Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: English spending hits £1 billion

Yesterday's Score
Harrisburg City Islanders 2-2 Bethlehem Steel
(Ayuk 44', Chambers 49')-(Foster 43', 81')

Headlines
With tonight's transfer deadline approaching quickly, the moves are flying fast and furious as clubs look to shore up their 2016 squads. Here are the big moves that went down yesterday in this £1 billion transfer window:

Manchester City loaned out of favor goalkeeper Joe Hart to Torino in Serie A.

Also loaned out was Manchester City's Wilfried Bony to Stoke.

The rumor mill is owned by Jack Wilshere, who could be loaned out before he end of the day. Crystal Palace are the leaders to land him, but Bournemouth are also in play. AS Roma, who already have Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny on loan, are also a possible destination for the midfielder.
The window closes at 6pm eastern time tonight.

Today's Matches
NASL
Fort Lauderdale Strikers v. Minnesota United- 7:30pm- CBS Sports Network
New York Cosmos v. Indy Eleven- 7:30pm- ONE World Sports

USL
Saint Louis FC v. OKC Energy- 8pm- YouTube
Swope Park Rangers v San Antonio FC- 8:30pm- YouTube
Arizona United v. LA Galaxy II- 10:30pm- YouTube

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: Transfer action picking up

Yesterday's Score
USL
Seattle Sounders 2 2-1 Portland Timbers 2
(Mathers 52', Schweitzer 88')-(Arboleda 77')

Headlines
With the transfer deadline less than 48 hours away, teams are making deals at a more furious pace than the rest of the summer. A few sides in England were quite active yesterday. Southampton broke its club record transfer fee by paying £16 million for midfielder Sofiane Boufal from Lille. The 22-year-old Moroccan scored 11 goals in Ligue 1 last season. West Bromwich Albion have paid Tottenham £13 million for Nacer Chadli. After developing into a key cog of Spurs' third place finish, he has not appeared in any squad this season. Finally, Watford have signed Italian striker Stefano Okaka from Belgian club Anderlecht. He scored 16 times last season and helped his club reach round of 16 in the Europa League. No fee was disclosed.

As far as the rumour mill is concerned. Arsenal have reportedly made Jack Wilshere available, perhaps on loan. Manchester City is also set to send out of favor goalkeeper Joe Hart to Torino on loan.

MLS is also involved in some transfers as LA Galaxy are close to sending Nigel de Jong to Galatasaray in Turkey. de Jong hasn't been all that great for LA since signing before this season. He has been involved in several rough tackles resulting in suspensions. His contract had him set to move to designated player status for next season, something the club wasn't exactly eager to do.

Making things worse for LA is news on Gyasi Zardes's injury. The USMNT forward has a broken foot that will likely end his season and keep him out through the end of the calendar year. He suffered the injury early in the second half on Saturday night, but played nearly 40 ineffective minutes on it before being subbed off. Zardes was already out for this round of qualifiers, but he may also miss the beginning of The Hex, which starts in November.

Today's Match
USL
Harrisburg City Islanders v. Bethlehem Steel- 7pm- YouTube

Monday, August 29, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: Altidore to return to USMNT

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League
West Bromwich Albion 0-0 Middlesbrough

Manchester City 3-1 West Ham

(Sterling 7', 90+2', Fernandinho 18')-(Antonio 58')

Bundesliga
Hertha Berlin 2-1 SC Freiburg
(Darida 62', Schieber 90+5')-(Hofler 90+3')

TSG Hoffenheim 2-2 Red Bull Leipzig
(Rupp 55', Uth 83')-(Kaiser 58', Sabitzer 90')

La Liga
Alavés 0-0 Sporting Gijon

Las Palmas 5-1 Granada
(El Zhar 23' 69', Boateng 51', Momo 72', Araujo 85')-(Boga 45')

Athletic Bilbao 0-1 Barcelona
(Rakitic 21')

Villarreal 0-0 Sevilla

Serie A
Inter Milan 1-1 Palermo
(Icardi 72')-(Rispoli 48')

Cagliari 2-2 AS Roma
(Borriello 56', Sau 87')-(Perotti PK 6', Strootman 46')

Crotone 1-3 Genoa
(Palladino 34')-(Gapke 51', Pavoletti 55', 63')

Fiorentina 1-0 Chievo Verona
(Sanchez 28')

Sampdoria 2-1 Atalanta
(Quagliarella PK 35', Barreto 45')-(Kessie 27')

Sassuolo 2-1 US Pescara
(Defrel 38', Berardi 67')-(Manaj 81')

Torino 5-1 Bologna
(Belotti 28', 37', 88', Martinez 53', Baselli 80')-(Taider 32')

Udinese 2-0 Empoli
(Felipe 3', Perica 90+5')

Ligue 1
Bordeaux 1-0 Nantes
(Rolan 31')

St. Etienne 0-0 Toulouse

AS Monaco 3-1 Paris-Saint Germain
(Moutinho 13', Fabinho 45+2', Aurier OG 80')-(Cavani 63')

European League Tables

MLS
New York Red Bulls 1-0 New England Revolution
(Wright-Phillips 55')

Portland Timbers 4-2 Seattle Sounders
(Vytas 16', Adi 21', Melano 29', Taylor 44')-(Ivanschitz 47', Morris 51')

Orlando City 2-1 New York City
(Kaka 32', PK 63')-(Mendoza 55')

Liga MX
Toluca 202 Morelia
(Triverio 32', Uribe 90')-(Da Silva OG 19', Cabrera 65')

Chiapas 0-3 Puebla
(Alustiza 27', 90+1', Duenas 58')

Santos 1-0 Leon
(Rodriguez 90+3')

NASL
Ottawa Fury 1-1 Indy Eleven
(Stewart 59')-(Ring 64')

FC Edmonton 0-0 Puerto Rico FC

USL
Toronto FC II 3-4 FC Montreal
(Davis 5', John 10', 63')-(Beland-Goyette 6', Jackson-hamel 43', Riggi 45', Jarras 86')

New York Red Bulls II 2-0 FC Cincinnati
(Allen PK 14', Etienne PK 90+1')

North American League Tables

Headlines
Jurgen Klinsmann has announced his roster for the upcoming World Cup Qualifiers against St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago. Jozy Altidore will make his return to the national team after missing Copa America with a hamstring injury. Also making an appearance is Bobby Wood, who scored in his Hamburg debut yesterday, and Omar Gonzalez, who was not included in the Copa roster despite strong play down in Mexico. Here's the full youth dominated squad:

Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Middlesbrough), Ethan Horvath (Molde FC),
Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids)


Defenders: Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), John Brooks (Hertha BSC), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle)

Midfielders: Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Jermaine Jones (Colorado Rapids), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund), Caleb Stanko (FC Vaduz), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)


Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC), Rubio Rubin (FC Utrecht), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Bobby Wood (Hamburg SV)

The USA takes on St. Vincent on the road Friday night and hosts Trinidad and Tobago next Tuesday.

