Friday, September 30, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: Warsaw to play in empty stadium against Real Madrid

Yesterday's Scores
Europa League
FC Astana 0-0 Young Boys

FK Qabala 2-3 Mainz
(Kurbanov PK 57', Zenjov 62')-(Muto 41', Cordoba 68', Oztunali 78')

Ajax Amsterdam 1-0 Standard Liege
(Dolberg 28')

Celta Vigo 0-0 Panathinaikos

KAA Gent 2-0 Konyaspor
(Seif 17', Neto 33')

Shakhtar Donetsk 2-0 Braga
(Stepanenko 5', Kovalenko 56')

Krasnodar 5-2 Nice
(Smolov 22', Joaozinho 33', PK 65', Ari 86', 90+3')-(Balotelli 42', Cyprien 71')

Schalke 04 3-1 FC Salzburg
(Goretzka 15', Caleta-Car OGG 47', Howedes 58')-(Jonathan 72')

Fiorentina 5-1 FK Qarabag
(Babacar 39', 45+2', Kalinic 43', Zarate 63', 78')-(Ndlovu 90+1')

Liberec 1-2 PAOK Salonika
(Komlichenko 1')-(Athanasiadis PK 10', 82')

Hapoel Be'er 0-0 Southampton

Sparta Prague 3-1 Inter Milan
(Kadlec 7', 25', Holek 76')-(Palacio 71')

FC Zurich 2-1 Osmanlispor
(Schonbachler 45', Cavusevic 79')-(Maher 73')

Steaua Bucharesti 1-1 Villarreal
(Muniru 20')-(Borre 9')

Fenerbahçe 1-0 Feyenoord Rotterdam
(Emenike 18')

Manchester United 1-0 FC Zorya Luhansk
(Ibrahimovic 69')

Olympiakos 0-1 Apoel Nicosia
(Soteriou 10')

St. Etienne 1-1 Anderlecht
(Roux 90+4')-(Tielemans PK 62')

Dundalk 1-0 Maccabi Tel-Aviv
(Kilduff 72')

Zenit St. Petersburg 5-0 AZ Alkmaar
(Kokorin 26', 59', Giuliano 48', Criscito PK 66', Shatov 80')

AS Roma 4-0 FK Astra Giurgiu
(Strootman 15', Fazio 45+2', Fabricio OG 47', Salah 54')

Austria Vienna 0-0 Viktoria Plzen

Athletic Bilbao 1-0 Rapid Vienna
(Benat 59')

Racing Genk 3-1 Sassuolo
(Karelis 8', Bailey 25', Buffel 61')-(Politano 65')

CONCACAF Champions League
Police United 1-5 Olimpia
(King 6')-(Costly 10', 69', Quioto 17', Alvarez 36', Mejia PK 90+3')

Honduras Progreso 1-0 W Connection FC
(Moncada 18')

Champions League Tables

Legia Warsaw, and Polish fans in general, are some of the rowdier people in European football. Well, their insanity has caught the eyes of UEFA, who have charged them with crowd troubles and ordered their Champions League match against Real Madrid on November 2 played in an empty stadium. Fights, threats, and vandalism plagued their match with Borussia Dortmund prompted the charges. Legia Warsaw are the first Polish club to play in the group stage in 20 years and they currently sit at the bottom of Group F. 

Today's Matches
Premier League
Everton v. Crystal Palace- 3pm- USA

Red Bull Leipzig v. FC Augsburg- 2:30pm- FS2

La Liga
Real Sociedad v. Real Betis- 2:45pm

Ligue 1
Stade Rennes v. Guingamp- 2:45pm- beIN

Houston Dynamo v. New York City- 8pm- UniMas

Liga MX

Tijuana v. Atlas- 10pm

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: More corruption in England revealed

Yesterday's Scores
UEFA Champions League
Arsenal 2-0 FC Basel
(Walcott 7', 26')

Ludogorets-Razgrad 1-3 Paris-Saint Germain
(Pimienta 15')-(Matuidi 41', Cavani 55', 60')

Besiktas 1-1 Dinamo Kiev
(Quaresma 28')-(Tsygankov 65')

Napoli 4-2 Benfica
(Hamsik 20', Mertens 51', 58', Milik PK 54')-(Guedes 70', Salvio 86')

Borussia Monchengladbach 1-2 Barcelona
(Hazard 34')-(Turan 65', Pique 73')

Celtic 3-3 Manchester City
(Dembele 3', 47', Sterling OG 20')-(Fernandinho 11', Sterling 28', Nolito 55')

Manchester City have dropped points for the first time this season. It was at the hands of Glasgow Celtic, of all teams, here in the Champions League. It should be little more than a bump in the road on their way to qualification, however, with how poorly Borussia Monchengladbach have come out of the gate.

Atletico Madrid 1-0 Bayern Munich
(Carrasco 35')

Rostov 2-2 PSV Eindhoven
(Poloz 8', 37')-(Propper 14', de Jong 45+2')

CONCACAF Champions League
Alaza Amador 1-0 UANL
(Barsallo 37')

FC Dallas 0-0 Suchitepequez

This single point from FC Dallas sets up a winner moves on, loser goes home rematch with Suchitepequezon the final day of group stage competition. This time, Dallas will have to travel to Guatemala and get at least a point to move on. They hold the top spot in Group H on the third tiebreaker, goals scored.

Vancouver Whitecaps 4-1 Central FC
(Perez 11', Techera 22', 70', Kudo 49')-(Da Silva 44')

Vancouver completes the only perfect run, so far, through the CONCACAF Champions League with this win. Pachuca and Arabe Unido are sitting on nine points through three matches and can join them in that small club.

