Thursday, September 8, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: Rapinoe denied right to protest before Spirit match

Yesterday's Scores
MLS
Montreal Impact 1-4 Orlando City
(Drogba 1')-(Shea 4', Kaka 36', PK 54', Rivas 77')

Real Salt Lake 3-3 LA Galaxy
(Plata 53', PK 67', Martinez 90+4')-(Boateng 6', Dos Santos 57', 64')

NASL
Puerto Rico FC 0-0 Ottawa Fury

USL
FC Montreal 2-1 Charleston Battery
(Jackson-Hamel 14', Sanon 82')-(Ebobisse 40')

Harrisburg City Islanders 1-4 New York Red Bulls II
(Benbow 46')-(Bezecourt 23', 73', Powder 79')

This win gives New York Red Bulls II the regular season USL championship.

Wilmington Hammerheads 3-0 Orlando City B
(Michaud 49', Caldini 71', 88')

North American League Tables

Headlines
Megan Rapinoe planned to kneel during the National Anthem again last night when the Seattle Reign took on the Washington Spirit. However, the Spirit never gave her the chance to issue her protest since the anthem was played before the teams entered the stadium. In a statement, the club said, "We decided to play the anthem in our stadium ahead of schedule rather than subject our fans and friends to the disrespect we feel such an act would represent." Rapinoe was none too pleased. Her words after the match: "It was incredibly distasteful, four days before one of the worst tragedies in our country, to say I tried to hijack this event."

After this latest round of international matches, FIFA has released their updated rankings. Argentina remains on top with Belgium, Germany, Brazil, and Colombia rounding out the top five. The USA jumps up to 22nd, which is their highest spot since before the World Cup 2014. Mexico is the top ranked CONCACAF nation at 15 and Costa Rica sits at 18. Here's the full top 20:

1. Argentina
2. Belgium
3. Germany
4. Brazil
5. Colombia
6. Chile
7. Portugal
8. France
9. Uruguay
10. Wales
11. Spain
12. England
13. Italy
14. Croatia
15. Mexico
16. Switzerland
17. Poland
18. Costa Rica
19. Ecuador
20. Hungary
Today's Matches
None.

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