Monday, November 7, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: USMNT names roster ahead of Mexico, Costa Rica qualifiers

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League
Arsenal 1-1 Tottenham
(Wimmer OG 42')-(Kane PK 51')

A draw was the deserved result for both sides, although both sides should have scored more. Harry Kane missed a couple sitters, probably a result of having missed ten matches with an injury. Arsenal had some great looks lae in the match that could have provided a lite result. A point each was the proper ending, but it really should have been at least by a 2-2- score.

Hull City 2-1 Southampton
(Snodgrass 61', Dawson 63')-(Austin PK 6')

Liverpool 6-1 Watford
(Mane 27', 60', Coutinho 30', Can 43', Firmino 57', Wijnaldum 90+1')-(Janmaat 75')

I know it's Watford, but Liverpool hanging six, with three shots off the woodwork, on anyone is worthy of some attention. They fully have ours now as they sit on top of the league with three straight wins. They can score a ton, it seems, but let's see how they keep them out agaisnt top teams. They did concede three to Arsenal earlier this year and have the worst defensive record among the top five.

Swansea City 1-3 Manchester United
(van der Hoorn 69')-(Pogba 15', Ibrahimovic 21', 33')

Finally Manchester United get some production out of their marquee summer signings. Paul Pogba was looking lost out there before today, when he was able to score a stunner within a quarter hour to open the scoring. Zlatan Ibrahimovic bagged himself a double to secure the result. On the other side, Bob Bradley is still looking for his first win in England as Swansea are tied for the bottom with Sunderland. Relegation is their likely fate, barring some miracle, and I sure hope Bradley doesn't catch too much heat for it. His side isn't his own and he will likely need a transfer window or two to get things rolling how he wants.

Leicester City 1-2 West Bromwich Albion
(Slimani 55')-(Morrison 52', Phillips 72')

Bundesliga
RB Leipzig 3-1 Mainz
(Werner 3', 44', Forsberg 21')-(Bell 74')

Schalke 04 2-1 Werder Bremen
(Schopf 35', 63', Bentaleb 38')-(Gnabry PK 42')

La Liga
Real Madrid 3-0 Legan├ęs
(Bale 38', 45+1', Morata 76')

Celta Vigo 2-1 Valencia
(Roncaglia 43', Guidetti 77')-(Parejo PK 32')

Espanyol 0-0 Athletic Bilbao

Villarreal 2-0 Real Betis
(Trigueros 22', Soriano 53')

Sevilla 1-2 Barcelona
(Vitolo 15')-(Messi 43', Suarez 61')

With Atletico Madrid in a tail spin, Sevilla has been looking to play the role of the "other team" that could be involved in Spain's title chase. They put up a good fight against Barcelona today, but Messi and Suarez turned out to be a little too much for them. They are now level on points with Atletico at 21 and six back of Real in the lead. Barcelona is two back with 25 in second. Instead of Sevilla, we have Villarreal, who are in third with 22 points. While there may be a couple more contenders, this looks to be Real Madrid's championship to lose. They can't seem to do anything wrong at the moment.

Serie A
US Pescara 0-4 Empoli
(Maccarone 12'. 44', Pucciarelli 23', Saponara 89')

Chievo Verona 1-2 Juventus
(Pellissier PK 66')-(Mandzukic 53', Pjanic 75')

Genoa 1-1 Udinese
(Ocampos 24')-(Thereau 11')

Palermo 1-2 AC Milan
(Nestoroski 71')-(Suso 15', Lapadula 82')

Sassuolo 0-3 Atalanta
(Gomez 19', Caldara 24', Conti 43')

Fiorentina 1-1 Sampdoria
(Astori 37')-(Muriel 57')

Inter Milan 3-0 Crotone
(Perisic 84', Icardi PK 88', 90+3')

AS Roma 3-0 Bologna
(Masina PG 13', Salah 62', 71')

Ligue 1
Caen 1-0 Nice
(Santini PK 42')

Metz 0-0 St. Etienne

Paris-Saint Germain 4-0 Stade Rennes
(Fernandes OG 31', Cavani 42', Rabiot 67', Verratti 79')

European League Tables

MLS Cup Playoffs- Conference Semi-finals Second Leg
Colorado Rapids 1-0 LA Galaxy (1-1 on aggregate, 3-1 on penalties)
(Gashi 36')

Skelshan Gashi's goal was a 37 yard missile that clanged off the post and into the net and it put the Rapids even on aggregate. Unfortunately, he would go down with a nasty looking leg injury at the end of the first half that required him to be carried off the pitch. He would not return for the second half. The second half and extra time was a typical Rapids match at home. They defended well, failed to create anything real, and they rode that to the penalty shootout. Tim Howard was the hero there. His tow saves and an awful miss from the normally reliable Gio Dos Santos ended proceedings early to send the Rapids through to the West final.

