Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: Ottawa, Tampa Bay abandon NASL for USL

Yesterday's Scores
EFL Cup
Arsenal 2-0 Reading
(Oxlade-Chamberlain 33', 78')

Bristol City 1-2 Hull City
(Tomlin 90+3')-(McGuire 54', Dawson 47')

Leeds United 2-2 Norwich City (3-2 on penalties)
(Antonsson 43', Wood 109')-(Pritchard 14', Oliveira 99')

Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham
(Sturridge 9', 64')-(Jannsen 76')

Newcastle 6-0 Preston North End
(Mitrovic 19', 55', Diame 38', 87', Ritchie 53', Perez 90+1')

DfB Pokal
Dynamo Dresden 0-1 Arminia Bielefeld
(Hemlein 66')

SC Freiburg 3-3 SC Sandhausen (3-4 on penalties)
(Daehli 21', Griffo 76', Petersen 82')-(Kiater 39', Wooten 53', Sukuta-Pasu 64')

Wurzburger Kickers 0-0 TSV 1860 Munich (3-4 on penalties)
Sportfreunde Lotte 2-2 Bayer Leverkusen (4-3 on penalties)
(Hilbert OG 57', Freiberger 105+1')-(Volland 25', 95')
Borussia Monchengladbach 2-0 VfB Stuttgart
(Johnson 31', Stindl 84')
Eintracht Frankfurt 0-0 FC Ingolstadt 04 (4-1 on penalties)

Hallescher FC 0-4 Hamburg SV
(Wood 8', 43', Lasogga 57', Waldschnidt 82')

St. Pauli 0-2 Hertha Berlin
(Weiser 42', Stocker 54')

Serie A
Genoa 3-0 AC Milan
(Ninkovic 11', Kucka OG 80', Pavoletti 86')

Headlines
The NASL saw some rough news get confirmed today. Ottawa Fury and Tampa Bay Rowdies have officially left the league for the technically lower level USL. Both clubs are hailing this as a positive move, despite it being a demotion to a lower tier. It makes sense, considering the NASL and many of its clubs are in financial trouble. With Minnesota United leaving for MLS next year, the NASL is down three sides for 2018 and only up one with San Francisco Deltas coming in.

A couple Portland Timbers are in trouble with the law. Goalkeeper Jake Gleeson and captain and defender Liam Ridgewell were charged with DUIs on Monday night. Gleeson was involved in a car crash that earned him a reckless driving charge. He subsequently called Ridgewell, who was also drunk, to come pick him up. The cops determined neither should be driving and arrested them. They posted bond and are due back in municipal court in Lake Oswego, Oregon on November 16.

Real and Atletico Madrid were both hit with transfer bans for the illegal signing of youth players and now the Spanish FA is getting punished as well. They have been docked 220,000 Swiss francs and given six months to improve their transfer system. Thanks to Barcelona receiving a similar ban a couple years ago, the three top Spanish clubs have all been found guilty of violating FIFA's strict rules of under-18 players transferring clubs between countries.

Today's Matches
EFL Cup
Southampton v. Sunderland- 2:45pm
West Ham v. Chelsea- 2:45pm
Manchester United v. Manchester City- 3pm- beIN

DfB Pokal
FC Astoria Walldorf v. SC Darmstadt 98- 12:30pm
Hanover 96 v. Fortuna Dusseldorf- 12:30pm
Heidenheimer SV v. VfL Wolfsburg- 12:30pm
SpVgg Greuther Furth v. Mainz- 12:30pm
Bayern Munich v. FC Augsburg- 2:45pm
Borussia Dortmund v. Union Berlin- 2:45pm
FC Koln v. TSG Hoffenheim- 2:45pm
Nurnberg v. Schalke 04- 2:45pm

Copa Del Rey
Cultural Leonesa v. Real Madrid- 3pm

Serie A
Chievo Verona v. Bologna- 2:45pm
Fiorentina v. Crotone- 2:45pm
Inter Milan v. Torino- 2:45pm
Juventus v. Sampdoria- 2:45pm
Lazio v. Cagliari- 2:45pm
Napoli v. Empoli- 2:45pm
Sassuolo v. AS Roma- 2:45pm
US Pescara v. Atalanta- 2:45pm

MLS Cup Playoffs- Knockout Round
Toronto FC v. Philadelphia Union- 7:30pm- ESPN2, UniMas
LA Galaxy v. Real Salt Lake- 10:30pm- UniMas

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