West Ham have made a loan move to shore up their attack. Italian striker Simone Zaza will play for the Hammers this season after a fee of 4.3 million was sent to Juventus. The move could be made permanent if he makes enough appearances in the league this season. The 25-year-old has scored eight goals in 24 appearances for Juve since joining last summer.

Today's Match
USL
Seattle Sounders 2 v. Portland Timbers 2- 7:30pm- YouTube

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Sunday Premier League: Man City rolls Hammers after a morning snoozer

West Bromwich Albion 0-0 Middlesbrough
These two sides really weren't interested in helping us Americans wake up the Sunday morning. Boro held more of the ball, but only took seven shots throughout the 90 minutes. West Brom wasn't much more effective. Their 13 shots led to a pair on target. There was one penalty shout, however. Salomon Rondon was dragged to the turf while pursuing a cross in the 44th minute. There was a shirt pull, but the Venezuelan certainly looked to exaggerate the contact. Regardless, no whistle was blown and the teams continued to sleepwalk their way to a scoreless draw.

Manchester City 3-1 West Ham
Pep Guardiola's next challenge as City's boss was a home match with injury beaten West Ham. This turned out to be a rather simple challenge, at least in the first half. They scored early and often against their battered opponents, beginning with Raheem Sterling in the seventh minute and followed by Fernandinho in the 18th. West Ham was able to wrest some control away in the second half. Michail Antonio's 58th minute goal cut into the lead, however that would not end City's dominance. They'd continue to hold two thirds of possession and even get an insurance goal in stoppage time from Sterling.

Hooligan's Wake Up: Hope Solo takes indefinite leave from NWSL

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League
Tottenham 1-1 Liverpool
(Rose 72')-(Milner PK 43')

Chelsea 3-0 Burnley
(Hazard 9', Willian 41', Moses 89')

Crystal Palace 1-1 AFC Bournemouth
(Dann 90+3')-(King 11')

Everton 1-0 Stoke City
(Given OG 51')

Leicester City 2-1 Swansea City
(Vardy 32' Morgan 52')-(Fer 80')

Southampton 1-1 Sunderland
(Rodriguez 85')-(Defoe PK 80')

Watford 1-3 Arsenal
(Pereyra 57')-(Cazorla 9', Sanchez 40', Ozil 45+1')

Hull City 0-1 Manchester United
(Rashford 90+2')

Full Premier League recap

Bundesliga
Borussia Dortmund 2-1 Mainz
(Aubameyang 17', PK 89')-(Muto 90+2')

Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0 Schalke 04
(Meier 13')

FC Augsburg 0-2 VfL Wolfsburg
(Didavi 35', Rodriguez 89')

FC Koln 2-0 SV Darmstadt 98
(Risse 11', Modeste 61')

Hamburg SV 1-1 FC Ingolstadt 04
(Wood 30')-(Hinterseer 79')

Borussia Monchengladbach 2-1 Bayer Leverkusen
(Hahn 45+1', Stindl 85')-(Pohjanpalo 80')

La Liga
EIbar 1-0 Valencia
(Leon 62')

Osasuna 0-2 Real Sociedad
(Juanmi 45+2', Garcia OG 81')

Real Madrid 2-1 Celta Vigo
(Morata 60', Kroos 81')-(Orellana 67')

Leganés 0-0 Atlético Madrid

Serie A
Lazio 0-1 Juventus
(Khedira 66')

Napoli 4-2 AC Milan
(Milik 18', 33', Callejon 74', 90+'3)-(Miang 51', Suso 55')

Ligue 1
Dijon 4-2 Olympique Lyonnais
(Sammaritano PK 20', Tavares 45+1', Bahamboula 73', Melou 88')-(Tolisso 20', Lacazette 37')

AS Nancy Lorraine 0-2 Guingamp
(Diallo 59', Giresse 79')

Caen 2-0 Bastia
(Feret 64', Bazile 90+'3)

Metz 2-0 Angers
(Falette 42', Milan 89')

Montpellier 1-1 Stade Rennes
(Congre 22')-(Diakhaby 64')

Nice 1-1 Lille
(Koziello 3')-(Beria 27')

European League Tables

MLS
D.C. Untied 6-2 Chicago Fire
(Acosta 25', Mullins 40', 45+1', 74', Nyarko 51', DeLeon 89')-(de Leeuw 31', Cocis 45+2')

Philadelphia Union 2-0 Sporting Kansas City
(Alberg 67', Barnetta 90+2')

Columbus Crew 2-0 San Jose Earthquakes
(Finlay 32', MEram PK 84')

Toronto FC 0-1 Montreal Impact
(Piatti 73')

Houston Dynamo 1-3 FC Dallas
(Alex 19')-(Diaz PK 59', Barrios 60', 79')

LA Galaxy 0-0 Vancouver Whitecaps


Liga MX
Querétaro 1-2 Necaxa
(Zamorano 77')-(Puch 36', Gallegos 87')

Atlas 1-1 Cruz Azul
(Ramirez 13')-(Silva PK 90+2')

UANL 1-1 Veracruz
(Sosa 49')-(Vuletich 70')

Pachuca 1-1 Monterrey
(Urretaviscaya 36')-(De Nigris 55')

Club America 0-3 Guadalajara
(Brizuela 10', 32', Pena 85')

NASL
New York Cosmos 6-1 Carolina RailHawks
(Arango 8', 57', Arrieta 61', 82', Meijia 79', Guenzatti 90+1')-(Fondy 6')

