Friday, May 6, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: Liverpool to the Europa League Final

Yesterday's Scores
Europa League- Semi-Finals Second Leg
Liverpool 3-0 Villarreal (3-1 on aggregate)
(Bruno OG 7', Sturridge 63', Lallana 81')

Sevilla 3-1 Shakhtar Donetsk (5-3 on aggregate)
(Gameiro 9', 47', Mariano 59')-(Eduardo 44')

Liverpool advances to the final to face two time defending champions Sevilla, who are playing in their third consecutive Europa League final. The winner will be granted a spot in the Champions League for next season regardless of their league position. The match will take place on May 18 in Basel, Switzerland.

Headlines
Marouane Fellaini and Robert Huth have officially received their three game bans for the elbow and hair pulling incident in Sunday's match. they will sit out the rest of the season and, for Fellaini, the FA Cup Final, and for Huth, the first match of next year thanks to their childish antics. Both players accepted the charge, although Huth thought it was a little much to have gotten three matches.

Brazil has released its final roster for Copa America this summer and Neymar is not on it. This brings an end to the long saga of whether Neymar would be in the USA for the special tournament or at home in Brazil for the Olympics. The squad is fairly young, but still very talented. Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho, Bayern Munich's Douglas Costa, Chelsea's Willian, and Barcelona's Dani Alves highlight the team that will hit American soil next month.

The National Soccer Hall of Fame has announced its 2016 class. Brandi Chastain, scorer of the World Cup winning penalty in 1999, Shannon McMillan, who scored 60 international goals, and MLS commissioner Don Garber are joining the elite group this summer. The only one of these that will draw some groans is Garber, but the man has actually done a lot for the game in this country. Under his watch, MLS has swelled to 20 teams and counting rapidly. It has also achieved levels of stability and financial success that were nearly unimaginable when he took over in 1999. Even the most die hard of his haters have to at least acknowledge what he has done for the top league in the United States.

Today's Matches
MLS
Orlando City v. New York Red Bulls- 7pm- UniMas

Liga MX
Veracruz v. Morelia- 8:30pm- Univision Deportes
Santos v. Guadalajara- 10:30pm

USL
Rochester Rhinos v. Charleston Battery- 7:05pm- YouTube

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