Thursday, June 16, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: Tough, but manageable, night for MLS sides in Open Cup

Yesterday's Scores
Euro 2016
Russia 1-2 Slovakia
(Glushakov 80')-(Weiss 32', Hamsik 45')

Romania 1-1 Switzerland
(Stancu PK 18')-(Mehmedi 57')

France 2-0 Albania
(Griezmann 90', Payet 90+6')

US Open Cup- Fourth Round
Columbus Crew 4-0 Tampa Bay Rowdies
(Meram 41', Martinez 48', Finlay PK 52', Hollingsworth 65')

Jacksonville Armada 0-1 Orlando City
(Mateos 62')

Philadelphia Union 3-2 Harrisburg City Islanders
(Restrepo 3', Alberg 45+1', 90+3')-(Foster 79', Warshaw 90+1')

Rochester Rhinos 0-1 New York Red Bulls
(Kljestan PK 20')

Carolina RailHawks 0-1 New England Revolution
(Herivaux 103')

D.C. United 0-0 Fort Lauderdale Strikers (3-4 on penalties)

New York City 0-1 New York Cosmos
(Szetela 88')

Minnesota United 1-2 Sporting Kansas City
(Ramirez PK 81')-(Feilhaber PK 65', Rubio 109')

Chicago Fire 1-1 Indy Eleven (4-3 on penalties)
(Accam 111')-(Braun 105')

FC Dallas 2-2 Oklahoma City Energy (6-5 on penalties)
(Lizarazo 37', 43')-(Rideout 26', Thomas 90')

Houston Dynamo 4-0 San Antonio FC
(Manotas 39', Alex 45+5', Rodriguez 60', Miranda 66')

Seattle Sounders 2-0 Kitsap Pumas
(Roldan 71', Jones 90+1')

It was a tricky night for MLS clubs still alive in the US Open Cup. M any were using reserve sides since many are still short handed thanks to Copa America or sthey were simply resting players for the more important MLS matches on the weekend. Regardless, the minor league teams have a lot to be proud of after this round.

Philadelphia needed some late heroics to take down USL side Harrisburg City. D.C United fell in penalties to Fort Lauderdale. New York City failed to defeat the Cosmos. FC Dallas and Chicago Fire both needed penalties to tear down their lesser foes. Overall, it was a night filled with Open Cup unpredictability.

USL
Toronto FC II 1-1 FC Montreal
(Fraser 90')-(Jackson-Hamel 55')

Headlines
Russian fans were, for the most part, well behaved during their 2-1 defeat to Slovakia. There was one minor incident that is unlikely to get UEFA to act upon their threat of expulsion. After the Russian goal, a flare was lit in a section filled with Russian supporters. Although Russia will probably not be ousted because of their fans, they are working towards elimination from Euros the old fashioned way, by losing.

That's not to say there weren't issues. Over in Lille, where Russia and Slovakia were playing, there were 36 arrests made due to fan uprisings. English fans were at the heart of the disorder as riot police had to be dispatched to deal with hundreds of supporters, who claimed there were many Russians around looking to cause trouble. The fan violence nightmare that has been this European Championships now turns its eyes to Lens, were England and Wales go at it today in one of the most anticipated matches of the tournament.

Denis Cheryshev, who was made famous for being the ineligible player used by Real Madrid that got them kicked out of Copa del Rey, has made a move back to Villarreal, where he picked up the cards necessary to earn that suspension. He has signed a five year deal with the club that had him on loan from Real Madrid for the 2014-15 season.

Today's Matches
Copa America
United States v. Ecuador- 9:30pm- FS1

Euro 2016
England v. Wales- 9am- ESPN
Ukraine v. Northern Ireland- 12pm- ESPN
Germany v. Poland- 3pm- ESPN

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