Thursday, July 21, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: Allardyce to take over England

Yesterday's Scores
US Open Cup- Quarterfinals
New England Revolution 1-1 Philadelphia Union (4-2 in penalties)
(Watson 44')-(Herbers 90')

Chicago Fire 3-0 Fort Lauderdale Strikers
(Accam PK 5', de Leeuw 35', Thaim 51')

Houston Dynamo 0-1 FC Dallas
(Castillo 90+1')

LA Galaxy 4-2 Seattle Sounders
(Gordon 17', Dos Santos 77', Lletget 85', 88')-(Farfan 4', Gomez 58')

Fort Lauderdale Strikers become the last MLS team to get eliminated in their defeat to the Chicago Fire. They will take the small financial boost, for sure. Their struggles to pay players and staff have been well documented of late.

USL
FC Cincinnati 1-2 New York Red Bulls II
(McLaughlin 60')-(Bilyeu 82', Valot 86')

Toronto FC II 1-1 Rochester Rhinos
(Thomas 77')-(Volesky 27')

Colorado Springs Switchbacks 1-1 Swope Park Rangers
(Seth 61')-(Molano 90')

Headlines
All the Steve Bruce stuff from yesterday was total bunk. Instead of Bruce, Sunderland's Sam Allardyce will be named England's new manager. He had only been with the Black Cats for nine months before accepting this more high profile gig. He did help them stave of relegation yet again, so it isn't like his brief tenure was without any accomplishment. He's a seasoned Premier League veteran, only Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger, and Harry Redknapp have managed more matches in the top flight. He was also interviewed for England's job after the 2006 World Cup, but Steve McClaren won out over him. His first competitive match will be a September 4 World Cup Qualifier against Slovakia. The news should be made official today.

Another big story is Manchester United trying to throw big money towards Juventus for Paul Pogba. The club has agreed on personal terms with the Frenchman, but still is yet to agree to an astronomical transfer fee with Juventus. They are reportedly in talks for a deal north of £100m.

The Premier League announced some new red card worth offenses yesterday. Now, aggressive verbal confrontations with the referee can result in a straight red card. Abusive language towards the red and physical contact with him are specifically mentioned. Less offensive responses to a referees decision can get a player yellowed as well.

Today's Matches
USL
Bethlehem Steel v. Harrisburg City Islanders- 4pm- YouTube

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