New York Red Bulls 1-2 Montreal Impact (1-3 on aggregate)
(Wright-Philips 77')-(Piatti 51', 85')

Montreal had zero interest in sitting back and defending for an entire 90 minutes here. hey were a defense first squad today, but they were also deadly on the counter attack, which led to both of Piatti's goals. The Bradley Wright-Phillips goal provided a smidge of hope for the Red Bulls, but even the single away goal was far too much for them to overcome. Piatti's second was more than enough to sink them and end their once very strong chances at lifting the cup.

New York City 0-5 Toronto FC (0-7 on aggregate)
(Giovinco 6', PK 19', 90+1', Altidore 30', Osorio 50')

It would have been nice for New York City to show up for their first playoff game at Yankee Stadium. Instead, Sebastian Giovinco had scored, drew a penalty, and scored again all within the first 20 minutes. In order for NYC to have had a shot, they would have needed a clean sheet. One goal still could have been overcome, but a second early one put this to bed quickly.

FC Dallas 2-1 Seattle Sounders (2-4 on aggregate)
(Akindele 25', Urruti 56')-(Lodeiro 54')

With that, Dallas's quest for a domestic treble comes to a close. They will have to settle for just the Open Cup and Supporters Shield thanks to a rough 15 minute stretch in Seattle. To be fair to them, Seattle should have been down to ten man after a 27th minute challenge by Cristian Roldan. He flew in, studs up, at Kellyn Acosta and was lucky to only escape with a yellow card. Reds have been issued for much less this season. In the end, any Dallas comeback was thwarted by Nicolas Lodeiro's 54th minute away goal.

The all Canada East Finals will start at 8pm on Tuesday, November 22 in Montreal and conclude on Wednesday, November 30 at 7pm in Toronto. The West will start at 10pm on November 22 and finish on Sunday, November 27 at 4pm.

Liga MX
Pumas UNAM 1-1 Morelia
(Palacios 71')-(Ruidiaz 5')

Santos 2-0 Chiapas
(Sandoval 47', Davila 52')

There's still a lot to play for heading into the final week of the Apertura regular season. Five clubs are vying for three remaining playoff spots. Newly promoted Necaxa is sitting in sixth with a two point buffer on the red line. Pumas and Toluca are also in at the moment, but Leon is only one back in ninth and Monterrey are two back on tenth.
Headlines
The USA has announced its roster for the World Cup Qualifiers against Mexico and Costa Rica next weekend. There aren't too many surprises on the squad. We knew Geoff Cameron was going to miss the international break with a knee injury, he will be replaced by Tottenham youngster Cameron Carter-Vickers. Rumor has it that England was possibly taking a look at him, so Jurgen Klinsmann felt the need to get him in the team in case the opportunity to cap tie hima rises. With the importance of these two matches at a high, don't expect that to come around here, but you never know.

The situation at full back will also be interesting as the only natural ones on the team are DeAndre Yedlin and Fabian Johnson. It's long been known the Johnson is more useful further up the pitch, but Klinsmann isn't giving himself much in the way of options here. Here's the full roster:

Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Middlesbrough), Ethan Horvath (Molde), Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)

Defenders: Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca),Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)

Midfielders: Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Lynden Gooch (Sunderland), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Jermaine Jones (Colorado Rapids), Sacha Kljestan (New York Red Bulls), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund), Caleb Stanko (FC Vaduz), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC), Bobby Wood (Hamburg)

Cristiano Ronaldo will sign a new deal at Real Madrid that will keep him with the European champions until 2021. No salary figures were given, but I'm sure he will rise back above Gareth Bale as Real Madrid's richest player. No amount of money is too much for a man of his talents and marketability. A "ceremony" will be held at the San Bernabeo today to make the deal official.

Today's Match
World Cup Qualifying- OFC
Tahiti v. Solomon Islands- 12am Tuesday

50,000 Words of Soccer Update
This plus my look at the USMNT roster for this weekend takes the word count to 11,586. Now begins a week that will test my ability to find things to write about. Without many matches going until Thursday's World Cup Qualifiers, a tough stretch in the quest for 50,000 words is upon me.

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