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')

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

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

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

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