Tampa Bay Rowdies 2-0 Rayo OKC
(Cole 61', 70')

Miami FC 1-1 Minnesota United
(Poku 51')-(Laing 58')

USL
Richmond Kickers 1-0 Orlando City B
(Thomsen 77')

Harrisburg City Islanders 1-1 Pittsburgh Riverhounds
(Foster 65')-(Campbell 70')

Wilmington Hammerheads 2-2 Rochester Rhinos
(Moose 36', Perone 90+1')-(Volesky 77', Fall 90+6')

Louisville City 1-0 Bethlehem Steel
(Abend 15')

Charleston Battery 1-0 Charlotte Independence
(Chang 50')

Rio Grande Valley 2-1 Colorado Springs Switchbacks
(Luna PK 42', PK 64')-(Suggs 38')

Swope Park Rangers 2-1 LA Galaxy II
(Duke 16', Gonzalez 25')-(Jamieson IV 2')

Saint Louis FC 0-2 San Antonio FC
(Thuriere 12', Castillo 45')

OKC Energy 1-0 Tulsa Roughnecks
(Wojcik 45+2')

Arizona United 0-1 Real Monarchs
(Orellana 24')

Sacramento Republic 0-0 Vancouver Whitecaps 2

North American League Tables

Headlines
After finding herself suspended from the US Women's National Team, Hope Solo has gone on indefinite personal leave from her NWSL club, Seattle Reign. While no specific reason was given, it's quite clear that this is related to her national team suspension.

It appears that Arsenal have, in fact, completed their moves for Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Perez. Arsene Wenger confirmed the reports after the Gunners' 3-1 victory at Watford. The pair will cost the club a combined £52 million. Wenger says this will complete Arsenal's transfer action for the summer with the deadline coming at 6pm on Wednesday.

Today's Matches
Premier League
West Bromwich Albion v. Middlesbrough- 8:30am- CNBC
Manchester City v. West Ham- 11am- NBCSN

Bundesliga
Hertha Berlin v. SC Freiburg- 9:30am- FS1
TSG Hoffenheim v. Red Bull Leipzig- 11:30am

La Liga
Alaves v. Sporting Gijon- 12:15pm
Las Palmas v. Granada- 12:15pm
Athletic Bilbao v. Barcelona- 2:15pm- beIN
Villarreal v. Sevilla- 4:15pm

Serie A
Inter Milan v. Palermo- 12pm- beIN
Cagliari v, AS Roma- 2:45pm
Crotone v. Genoa- 2:45pm
Fiorentina v. Chievo Verona- 2:45pm
Sampdoria v. Atalanta- 2:45pm
Sassuolo v. US Pescara- 2:45pm
Torino v. Bologna- 2:45pm
Udinese v. Empoli- 2:45pm

Ligue 1
Bordeaux v. Nants- 9am
St. Etienne v. Toulouse- 11am
AS Monaco v. Paris-Saint Germain- 2:45pm

MLS
New York Red Bulls v. New England Revolution- 2:30pm- ESPN
Portland Timbers v. Seattle Sounders- 5pm- ESPN
Orlando City v. New York City- 7pm- FS1

Liga MX
Toluca v. Morelia- 1pm- Univision
Chiapas v. Puebla- 6pm
Santos v. Leon- 7pm- Univision Deportes

NASL
Ottawa Fury v. Indy Eleven- 2pm- ESPN3
FC Edmonton v. Puerto Rico FC- 4pm- ESPN3

USL
Toronto FC II v. FC Montreal- 4pm- YouTube
New York Red Bulls II v. FC Cincinnati- 5:40pm- YouTube

It Happened in America: Quakes, Caps fail to gain points towards playoffs

D.C. Untied 6-2 Chicago Fire
Chicago had been feeling pretty good after getting their first road win in two seasons and holding out for a draw against LA Galaxy in midweek, but those high feelings would disintegrate quickly on their trip to D.C. Patrick Mullins was the primary architect of their demise. After Luciano Acosta gave United the lead in the 25th minute and Michael de Leeuw equalized six minutes later, the former New York City man went off. Right after Khaly Thiam was shown straight red for saying the magic words to the ref, Mullins's first goal came in the 40th minute and the brace showed up just before Razvan Cocis made it 3-2 followed by the half time whistle. Patrick Nyarko restored tow two goal lead in the 51st. Mullins bagged his hat trick in the 74th. Nick DeLeon added another for fun in the 89th. The noisy win stretches D.C.'s sixth place buffer to four points over Orlando.

Philadelphia Union 2-0 Sporting Kansas City
The first half was mostly quiet, but the action picked up in the 59th minute when Jimmy Medranda was send off for a second yellow card. Eight minutes later, Roland Alberg continued his wonderful season by giving the Union the lead. Roger Espinoza picked up a straight red in the 87th minute, paving the way for Tranquillo Barnetta's insurance goal in stoppage time. This was a much needed win for the Union. They had slipped to fourth place in the East. Now, they are back in third.

Columbus Crew 2-0 San Jose Earthquakes
The Quakes' season just keeps looking sadder and sadder. They can add a loss to the lowly Columbus Crew, who look to be mostly done playing this season, to their recent list of disheartening moments. Ethan Finlay scored in the 32nd and Justin Meram put it away from the spot in the 84th for the Crew, who are again out of last place. Meanwhile, San Jose is still behind the Timbers on games won for the final Eastern playoff spot.

Toronto FC 0-1 Montreal Impact
Montreal would go a man down in the 43rd minute with Callum Mallace's malicious tackle leading to straight red. Despite being a man down, the Impact would endure their way to an Ignacio Piatti winner in the 73rd minute. The unfortunate part for Toronto was watching Sebastian Giovinco limp off the pitch in the 67th minute with an apparent leg injury. This ends Toronto's seven match unbeaten streak. Although they are still atop the East, NYC is only two points back and they take on Orlando City tomorrow. Montreal is now nine points clear of the playoffs with the win. 

