Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: USA officially moves on to The Hex

Yesterday's Scores
World Cup Qualifying- UEFA
Belarus 0-0 France

Bulgaria 4-3 Luxembourg
(Rangelov 16', Marcelinho 65', Popov 79', Tonev 90+3')-(Joachim 60', 62', Bohnert 90+1')

Sweden 1-1 Netherlands
(Berg 43')-(Sneijder 67')

Andorra 0-1 Latvia
(Sabala 48')

Faroe Islands 0-0 Hungary

Switzerland 2-0 Portugal
(Embolo 23', Mehmedi 30')

Albania 2-1 Macedonia
Sadiku 9', Balaj 89')-(Alioski 51')

Bosnia and Herzegovina 5-0 Estonia
(Spahic 7', 90+2', Dzeko PK 23', Medunjanin 71', Ibisevic 83')

Cypris 0-3 Belgium
(Lukaku 13', 61', Carrasco 81')

Gibraltar 1-4 Greece
Walker 26)-(Mitroglou 10', Wiseman OG 44', Fortounis 45', Torosidis 45+2')

World Cup Qualifying- CONMEBOL
Uruguay 4-0 Paraguay
(Cavani 18', 54', Rodriguez 42', Suarez PK 45+1')

Chile 0-0 Bolivia

Venezuela 2-2 Argentina
(Juanpi 35', Martinez 53')-(Pratto 58', Otamendi 83')

Brazil 2-1 Colombia
(Miranda 2', Neymar 74')-(Marquinhos OG 63')

Peru 2-1 Ecuador
(Cueva PK 19', Tapia 78')-(Achilier 31')

World Cup Qualifying- CONCACAF
United States 4-0 Trinidad and Tobago
(Kljestan 44', Altidore 59', 63', Arriola 71')

Guatemala 9-3 St. Vincent and the Grenadines
(Tinoco 13', Ruiz 19', 27', 37', 58', 60', Arreola 56', Morales 79', Marquez 83')-(Anderson 11', 30', Mcburnette 90')

Carlos Ruiz picked a heck of a way to go out of his international career. The 36-year-old became the most prolific goal scorer in World Cup Qualifiers with these five goals. This brought his total to 38 goals in qualifiers, which breaks Iranian Ali Daei's former mark of 35.

Costa Rica 3-1 Panama
(Bolanos 19', 79', Matarrita 85')-(Tejada PK 90+1')

Jamaica 0-2 Haiti
(Lafrance 68', Nazon 88')

Canada 3-1 El Salvador
(Larin 11', Ledgerwood 53', Edgar 90+2')-(Bonilla 78')

Mexico 0-0 Honduras

This concludes the third round of CONCACAF qualifying with Mexico, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, the USA, and Trinidad and Tobago advancing to The Hex, which begins on November 11. The Americans get their campaign started against Mexico at home, more than likely in Columbus, Ohio.

Headlines
El Salvador players reportedly refused a substantial bribe to throw yesterday's match against Canada. Players were reportedly offered up to $30 per minute played if they had lost the game, which they did. A significant loss coupled with a significant Mexico win over Honduras (which didn't happen) would have seen Canada progress to The Hex instead of El Salvador rivals Honduras. The scheme was brought to light by the players, who played a recording of the offer during their pre-match press conference. FIFA and CONCACAF are investigating.

This weekend's La Liga matches are in doubt thanks to a crazy heat wave hitting Spain. Temperatures throughout the country are expected to hit triple digits this weekend, forcing league president Javier Tebas to consider postponing the upcoming slate of matches.

Today's Matches
MLS
Montreal Impact v. Orlando City- 7:30pm
Real Salt Lake v. LA Galaxy- 9:30pm

NASL
Puerto Rico FC v. Ottawa Fury- 7:30pm

USL
FC Montreal v. Charleston Battery- 2pm- YouTube
Harrisburg City Islanders v. New York Red Bulls II- 4pm- YouTube
Wilmington Hammerheads v. Orlando City B- 7pm- YouTube

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