Monterrey 3-0 Don Bosco
(Lopez 18', De Nigris 43', Gonzalez 51')
D.C. United 3-0 Columbus Crew
(Sam 71', Neagle 86', Saborio 90')

D.C. United now hold a four point lead over the final playoff spot with three games remaining. Orlando, as evidenced by their bland 0-0 draw below, doesn't look capable of challenging them and New England, who are right below them in seventh, aren't exactly look hot either. Things aren't looking bad for United in terms of making the playoffs.

Montreal Impact 3-1 San Jose Earthquakes
(Oduro 22', Piatti 32', Venegas 90+2')-(Wondolowski 62')

Similar things can be said for Montreal as I did for D.C. They got a nice win here over a Quakes team that is more or less in shambles. While not mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, it would take a big miracle to see San Jose still playing after the regular season.

Toronto FC 0-0 Orlando City

This game was a snoozer and not exactly the best midweek offering for FS1 to pick up. It was a pretty juicy matchup on paper. Orlando needed something to get back into the playoff hunt and Toronto has plenty of USMNT thunder, but neither side produced anything, even after Toronto went down to ten men in the second half.

Seattle Sounders 1-0 Chicago Fire
(Marshall 24')

This win puts the Sounders back in a playoff spot, knocking the defending champion Timbers down below the red line. Both sides have 41 points, but Seattle's 12 wins has them in front of Portland's 11. To make things worse for the Timbers, Seattle has an extra game left to play to solidify their position. If Portland fails to qualify for the post season, it will be the first time ever that both of the previous season's MLS Cup Final participants fail to make the playoffs.

Jacksonville Armada 0-0 FC Edmonton

Carolina RailHawks 0-2 New York Cosmos
(Moffat 71', Bover 72')

Puerto Rico FC 2-1 Fort Lauderdale Strikers
(Rudy 41', Bardic 67')-(Amauri 2')

Miami FC 2-1 Ottawa Fury
(Lahoud 35', Rennella 90+5')-(Gentile 44')

North American League Tables

The next shoe in The Telegraph investigation into English football corruption has dropped. This time, managers at the Championship, England's second tier, are taking a hit. Also related to the third-party ownership scandal that cost Sam Allardyce his job, Barnsley assistant manager Tommy Wright, accepted a bribe from undercover journalists related to investors profiting from transfers. He reportedly accepted £5,000 to push his club to sign certain players who were represented by these investors. He was suspended and later banned. QPR manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was also filmed accepting a similar bribe from these "Far East investors." Also implicated was Massimo Cellino of Leeds United,

Today's Matches
Europa League
FC Astana v. Young Boys- 11am
FK Qabala v. Mainz- 11am- FS2
Ajax Amsterdam v. Standard Liege- 1pm
Celta Vigo v. Panathinaikos- 1pm
KAA Gent v. Konyaspor- 1pm
Shakhtar Donetsk v. Braga- 1pm
Krasnador v. Nice- 1pm
Schalke 04 v. FC Salzburg- 1pm- FS2
Fiorentina v. FK Qarabag- 1pm
Liberec v. PAOK Salonika- 1pm
Hapoel Be'er v. Southampton- 1pm
Sparta Prague v. Inter Milan- 1pm- FS1
FC Zurich v. Osmanlispor- 1pm
Steaua Bucharesti v. Villarreal- 1pm
Fenerbahce v. Feyenoord Rotterdam- 3:05pm
Manchester United v. FC Zorya Luhansk- 3:05pm- FS1
Olympiakos v. Apoel Nicosia- 3:05pm
St. Etienne v. Anderlecht- 3:05pm
Dundalk v. Maccabi Tel-Aviv- 3:05pm
Zenit St. Petersburg v. AZ Alkmaar- 3:05pm
AS Roma v. FK Astra Giurgiu- 3:05pm- FS2
Austria Vienna v. Viktoria Plzen- 3:05pm
Athletic Bilbao v. Rapid Vienna- 3:05pm
Racing Genk v. Sassuolo- 3:05pm

CONCACAF Champions League
Police United v. Olimpia- 8pm
Honduras Progreso v. W Connection FC- 10pm

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: Allardyce out as England manager

Yesterday's Scores
UEFA Champions League
AS Monaco 1-1 Bayer Leverkusen
(Glik 90+4')-(Chicharito 73')

CSKA Moscow 0-1 Tottenham
(Son 71')

Borussia Dortmund 2-2 Real Madrid
(Aubameyang 43', Schurrle 87')-(Ronaldo 17', Varane 68')

American teenager Christian Pulisic provided the fantastic assist on the Andre Schurrle equalizer for Dortmund. Pulisic blew past a couple Real Madrid defenders on the right flank before darting into the penalty area and picking out the German international for the emphatic finish. All hair Christian Pulisic, harbinger of American soccer dreams.

Sporting CP 2-0 Legia Warsaw
(Ruiz 28', Dost 37')

FC Copenhagen 4-0 Club Brugge
(Denswil OG 53', Delaney 64', Santander 69', Zanka 90+2')

Leicester City 1-0 FC Porto
(Slimani 25')

Leicester was hosting their first ever Champions League match and got the win thanks to Islam Slimani. The Foxes are enjoying their time in Europe thus far and have put themselves in fantastic position to advance from the group with wins in their first two matches.

Dinamo Zagreb 0-4 Juventus
(Pjanic 24', Higuain 31', Dybala 57', Alves 85')

Sevilla 1-0 Olympique Lyonnais
(Ben Yedder 52')

CONCACAF Champions League
Antigua 0-0 New York Red Bulls

CD Dragon 1-2 Portland Timbers
(Melara 54')-(Adi 79', Nagbe 90')

The Red Bulls draw was enough for them to advance in to the group stages next spring and the Timbers win means they are still alive in Group B. A win against Saprissa at home in their final match of the round means they will be in the quarters as well.