Houston Dynamo 1-3 FC Dallas
The Dynamo seemed to be holding their own in this edition of the Texas Derby for quite some time. Alex's 19th minute goal looked to be holding up until Dallas went ahead with some rapid fire scoring in the second half. A penalty provided Mauro Diaz with the 59th minute equalizer. Michael Barrios flipped them into the lead a minute later and scored a brace in the 79th. This puts Dallas five points clear of the Supporters Shield lead over Real Salt Lake.

LA Galaxy 0-0 Vancouver Whitecaps
This was a fairly even match, but neither side was able to produce much offense. The Galaxy dominated possession, but only managed ten shots from it. Vancouver was able to produce more given their lack of ball control, but none of their 11 attempts packed any punch. A scoreless draw ended up being in the cards. The solo point means the Whitecaps miss a chance to jump into a playoff spot. The remain a point back. The Galaxy's 40 points have them eight points clear of the red line.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

It Happened in England: Leicester, Arsenal earn first wins of the year

Tottenham 1-1 Liverpool
Liverpool were certainly the better side in the first half at White Hart Lane. Their reward for taking it strong to a sleepy Tottenham was a half time lead thanks to a 42nd minute penalty against Erik Lamela that allowed James Milner to give the Reds the lead. Liverpool was quick to resort to defending their way through the second half despite their slim lead. They weren't able to hold it as Danny Rose equalized after being left unmarked in the penalty area in the 72nd minute. There aren't many real chances after that and the match finished 1-1.

Chelsea 3-0 Burnley
Chelsea had no issue with Burnley whatsoever. From Eden hazard's ninth minute opener to Willian's doubler just before half time, it was all Blues all the time at Stamford Bridge. The visitors had trouble getting anything going all afternoon long as they mustered only six total shots on the day. Victor Moses finished off a counter attack in the penultimate minute to cap of the rather easy 3-0 victory for Chelsea.

Crystal Palace 1-1 AFC Bournemouth
Bournemouth opened the scoring through Joshua King in the 11th minute, but Palace came close to an immediate answer. A rather soft penalty was given against Bournemouth for a shirt pull on Christian Benteke. Unfortunately for Palace, the resulting PK was brilliantly saved by Artur Boruc. Palace would eventually get their tying goal, but it came at the death of the match. Scott Dann managed to head one in deep into stoppage time to salvage a point.

Everton 1-0 Stoke City
Everton probably should have won this by more than a goal to nil. In the 24th minute they had a shot robbed off the line by a well placed Eric Crouch. Kevin Mirallas nearly blasted one home ten minutes later. In the end, their lone goal came off a penalty from Leighton Baines that drilled the post before ricocheting off Shea Given for an own goal. Stoke could have equalized before the hour mark, by Marko Arnautovic only found the post and his club came up empty on the day.

Leicester City 2-1 Swansea City
Jamie Vardy got his first goal of the season in classic Leicester style, In the 32nd minute, he collected a long pass and streaked through on goal to bank a shot in off the near post. Wes Morgan would double the Foxes' lead on a 52nd minute corner. It looked like it would become 3-0 to Leviester in teh 56th minute, but Riyad Mahrez had his penalty saved to keep it a two goal game. A Leroy Fer header at the 80 minute mark gave Swansea some hope, but it was to no avail as Leicester held on for their first win of the year.

Southampton 1-1 Sunderland
Sunderland had the better chances early in the mach, but nothing was going on for them until late on. They would take the lead with a Jermaine Defoe PK in the 80th minute, but they wouldn't hold on. Five minutes after Defoe's goal, a devastating goalkeeping error by Jordan Pickford allowed a Jay Rodriguez shot to trickle in and result in shared points.

Watford 1-3 Arsenal
Arsenal finally looked like a team ready to play as they  took it to Watford in convincing style. Thanks to Alexis Sanchez taking an elbow to the head in the penalty area, Santi Cazorla opened the scoring from the spot in the ninth minute. Arsenal ruled the run of play for the rest of the first half and scored twice towards the end on a couple brilliant moves. The first was a thunderous shot from Alexis Sanchez that easily duped Heurelho Gomes. In stoppage time, Mesut Ozil darted into space to head home a perfect Sanchez cross for the third goal. Watford would get on the board during a 57th minute scramble that ended in Roberto Pereyra blasting home a shot, but that would be all the Hornets could muster for the day. 

Hull City 0-1 Manchester United
Rains dampened the attacking effectiveness in this match. The first half saw only free kicks as chances as neither side produced much of anything. Free kicks were still the best possibly scoring chances in the second half, although Marcus Rashford was a fingertip save away from getting United on the board in the 79th minute. United was creating more and more opportunities as the minutes wore on, but there was rarely a chance that made you jump to the edge of your seat. That was until the closing seconds when Marcus Rashford tapped in a low cross from Wayne Rooney on the doorstep to smash three points away from the Tigers.

Hooligan's Wake Up: Dempsey out with irregular heartbeat

Yesterday's Scores
Bundesliga
Bayern Munich 6-0 Werder Bremen
(Alonso 9', LEwandowski 13', 46', PK 77', Lahm 66', Ribery 73')

La Liga
Real Betis 0-0 Deportivo La Coruna

Espanyol 2-2 Málaga
(Moreno 28', 61')-(Llorente 67', Charles 90')

Ligue 1
Olympique Marseille 2-0 Lorient
(Cabella 19', Gomis 70')

MLS
Real Salt Lake 2-1 Colorado Rapids
(Movsisyan 39', 48')-(Gashi 5')

Liga MX
Tijuana 1-0 Pumas UNAM
(Hauche 23')

Headlines
Clint Dempsey will miss the weekend's Cascadia Cup match against Portland as well as the following week's World Cup Qualifiers thanks to an irregular heartbeat. He was rested in Seattle's midweek clash at Houston, but that was unrelated to this newly discovered condition. No word has been given for his status after the international break.

The Champions League has officially adopted the rumored changes granting leagues in England, Germany, Spain, and Italy four group stage positions beginning in 2018. In addition to that, the Europa League winners will automatically move on to the group stage if they don't already qualify through their league position and the current coefficient system will be revamped, but no specific details were given. Finally, the payout system to clubs is being altered as well. A new four tiered system will be introduced that factors in the initial payout for entering the tournament, their performance in the competition, individual club coefficients, and the market pool.

