per Mertesacker saw a ball go off his arm on its way towards the goal. Just a few minutes later, DeAndre Yedlin was guilty of a similar offense in the other penalty area. Mike Dean refused both shouts and we went into the break without a goal.

The second half was looking much better for Sunderland than it was for Arsenal. They were the ones putting pressure on the goal while the Gunners were forced to defend and try and attack on the counter. Nothing came of Sunderland's possession or Arsenal's... anything really. It was a frustrating draw for both sides. 

Sunderland will take the point in their relegation fight, but they probably felt they could have found a goal here. They are out of the bottom three on goal difference over Norwich. Arsenal will look at this and winder why they didn't win. They need more than a point to get beyond Manchester City for third and to fight off Manchester United who are right behind them in fifth.

The one good thing for Arsenal was Jack Wilshere making his first appearance of the season. He came on for Mesut Ozil in the 84th minute, which is a questionable move considering the circumstances. Was he really the best option to throw out there in order to get a win? Or was Wenger just giving him some playing time because he has been hurt all year long? 


Leicester City 4-0 Swansea City
Leicester City would have to recover from last week's draw at West Ham without their leading scorer thanks to Jamie Vardy's red card for diving. The Foxes do have other players besides Vardy, though. Each and every one stepped up in the ass kicking.

Riyad Mahrez was around to pick up the slack early on. He scored to give Leicester the lead in the tenth minute. He stole a pass from Ashley Williams and slotted home with ease. Vardy's direct replacement was also getting in on the action. Leonardo Ulloa headed home a free kick in the 30th minute, and Leicester were up a pair after a half hour. Leicester would proceed to take a two goal lead into half time for the first time since the opening weekend of the season.

Ulloa would score his second of the match at the hour mark to continue to rout. Jeffery Schlupp created the goal with a brilliant break down the pitch and perfect feed for Ulloa. Leicester needed nothing else, but Marc Albrighton added to the Euphemia at King Power Stadium by making it 4-0 in the 85th minute. They were cruising to this blowout.

So, with three matches to play, Leicester City are eight points ahead of Spurs, who play tomorrow night at home against West Bromwich Albion. I think its safe to pencil that in as a win for Tottenham, so let's go ahead and say Leicester are up by five points with three to go. That means a win against Manchester United next weekend will turn the impossible dream into an actual reality.

Hooligan's Wake Up: PSG win another trophy, Bayern one win from Bundesliga crown

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League
Manchester City 4-0 Stoke City
(Fernando 35', Aguero PK 43', Iheanacho 64', 74')

AFC Bournemouth 1-4 Chelsea
(Elphick 45+1')-(Pedro 5', Hazard 34', 90+1', Willian 71')

Aston Villa 2-4 Southampton
(Westwood 45+1', 85')-(Long 15', 71', Tadic 39', 90+4')

Liverpool 2-2 Newcastle
(Sturridge 2', Lallana 30')-(Cisse 48', Colback 66')

Full Premier League recap

FA Cup- Semi-final
Everton 1-2 Manchester United
(Smalling OG 75')-(Fellaini 34', Martial 90+3')

Anthony Martial's late winner sends Manchester United to the final to dace wither Watford or Crystal Palace on May 21 at Wembley. United were last in the FA Cup Final in 2007, when they lost 1-0 to Chelsea after extra time. They last won it three years earlier, when they beat Millwall 3-0. They are looking for their 12th FA Cup, which would tie two time defending champions Arsenal for most all time.

MLS
Philadelphia Union 2-0 New York City
(Pontius 26', Sapong 41')

Montreal Impact 0-1 Toronto FC
(Giovinco PK 40')

D.C. United 3-0 New England Revolution
(Neagle PK 33', Acosta 86', Saborio 90')

Columbus Crew 1-0 Houston Dynamo
(Kamara PK 21')

Colorado Rapids 3-1 Seattle Sounders
(Jones 20', Solignac 51', Doyle 86')-(Morris 63')

Vancouver Whitecaps 3-0 FC Dallas
(Figueroa OG 35', Harvey 63', Manneh 77')

LA Galaxy 4-2 Real Salt Lake
(Zardes 19', Magee 26', Boateng 41', Dos Santos 45')- (Martinez 16', Morales PK 70')

Full MLS Recap

Bundesliga
FC Koln 4-1 SV Darmstadt 98
(Modeste 4', 35', Risse 52', 75')-(Gondorf 12')

FC Ingolstadt 04 2-2 Hannover 96
(Morales 10', Hartmann 25')-(Sakai 58', Kiyotake 82')

Hertha Berlin 0-2 Bayern Munich
(Vidal 48', Costa 79')

This win means Bayern Munich are only three points away from securing their fourth straight Bundesliga title.