After the rather damning report against him came out in The Telegraph, San Allardyce has agreed to leave his post as England manager. With the clear indications that he was providing information on illegal player investment schemes to fake foreign businessmen, he was probably going to be fired anyway and the FA was not likely to want to waste time with the next round of World Cup qualifiers on the horizon. Gareth Southgate will take charge until a permanent replacement can be found.

Clint Dempsey's irregular heartbeat will keep him out for the remainder of the season. He had returned to light training two weeks ago with the hopes of being able to make it back, but it seems this condition will not allow him to return this year. Despite the Sounders being in the thick of the playoff chase, it's probably best not to risk Dempsey's health and well being in this scenario. Both Dempsey and the Sounders hope he is back on the pitch for the 2017 season.

Bob Bradley, who has had several successful coaching stints since he was dismissed from his post in charge of the USMNT back in 2011. He took Egypt to the brink of the World Cup. led Norwegian outfit Stabek to their first ever Europa League qualification. and he came within one goal of getting Le Havre promoted to Ligue 1 in France. Thanks, in part, to these accomplishments, he is apparently talking with Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins about a potential job in the Premier League. Francesco Guidolin hasn't done all that well since taking the reins last spring and could be shown the door shortly. Although Bradley's name has come up, former Manchester United star Ryan Giggs is still considered the favorite for the job. It's also worth noting that Swansea was taken over by a group of American investors, including Landon Donovan, over the summer.

Today's Matches
UEFA Champions League
Arsenal v. FC Basel- 2:45pm
Ludogorets-Razgrad v. Paris-Saint Germain- 2:45pm
Besiktas v. Dinamo Kiev- 2:45pm
Napoli v. Benfica- 2:45pm
Borussia Monchengladbach v. Barcelona- 2:45pm- FS1
Celtic v. Manchester City- 2:45pm- FS2
Atletico Madrid v. Bayern Munich- 2:45pm- ESPN2
Rostov v. PSV Eindhoven- 2:45pm

CONCACAF Champions League
Alaza Amador v. UANL- 8pm
FC Dallas v. Suchitepequez- 8pm
Vancouver Whitecaps v. Central FC- 10pm
Monterrey v. Don Bosco- 10pm

DC United v. Columbus Crew- 7:30pm
Montreal Impact v. San Jose Earthquakes- 7:30pm
Toronto FC v. Orladno City- 7:30pm- FS1
Seattle Sounders v. Chicago Fire- 10:30pm

Jacksonville Armada v. FC Edmonton- 7pm- CBS Sports Network
Carolina RailHawks v. New York Cosmos- 7:30pm- ONE World Sports
Puerto Rico FC v. Fort Lauderdale Strikers- 7:30pm- ESPN3
Miami FC v. Ottawa Fury- 8pm- beIN

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: Allardyce, other England officials, targeted by undercover investigation

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League
Burnley 2-0 Watford
(Hendrick 38', Keane 50')

La Liga
Alaves 3-1 Granada
(Edgar 52', Camarasa 66', Deyverson 90+3')-(Kravets 78')

Serie A
Crotone 1-3 Atalanta
(Simy 86')-(Petagna 3', Kurtic 40', Gomez 45+1')

Cagliari 2-1 Sampdoria
(Pedro 37', Melchiorri 88')-(Bruno 86')

European League Tables

England manager Sam Allardyce has been the target of an undercover journalistic investigation from The Telegraph that is shedding light on some corruptive practices in English football. This first report indicates that Allardyce has had meetings with journalists posing as Asian businessmen looking to buy stock in players using a scheme known as "third-party ownership" where investors would get a cut of any transfer fees spent on the invested players. This practice was outlawed by the FA in 2008 and by FIFA as a whole in 2015. Allardyce, who has been in charge of one competitive match with the English national team, was filmed meeting with these undercover journalists on two separate occasions. The FA is going to look further into this report before taking action.

This is evidently only the beginning of The Telegraph's investigation into corruption throughout England. Later down the line, they say they have reports on players betting on their own team's matches, managers taking bribes for player transfers, and other managers participating in meetings similar to the Allardyce one above.

In other FA news, they association is looking into playing certain FA Cup matches in midweek in order to clear out more weekends for league play. The goal would be to decongest the schedule in the winter and create a winter break, similar to the one in Germany. The proposal will be voted on next summer.

FIFA is eliminating their anti-racism task force, claiming that their job is complete. Upon the creation of the group, they had a specific set of goals which have all been met, apparently. Meanwhile. racism in soccer, and everywhere else, is on the rise. Many critics, including the anti-racism organization "Kick it Out" have criticized the decision as short sighted.

