Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: Sounders fire Sigi Schmid

Yesterday's Scores
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The big story from yesterday was the Seattle Sounders parting ways with long time manager Sigi Schmid. The writing was on the wall for this as early as Sunday when the Sounders gave FS1 viewers one of the more apathetic looking performances in recent memory. They were two minutes plus stoppage time away from becoming the first MLS team ever to not record a single shot in a game.

That was merely the final straw for Sounders brass. The team has been a shadow of its former self this season and they look to be out of the playoffs for the first time in team history. Brian Schmetzer will take over as interim manager until a full time replacement can be hired.

I am reluctant to play all of the blame on Sigi here, but he probably could have done much better. The loss of Obafemi Martins has proved too much to overcome. Jordan Morris is just not at his level yet. There's also the aging of Clint Dempsey and other important Sounders players. Overall, though, Schmid hasn't done enough to prepare this team for MLS action this year. Sunday's showing was more than enough to justify a firing.

Across the pond, Napoli have, at long last, sold Gonzalo Higuain to Juventus. The Italian champions activated his expensive release clause of €90 million. This makes the Argentinian forward the third most expensive transfer of all time and the most expensive transfer for a player to remain in the same country.

The FA announced that clubs in the FA Cup quarterfinals and beyond will be allowed a fourth substitute in extra time. This procedure was trialed in Copa America this summer and now England is giving it a go.

Bad news for Arsenal fans as Per Mertesacker will miss a few months after picking up a knee injury last week in a friendly against Lens in France. This rules their likely captain out for the beginning of the Premier League season. Needless to say, he is not in California for the upcoming MLS All Star Game or the friendly against Chivas de Guadalajara.

Today's Matches
NASL
Ottawa Fury v. Carolina RailHawks- 7pm- beIN
FC Edmonton v. New York Cosmos- 9pm- OneWorld Sports
Rayo OKC v. Tampa Bay Rowdies- 9pm- CBS Sports Network

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