VfB Stuttgart 0-3 Borussia Dortmund
(Kagawa 21', Pulisic 45', Mkhitaryan 56')

Pulisic again! The 19-year-old American now has a pair of Bundesliga goals in as many starts. 

VfL Wolfsburg 0-2 FC Augsburg
(Finnbogason 1', Altintop 57')

Schalke 04 2-3 Bayer Leverkusen
(Choupo-Moting 14', Sane 29')-(Brandt 54', Bellarabi 56', Chicharito 60')

La Liga
Rayo Vallecano 2-3 Real Madrid
(Embara 7', Miku 14')-(Bale 35', 81', Vazquez 52')

Atletico Madrid 1-0 Málaga
(Correa 62')

Barcelona 6-0 Sporting Gijón
(Messi 12', Suarez 63, PK 74', PK 77', 88', Neymar 85')

This four goal performance for Luis Suarez makes him the first player ever to score four in back to back La Liga matches. 

Eibar 1-0 Deportivo La Coruña
(Gonzalez 8')

Serie A
Inter Milan 3-1 Udinese
(Jovetic 36', 75', Eder 90+5')-(Thereau 9')

Ligue 1
Toulouse 2-3 Olympique Lyonnais
(Tisserand 50', Ben Yedder 82')-(Grenier 73', Lacazette 80', Tolisso 85')

Liga MX
Club America 0-1 Toluca
(Trejo 42')

Monterrey 3-2 Queretaro
(Sanchez 25', Funes Mori 31', Cardozo 85')-(Candelo 58', Sepulveda 63')

Santos 2-1 UANL
(Rabello 29', Calderon PK 77')-(Juninho 54')

Pachuca 1-1 Guadalajara
(Pizarro 49')-(Pena PK 59')

Atlas 1-1 Leon
(Duque 23')-(Boselli 75')

Dorados de Sinaloa 1-0 Morelia
(Arreola 78')

NASL
Fort Lauderdale Strikers 1-1 Jacksonville Armada
(Santos 74')-(Bahner 16')

Tampa Bay Rowdies 1-3 Carolina RailHawks
(Mkandawire 65')-(Perez 45', Marcelin 47', Shriver 87')

Minnesota United 1-0 New York Cosmos
(Ramirez 90')

USL
Colorado Springs Switchbacks 0-1 San Antonio FC
(Maybin 59')

Rochester Rhinos 2-1 FC Montreal
(Volesky 52', PK 56')-(Joly 48')

Tulsa Roughnecks 0-2 Portland Timbers 2
(Belmar 22', Lewis 26')

OKC Energy 1-0 Swope Park Rangers
(Ryden 9')

Real Monarchs 0-1 Rio Grande Valley
(Escalante 24')

Sacramento Republic 0-1 St. Louis FC
(Ambersley 58')

European League Tables
North American League Tables

Headlines
There were three confirmed relegations in England's lower divisions yesterday. MK Dons will depart the Championship for League One next season, joining Bolton Wanderers and Charlton Athletic down there. Colchester will drop from League one to League Two with Crewe Alexandria already down. As for clubs headed for non-league football, York dropped out of League Two today, joining Dagenham and Redbridge in the National League.

Paris St-Germain have won every domestic trophy available to them so far. After having already won Ligue 1 for quite some time, they won the French League Cup yesterday with a 2-1 win over Lille in the final. They aim to complete the domestic treble with a win in the Coupe de France final over Olympique Marseille on May 21.

Today's Matches
Premier League
Sunderland v. Arsenal- 9:05am- NBCSN
Leicester City v. Swansea City- 11:15am- NBCSN

FA Cup- Semi-final
Crystal Palace v. Watford- 11am

MLS
San Jose Earthquakes v. Sporting Kansas City- 3:30pm- ESPN
New York Red Bulls v. Orlando City- 7:30pm- FS1

Bundesliga
Borussia Moenchengladbach v. TSG Hoffenheim- 9:30am
Eintracht Frankfurt v. Mainz- 11:30am

La Liga
Levante v. Athletic Bilbao- 6am
Sevilla v. Real Betis- 10am
Getafe v. Valencia- 12;15pm- beIN
Villarreal v. Real Sociedad- 2:30pm

Serie A
Frosinone v. Palermo- 6:30am
Atalanta v. Chievo Verona- 9am
Bologna v. Genoa- 9am
Sampdoria v. Lazio- 9am
Torino v. Sassuolo- 9am
Fiorentina v. Juventus- 2:45pm