Today's Matches
UEFA Champions League
AS Monaco v. Bayer Leverkusen- 2:45pm- ESPN2
CSKA Moscow v. Tottenham- 2:45pm- FS2
Borussia Dortmund v. Real Madrid- 2:45pm- FS1
Sporting CP v. Legia Warsaw- 2:45pm
FC Copenhagen v. Club Brugge- 2:45pm
Leicester City v. FC Porto- 2:45pm
Dinamo Zagreb v. Juventus- 2:45pm
Sevilla v. Olympique Lyonnais- 2:45pm

CONCACAF Champions League
Antigua v. New York Red Bulls- 8pm- Univision Deportes
CD Dragon v. Portland Timbers- 10pm- Univision Deportes

Monday, September 26, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: De Bruyne to miss four weeks

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League
West Ham 0-3 Southampton
(Austin 40', Tadic 64', Ward-Prowse 90+2')

TSG Hoffenheim 2-1 Schalke 04
(Kramaric 17', Rupp 41')-(Choupo-Moting-4')

FC Koln 1-1 Red Bull Leipzig
(Osake 25')-(Burke 5')

La Liga
Leganes 1-2 Valencia
(Szymanowski 21')-(Nani 34', Suarez 52')

Atletico Madrid 1-0 Deportivo La Coruna
(Griezmann 70')

Villarreal 3-1 Osasuna
Pato 5', Bruno PK 24', Sansone 39')-(Torres 45+1')

Espanyol 0-2 Celta Vigo
Rossi 90+1', Sisto 90+3')

Serie A
Torino 3-1 AS Roma
Belotti 8', Falque PK 52', 85')-(Totti PK 55')

Genoa 1-1 US Pescara
(Simeone 47')-(Manaj 85')

Inter Milan 1-1 Bologna
(Perisic 37')-Destro 14')

Lazio 2-0 Empoli
(Diao 29', Lulic 90')

Sassuolo 1-0 Udinese
(Defrel 34')

Fiorentina 0-0 AC Milan

Ligue 1
St. Etienne 3-1 Lille
(Beric 63', Nordin 72', Roux 90+3')-(Civelli 80)

AS Nancy Lorraine 0-1 Nice
(Plea 60')

Olympique Marseille 1-2 Nantes
(Nije 22', Gomis PK 53')-(Sala 2')

European League Tables

LA Galaxy 2-4 Seattle Sounders
(Kenae 20', PK 85')-(van Damme OG 35', Morris 63', 73', Alonso 78')

Columbus Crew 2-0 New England Revolution
(Kamara 42', PK 84')

Liga MX
Toluca 1-1 Leon
(Barrientos 35')-(Boselli PK 23')

Santos 1-2 Tijuana
(Izquierdoz 42')-(Rodriguez 30', Hurtado 63')

Bethlehem Steel 0-2 Orlando City B
(Cox 9', Neal 58')

This match concludes the USL regular season with Orlando City sneaking into the playoffs with their first win in nine matches. Here are your USL Playoff matchups:

Eastern Conference:
New York Red Bulls II v. Orlando City B
Louisville City v. Richmond Kickers
FC Cincinnati v. Charleston Battery
Rochester Rhinos v. Charlotte Independence

Western Conference:
Sacramento Republic v. Orange County Blues
Rio Grande Valley v. OKC Energy
Colorado Springs Switchbacks v. Vancouver Whitecaps 2
Swope Park Rangers v. LA Galaxy II

North American League Tables

Kevin De Bruyne suffered a hamstring injury on Saturday against Swansea City. Further examination reveals that he could miss four weeks for Manchester City and the Belgian national team. He could miss two Premier League games and possibly two Champions League games for his club. Belgium also has two World Cup Qualifiers coming up in the next international window during the second weekend in October.

Today's Matches
Premier League
Burnley v. Watford- 3pm- NBCSN

La Liga
Alaves v. Granada- 2:45pm

Serie A
Crotone v. Atalanta- 1pm
Cagliari v. Sampdoria- 3pm- beIN

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: NASL could lose five sides for next season

Yesterday's Scores
EFL Cup- Third Round
Fulham 1-2 Bristol City
(Piazon 14')-(Wilbraham 45', Abraham 90')

Northampton Town 1-3 Manchester United
(Revell PK 42')-(Carrick 17', Herrera 68', Rashford 75')

Queens Park Rangers 1-2 Sunderland
(Sandro 60')-(McNair 70', 80')

Southampton 2-0 Crystal Palace
(Austin PK 33', Hesketh 63')

Swansea City 0-2 Manchester City
(Clichy 49', Serrano 67')

West Ham 1-0 Accrington Stanley
(Payet 90+6')

Stoke City 1-2 Hull City
(Arnautovic 24')-(Mason 45', Henriksen 90+1')

Tottenham 5-0 Gillingham
(Eriksen 31', 48', Janssen PK 51', Onomah 65', Lamela 68')

Bayer Leverkusen 0-0 FC Augsburg

Bayern Munich 3-0 Hertha Berlin
(Ribery 16', Alcantara 68', Robben 72')

Red Bull Leipzig 1-1 Borussia Monchengladbach
(Werner 6')-(Johnson 84')

Schalke 04 1-3 FC Köln
(Huntelaar 36')-(Osako 38', Modeste 77', Zoller 84')

Werder Bremen 1-2 Mainz
(Hajrovic 12')-(Malli 87', De Blasis 90+2')

La Liga
Celta Vigo 2-1 Sporting Gijon
(Mallo 66', Aspas PK  87')-(Cop 80')

Real Madrid 1-1 Villarreal
(Ramos 48')-(Bruno PK 45+1')

Barcelona 1-1 Atletico Madrid
(Rakitic 41')-(Correa 61')

Granada 1-2 Athletic Bilbao
(Carcela-Gonzalez 44')-(Garcia 15', Laporte 77')

Real Sociedad 4-1 Las Palmas
(Jose 1', PK 53', Vela PK 22', Zurutuza 35')-(Tana 56')

Serie A
Bologna 2-0 Sampdoria
(Verdi 45', Destro 50')

AS Roma 4-0 Crotone
(El Shaarawy 26', Salah 37', Dzeko 48', 57')

Atalanta 0-1 Palermo
(Nestoroski 89')

Chievo Verona 2-1 Sassuolo
(Rigoni 21', Castro 41')-(Defrel 28')

Empoli 0-2 Inter Milan
(Icardi 10', 17')

