Saturday, May 28, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: Kaka joins Brazil for Copa America

Yesterday's Scores
MLS
Sporting Kansas City 0-1 D.C. United
(Kamara 86')

NASL
Ottawa Fury 1-2 Fort Lauderdale Strikers
(Haworth PK 80')-(Santos 8', Gentile 65')

USL
Colorado Springs Switchbacks 1-1 Orange County Blues
(Phillips 32')-(Meeus 90+9')

North American League Tables

Headlines
It is finally official. Jose Mourinho has been announced as Manchester United's new manager. He has signed a three year deal at the club which is pretty much the limit of how long he can stay anywhere. He is the third manager to take control there since Sir Alex Ferguson left after their 2012 title.

Despite an injury scare, Cristiano Ronaldo will, in fact, start today's UEFA Champions League final against crosstown rivals Atletico Madrid. Ronaldo had injured his thigh a couple weeks ago and was questionable for the final right up until yesterday, when manager Zinedine Zidane announced he would play in the huge match.

Spanish international midfielder Sergio Busquets has signed a five year extension with Barcelona. The 27 year old has been a mainstay with the Spanish champions for many years now, and has won just about every major honor possible in Spain. The new contract contains a buyout clause of £152 million, should any team feel like opening their checkbook for him.

Douglas Costa is going to miss Copa America with thigh injury and will be replaced by Orlando City's Kaka. He has scored 29 times in 91 appearances for Brazil, it is unclear what sort of role he will play this summer, but his presence will at least help the young Brazilian squad in a leadership capacity. MLS will surely tout this  as a victory for its league, especially after Sebastian Giovinco was snubbed by Italy for Euro 2016.

Croatia has been hit with an empty stadium sanction for fascist and discriminatory chants aimed at Israel and Hungary during friendlies back in March. They will have to play World Cup qualifiers against Turkey on September 5 and Finland on October 9 without fans in the stadium. They have also been fined 150,000 Swiss Francs (about $151,000). Croatia has been sanctioned before, so this is a recurring problem, not a first time offense.

Today's Matches
UEFA Champions League- Final
Real Madrid v. Atletico Madrid- 2:45pm- FOX

MLS
Vancouver Whitecaps v. Houston Dynamo- 6pm
New York Red Bulls v. Toronto FC- 7pm
Columbus Crew v, Real Salt Lake- 7:30pm
New England Revolution v. Seattle Sounders- 7:30pm
Montreal Impact v. LA Galaxy- 8pm
Chicago Fire v. Portland Timbers- 8:30pm
Colorado Rapids v. Philadelphia Union- 9pm
San Jose Earthquakes v. FC Dallas- 10:30pm

NASL
Jacksonville Armada v. Indy Eleven- 7pm- ESPN3
New York Cosmos v. Rayo OKC- 7pm- ONE World Sports
Miami FC v. FC Edmonton- 8pm- beIN
Minnesota United v. Tampa Bay Rowdies- 8pm- ESPN3

USL
Rochester Rhinos v. Bethlehem Steel- 6pm- YouTube
Richmond Kickers v. FC Montreal- 7pm- YouTube
FC Cincinnati v. Harrisburg City Islanders- 7pm- YouTube
Orlando City B v. Charlotte Independence- 7:30pm- YouTube
Charleston Battery v. Louisville City- 7:30pm
New York Red Bulls II v. Pittsburgh Riverhounds- 10pm- YouTube
LA Galaxy II v. Arizona United- 10:30pm- YouTube
Sacramento Republic v. Swope Park Rangers- 10:30pm- YouTube

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