Ligue 1
Olympique Marseille v. Nantes- 8am
GFC Ajaccio v. Bastia- 11am
Guingamp v. Caen- 11am
Montpellier v. Troyes- 11am
St. Etienne v. Lorient- 11am
Stade Rennes v. AS Monaco- 3pm

Liga MX
Puebla v. Chiapas- 6pm- Univision Deportes

NASL
FC Edmonton v. Ottawa Fury- 4pm

USL
Toronto FC II v. FC Cincinnati- 4pm- YouTube

It Happened in America: Galaxy hand RSL first loss, Rapids, Union stay hot

Philadelphia Union 2-0 New York City
The surprising Philadelphia Union were Yvette beneficiaries of some pretty standard New York City defending. Chris Pontius was the provider of the first goal I the 24th minute in and CJ Sapong got the second in the 41st. Both were preventable from an NYCFC standpoint. Philadelphia needed nothing more from the second half to coast home with a 2-0 home win. 

Montreal Impact 0-2 Toronto FC
Didier Drogba finally made this season's home debut for Montreal on the opening day for Stade Saputo. He was rather silent inn the first half, but Toronto's Sebastian Giovinco was not. After Jozy Altidore was tripped inn the penalty area in the 40th minute, the Italian scored his fifth of the year from the penalty spot. He stuck again late in the second half. While Montreal was holding the ball and looking non threatening, Toronto mounted a counter attack that resulted in Jonathan Osorio laying off for Giovinco for a low shot inside the far post for an 81st minute insurance goal and three points for his club.

D.C. United 3-0 New England Revolution
D.C. United are still trying to turn things around. This home match against the Revs helped. They went up in the 33rd minute from a Lamar Neagle penalty that may or may not have been drawn by a dive. Je-Vaughn Watson gave a slight shove to Marcelo Sarvas on the edge of the box. Sarvas may have emphasized the contact a little bit in order to get the call. It was no matter, though. Despite having the advantage in possession, New England was lifeless on the day. United grabbed two more goals to solidify their win. The first was a fantastic  chip from Luciano Acosta in the 86th and the second came from an Alvaro Saborio tap in during stoppage time.

Columbus Crew 1-0 Houston Dynamo
The Crew continue to struggle with finishing as they really should have scored more than once in this one. The lone goal came from the penalty spot after Tyler Deric tripped up Justin Meram on a clear goal scoring opportunity. That earned him a straight red card and gifted Kei Kamara with a goal from the spot in the 21st minute. Even with Houston playing with ten men for the better part of 70 minutes, Columbus and their trademark poor shooting prevented them from taking advantage and pushing the lead any higher.

Colorado Rapids 3-1 Seattle Sounders
Jermaine Jones seems quite happy in Colorado. He rose to get his head to a free kick at the stroke of 19 minutes to give the Rapids the lead. Around ten minutes later, he almost repeated that feat, but sent the header over the bar. Seattle failed to put much pressure on, even after down a goal, and eventually gave up a second early in the second half. Luis Solignac converted a sliding shot into an open net after receiving a nice feed from Dominic Badji on a 51st minute counter attack. The Sounders began to show a little life once the hour mark hit. Jordan Morris scored his second professional goal in the 63rd minute by beating two Rapids defenders and forcing a shot through traffic and inside the far post. The Rapids almost got their two goal lead back at 67 minutes when Stefan Frey made a huge penalty save on Shkelzen Gashi. The Rapids would get their insurance goal, eventually. A slower paced counter attack in the 86th minute ended in a cross and a toe poke by a probably offside Kevin Doyle. The flag never went up, however, and the Rapids had their fourth straight home win to open the season. 

Vancouver Whitecaps 3-0 FC Dallas
Vancouver was expected to challenge FC Dallas for the top spot in the West. So far, Dallas has upheld their end of that bargain, but Vancouver has been rather quiet. With Dallas in town, it was thought Vancouver was in for a rough time. However, it was the Caps gnabbing the first goal thanks to Maynor Figueroa putting one into his own net in the 35th minute. The Caps maintained their lead thanks to a series of wonderful saves by David Ousted in goal. He was stellar in keeping Fabian Castillo, Tesho Akindele, and every speedy Dallas attacker off the scoresheet. This allowed Jordan Harvey to bang home a 63rd minute corner to stretch their lead to two goals. Kekuta Manneh put it away with some hard work and speed in the 77th. It was a surprising defeat for Dallas. They are still in first but Colorado (!) is right behind them 

LA Galaxy 5-2 Real Salt Lake
Real Salt late tested their unbeaten record against LA, who are always tough at the StubHub Center. Their opening here was pretty strong as well. Nick Rimando stopped Steven Gerrard from the penalty spot in the sixth minute. Juan Manuel Martinez had them in front in the 16th minute with a back post header. That would pretty much end their good fortune for the first half.