Genoa 0-0 Napoli

Juventus 4-0 Cagliari
(Rugani 14', Higuain 33', Alves 39', Ceppitelli OG 83')

Udinese 2-2 Fiorentina
(Zapata 26', Danilo 45')-(Babacar 30', Bernardeschi 52'+)

Pescara 0-0 Torino

Ligue 1
Angers 2-1 Caen
(Ketkeophomphone 12', Nodye 54')-(Karamoh 71')

Bastia 0-0 AS Nancy Lorraine

Guingamp 1-0 Lorient
(Birand 63')

Olympique Lyonnais 5-1 Montpelier
(Fekir PK 36', 57', Tolisso 42', 71', Cornet 75')-(Sanson 4')

Metz 0-3 Bordeaux
(Malcom 36', Laborde 71', Thelin PK 76')

Nants 0-0 St. Etienne

Nice 4-0 AS Monaco
(Baysse 17', Balotelli 30', 68',Plea 86')

Stade Rennes 3-2 Olympique Marseilles
(Sio 41', Grosicki 86', Hunou 88')-(Gomis PK 44', 50')

European League Tables

Liga MX
Leon 0-0 Chiapas

Pumas UNAM 2-0 Atlas
(Veron PK 48', Gonzalez 73')

Monterrey 5-2 Santos
(Pabon 8', Sanchez 18', Sanchez Colacio OG 35', Funes Mori 73', Elis 88')-(Molina 31', Izquierdos 80')

Tijuana 2-1 Queretaro
(Moreno 23', Hurtado 32')-(Sanvezzo 64')

Tulsa Roughnecks 1-3 Swope Park Rangers
(Ochoa 19')-(Tyrpak 5', 27', Kelly 9')

Vancouver Whitecaps 2 2-1 OKC Energy
(Bustos 17', 75')-(Thomas 82')

The USL regular season concludes this weekend and there are still two playoff spots up for grabs. The eighth spot in the East is currently held by Orlando City B, who travel to eliminated Bethlehem Steel as the only match on Sunday. Wilmington Hammerheads are a point back, so a win for them at home against seventh place Richmond Kickers couple with an Orlando loss will send them into the playoffs.

The West is a little more clumped. five teams are currently vying for the eighth spot currently held by San Antonio FC, who take on Rio Grande Valley on Saturday. If they win, it's all over and they head to the post season. Also in play are Portland Timbers 2 (at home against lowly Arizona United), Orange County Blues (at home against West leading Colorado Springs), Real Monarchs (at LA II), and technically Seattle Sounders 2 (at Swope Park Rangers), but their goal difference makes in nearly impossible for them to climb in.

North American League Tables

The lower divisions of US Soccer are seemingly in a constant state of upheaval. With clubs coming and going each and every year, it's hard to keep track of who plays where and in what league. The NASL is in massive flux these days and they look to be taking a bigger hit in the coming off season. The league is already losing Minnesota United to MLS, and now word has surfaced that Ottawa Fury and Tampa Bay Rowdies are bolting for the technically lower division USL next year. Add in the fact that Fort Lauderdale Strikers ownership has abandoned the team and Rayo OKC's financial backing is very close to pulling out, and the second tier league could see a total of five teams dropping out with only one coming in to replace them. That would leave the league with eight sides at a time when their second division status is already in question, even with their goals of joining MLS as a top tier league. To complicate things, USL has applied for second division status with U.S. Soccer, with the fate of that pursuit possibly to be determined as early as tomorrow. It isn't out of the question to see the NASL dropped down to the third tier with all this chaos.

The draw for the fourth round of the EFL Cup was made at the conclusion of yesterday's matches. We are treated to a bonus Manchester Derby in this round, as the two were drawn together. That is the best match of the bunch, but, overall, there could be some good fun all around. Here's the full draw:

West Ham v. Chelsea
Manchester United v. Manchester City
Arsenal v. Reading
Liverpool v. Tottenham
Bristol City v. Hull
Leeds v. Norwich
Newcastle v. Preston
Southampton v. Sunderland

These matches will take place in the week of October 24.

Today's Matches
La Liga
Deportivo La Coruna v. Leganés- 2pm
Osasuna v. Espanyol- 2pm
Valencia v. Alaves- 2pm

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: Kane out for a couple months, MLS bags high TV ratings

Yesterday's Scores
EFL Cup- Third Round
AFC Bournemouth 2-3 Preston North End
(Grabban PK 53', Gosling 76')-(Makienok 10', 85', 111')

Brighton & Hove Albion 1-2 Reading
(Hemed 85')-(Quinn 32', Swift 54')

Derby County 0-3 Liverpool
(Klavan 24', Coutinho 50', Origi 54')

Everton 0-2 Norwich City
(Naismith 41', Murphy 74')

Leeds United 1-0 Blackburn Rovers
(Wood 85')

Leicester City 2-4 Chelsea
(Okazaki 17', 34)-(Cahill 45+2', Azpilicueta 49', Fabregas 92', 94')

Newcastle 2-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers
(Ritchie 29', Gouffran 31')

Nottingham Forest 0-4 Arsenal
(Xhaka 23', Lucas PK 60', Lucas 71', Chamberlain 90+3')

FC Ingolstadt 04 0-2 Eintracht Frankfurt
(Abraham 45+2', Oczipka 50')

SC Freiburg 1-0 Hamburg SV
(Nils 70')

SV Darmstadt 98 1-1 TSG Hoffenheim
(Oliynyk 90+2')-(Kramaric 46')

VfL Wolfsburg 1-5 Borussia Dortmund
(Didavi 53')-(Guerreiro 4', Aubameyang 16', 62', Dembele 58', Piszczek 73')

