Thursday, September 1, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: Man City, Chelsea, send a lot on loan for Deadline Day

Yesterday's Scores
Fort Lauderdale Strikers 0-0 Minnesota United

New York Cosmos 3-0 Indy Eleven
(Bover 8', Arango PK 17', 73')

Saint Louis FC 1-1 OKC Energy
(Tshuma 19')-(Gonzalez 34')

Swope Park Rangers 2-1 San Antonio FC
(Ayrton 3', PK 90+4')-(Okiomah 8')

Arizona United 1-2 LA Galaxy II
(Rooney 28')-(Lassiter 16', Amaya 73')

Transfer deadline day was quite busy. Several teams smashed transfer fee records in the waning hours of the window, some even broke records set earlier this summer. Here's the full rundown of the notable deals made:
  • Nigel de Jong ended his brief, but violent, MLS career by leaving LA Galaxy for Galatasaray.
  • David Luiz returned to Chelsea from PSG. I'm more interested in how this affects Paris-Saint Germain than it does Chelsea. Signs are already showing that France may be more than a one team race already, so maybe this further weakens the defending champions.
  • Chelsea has, overall, lent 38 players out for this season. This includes sending Matt Miazga to Vitesse Arnhem in the Netherlands.
  • Manchester City loaned out seemingly half their squad. Samir Nasri will spend the season in Spain with Sevilla. Eliaquim Mangala will join him in La Liga with Valencia. This is in addition to Joe Hart and Wilfried Bony already having bean loaned out.
  • Leicester City shattered their previous transfer record to buy Islam Slimani from Sporting in Portugal for £29 million,
  • Mario Balotelli was sold from Liverpool to Nice in Ligue 1.
  • Tottenham swooped in to steal Newcastle's Moussa Sissoko from Everton at the last moment.
  • Arsenal surprisingly shipped rising star Serge Gnabry to Werder Bremen.
  • The Gunners also loaned Jack Wilshere to AFC Bournemouth.
Many other clubs made moves for smaller players. Overall, English clubs alone spent £1.168 billion on transfers this year. Keep in mind, the television money that will come into the league won't hit until next summer. So this league wide record will not last long.

Today's Matches
New York City v. D.C. United- 7pm

World Cup Qualifying- CONMEBOL
Bolivia v. Peru- 4pm
Colombia v. Venezuela- 4:30pm
Ecuador v. Brazil- 5pm
Argentina v. Uruguay- 7:30pm
Paraguay v. Chile- 8pm

World Cup Qualifying- AFC
Australia v. Iraq- 6:30am- ESPN3
Japan v. United Arab Emirates- 6:35am- ESPN3
South Korea v. China- 7am- ESPN3
Uzbekistan v. Syria- 11am
Iran v. Qatar- 12:30pm
Saudi Arabia v. Thailand- 1:30pm

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