Gyasi Zardes and the Galaxy had a quick response to the Martinez goal. The USMNT forward fired home a shot from just outside the penalty area to level the score in the 19th minute. Mike Magee was the next to capitalize. Emmanuel Boateng swung in a cross that fell to the foot of the former Fire player for an easy second goal in the 26th minute. Boateng would end up scoring one before halftime. He stormed through the RSL back line in the 41st minute to collect a deflection off Zardes for the third Galaxy goal of the first half. Giovani Dos Santos made it four with a great chip over everybody and under the bar in the final minute of the first.

Galaxy didn't need more in the second half. They defended throughout and only slipped up At the 70 minute mark when the conceded a penalty and allowed Javier Morales to capitalize off it. Steven Gerrard did add a fifth in stoppage time, just because he needed to prove that he can, in fact, score down in MLS.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

It Happened in England: Newcastle comes back to earn important point at Anfield

Manchester City 4-0 Stoke City
Manchester City rolled into Stoke where they controlled every portion of the match with relative ease. A 35th minute goal from Fernando started things off in the 35th minute. Ryan Shawcross brought down Kelechi Iheanacho in the area in the 34th, which allowed Sergio Aguero to double the City lead. Iheanacho would grab the third goal himself in the second half. by tapping into a wide pen goal from the edge of the six yard box on the end of a transition attack. The Nigerian teenager earned a second by evading the Stoke back line and duping Shay Given into coming off his line early on a breakaway. City are now temporarily ahead of Arsenal in third place. The Gunners travel to relegation fighting Sunderland tomorrow.

AFC Bournemouth 1-4 Chelsea
Chelsea received a goal from Pedro in the fifth minute to get them started off right, He received a long ball in plenty of space along the right flank before sliding a shot past Artur Boruc. After Bournemouth looked like equalizing on a 19th minute corner, Chelsea would double their lead. Eden Hazard, who we haven't heard much from this season, scored in the 34th minute. The Cherries would pull one back right away, though.Tommy Elphick scored his first of the year in the 36th. It was an awkward looking goal. His diving header took a couple of slow bounces on its way past Asmir Begovic. Any hope of a Bournemouth comeback was stuffed out in the second half. Willian's 71st minute tally put the game out of reach. Hazard's second of the day in stoppage time added some insurance.

Aston Villa 2-4 Southampton
Shane Long was dangerous early on. After hitting the post in the second minute, he put one in the net in the 15th with a wide open header. In a moment of calamity for Brad Guzan, Dusan Tadic doubled the Saints lead. The American came off his line to deal with a charging Long. He dealt with him, but there was nobody around to cover Tadic, who collected an easy Long pass for the easy open net goal. Villa would cut into the deficit during first half stoppage time. Ashley Westwood was the provider. tadic would find his double in the 71st minute. It was another pacy counter attack that foiled the confused Villa defense and a diving Guzan. Westwood would get a second goal in the 85th minute with a snipe from the corner of the penalty area. Not that it mattered. Sadio Mane brought the lead back to a pair of goals just before the final whistle to give Southampton the points.

Liverpool 2-1 Newcastle
Newcastle have begun to gel under Rafa Benitez, but still need plenty of points and help in order to save their Premier League lives at season's end. It didn't go well for them early on during their trip to Anfield. Daniel Sturridge had Liverpool in front in the second minute of play thanks to a Newcastle defensive failure. Liverpool were pretty passive after going in front. They did well to keep Newcastle from pushing forward and even earned a second goal of their own. Adam Lallana curled one into the upper 90 at the half hour mark to bring the Red lead to two.

Needing a spectacular first half, Newcastle came out with guns blazing. Pappis Cisse rose to a cross at the stroke of 48 minutes to get his side on the board. The should have had a second goal on a counter a few minutes later, but a messed up touch or three from Cisse ruined the move. Amid some Liverpool possession, they would find their equalizer. A counter attack spearheaded by Andros townsend was finished off by Jack Colback's deflected shot in the 66th minute to complete the comeback.

Liverpool controlled the run of play for the remaining time, but never exactly threatened other than what could have been a winner, but the offside flag got in the way. The comeback from Newcastle earns them a big point in the relegation battle. They are level on points with Sunderland for 18th, but the Black Cats still have an extra two matches to play.