La Liga
Málaga 2-1 Eibar
(Ramirez 44', En-Nesyri 76')-(Nano 42')

Sevilla 1-0 Real Betis
(Mercado 51')

Serie A
AC Milan 2-0 Lazio
(Bacca 37', Niang PK 74')

Ligue 1
Lille 1-2 Toulouse
(Basa 34')-(Toivonen 12', 78')

Paris-Saint Germain 3-0 Dijon
(Lang OG 15', Cavani PK 27', Moura 67')

Liga MX
Cruz Azul 0-1 Toluca
(Barrientos 14')

Guadalajara 1-0 UANL
(Sosa 57')

Morelia 1-5 Pachuca
(Loeschbor 16')-(Jara PK 8', PK 55', Gutierrez 13', Lozano 78', Morelo PK 88')

Puebla 3-2 Veracruz
(Alustiza 38', PK 45+2', Herrera 65')-(Villalva 20', Penalba 43')

Necaxa 1-1 Club America
(Puch PK 39')-(Goltz 12')

The severity of Harry Kane's ankle injury apparently does not allow for a timetable to be set for his return. He was carried off with the injury during Sunday's victory against Sunderland. There is ligament damage, which could keep him out for around two months, but he may not be back after that spell. Beginning with tomorrow's EFL Cup match against Gillingham, it is expected that Vincent Janssen could serve as his primary replacement.

The rules to the Ballon d'Or have changed as the award has ended its association with FIFA. Now, instead of a shortlist of 23 players narrowed to three right before the ceremony, there will be a list of 30 players with no cutting down of the field. National team coaches and captains will also be eliminated from voting. All the votes will be handled by select journalists. Don't expect this to change the list of realistic winners. Ronaldo will almost certainly win it thanks to his usual display of talent and winning both the Champions League and European Championships in the past year.

The Bundesliga has become an increasingly predictable competition on recent years. Bayern Munich are four times defending champions and it's doubtful anyone will challenge them for the title this year. This has prompted talk of a playoff system to be implemented to determine the champions, and Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel has thrown his support in for such a system. The idea would have the top four sides duke it out in a knockout competition to for the title, similar to MLS, Liga MX, and other major North American sports. This would create a little more interest in the mid-upper portion of the table and, not shockingly, Borussia Dortmund is one of the clubs likely to benefit from a playoff.

It's been a rough early season for Spanish mainstays Valencia. Having lost each of their first four matches, they have canned manager Pako Ayestaran, who had replaced the recently departed Gary Neville back in March. Valencia lost eight of the twelve games he managed. Salvador Gonzalez Marco will take over in the interim.

Finally, Fox and MLS employed a unique strategy to try and win over a couple viewers on Sunday. They decided to prop up MLS matches on national television against NFL football with certain markets getting a match depending on when football games were televised there. Well, it worked out quite well. Sunday's matches scored the highest TV ratings for an MLS match in 12 years. A total of 1.3 million viewers watched one of the two games. That's pretty impressive considering the counter programming that always sucks sports fans away from everything else. It was the first time MLS was on broadcast TV up against the NFL since their debut season of 1996.

Today's Matches
EFL Cup- Third Round
Fulham v. Bristol City- 2:45pm
Northampton Town v. Manchester United- 2:45pm
Queens Park Rangers v. Sunderland- 2:45pm
Southampton v. Crystal Palace- 2:45pm
Swansea City v. Manchester City- 2:45pm
West Ham v. Accrington Stanley- 2:45pm
Stoke City v. Hull City- 3pm
Tottenham v. Gillingham- 3pm

Bayer Leverkusen v. FC Augsburg- 2pm- FS2
Bayern Munich v. Hertha Berlin- 2pm- FS1
Red Bull Leipzig v. Borussia Monchengladbach- 2pm
Schalke 04 v. FC Köln- 2pm
Werder Bremen v. Mainz- 2pm

La Liga
Celta Vigo v. Sporting Gijon- 2pm
Real Madrid v. Villarreal- 2pm- beIN
Barcelona v. Atletico Madrid- 4pm- beIN
Granada v. Athletic Bilbao- 4pm
Real Sociedad v. Las Palmas- 4pm

Serie A
Bologna v. Sampdoria- 12:30pm
AS Roma v. Crotone- 2:45pm
Atalanta v. Palermo- 2:45pm
Chievo Verona v. Sassuolo- 2:45pm
Empoli v. Inter Milan- 2:45pm
Genoa v. Napoli- 2:45pm
Juventus v. Cagliari- 2:45pm
Udinese v. Fiorentina- 2:45pm
Pescara v. Torino- 2:45pm

Ligue 1
Angers v. Caen- 1pm
Bastia v. AS Nancy Lorraine- 1pm
Guingamp v. Lorient- 1pm
Olympique Lyonnais v. Montpelier- 1pm
Metz v. Bordeaux- 1pm
Nants v. St. Etienne- 1pm
Nice v. AS Monaco- 1pm
Stade Rennes v. Olympique Marseilles- 3pm

Liga MX
Leon v. Chiapas- 8:30pm
Pumas UNAM v. Atlas- 10pm
Monterrey v. Santos- 10:30pm
Tijuana v. Queretaro- 11pm

Tulsa Roughnecks v. Swope Park Rangers- 8:30pm- YouTube
Vancouver Whitecaps 2 v. OKC Energy- 10pm- YouTube

Monday, September 19, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: Mourinho drops third match in last week

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League
Watford 3-1 Manchester Untied
(Capoue 34', Zuniga 83', Deeney PK 90+5')-(Rashford 62')

Crystal Palace 4-1 Stoke City
(Tomkins 9', Dann 11', McArthur 71', Townsend 75')-(Arnautovic 90+4')

Southampton 1-0 Swansea
(Austin 64')

Tottenham 1-0 Sunderland
(Kane 59')

Jose Mourinho never truly succeeds in year one, and he's going through a rough patch here. This was Manchester United's third loss in eight days' time.

