Sunday, July 3, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: Giggs leaves Manchester United after 29 years

Yesterday's Scores
Euro 2016- Quarterfinals
Germany 1-1 Italy (6-5 in penalties)
(Ozil 65')-(Bonucci PK 78')

This was one of the uglier penalty shootouts you have ever seen. Both teams had atrocious misses that are not what you would expect to see at the major international level. Whether it was Mesut Ozil banking one off the post or Graziano Pelle stutter stepping and softly dropping one into the keeper, there were pathetic attempts to go around. The action picked up at the end, though, and after a series of goals, Italy slipped up and allowed Germany a trip into the semis in their first ever competitive win over the Azzurri.

Germany are now the clear tournament favorites, but the loveable underdogs of Iceland and Wales are still alive.

MLS
Montreal Impact 3-2 New England Revolution
(Salazar 40', 48', Piatti PK 54')-(Kamara 18', 33')

Toronto FC 1-1 Seattle Sounders
(Hamilton 60')-(Morris 61')

Houston Dynamo 1-0 Philadelphia Union
(Maidana 90+5')

Full MLS recap

NASL
Fort Lauderdale Strikers 1-1 Miami FC
(Agbossoumonde 53')-(Cvitanich PK 18')

New York Cosmos 2-1 Ottawa Fury
(Moffat PK 9', Mkosana 45+1')-(Paulo 90+1')

Rayo OKC 1-1 FC Edmonton
(Findley 33')-(Salgueiro 90+3')

Puerto Rico FC 1-1 Indy Eleven
(Ramos 74')-(Youla 90+2')

Tampa Bay Rowdies 1-1 Jacksonville Armada
(Hristov 13')-(Steinberger 12')

Minnesota United 5-1 Carolina RailHawks
(Ramirez 20', 24', 75', Pinho 45+1', Tiago 47')-(Watson 90')

USL
New York Red Bulls II 0-0 Rochester Rhinos

FC Cincinnati 1-0 Bethlehem Steel
(McLaughlin 70')

Wilmington Hammerheads 3-0 Toronto FC II
(Townsend 14', Martz 39', Miller 47')

Orlando City B 1-1 Charlotte Independence
(Cox 47')-(Brown 24')

Charleston Battery 2-0 Richmond Kickers
(Mueller 29', Cordoves 36')

OKC Energy 0-0 Rio Grande Valley

Swope Park Rangers 1-0 St. Louis FC
(Pasher 2')

Real Monarchs 2-1 Vancouver Whitecaps 2
(Arnone 85')-(Haber 18', Levis 90+3')

LA Galaxy II 2-1 Orange County Blues
(Amaya 43', McBean PK 78')-(Caesar 81')

Sacramento Republic 2-1 Seattle Sounders 2
(Jahn 5', Da Fonte 78')-(Mathers 70')

North American League Tables

Headlines
Ryan Giggs has announced that he is leaving Manchester United after 29 years of service as a player and coach. He had a year left on his contract as an assistant coach, but wishes to leave the club to pursue a management career. The Welsh international was 13 league titles for United, as wella s two Champions League titles.

In other Manchester United news, Jose Mourinho has signed Armenian international Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Borussia Dortmund. No figure was given for how much the Red Devils sent to Germany, but it figures to be a lot. Mkhitaryan joined Dortmund from Shakhtar Donetsk for €27.5 million.

MLS is currently being sued by a couple youth soccer programs over the rights to transfer fees of players they developed. The specific players in question are Clint Dempsey, Michael Bradley, and DeAndre Yedlin, who were all sold my MLS clubs overseas. The clubs, Crossfire Premier in Washington, the Dallas Texans, and Sockers FC in Chicago, all feel that they should have got themselves a share of the transfer fees that MLS raked in for selling these guys. Based on FIFA statutes, they are correct. Youth clubs across the world do take a cut of fees paid for their developed stars.

MLS, however, claims that these American clubs are exempt from this bylaw and have instructed it's teams to not follow FIFA's rules. The league's case is that players are paying to be part of these youth development clubs (a fundamental flaw in American player development, but that's a completely different debate) therefore a club collecting a cut of a transfer fee would be double dipping on that player. It's a fair point to make, to be honest. MLS claims the youth clubs are just after more money and higher pay for the adults involved, not more resources to help kids develop.

I'm no lawyer, so I won't speculate on who wins the case in the end.

Today's Matches
Euro 2016- Quarterfinals
France v. Iceland- 3pm- ESPN

MLS
New York City v. New York Red Bulls- 12pm- ESPN
Sporting Kansas City v. Columbus Crew- 7pm- FS1

USL
Tulsa Roughnecks v. San Antonio FC- 8:30pm- YouTube


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