Today's Matches
Premier League
Tottenham v. Liverpool- 7:30am- NBCSN
Chelsea v. Burnley- 10am- NBCSN
Crystal Palace v. AFC Bournemouth- 10am
Everton v. Stoke City- 10am
Leicester City v. Swansea City- 10am
Southampton v. Sunderland- 10am
Watford v. Arsenal- 10am
Hull City v. Manchester United- 12:30pm- NBC

Bundesliga
Borussia Dortmund v. Mainz- 9:30am
Eintracht Frankfurt v. Schalke 04- 9:30am
FC Augsburg v. VfL Wolfsburg- 9:30am
FC Koln v. SV Darmstadt 98- 9:30am
Hamburg SV v. FC Ingolstadt 04- 9:30am
Borussia Monchengladbach v. Bayer Leverkusen- 12:30pm- FOX

La Liga
EIbar v. Valencia- 12:15pm
Osasuna v. Real Sociedad- 12:15pm
Real Madrid v. Celta Vigo- 2:15pm- beIN
Leganes v. Atletico Madrid- 4:15pm- beIN

Serie A
Lazio v. Juventus- 12pm- beIN
Napoli v. AC Milan- 2:45pm

Ligue 1
Dijon v. Olympique Lyonnais- 11am
AS Nancy Lorraine v. Guingamp- 2pm
Caen v. Bastia- 2pm
Metz v. Angers- 2pm
Montpellier v. Stade Rennes- 2pm
Nice v. Lille- 2pm

MLS
D.C. Untied v. Chicago Fire- 7pm
Philadelphia Union v. Sporting Kansas City- 7pm
Columbus Crew v. San Jose Earthquakes- 7:30pm
Toronto FC v. Montreal Impact- 7:30pm
Houston Dynamo v. FC Dallas- 9pm
LA Galaxy v. Vancouver Whitecaps- 10:30pm

Liga MX
Queretaro v. Necaxa- 6pm- Univision Deportes
Atlas v. Cruz Azul- 8pm
UANL v. Veracruz- 8pm- Univision
Pachuca v. Monterrey- 8:06pm- NBC Universo
Club America v. Guadalajara- 10pm- Univision

NASL
New York Cosmos v. Carolina RailHawks- 7pm- ONE World Sports
Tampa Bay Rowdies v. Rayo OKC- 7:30pm- beIN
Miami FC v. Minnesota United- 8pm- ESPN3

USL
Richmond Kickers v. Orlando City B- 7pm- YouTube
Harrisburg City Islanders v. Pittsburgh Riverhounds- 7pm- YouTube
Wilmington Hammerheads v. Rochester Rhinos= 7pm- YouTube
Louisville City v. Bethlehem Steel- 7:30pm- YouTube
Charleston Battery v. Charlotte Independence- 7:30pm- YouTube
Rio Grande Valley v. Colorado Springs Switchbacks- 8:30pm- YouTube
Swope Park Rangers v. LA Galaxy II- 8:30pm- YouTube
Saint Louis FC v. San Antonio FC- 8:30pm- YouTube
OKC Energy v. Tulsa Roughnecks- 9pm- YouTube
Arizona United v. Real Monarchs- 10:30pm- YouTube
Sacramento Republic v. Vancouver Whitecaps 2- 11pm- YouTube

Friday, August 26, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: Analyzing the Champions League Group Stage

Yesterday's Scores
CONCACAF Champions League
W Connection FC 1-1 Honduras Progreso
(St. Prix 33')-(Tejeda PK 50')

CD Dragon 0-0 Saprissa

CONCACAF Champions League Table

Headlines
The UEFA Champions League held it's group stage draw yesterday. Here's how it all shook out;

Group A
Paris-Saint Germain
Arsenal
FC Basel
Ludogorets Razgrad

Arsenal gets a not unfavorable draw. PSG is hardly the best of the top seeded sides they could have drawn and they are far from the worst. FC Basel can be tricky, but Ludogorets shouldn't provide much of a challenge. Paris-Saint Germain will more than likely win the group and, barring some form of Arsenalization, the Gunners should come in second.

Group B
Benfica
Napoli
Dynamo Kiev
Besiktas

Here's a pretty tricky group to call. With no real world powers to choose from, we get the Portuguese champs in Benfica, the Italian runners up with Napoli, and a couple of tough road matches with Dynamo Kiev in Ukraine and Besiktas in Turkey. Benfica and Napoli are the favorites, but one of the other two sneaking in would hardly be a shock.

Group C
Barcelona
Manchester City
Borussia Monchengladbach
Celtic

Here's your group of death. Barcelona and Manchester City are both perennial contenders. Gladbach are becoming a regular in this competition and could prove difficult. I have to feel bad for Glasgow Celtic, who could have been a sneaky club if they had been gifted a better draw. I'll pick Barca and City to go through with Gladbach trying to break in on the final matchday. There's also the fun storyline of Pep Guardiola returning to Barcelona, where he last won the Champions League.

Group D
Bayern Munich
Atletico Madrid
PSV Eindhoven
Rostov

Bayern Munich will more than likely keep their strong Champions League performance run going. The main matchup to watch will be when they take on defending finalists Atletico Madrid. Eindhoven did beat Manchester United last year, so they could be the spoiler. As for Rostov, thanks for playing.

Group E
CSKA Moscow
Bayer Leverkusen
Tottenham Hotspur
AS Monaco

Tottenham don't have too much of a challenge at first glance, until you look at how good of a team Bayer Leverkusen can be and how tough a trip to Russia is. Even AS Monaco have been known to ruin English opposition in the past. Picking Spurs to get out of this is a tall order, but I think they will be up to the task. They finish second behind Leverkusen.

Group F
Real Madrid
Borussia Dortmund
Sporting
Legia Warsaw

Real Madrid gets a rather simple path to the top of this group. Borussia Dortmund are their only real threat and even they will be little more than a small bump in the road. Expect Legia Warsaw to win the atmosphere battle, but them and Sporting will drop out on the pitch.

Group G
Leicester City
Porto
Club Brugge
FC Copenhagen

This isn't a bad welcoming party for Leicester City. Porto is their toughest challenge, but they can take them at the King Power Stadium, where you can bet the Leicester crowd will be rocking. Their road trips will be a little tough, but I fancy them to escape this group along with Porto.