FC Augsburg 1-3 Mainz
(Stafylidis 73')-(Cordoba 7', Malli 75', Muto 81')

Hertha Berlin 2-0 Schalke 04
(Weiser 64', Stocker 74')

La Liga
Osasuna 0-0 Celta Vigo

Athletic Bilbao 2-1 Valencia
(Aduriz 24', 41')-(Medran 2')

Villarreal 2-1 Real Sociedad
(Sansone 22', 25')-(Berchiche 35')

Espanyol 0-2 Real Madrid
(Rodriguez 45+2', Benzema 71')

Serie A
Udinese 1-2 Chievo Verona
(Zapata 25')-(Castro 82', Cacciatore 90+5')

Cagliari 3-0 Atalanta
(Borriello 8', 73', Sau 55')

Crotone 1-0 Palermo
(Trotta 23')-(Nestoroski 66')

Sassuolo 2-0 Genoa
(Politano PK 58', Defrel 66')

Torino 0-0 Empoli

Inter Milan 2-1 Juventus
(Icardi 68', Perisic 78')-(Lichtsteiner 66')

Fiorentina 1-0 AS Roma
(Badelj 82')

Ligue 1
Montpellier 1-1 Nice
(Boudebouz PK 67')-(Belhanda 85')

St. Etienne 1-0 Bastia
(Hamouma PK 90+3')

Olympique Marseille 0-0 Olympique Lyonnais

European League Tables

Sporting Kansas City 2-2 LA Galaxy
(Peterson 50', Dwyer 69')-(Gordon 7', Donovan 76')

Toronto FC 3-3 New York Red Bulls

Liga MX
Santos 3-1 Pumas UNAM
(Cuero 44', Rodriguez 71', PK 74')-(Gallardo 56')

Rayo OKC 1-1 Fort Lauderdale Strikers
(Michel PK 84')-(Santos 61')

Bethlehem Steel 1-1 Pittsburgh Riverhounds
(Chambers 68')-(Hertzog PK 9')

Vancouver Whitecaps 2 0-2 Portland Timbers 2
(Brett 13', Bijev 42')

OKC Energy 0-3 Swope Park Rangers
(Kelly 16', Gonzalez 24', Pasher 36')

North American League Tables

Tottenham was expected to defeat Sunderland. A goal from Harry Kane doesn't exactly jump out as unusual either. The trouble was, Kane went down with an ugly looking ankle injury three minutes after his goal. He was stretchered off the pitch and left the stadium on crutches. He was unlikely to start the EFL Cup match in midweek, but it's unknown how long he will be out. He will be valuated today.

Today's Match
La Liga
Alavés v. Deportivo La Coruna

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: Pulisic scores for Dortmund, Guardiola still perfect at City

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League
Hull City 1-4 Arsenal
(Snodgrass 79')-(Sanchez 17', 83', Walcott 55', Xhaka 90+2')

Leicester City 3-0 Burnley
(Slimani 45+1', 48', Mee OG 78')

Manchester City 4-0 AFC Bournemouth
(De Bruyne 15', Iheanacho 25', Sterling 48', Gundogan 66')

West Bromwich Albion 4-2 West Ham
(Chadli 8', 56', Rondon 37', McLean 44')-(Antonio 61', Lanzini 65')

Everton 3-1 Middlesbrough
(Barry 24', Coleman 42', Lukaku 45+1')-(Stekelenburg OG 21')

Full Premier League Recap

Bayern Munich 3-1 FC Ingolstadt 04
(Lewandowski 12', Alonso 50', Rafinha 84')-(Lezcano 8')

Borussia Dortmund 6-0 SV Darmstadt 98
(Castro 7', 78', Ramos, 48', Pulisic 54', Rode 84', Mor 88')

Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 Bayer Leverkusen
(Meier 53', Fabian 79')-(Chicharito 60')

Hamburg SV 0-4 Red Bull Leipzig
(Forsberg 66', Werner 72', 77', Selke 90+2')

TSG Hoffenheim 0-0 VfL Wolfsburg

Borussia Monchengladbach 4-1 Werder Bremen
(Hazard 11', 17', Raffael 41', 41')-(Gnabry 73')

Christian Pulisic, teenage American hero, had himself a goal and a pair of assists to add on to his strong Champions League performance during the week. Dortmund had an easy day overall with Darmstadt. Bayern Munich remains perfect to start the year with their win over Ingolstadt, as well.

La Liga
Leganés 1-5 Barcelona
(Messi 16', 55', Suarez 31', Neymar 44', Rafinha 64')-(Gabriel 80')

Atletico Madrid 5-0 Sporting Gijón
(Griezmann 2', 31', Gameiro 5', Torres 72', 90+1')

Eibar 1-1 Sevilla
(Leon 64')-(Vietto 27')

Las Palmas 1-0 Málaga
(Momo PK 10')

Barcelona feels a lot better today after last week's defeat. Their usual suspects were at it again as Messi, Neymar, and Suarez all score. Atletico Madrid also had an easy win at home against Sporting Gijon.

