Thursday, November 3, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: Schmetzer named Sounders full time coach

Yesterday's Scores
UEFA Champions League
AS Monaco 3-0 CSKA Moscow
(Germain 12', Falcao 28', 41')

Tottenham 0-1 Bayer Leverkusen
(Kampl 65')

Leverkusen gets a huge win at Wembley Stadium to leap frog Spurs for second place in Group E. Meanwhile AS Monaco gets a big victory at home to retain first in the group.

Borussia Dortmund 1-0 Sporting CP
(Ramos 12')

Legia Warsaw 3-3 Real Madrid
(Odjidja-Ofoe 40', Radovic 58', Moulin 83')-(Bale 1', Benzema 35', Kovacic 85')

Legia Warsaw did quite well considering they played this match in an empty stadium. Thos ruckus Polish fans may have been enough to add an emotional edge and give Warsaw the win. However, despite overcoming an early Gareth Bale goal, they couldn't hold a late one goal lead and ended up settling for the draw. That's a solid result for these minnows against Real Madrid. It's also their first point of the tournament. Dortmund's win takes them to the top spot in the group with two matches left.

FC Copenhagen 0-0 Leicester City

FC Porto 1-0 Club Brugge
(Pina OG 38')

Leicester City could have clinched a spot in the round of 16 with win in Denmark, Instead, they come up slightly short for the time being. They still lead the group with ten points, three ahead of FC Porto, with two matches to play. A single point in the next round will be enough to secure their place in the knockout rounds.

Juventus 1-1 Olympique Lyonnais
(Higuain PK 13')-(Tolisso 84')

Sevilla 4-0 Dinamo Zagreb
(Vietto 31', Escudero 66', N'Zonzi 80', Ben Yedder 87')

Sevilla, who is really sick of winning the Europa League, are all but qualified for the round of 16 with this emphatic win. They are six points clear with two matches to play. Juventus is also a win away from clinching their place in the next round after yesterday's draw.

Headlines
The Seattle Sounders have removed the interim tag from head coach Brian Schmetzer. Schmetzer was a most important force for turning the Sounders' seemingly lost season around. He took over for Sigi Schmid back in July when the team was ninth in the Western Conference and in real danger of missing the playoffs for the first time ever. They have since gone 8-2-4 to end the regular season, took down Sporting Kansas City in a home knockout round game, and dominated FC Dallas in the first leg of the conference semi-final. I'd say the full time job is well deserved.

Jose Mourinho has accepted the latest misconduct charge against him and, as a result, will be docked a total of £58,000 and will sit out Manchester United's Sunday's match against Swansea.

David Beckham's Miami project could be delayed until 2019. His franchice, originally planned to get going in 2018 alongside Los Angeles FC, still hasn't secured enough land and funding to build their stadium in the city. This has become a really familiar headline for Beckham and his investors. Delays and question marks on whether or not the team would ever get going have been pretty much par for the course.

The nominees for FIFA Coach of the Year are out. They feature some of the usual names, like Luis Enrique of Barcelona, Zinedine Zidane of Real Madrid, and Claudio Ranieri of Leicester City. Here is the full list of nominees:

Chris Coleman (Wales/Welsh national team)
Didier Deschamps (France/French national team)
Pep Guardiola (Spain/FC Bayern Munich/Manchester City)
Jurgen Klopp (Germany/Liverpool)
Luis Enrique (Spain/FC Barcelona)
Mauricio Pochettino (Argentina/Tottenham Hotspur)
Claudio Ranieri (Italy/Leicester City)
Fernando Santos (Portugal/Portuguese national team)
Diego Pablo Simeone (Argentina/Atletico Madrid)
Zinedine Zidane (France/Real Madrid)

Ranieri certainly deserves the award the most just based on how he took a team on the brink of relegation to becoming champions of the most competitive league in the world. Wales boss Chris Coleman has a solid claim, as foes Fernando Santos of Portugal. However, these things usually give the award to big names like Enrique or Zidane.

West Ham's fans have been violent this year, but this seems to be beyond their methods. Police are investigating an incident where forward Andy Carroll was chased down by armed motorcyclists while leaving training on Wednesday. Carroll evaded the assailants and found asylum back at West Ham's training facility.

Today's Matches
Europa League
FC Astana v. Olympiakos- 12pm
FC Zorya Luhansk v. Feyenoord Rotterdam- 2pm
Fenerbahce v. Manchester United- 2pm- FS1
Apoel Nicosia v. Young Boys- 2pm
Anderlecht v. Mainz- 2pm
FK Qabala v. St. Etienne- 2pm
Maccabi Tel-Aviv v. AZ Alkmaar- 2pm
Zenit St. Petersburg v. Dundalk- 2pm
Austria Vienna v. AS Roma- 2pm- FS2
FK Astra Giurgiu v. Viktoria Plzen- 2pm
Athletic Bilbao v. Racing Genk- 2pm
Sassuolo v. Rapid Vienna- 2pm
Ajax Amsterdam v. Celta Vigo- 4:05pm
Panathinaikos v. Standard Liege- 4:05pm
Braga v. Konyaspor- 4:05pm
KAA Gent v. Shakhtar Donetsk- 4:05pm
Nice v. FC Salzburg- 4:05pm
Schalke 04 v. Krasnodar- 4:05pm- FS2
Fiorentina v. Liberec- 4:05pm
PAOK Saloniki v FK Qarabag- 4:05pm
Southampton v. Inter Milan- 4:05pm- FS1
Sparta Prague v. Hapoel Be'er- 4:05pm
FC Zurich v. Steaua Bucaresti- 4:05pm
Villarreal v. Osmanlispor- 4:05pm

50,000 Words of Soccer Update
Over at Last Word on Soccer, I made my predictions for who will win awards this month for their MLS performances this year. That, and this Wake Up, take the word count to 5,224 after two and a half days. Par for the course through three days is an even 5,000 words, so things are looking strong early on.

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