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

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