Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: Mourinho getting closer to United

Yesterday's Scores
USL
Harrisburg City Islanders 2-1 Toronto FC II
(Wilson 25', Wheeler 28')-(James 90+3')

OKC Energy 2-1 Real Monarchs
(Konig 28', Andrews 37')-(Sandoval 23')

Headlines
Varying reports have stated that Jose Mourinho has agreed to some terms of a contract to become Manchester United's next manager. Salary and length have supposedly been agreed upon, but some smaller personal terms are still being discussed. Expect a formal announcement of Mourinho's hiring this week, though.

Liverpool have signed some goalkeeper competition for Simon Mignolet. Jurgen Klopp has brought in Loris Karius from his former club of Mainz to provide as a worth second option behind the Belgian international. He kept nine clean sheets for Mainz in the Bundesliga last season.

The Premier League released its payments table yesterday. This represents the divvying of league funds to clubs based on league wide television revenue. Half the money is split evenly between the teams while the rest is based on finish in the table, number of times appearing on national television, and other factors. Arsenal made more than £100 million, the most out of every club despite finishing second. Most of their excess came from their many domestic television appearances. Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester City, and Manchester United all made more than the champions Leicester City did. With the Premier League's new television deal kicking in for next season, the club finishing in last (which was Aston Villa this season) could go from making about £66 million to more than what Arsenal made at the top of this list.

The long awaited announcement of Arsenal signing Granit Xhaka has been made. The midfielder joins the North London club from Borussia Monchengladbach for about £30 million. The Swiss international midfielder hopes to bring some leadership and stability to a rather inconsistent Arsenal midfield from last season. This news is no schocker. Pictures of Xhaka in Arsenal colors had leaked out over the weekend, so it was only a matter of time before this became official.

Today's Matches
MLS
Orlando City v. Philadelphia Union- 7:30pm

USL
St. Louis FC v. Vancouver Whitecaps 2- 8pm- YouTube
San Antonio FC v. Rio Grande Valley- 8:30pm- YouTube

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