Serie A
Lazio 3-0 US Pescara
(Milinkovic-Savic 67', Radu 72', Immobile 76')

Napoli 3-1 Bologna
(Callejon 14', Milik 67', 78')-(Verdi 56')

Ligue 1
AS Monaco 3-0 Stade Rennes
(Falcao 42', Lemar 90', 90+2')

AS Nancy Lorraine 1-1 Nantes
(Puyo 72')-(Mariusz 66')

Bordeaux 0-1 Angers
(Ekambi 38')

Dijon 0-0 Metz

Lorient 1-0 Lille
(Moukandjo 76')

Toulouse 2-1 Guingamp
(Braithwaite PK 63', Durmaz 65')-(Birand PK 54')

Looks like this will be another one of AS Monaco's on years. Their rich ownership will often raise a bunch of great players, like James Rodriguez, and then sell them off to fund his next big winner. With PSG off to a slow start, perhaps they will be able to make France more than a one horse race this year.

European League Tables

Seattle Sounders 1-0 Vancouver Whitecaps
(Morris 81')

Portland Timbers 2-1 Philadelphia Union
(Valeri 46', Adi 53')-(Pontius 47')

New York City 2-2 FC Dallas
(McNamara 8', Shelton 78')-(Urruti 20', Barrios 52')

Montreal Impact 1-3 New England Revolution
(Drogba PK 50')-(Kamara 1', Rowe 27', 59')

Orlando City 1-4 Columbus Crew
(Larin 79)-(Finlay 6', Hines OG 22', Kamara 44', 90+5')

Colorado Rapids 0-0 San Jose Earthquakes

Real Salt Lake 0-1 Houston Dynamo
(Alex 36')

Full MLS Recap

Liga MX
Toluca 2-1 Guadalajara
(Uribe 2', Barrientos 38')-(Pulido 76')

Querétaro 1-0 Monterrey
(Benitez 54')

Atlas 0-0 Necaxa

Chiapas 0-3 Cruz Azul
(Cota 5', Roco 51', Rojas 90+2')

UANL 2-1 Puebla
(Gignac PK 42', Aquino 81')-(Alustiza PK 64')

Pachuca 2-2 Tijuana
(Guzman 22', Lozano 49')-(Moreno PK 30', Corona 90')

Club America 0-2 Leon
(Boselli 10', 50')

New York Cosmos 0-0 FC Edmonton

Indy Eleven 2-1 Miami FC
(Mares 35', Smart 57')-(Rennella 67')

Puerto Rico 3-3 Jacksonville Armada
(Marrero 3', Oliver 32', Ramos 85')-(Eloundou 29', Jerome 57', Keita 83')

Tampa Bay Rowdies 1-0 Carolina RailHawks
(Avila 22')

Minnesota United 2-3 Ottawa Fury
(Watson 30', Ramirez PK 44')-(Gentile 35', Williams 84', Mwanga 88')

Richmond Kickers 1-2 Charleston Battery
(Imura 35')-(Williams 72', Chang 87')

New York Red Bulls II 4-0 FC Montreal
(Allen 20', 90+3', Valot 54', Etienne 74')

FC Cincinnati 1-0 Orlando City B
(Townsend 81')

Charlotte Independence 0-1 Rochester Rhinos
(Dos Santos PK 42')

Harrisburg City Islanders 1-1 Wilmington Hammerheads
(Warshaw 78')-(Martz 3')

Saint Louis FC 1-5 Louisville City
(Roberts 17')-(Dacres 38', Lancaster 40', Rasmussen 51', 56', Ilic 78')

Orange County Blues 0-1 Rio Grande Valley
(Catic 80')

San Antonio FC 2-0 Tulsa Roughnecks
(Tayou 49', Chin 87')

Colorado Springs Switchbacks 2-1 Seattle Sounders 2
(Argueta 8', Seth 90+3')-(Jones 30')

Sacramento Republic 1-1 LA Galaxy II
(Kneeshaw 80')-(Zubak 45')

Arizona United 3-2 Real Monarchs
(Rooney 13', Kelly 64', Tan 75')-(Baez 45+1', Ramirez 60')

North American League Tables


Today's Matches
Premier League
Watford v. Manchester Untied- 7am- CNBC
Crystal Palace v. Stoke city- 9:15am- CNBC
Southampton v. Swansea- 9:15am
Tottenham v. Sunderland- 11:30am- NBCSN

FC Augsburg v. Mainz- 9:30am- FS2
Hertha Berlin v. Schalke 04- 11:30am- FS2

La Liga
Osasuna v. Celta Vigo- 6am
Athletic Bilbao v. Valencia- 10:15am
Villarreal v. Real Sociedad- 12:30pm
Espanyol v. Real Madrid- 2:45pm- beIN

Serie A
Udinese v. Chievo Verona- 6:30am
Cagliari v. Atalanta- 9am
Crotone v. Palermo- 9am
Sassuolo v. Genoa- 9am
Torino v. Empoli- 9am
Inter Milan v. Juventus- 12pm- beIN
Fiorentina v. AS Roma- 2:45pm

Ligue 1
Montpellier v. Nice- 9am
St. Etienne v. Bastia- 11am
Olympique Marseille v. Olympique Lyonnais- 2:45pm

Sporting Kansas City v. LA Galaxy- 2pm- FOX
Toronto FC v. New York Red Bulls- 5pm- FOX

You will only be able to see one of these matches on TV. It will depend on your market's NFL lineup for the day. If you don't have an early game, you'll get SKC-LA, otherwise, you'll have Toronto-NYRB.

Liga MX
Santos v. Pumas UNAM- 7pm- Univision Deportes

Rayo OKC v. Fort Lauderdale Strikers- 8pm- ESPN3

Bethlehem Steel v. Pittsburgh Riverhounds- 3pm- YouTube
Vancouver Whitecaps 2 v. Portland Timbers 2- 5pm- YouTube
OKC Energy v. Swope Park Rangers- 8pm- YouTube