Friday, November 11, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: Brazil remain atop South American qualifying

Yesterday's Scores
World Cup Qualifying- CONMEBOL
Colombia 0-0 Chile

Uruguay 2-1 Ecuador
(Coates 12', Rolan 45+1')-(Caicedo 45')

Paraguay 1-4 Peru- 6:30pm
(Riveros 10')-(Ramos 49', Flores 71', Cueva 79', Benitez OG 84')

Venezuela 5-0 Bolivia
(Kouffaty 3', Martinez 10', 67', 70', Otero 74')

Brazil 3-0 Argentina
(Coutinho 25', Neymar 45+1', Paulinho 58')

Seven matches remain in the marathon CONMEBOL qualifying cycle and Brazil are on top of the pile with 24 points. They are eight points clear of qualification and one point ahead of second place Uruguay. Colombia and Ecuador sid in third and fourth respectively which rounds out the automatic qualifying places. Fifth place Chile would have to take on an OFC side in a playoff to secure a spot. After their 3-0 defeat at Brazil, Argentina are currently outside the qualifying picture, a single point back of Chule for fifth position. Paraguay and Peru are right behind them as well. Venezuela's thrashing of last place Bolivia was their first win of the cycle as they sit second from the bottom.

Headlines
The first of MLS's post season awards goes out to Jordan Morris. The Seattle Sounders forward won the Rookie of the Year award thanks to his 12 goals on the season, which is second most for a rookie in MLS history. Morris signed the richest homegrown deal the league has ever seen after turning down a contract offer from Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga. He was much hyped heading into the season thanks to his debuting for the United States Men's National Team before making his professional debut. I'd say he lived up to the hype in year one.

Today's Matches
World Cup Qualifying- UEFA
Armenia v. Montenegro- 12pm
France v. Sweden- 2:45pm- ESPN2
Czech Republic v. Norway- 2:45pm
Northern Ireland v. Azerbaijan- 2:45pm
San Marino v. German- 2:45pm
Denmark v. Kazakhstan- 2:45pm
Romania v. Poland- 2:45pm
England v. Scotland- 2:45pm- FS1
Malta v. Slovenia- 2:45pm
Slovakia v. Lithuania- 2:45pm

World Cup Qualifying- CONCACAF
Honduras v. Panama- 3:35pm- beIN
Trinidad and Tobago v. Costa Rica- 6pm- beIN
United States v. Mexico- 8:01pm- FS1

World Cup Qualifying- CAF
Libya v. Tunisia- 2pm

World Cup Qualifying- OFC
New Zealand v. New Caledonia- 9pm

50,000 Words of Soccer Update
This plus articles on Jordan Morris and the start of the Hex take the word count to 16,332.

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