Hooligan's Wake Up: FIFA appoints Qatar committee to monitor work condiditons

Yesterday's Scores
Bundesliga 
Hamburg SV 2-1 Werder Bremen
(Lasogga 5', 32')-(Ujah 65')

La Liga
Las Palmas 4-0 Espanyol
(El Zhar 45+1', Viera 49', Bigas 56', Wakaso 75')

Ligue 1
Nice 2-0 Stade de Reims
(Germain 11', Ben Arfa PK 56')

Liga MX
Pumas UNAM 3-1 Tijuana
(Lopez 44', Britos 76', Sosa 88')-(Moreno 62')

Veracruz 2-1 Cruz Azul
(Furch 30', Albin 78')-(Benitez 55')

NASL
Miami FC 2-3 Rayo OKC
(Martinez 36', Rusin 75')-(Findley 15', Forbes 25', Michel PK 86')

USL
Charlotte Independence 2-3 Richmond Kickers
(Calvert 43', Martinez 77', Herrera 90')-(Jane 20', Delicate 89')

Pittsburgh Riverhounds 1-2 Orlando City B
(Parkes 90')-(Turner 39', 67')

Wilmington Hammerheads 0-1 New York Red Bulls II
(Metzger 59')

Harrisburg City Islanders 2-3 Louisville City
(Wilson 45+1', Jankouskas 88')-(Hoffman PK 22', 44', Kaye 90')

LA Galaxy II 2-2 Vancouver Whitecaps 2
(Villarreal 45', McBean PK 56')-(Safiu 70', Grieg 76')

Headlines
Cristiano Ronaldo is going to miss Real Madrid's match against Rayo Vallecano today with a thigh injury. Not only is he out this weekend, but he is in doubt for the midweek Champions League semi-final against Manchester City as well.

A new independent committee has been set up bu FIFA President Gianni Infantino to monitor working conditions at stadium construction sites for the Qatar 2022 World Cup. This task force apparently has the backing of the highest authorities in Qatar, which makes me think it will be just as corrupt as anything else going in in preparation for the event.

Today's Matches
Premier League
Manchester City v. Stoke City- 7:45am- NBCSN
AFC Bournemouth v. Chelsea- 10am- USA
Aston Villa v. Southampton- 10am
Liverpool v. Newcastle- 10am- NBCSN

FA Cup- Semi-final
Everton v. Manchester United- 12:15pm- FS2

MLS
Philadelphia Union v. New York City- 4pm
Montreal Impact v. Toronto FC- 4pm
D.C. United v. New England Revolution- 5:30pm
Columbus Crew v. Houston Dynamo- 7:30pm
Colorado Rapids v. Seattle Sounders- 9pm
Vancouver Whitecaps v. FC Dallas- 10:30pm
LA Galaxy v. Real Salt Lake- 10:30pm

Bundesliga
FC Koln v. SV Darmstadt 98- 9:30am
FC Ingolstadt 04 v. Hannover 96- 9:30am
Hertha Berlin v. Bayern Munich- 9:30am- FS2
VfB Stuttgart v. Borussia Dortmund- 9:30am
VfL Wolfsburg v. FC Augsburg- 9:30am
Schalke 04 v. Bayer Leverkusen- 12:30pm

La Liga
Rayo Vallecano v. Real Madrid- 10am- beIN
Atletico Madrid v. Málaga- 12:15pm- beIN
Barcelona v. Sporting Gijón- 2:30pm
Eibar v. Deportivo La Coruña- 4:05pm

Serie A
Inter Milan v. Udinese- 2:45pm

Ligue 1
Toulouse v. Olympique Lyonnais- 11:30am

Liga MX
Club America v. Toluca- 6pm- Univision
Monterrey v. Queretaro- 8pm- Univision Deportes
Santos v. UANL- 8pm
Pachuca v. Guadalajara- 9:06pm- NBC Universo
Atlas v. Leon- 9:30am
Dorados de Sinaloa v. Morelia- 10pm

NASL
Fort Lauderdale Strikers v. Jacksonville Armada- 7pm- ESPN3
Tampa Bay Rowdies v. Carolina RailHawks- 7:30pm- beIN
Minnesota United v. New York Cosmos- 8pm- ONE World Sports

USL
Colorado Springs Switchbacks v. San Antonio FC- 3:30pm- YouTube
Rochester Rhinos v. FC Montreal- 5:05pm- YouTube
Tulsa Roughnecks v. Portland Timbers 2- 8pm- YouTube
OKC Energy v. Swope Park Rangers- 8pm- YouTube
Real Monarchs v. Rio Grande Valley- 9pm- YouTube
Sacramento Republic v. St. Louis FC- 10:30pm- YouTube