Saturday, June 4, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: USA fails in Copa opener, FIFA raided again

Yesterday's Scores
Copa America
United States 0-2 Colombia
(Zapata 8', Rodriguez PK 41')

Full match recap

USL
Wilmington Hammerheads 3-2 Harrisburg City Islanders
(Fairclough 3', Parker 14', 90')-(Washaw 17', 27')

World Cup Qualifying- OFC
Fiji 2-3 Vanuatu
(Kautoga 51', Krishna 69')-(Fred 19', Masauvakalo 41', Kaltak PK 75')

New Zealand 1-0 Solomon Islands
(Adams 80')

Headlines
FIFA got hit with a bit of sad news considering their current president on Thursday, and yesterday their former one was hit again. Sepp Blatter, Jerome Valcke, and Markus Kattner managed to swindle the organization out of $80 million in illegal bonus payments that caused Swiss authorities to raid FIFA's offices again. Kattner was recently fired while Blatter and Valcke are currently serving lengthy suspensions that will probably prevent their return to the game already. This news probably means they wouldn't be welcome back even if their age allowed them to.

Leicester City have signed German international goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler from Hannover 96. He was Manuel Neuer's backup when Germany won the 2014 World Cup and has played in England before. Although he started off at Manchester United, he never made it into a first team game. He did play twice for League One side Northampton Town before joining Hannover. It was not disclosed how much the Foxes payed for his services.

The preliminary results of the US Women's National Team's attempts to strike agaisnt US Soccer for unfair wages are in. A federal judge has ruled that a 2013 memorandum of understanding carries over their CBA's no strike clause, meaning the team cannot strike against their federation.

Arsenal have made a bold maneuver by triggering Jamie Vardy's release clause on his Leicester City contract. The champions' leading goal scorer is reportedly in contact talks with the North London club, which is desperately in need of a striker. There is plenty of debate as to whether Vardy is the best option for them. Is he really that much different from Olivier Giroud or Danny Welbeck? Don't the Gunners want someone a little more dynamic? So many questions around this latest Arsene Wenger ploy.

In more concrete transfer news, Barcelona right back Dani Alves is departing the club after eight seasons. He will join Juventus next season.

Today's Matches
Copa America
Costa Rica v. Paraguay- 5pm- FOX
Haiti v. Peru- 7:30pm- FS2
Brazil v. Ecuador- 10pm- FS1

NASL
Fort Lauderdale Strikers v. New York Cosmos- 7pm- ONE World Sports
Carolina RailHawks v. Jacksonville Armada- 7:30pm- beIN
Tampa Bay Rowdies v. Ottawa Fury- 7:30pm- ESPN3
Miami FC v. Indy Eleven- 8pm- ESPN3
Rayo OKC v. Minnesota United- 9pm- ESPN3

USL
FC Montreal v. Rochester Rhinos- 3pm- YouTube
Pittsburgh Riverhounds v. Charleston Battery- 7pm- YouTube
FC Cincinnati v. Richmond Kickers- 7pm- YouTube
Charlotte Independence v. Toronto FC II- 7pm- YouTube
Tulsa Roughnecks v. OKC Energy- 8pm- YouTube
Rio Grande Valley v. San Antonio FC- 8:30pm- YouTube
Colorado Springs Switchbacks v. Saint Louis FC- 9pm- YouTube
Portland Timbers 2 v. Swope Park Rangers- 9pm- YouTube
Vancouver Whitecaps 2 v. Real Monarchs- 10pm- YouTube
Orange County Blues v. Seattle Sounders 2- 10pm- YouTube
Sacramento Republic v. LA Galaxy II- 11pm- YouTube

World Cup Qualifying- OFC
Papua New Guinea v. Samoa- 2am Sunday morning
Tahiti v. New Caledonia- 5am Sunday morning

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