Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: Altidore out 6-8 weeks

Yesterday's Scores

Jozy Altidore limped off the pitch during Toronto's wild defeat at home against Vancouver on Saturday. His hamstring injury will keep him out for the next 6-8 weeks, which rules him out of Copa America for the USMNT. This may not hurt the squad as much as you would initially think. Jurgen Klinsmann has plenty of forwards at his disposal that might be more effective goal scorers than Jozy can be at this stage in his career. Bobby Wood, Jordan Morris, and Chris Wondolowski are the names that stand out on the preliminary roster. Klinsmann has to submit his final 23 man roster for Copa America by Friday.

Soon to be Chelsea manager and current boss if the Italian National team Antonio Conte has been cleared of any wrong doing in a match fixing scandal. Conte had been suspected of being involved with a series of matches in 2011 involving Siena, whom he was coaching at the time. The dropping of charges against him will mean there will be no prison sentence getting in the way of his managing duties at Chelsea.

The scuffle that occurred at the end of the Chelsea-Tottenham match has had more punishment attached to it. The clubs have been fined a combined £600,000 for the incident. Chelsea was docked £375,000 with Spurs were only hit for £225,000.

The Portland Timbers defense has gone from one of the best in 2015 to one of the worst in 2016. I'm not sure if journeyman defender/midfielder Amobi Okugo can help much, but the Timbers signed him yesterday. Okuo played for Orlando and Kansas City last season and was out of a job before Portland came calling. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

In other MLS transaction news, FC Dallas signed Argentinian defender Augustin Jara. Jara was at preseason camp with Dallas on a trial and, since nobody else put in a bid for him, he was eligible to be signed after the transfer window closed last week.

The whole bomb scare at Old Trafford is starting to look like a small embarrassment for United and their security staff. It turns out that the incredibly life like device was a training object used by a private security firm that happened to have been left in an Old Trafford restroom. Nobody picked up on this leading to the entire stadium to be evacuated and the match to be postponed until tonight.

Finally, John Terry has cancelled his farewell match at Stamford Bridge as he weighs whether or not to take Chelsea's offer for next season. The longtime Chelsea captain had rented out the stadium for a private match to round out his career in England. He has not decided whether or not he will take the offer.

Today's Match
Premier League
Manchester United v. AFC Bournemouth- 3pm- NBCSN

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