Saturday, November 19, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: Liga MX pulls out of Copa Libertadores, open to cup with MLS

Yesterday's Scores
Bayer Leverkusen 2-3 RB Leipzig
(Kampl 1', Brandy 45+1')-(Baumgartlinger OG 4', Forsberg 67', Orban 81')

La Liga
Real Betis 2-0 Las Palmas
(Bruno 27', Mandi 45+2')

Ligue 1
Lorient 0-3 AS Monaco
(Falcao 64', Lemar 67', Boschilia 90+3')

Lille 0-1 Olympique Lyonnais
(Cornet 3')

European League Tables

Liga MX
Veracruz 2-1 Tijuana
(Vuletich 7', Orozco OG 87')-(Moreno 37')

North American League Tables

Liga MX has pulled out of the Copa Libertadores, South America's version of the Champions League, for the 2017 season. This ends a 19 year run as participants in the most prestigious club tournament in Latin America. They are leaving due to a new schedule that will extend the competition from 27 to 42 weeks, overlapping heavily with the Mexican off season. They left the door open for 2018 and beyond, however.

As a result of this, Liga MX has suggested the possibility of a new cup competition that could collaborate with MLS. The last such tournament was the SuperLiga, which ran from 2007-2010 and featured for sides from each league while the CONCACAF Champions League came of age. Don Garber is on record saying he is open to the idea and there are even provisions in the MLS collective bargaining agreement allowing for such a hypothetical. The main hurdle would be scheduling, since Liga MX and MLS are on opposite schedules.

Gareth Southgate is likely going to take over as the full time England manager after his four interim matches resulted in two wins and two draws. Things are moving forward in that regard as he has an interview with the FA set for Monday. There is no rush to appoint a permanent successor to Sam Allardyce, as England's next match isn't until a friendly with Germany in March.

Today's Matches
Premier League
Manchester United v. Arsenal- 7:30am- NBCSN
Crystal Palace v. Manchester City- 10am
Everton v. Swansea City- 10am
Southampton v. Liverpool- 10am- NBCSN
Stoke City v. AFC Bournemouth- 10am
Sunderland v, Hull City- 10am
Watford v. Leicester City- 10am
Tottenham v. West Ham- 12:30pm- NBC

Borussia Monchengladbach v. FC Köln- 9:30am- FS1
FC Augsburg v. Hertha Berlin- 9:30am
Mainz v. SC Freiburg- 9;30am
SV Darmstadt 98 v. FC Ingolstadt 04- 9:30am
VfL Wolfsburg v. Schalke 04- 9:30am- FS2
Borussia Dortmund v. Bayern Munich- 12:30pm- FOX

La Liga
Deportivo La Coruna v. Sevilla- 7am
Barcelona v. Malaga- 10:15am- beIN
Eibar v. Celta Vigo- 12:30pm
Atletico Madrid v. Real Madrid- 2:45pm- beIN

Serie A
Chievo Verona v. Cagliari- 9am
Udinese v. Napoli- 12pm
Juventus v. US Pescara- 2:45pm

Ligue 1
Paris-Saint Germain v. Nantes- 11am
AS Nancy Lorraine v. Dijon- 2pm
Bastia v. Montpellier- 2pm
Stade Rennes v. Angers- 2pm
Toulouse v. Metz- 2pm

Liga MX
Chiapas v. Atlas- 6pm- ESPN Deportes
Cruz Azul v. Leon- 6pm- Univision Deportes
Morelia v. Monterrey- 8pm
UANL v. Queretaro- 8pm- Univision
Pachuca v. Club America- 8:06pm- NBC Universo
Guadalajara v. Necaxa- 10pm- Univision

50,000 Words of Soccer Update
This and a look at potential MLS expansion cities over at Last Word on Soccer take the word count to 30,740.

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