Group H
Juventus
Sevilla
Lyon
Dinamo Zagreb

Juventus will have to deal with a difficult trip to Croatia, where you never know what sort of madness awaits you. They certainly are miles ahead of their opponents in terms of talent, though, and should win the group. The battle for second will be more interesting. Sevilla, who are thrice defending winners of the Europa League, will stand a good shot to not have to end up down there again. They are the better team compared to Lyon and Dinamo, but anything can happen here.

The Group Stage kicks off on September 13.

Other than the Champions League, it was a busy day for transfers. Arsenal reportedly agreed to fees with Deportivo La Coruna striker Lucas Perez and Valencia and German international defender Shkodran Mustafi. Perez isn't the world class striker Arsenal supporters demanded, but he's an alternative to Oliver Giroud, at least. Mustafi is more along the lines of what they were looking for on the back line, so he should help them out. The pair will cost a total of £52 million.

Manchester City have finished the purchase of Chilean goalkeeper Claudio Bravo from Barcelona. He should start for the Citizens over the out of favor Joe Hart. 

Crisitano Ronaldo has won another award. He won the "Best Player in Europe" award, mostly thanks to winning both the Champions League and Euros in 2016.

Today's Matches
Bundesliga
Bayern Munich v. Werder Bremen- 2:30pm- FS1

La Liga
Real Betis v. Deportivo La Coruna- 2:45pm
Espanyol v. Malaga- 4:45pm

Ligue 1
Marseille v. Lorient-  2:45pm

MLS
Real Salt Lake v. Colorado Rapids- 8pm- UniMas

Liga MX
Tijuana v. Pumas UNAM- 10pm

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: Hope Solo suspended six months for comments after Sweden match

Yesterday's Scores
UEFA Champions League- Qualifying Second Leg
Manchester City 1-0 Steaua Bucuresti (6-0 on aggregate)
(Delpha 56')

Apoel Nicosia 1-1 FC Copenhagen (1-2 on aggregate)
(Soteriou 69')-(Santander 86')

FC Salzburg 1-2 Dinamo Zagreb (2-3 on aggregate)
(Pazaro 22')-(Fernandes 87', Soudani 95')

Rostov 4-1 Ajax Amsterdam (5-2 on aggregate)
(Azmoun 34', Erokhin 52', Noboa 60', Poloz 66')-(Klaassen PK 84')

Borussia Monchengladbach 6-1 Young Boys (9-2 on aggregate)
(Hazard 9', 64', 84', Raffael 33', 40', 77')-(Ravet 7

CONCACAF Champions League
Don Bosco 2-5 Arabe Unido
(Dumy 33', Lucien 89')-(Henriquez 3', 23', Cox 45', Gonzalez 54', Barcenas 61')

UANL 3-1 Plaza Amador
(Espericueta PK 44', Fernandez 61', Quinones 82')-(Ward 22')

Real Esteli 1-1 FC Dallas
(Figueroa 5')-(Harris 7')

CONCACAF Champions League Table

MLS
Columbus Crew 1-2 Philadelphia Union
(Jahn 73')-(Herbers 60', Rosenberry 74')

Montreal Impact 1-1 D.C. United
(Camara 77')-(Neagle PK 39')

Orlando City 1-2 Toronto FC
(Larin 56')-(Ricketts 7', Altidore 86')

Chicago Fire 2-2 LA Galaxy
(Alvarez 34', Accam PK 39')-(Zardes 31', Dos Santos 69')

Houston Dynamo 1-1 Seattle Sounders
(Wenger 75')-(Lodeiro 90+4')

San Jose Earthquakes 0-0 New England Revolution

Full MLS Recap

USL
Toronto FC II 0-1 New York Red Bulls II
(Flemmings 64')

FC Cincinnati 1-1 Rochester Rhinos
(Berry 28')-(Dos Santos 42')

Pittsburgh Riverhounds 4-1 Wilmington Hammerheads
(Hertzog 6', PK 90+1', Hunt 40', Thompson 44')-(Fairclough 72')

Colorado Springs Switchbacks 2-0 OKC Energy
(Gonzalez 30', Maybin 90+5')

Orange County Blues 0-1 Sacramento Republic
(Iwasa 76')

North American League Tables

Headlines
Hope Solo has been suspended for six months from the US Women's National Team thanks to her comments after the loss to Sweden in the Olympic quarterfinals. Honestly, it seems a little harsh for simply calling the other team cowards, but this is just the latest in a line of many major and minor incidents that have made Solo a miserable person to be around. Whether it's drunk driving, domestic violence, or speaking her mind in sometimes offensive ways, Solo has done very little to make her a likeable person. Her time with the USWNT was probably approaching its end anyway, so this likely accelerates that process.

LA Galaxy's Robbie Keane is calling it quits from international duty with Ireland. The 36-year-old striker will play his final match in a friendly agaisnt Oman on August 31. He will not feature in Ireland's World Cup Qualifying opener against Serbia five days later. He has scored 67 goals for his country, more than any other Irishman.

Today's Matches
CONCACAF Champions League
W Connection FC v. Honduras Progreso- 8pm
CD Dragon v. Saprissa- 10pm

Midweek MLS Madness: Toronto FC pulls atop East

Columbus Crew 1-2 Philadelphia Union
Having only won once in their last six matches, the Union needed a fairly low pressure match against a Crew side that looks to be mailing it in for the rest of the season. It was Philadelphia's two star rookies getting the job done for them. Fabian Herbers scored their first goal at the hour mark by banging in a rebound after his first shot had been blocked. Columbus would equalize in a moment of confusion on a 73rd minute corner. Goal line technology would have been useful, but a goal was gifted to Adam Jahn after a crazy scramble in the box led to Jahn's shot appearing to be cleared off the line, but turned out to be over it. It was... probably the right call, but it was too close to tell. Regardless, the Union would get their winner a minute later from Keegan Rosenberry. The Union are now behind the Red Bulls only on goal difference.

