Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: Russian hooligans blamed for violence, English fans arrested

Yesterday's Scores
Copa America
Mexico 1-1 Venezuela
(Corona 80')-(Velazquez 10')

Uruguay 3-0 Jamaica
(Hernandez 21', Watson OG 66', Corujo 88')

Euro 2016
Spain 1-0 Czech Republic
(Pique 87')

Ireland 1-1 Sweden
(Hoolahan 48')-(Clark OG 71')

Belgium 0-1 Italy
(Giaccherini 32', Pelle 90+3')

Headlines
UEFA has concluded that 150 "well trained" Russian hooligans have been the forces behind the fan violence that marred Russia's late draw with England. They were able to evade arrest, but five English supporters were not so lucky and have been jailed by French authorities. Several highly visible Englishmen, including Wayne Rooney, have called on their fans to cease the hooliganistic behavior and represent their country in a more civil way. Back in Russia, meanwhile, Igor Ledvedev, an executive in the Russian Football Union, has applauded his people, telling them to keep it up. Both sides have been threatened with disqualification. If any of them are kicked from Euro 2016, I put my money on Russia after those comments.

Miralem Pjanic is jumping the Roma ship for their Italian rivals, Juventus. The Old Lady has signed the Bosnian for €32 million. Pjanic had put in a transfer request last week with an expressed desire to join the Italian champions. He is their first signing of the summer.

Sepp Blatter is opening up about his suspicions into FIFA and UEFA's corrupt practices. He claims that he knows, and has witnessed, several draws for European competitions were rigged using the "hot and cold balls method." Blatter says that a draw can be rigged by altering the temperature of the ping pong balls used to draw teams into groups. Although he claims he had the power to rig draws, this never happened with any World Cup draws he oversaw, I certainly can't be sure.

Today's Matches
Copa America
Chile v. Panama- 8pm- FS1
Argentina v. Bolivia- 10pm- FS1

Euro 2016
Austria v. Hungary- 12pm- ESPN
Portugal v. Iceland- 3pm- ESPN

US Open Cup
Colorado Rapids v. Colorado Springs Switchbacks- 9pm
Real Salt Lake v. Wilmington Hammerheads- 10pm
LA Galaxy v. La Maquina FC- 10:30pm
Portland Timbers v. San Jose Earthquakes- 10:30pm

MLS sides join the US Open Cup this time around. The most intriguing matches of today are San Jose and Portland in an all MLS affair and the amateuer side La Maquina heading to the Stub Hub center to take on LA Galaxy. With MLS having not played in a couple weeks and many teams still missing important players thanks to Copa America, it is possible we see some lower division teams taking down some possibly apathetic MLS opponents. Stay tuned.

USL
Portland Timbers 2 v. Seattle Sounders 2- 4:30pm- YouTube

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