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

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