Montreal Impact 1-1 D.C. United
Both of these sides are looking to improve their playoff fortunes with a win, but neither was able to get it done tonight. A 39th minute Lamar Neagle penalty was the only resemblance of offence that D.C. was able to muster up. Meanwhile, Montreal took some time to get going to find their equalizer. It did show up in the 77th minute. Hassoun Camara's header was the end result of a persistent attack that United simply couldn't clear away. Montreal would have the better chances through to the end of the match, but nothing went in, even after Kofi Opara's straight red in the 89th minute. D.C. United are now a point clear of the playoffs in sixth while Monreal are five points ahead of them in fifth.

Orlando City 1-2 Toronto FC
Orlando had a decent showing in their scoreless draw at Colorado over the weekend, now they hoped to carry that form back home against one of the best in the East in Toronto FC. It didn't quite work out that way. Tosaint Ricketts got Toronto on the board in the seventh minute to set the tone. Although Cyle Larin would provide a 56th minute equalizer. it wouldn't hold up. Toronto's sudden goal a game guy, Jozy Altidore, won it for them in the 86th minute. That win puts Toronto ahead of New York City for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Meanwhile, Orlando is still outside the playoffs by a point. 

Chicago Fire 2-2 LA Galaxy
Fresh off their first road win in two years, Chicago was looking to get another big win agaisnt Western Conference giants LA Galaxy. They had a half time lead to go on, as well. Goals from Arturo Alvarez in the 34th and David Accam from the spot in the 39th erased Gyasi Zardes's 31st minute opener. Giovani Dos Santos dashed their hopes of victory jsut after the hour mark, however, and the Fire had to settle for a point. They are out of last place now on the games won tiebreaker, so that's a plus. The Galaxy climb into fourth place in the West.

Houston Dynamo 1-1 Seattle Sounders
With Seattle playing so well since Sigi Schmid's firing and Nicolas Lodeiro's return from Argentina, it would have been a little sad for them to have lost to Houston. That's almost what happened, though. The Dynamo were riding Andrew Wenger's 75th minute goal towards the final whistle when Lodeiro ruined their fun. His goal four minutes deep into stoppage time salvaged a draw for the Sounders, who are still a point back of the Timbers for sixth place. The two sides meed in the final chapter of the Cascadia rivalry on Sunday afternoon.

San Jose Earthquakes 0-0 New England Revolution
Both these sides are slowly slipping towards disappointment in 2016, so it makes sense that neither was able to produce much with the ball tonight. The Quakes only managed seven shots on their home turf, but at least they kept New England at bay with only 12 low quality shots of their own. The shared points mean the Quakes are level with the Timbers on points, but still behind on tiebreakers. The Revs have a two point gap between them and D.C. United for sixth in the East. 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: Champions League changes to be decided Thursday

Yesterday's Scores
UEFA Champions League- Qualifying Second Leg
AS Roma 0-3 FC Porto (1-4 on aggregate)
(Felipe 8', Layun 73', Corona 75')

AS Monaco 1-0 Villarreal (3-1on aggregate)
(Fabinho PK 90')

Viktoria Plzen 2-2 Ludogorets Razgrad (2-4 on aggregate)
(Duris 7', Mateju 64')-(Misidjan 16', Keseru 90+5')

Hapoel Be'er Sheva 2-0 Celtic (4-5 on aggregate)
(Sahar 21', Hoban 48')

Legia Warsaw 1-1 Dundalk (3-1 on aggregate)
(Kucharczyk 90+2')-(Benson 19')

CONCACAF Champions League
Alianza FC 1-1 Antigua
(Guerrero 58')-(Portillo 75')

Vancouver Whitecaps 3-0 Sporting Kansas City
(Techera 8', 64', Hurtado 12')

Pachuca 3-0 Police United
(Aguirre 62', Lozano 79', Urretaviscaya 86')


Headlines
Changes to the format if the UEFA Champions League are coming for 2018, and those changes will likely be decided on by Thursday. Before the group stage drawing, representatives off UEFA and the leagues of Europe will hold a being where the main topic of discussion will be how to alter the competition to stave off the rich clubs from breaking off into a closed European Super League. The expected change will be adding automatic group stage slots to the top four leagues in e Europe. That would mean clubs from Spain, Germany, England, and Italy would no longer have to go through the playoff stage to get into the meat and potatoes of the competition. Also up for discussion will be payouts received by the larger clubs in the tournament. Any changes would go into effect for the 2018-19 Champions League.

It's long been rumored that DeAndre Yedlin would be leaving Tottenham for a place where he could get more playing time. It looks like Newcastle is the leading destination for him as he was seen in the city ahead of a potential £5 million move to the Championship side. Sunderland and Aston Villa have also been interested in the American left back.

Alejandro Bedoya's youth club, Weston FC in Florida, is demanding a cut of MLS's transfer fee paid to Nantes. Since Bedoya left the French club before the end of his contract, FIFA rules dictate that the youth club receive a cut of the transfer fee. In this case, Weston could be entitled to up to $25,000. They could end up joining a class action lawsuit by other American youth clubs demanding these solidarity payments for prospects they have developed. The underlying issue isn't the FIFA statutes, but how they relate to American anti-trust laws.

Today's Matches
UEFA Champions League- Qualifying Second Leg
Manchester City v. Steaua Bucuresti- 2:45pm
Apoel Nicosia v. FC Copenhagen- 2:45pm
FC Salzburg v. Dinamo Zagreb- 2:45pm
Rostov v. Ajax Amsterdam- 2:45pm
Borussia Monchengladbach v. Young Boys- 2:45pm

CONCACAF Champions League
Don Bosco v. Arabe Unido- 8pm
UNAL v. Plaza Amador- 10pm
Real Esteli v. FC Dallas- 10pm

MLS
Columbus Crew v. Philadelphia Union- 7:30pm
Montreal Impact v. D.C, United- 7:30pm
Orlando City v. Toronto FC- 7:30pm
Chicago Fire v. LA Galaxy- 8:30pm
Houston Dynamo v. Seattle Sounders- 9pm
San Jose Earthquakes v. New England Revolution- 10:30pm

USL
Toronto FC II v. New York Red Bulls II- 5pm- YouTube
FC Cincinnati v. Rochester Rhinos- 7pm- YouTube
Pittsburgh Riverhounds v. Wilmington Hammerheads- 7pm- YouTube
Colorado Springs Switchbacks v. OKC Energy- 9pm- YouTube
Orange County Blues v. Sacramento Republic- 10:30pm- YouTube

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: Wayne Rooney to MLS?

