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.


Headlines
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

MLS
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

NASL
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

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