Friday, April 22, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: Garber highlights St. Louis and Sacramento for expansion

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League
Arsenal 2-0 West Bromwich Albion
(Sanchez 6', 38')

La Liga
Real Sociedad 1-2 Getafe
(Vela 19')-(Sarabia 45', Vasquez PK 56')

Granada 5-1 Levante
(Success 25', El Arabi PK 35', PK 85', 90+3', Rochina 44')

Serie A
AC Milan 0-0 Carpi

Headlines
Jamie Vardy has accepted the charge of improper conduct against him after his reaction to receiving a second yellow for diving on Sunday afternoon. He has requested a personal hearing with the FA on that matter. He can still face an additional suspension on the one game he already has for the sending off, which will be served on Sunday.

The PFA Team of the Year has been announced, and it is full of Tottenham and Leicester players. Each of those two has four representatives on the squad with Vardy, Riyad Mahrez, N'Golo Kante, and Wes Morgan making it for Leicester and Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Danny Rose, and Toby Alderweireld for Tottenham. The other three players to be honored are West Ham's Dmitri Payet, Arsenal's Hector Bellerin, and Manchester United's David De Gea.

Orlando City midfielder Antonio Nocerino will be suspended one match for running onto the field from the bench to celebrate a goal in Sunday's draw with New England Revolution. This violates an MLS policy that doesn't allow additional personnel to enter the field of play without reason. D.C. United's coach, Ben Olson, is also suspended for their next match for breaking this rule. Only he was only stepping over the line to get a second ball of the pitch.

Don Garber came out and updated us on the the MLS quest to reach 28 teams. He says that Sacramento and St. Louis are leading the way with a timeline in place to see both cities join the league in 2020. With Minnesota United, Atlanta United, Los Angeles FC, and David Beckham's Miami project slated to bring the league to 24 sides in the next couple years, the addition of Sacramento and St. Louis would bring it to 26.

Who are the next two cities? Garber listed the following in order of priority: Detroit, San Diego, San Antonio, Austin, and Cincinnati. I want to highlight the use of the word priority. I feel its important that he used this word instead of pointing out how close each city is. Yes, MLS wants Detroit, but I am not convinced the city is close enough to become team #27. San Antonio and Cincinnati are probably closer to landing franchises thanks to successful clubs at the USL level. FC Cincinnati had over 20,000 fans for their match against Louisville City last weekend, which had to raise more than a few eyebrows in the league office.

Garber hopes to clear up the situation over the course of the next year,

Today's Matches
Bundesliga 
Hamburg SV v. Werder Bremen- 2:30pm- FS2

La Liga
Las Palmas v. Espanyol- 3pm

Ligue 1
Nice v. Stade de Reims- 2:30pm

Liga MX
Pumas UNAM v. Tijuana- 9pm- Univision Deportes
Veracruz v. Cruz Azul- 10:30pm- Univision Deportes

NASL
Miami FC v. Rayo OKC- 8pm- ESPN3

USL
Charlotte Independence v. Richmond Kickers- 7pm- YouTube
Pittsburgh Riverhounds v. Orlando City B- 7pm- YouTube
Wilmington Hammerheads v. New York Red Bulls II- 7pm- YouTube
Harrisburg City Islanders v. Louisville City- 7pm- YouTube
LA Galaxy II v. Vancouver Whitecaps 2- 10:30pm- YouTube

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