Yesterday's Scores
La Liga
Celta Vigo 0-1 Leganes
(Diaz Miguel 75')

Valencia 2-4 Las Palmas
(Mina 6', 34')-(Livaja 16', 88', Viera 24', Boateng 31')

Headlines
Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson is one of the more outspoken of MLS executives. Apparently, he is using that status to try and draw Wayne Rooney to the league. He cites tehe successes of Sebastian Giovinco both on the pitch and in his bank account as reasons Rooney should hop across the pond. The benefits to MLS go without saying. Rooney would be a star in the league as he is still miles ahead of any other player out there, except maybe Giovinco.

After winning gold at the Olympics and then resigning his captaincy, Neymar is now saying he will not return to Barcelona until after the international break in the first week of September. Brazil has two World Cup Qualifying matches in that time span and Neymar will feature in both. In order to play in those matches against Ecuador and Colombia, he will miss Barca's match with Athletic Bilbao.

Over in England, Sam Allardyce is apparently open to the idea of John Terry returning to the England squad. The Chelsea legend has 78 caps with his nation and he retired back in 2012. The political situation with the national team has improved to the point where he may consider a comeback, even at the age of 35.

Today's Matches
UEFA Champions League- Qualifying Second Leg
AS Roma v. FC Porto- 2:45pm
AS Monaco v. Villarreal- 2:45pm
Viktoria Plzen v. Ludogorets Razgrad- 2:45pm
Hapoel Be'er Sheva v. Celtic- 2:45pm
Legia Warsaw v. Dundalk- 2:45pm

CONCACAF Champions League
Alianza FC v. Antigua- 8pm
Vancouver Whitecaps v. Sporting Kansas City- 10pm
Pachuca v. Police United- 10pm

Monday, August 22, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: Atlanta United hit 22,000 tickets sold

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League
Sunderland 1-2 Middlesbrough
(Van Aanholt 71')-(Stuani 13', 45')

West Ham 1-0 AFC Bournemouth

La Liga
Sporting Gijon 2-1 Athletic Bilbao
(Cop 50', Rodriguez 53')-(Viguera 86')

The referee actually had to stop play during this match thanks to Gijon fans racist chanting at Bilbao's Inaki WIlliams. Williams is the first black player to play for Athletic Bilbao, a club that historically only employs players from Bilbao and/or of Basque heritage. Williams would go on to assist on his club's only goal of the match.

Real Sociedad 0-3 Real Madrid
(Bale 2', 90+4', Asensio 40')

Atletico Madrid 0-0 Alavés

Serie A
AC Milan 3-2 Torino
(Bacca 38', 50', PK 62')-(Belotti 48', Baselli 90+1')

Atalanta 3-4 Lazio
(Kessie 63', 67', Petagna 90+1')-(Immobile 15', Hoedt 20', Lombardi 33', Cataldi 89')

Bologna 1-0 Crotone
(Destro 86')

Chievo Verona 2-0 Inter Milan
(Birsa 49', 81')

Empoli 0-1 Sampdoria
(Muriel 37')

Genoa 3-1 Cagliari
(Ntcham 78', Laxalt 79', Rigoni 88')-(Borriello 66')

Palermo 0-1 Sassuolo
(Berardi PK 31')

US Pescara 2-1 Napoli
(Benali 8', Caprari 35')-(Mertens 60', 63')

Ligue 1
Guingamp 2-1 Olympique Marseille
(Salibur 1', Sorbon 58')-(Thauvin 78')

St. Etienne 3-1 Montpellier
(Monnet-Paquet 47', Saint-Louis 50', Beric 85')-(Mouine 23')

Paris Saint-Germain 2-0 Metz
(Moura 52', Kurzawa 67')

European League Tables

MLS
D.C. United 2-2 New York Red Bulls
(Sarvas PK 70', Mullins 73')-(Wright-Phillips 38', Felipe 64')

Seattle Sounders 3-1 Portland Timbers
(Dempsey PK 61', 80', Roldan 83')-(Adi 90+3')

Full MLS Recap

Liga MX
Pumas UNAM 5-3 Monterrey
(Britos 16', 19', 32', Barrera 25', Gallardo 61')-(Montes 39', Sanches 55', Pabon 90+2')

Puebla 2-2 Club America
(Dueñas 44', Bermudez 53')-(Martinez PK 23', Aguilar 60')

USL
FC Montreal 3-2 Bethlehem Steel
(Jackson-hamel 32', Meilleur 81', Mkungilwa 90')-(Chambers 40', Burke 50')

Colorado Springs Switchbacks 0-2 Rio Grande Valley
(Luna 5', Catic 90+2')

Orlando City B 1-1 Richmond Kickers
(Cox PK 44')-(Grant 53')

Vancouver Whitecaps 2 3-1 Arizona United
(Tanner 84', 87', 90+3')-(Blackwood 17')

Swope Park Rangers 1-1 Saint Louis FC
(Barrett 89')-(Cicciarelli 80')

North American League Tables

Headlines
Atlanta United are set to have quite the debut in MLS next season. They have set an MLS expansion team record for season ticket sales with more than 22,000 sold. Considering they had 31,000 deposits placed shortly after the initial announcement of the team, this isn't much of a shock, but still pretty impressive. Their stadium, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, will be shared with the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL and will have capacity capped at 29,000 fans for soccer matches. The overall seating capacity is listed at 71,000. Based on initial sales, it wouldn't be a shock to see them regularly hit that 29,000 attendance mark.

Neymar has stepped down as Brazil's captain following their Olympic gold medal win. He had been the skipper since the conclusion of the 2014 World Cup run.

West Ham lost striker Andy Carroll in Europa League qualifying on Thursday, and it looks like they will be without him for a while. His knee injury will keep him out four to six weeks. This is unfortunate for the Hammers, who lost club record signing Andre Ayer for four months after he played for barely a half hour in the Premier League opener last week.

Today's Matches
La Liga
Celta Vigo v. Leganes- 2pm
Valencia v. Las Palmas- 4pm