Friday, November 4, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: Mexico announces strong squad ahead of qualifier against USMNT

Yesterday's Scores
Europa League
FC Astana 1-1 Olympiakos
(Despotovic 8')-(Seba 29')

FC Zorya Luhansk 1-1 Feyenoord Rotterdam
(Forster 44')-(Jorgensen 15')
Fenerbahce 2-1 Manchester United
(Sow 2', Lens 59')-(Rooney 89')

Apoel Nicosia 1-0 Young Boys
(Soteriou 69')

Anderlecht 6-1 Mainz
(Stanciu 9', 41', Tielemans 62', Teodorczyk 89', PK 90+4', Bruno 90+2')-(de Blasis 15')

FK Qabala 1-2 St. Etienne
(Kurbanov 39')-(Tannane 45+1', Beric 53')

Maccabi Tel-Aviv 0-0 AZ Alkmaar

Zenit St. Petersburg 2-1 Dundalk
(Giuliano 42', 78')-(Horgan 52')

Austria Vienna 2-4 AS Roma
(Kayode 2', Grunwald 89')-(Dzeko 4', 65', De Rossi 18', Nainggolan 78')

FK Astra Giurgiu 1-1 Viktoria Plzen
(Stan 19')-(Krmencik 25')

Athletic Bilbao 5-3 Racing Genk
(Aduriz 8', PK 24', PK 44', 74', PK 90+4')

Sassuolo 2-2 Rapid Vienna
(Defrel 34', Pellegrini 45+3')-(Jelic 85', Kvilitaia 90')

Ajax Amsterdam 3-2 Celta Vigo
(Dolberg 41', Ziyech 67', Younes 71')-(Guidetti 79', Aspas 86')

Panathinaikos 0-3 Standard Liege
(Cisse 61', Belfodil 75', 90+3')

Braga 3-1 Konyaspor
(Velazquez 34', Eduardo 45+1', Horta 90+7')-(Rangelov 30')

KAA Gent 3-5 Shakhtar Donetsk
(Coulibaly 1', Perbet 83', Milicevic 89')-(Marlos PK 36', Taison 41', Stepanenko 45+3', Fred 67', Ferreyra 87')

Nice 0-2 FC Salzburg
(Hwang 72', 73')

Schalke 04 2-0 Krasnodar
(Caicara 24', Bentaleb 28')

Fiorentina 2-0 Liberec
(Ilicic PK 30', Kalinic 42', Cristoforo 73')

PAOK Saloniki 0-1 FK Qarabag
(Michel 69')

Southampton 2-1 Inter Milan
(v an Dijk 64', Nagatomo OG 69')-(Icardi 33')

Sparta Prague 2-0 Hapoel Be'er
(Lafata 38', Bitton OG 23')

FC Zurich 0-0 Steaua Bucaresti

Villarreal 1-2 Osmanlispor

(Rodri 48')-(Webo 8', Rusescu 75')

Headlines
We don't know the USMNT squad yet, be we do know who Mexico will dress for their World Cup Qualifier in Columbus next Friday night. It's mostly the usual suspects for El Tri as they look to end a string of dos a cero defeats in the Ohio capital. A total of 13 European based players are on the roster, including Bayer Leverkusen's Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez. LA Galaxy's Gio Dos Santos is also there alongside Mexican stalwarts Rafa Marquez and Oribe Peralta. Here's the full squad:

Goalkeepers: Alfredo Talavera (Toluca), Guillermo Ochoa (Granada), Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul)

Defenders: Rafa Marquez (Atlas), Hector Moreno (PSV), Oswaldo Alanis (Chivas), Miguel Layun (Porto), Carlos Salcedo (Fiorentina), Diego Reyes (Espanyol), Nestor Araujo (Santos Laguna), Hugo Ayala (Tigres)

Midfielders: Hector Herrera (Porto), Jesus DueƱas (Tigres) Jonathan dos Santos (Villarreal), Andres Guardado (PSV), Giovani dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Orbelin Pineda (Chivas), Marco Fabian (Eintracht Frankfurt)

Forwards: Javier Hernandez (Bayer Leverkusen), Raul Jimenez (Benfica), Carlos Vela (Real Sociedad), Javier Aquino (Tigres), Jesus Corona (Porto), Hirving Lozano (Pachuca), Oribe Peralta (Club America)

Longtime Real Salt Lake midfielder Javier Morales is departing the club after ten years of service with the club. The 36-year-old wrote a letter to the team's fans thanking them for their support of his career. He did not make it clear on whether he plans to search for a new team to play for, if he has an offer in place already, or if he is simply retiring from the game after a solid career. He played in the MLS All Star Game thrice and helped lead RSL to the 2009 MLS Cup.

New FIFA president Gianni Infantino hasn't been shy about the need for changes throughout many areas of world soccer. While many involve rooting out corruption, others are less criminal and more focused on the game at hand. He spoke about reforming the transfer market to be more transparent and introducing squad limits to prevent teams from hoarding players. I like that second change as there are a lot of teams, like Chelsea, who stock up on prime young talent and use them as loan products to rake in fees from the receiving teams. This would likely increase competitive balance and give more young players playing time in order to further their development. I hope he can pull that one off.

Today's Matches
Bundesliga
Hertha Berlin v. Borussia Monchengladbach- 3:30pm- FS2

La Liga
Malaga v. Sporting Gijon- 3:45pm

Ligue 1
Montpellier v. Olympique Marseille- 3:45pm

Liga MX
Tijuana v. UANL- 11pm

50,000 Words of Soccer Update
This combined with the review of the Vancouver Whitecaps campaign at Last Word on Soccer takes the total word count to 6,691.

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