Saturday, December 31, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: Ajax wins record falls after 34 years

Yesterday's Score
Premier League
Hull City 0-0 Everton
(Dawson 6', Snodgrass 65')-(Marshall OG 45+1', Barkley 84')

European League Tables

Welsh club The New Saints have won their 27th match in a row. Their 2-0 win over Cefn Druids breaks a record for consecutive wins held by Ajax Amsterdam set back in 1972. New Saints are in the middle of a run that could lead to their sixth straight Welsh Premier League title and potentially their third domestic treble in a row.

Houston Dynamo have brought on Colombian midfielder Jan Cabezas on loan from Deportivo Cali. They will have the option to buy the 25 year old permanently at the end of the season. He spent last season with Independiente Medellin, where they won the first half championship.

Today's Matches
Premier League
Swansea City v. AFC Bournemouth- 10am
Manchester United v. Middlesbrough- 10am- NBCSN
Chelsea v. Stoke City- 10am
Burnley v. Sunderland- 10am
Southampton v. West Bromwich Albion- 10am
Leicester City v. West Ham- 10am
Liverpool v. Manchester City- 12:30pm- NBC

Friday, December 30, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: Landon Donovan may play in 2017

Yesterday's Scores

It appears that noteveryone is immune to the monetary pressures of China. Cristiano Ronaldo has spurned a most lucrative offer from the Far East. He was offered a €100 million annual salary to join an unnamed Chinese club. They offered Real Madrid a€300 million transfer fee as well.

Landon Donovan's career may still not be over. He apparently has been talking with Real Salt Lake about continuing his career. He has a two (!) year Designated Player deal on the table from them and supposedly one other from an Eastern Conference team. Donovan had been retired for nearly two years before returning to LA Galaxy late last season, where he scored once in six regular season and three playoff matches.
Today's Match
Premier League
Hull CIty v. Everton- 3pm- NBCSN

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: Infantino's 48 team World Cup receives "overwhelming" support

Yesterday's Score
Premier League
Southampton 1-4 Tottenham
(van Dijk 2')-(Alli 19', 87', Kane 52', Son 85')

European League Tables

In a vague endorsement of his own 48 team World Cup idea, FIFA president Gianni Infantino has said that federations are "overwhelmingly in favor" of his expansion plan. His idea is to have a group stage featuring 16 groups of three teams with the top two moving along to a round of 32. Expanding the World Cup was a major part of Infantino's campaign to get himself elected and likely has the support of many smaller federations who don't qualify for the tournament on a regular basis. He made no mention of which federations are supporting him. Also, no confederation has come out supporting or working against the plan. My personal feelings are that Infantino is over thinking this plan and trying to bring too much radical change to a very strong 32 team format.

Former Manchester City star Carlos Tevez will be the latest player headed to China on a filthy tirch contract. He's spend the last couple years with Boca Juniors in Argentina since he was disgracefully shoved out of Manchester. The move is clearly about the money. He will join the Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua for a transfer fee of around $11 million. He will also make a healthy sum of more than $700,000 per week.

Orlando City has signed Canadian international Will Johnson to a free agent deal. Johnson played in the MLS Cup Final last season with Toronto. He has been on two cup winning teams. He was with Portland Timbers in 2015 as well as Real Salt Lake in 2009. He's pretty experienced for a 29year-old midfielder and is reuniting with Jason Kreis, who coached him at RSL for five seasons.

Today's Matches

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: Bob Bradley sacked by Swansea

Yesterday's Score
Premier League
Liverpool 4-1 Stoke City
(Lallana 34', Firmino 44', Imbula OG 59', Sturridge 70')-(Walters 12')

Bob Bradley's short lived reign as a Premier League manager has come to an end. Swansea City have sacked their American boss after only winning one out of 11 matches and accruing a mere eight points. Bradley's Swans were worse under his leadership than they were before he arrived, as mostly evidenced by their horrendous defensive record. They had given up at least three goals in their last six games, including Bradley's only win in charge, a 5-4 barn burner over Crystal Palace.

Bradley's brief tenure was pretty bad, but I would have at least liked to have seen him get a transfer window to try and improve his squad. He was given a team with very little Premier League level talent, none of which was brought in by Bradley. I don't know if he could have saved Swansea's Premier League lives with a January transfer window, but I would have liked to see him try.

As for who could get the nod to replace him, Ryan Giggs has already come up. The Welsh former Manchester United star always seems to come up when the Swansea job opens up, even though he has even less managerial experience than Bradley. He did interview for the job before the Bradley hiring.

While this may be the end of Bradley's run in the Premier League, I certainly think he could end up getting another European managerial run. He was in a little over his head in England's top flight, but he proved he was capable down in the second division in France, had a successful international run with Egypt, and the USA before that. He's apparently being mentioned as a possibility for the vacant Norwegian National Team job. He did take the Norwegian club Stabaek to the Europa League before moving to France.

However, I would like him to take another second tier club job and fight for promotion. Maybe he returns to Le Havre and finishes their promotion campaign to Ligue 1. Maybe he latches onto a Serie B team in Italy and lifts them to Serie A. Given the time and success, perhaps he could even show up at a Championship side and give himself another crack at a lower end Premier League team. I just hope he stays abroad and doesn't come back home to the states. He's too good for MLS.

FC Dallas have made the first MLS free agent signing of the winter by bringing in Javier Morales. The former Real Salt Lake midfielder brings some experience to a young Dallas squad that won both the Supporters Shield and U.S. Open Cup last year. He had a great run in Utah. He scored 49 goals in his ten years there as a regular in their starting lineup.

Premier League
Southampton v. Tottenham- 2:45pm- NBCSN

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: Chelsea one win from Premier League record

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League
Watford 1-1 Crystal Palace
(Deeney 71')-(Cabaye 26')

Arsenal 1-0 West Bromwich Albion
(Giroud 86')

Chelsea 3-0 AFC Bournemouth
(Pedro 24', Hazard 49', Cook OG 90+3')

Chelsea have now won 12 matches in a row and are only a home victory against Stoke from tying the Premier League record  of 13 wins in a row. Two weeks later, they will head to White Hart Lane with a chance to break that mark.

Leicester City 0-2 Everton
(Mirallas 51', Lukaku 90+1')

Burnely 1-0 MIddlesbrough
(Gray 80')

Manchester United 3-1 Sunderland
(Blind 39', Ibrahimovic 82', Mkhitaryan 86')-(Borini 90+1')

Swansea City 1-4 West Ham
(Llorente 89')-(Ayew 13', Reid 50', Antonio 78', Carroll 90')

Hull CIty 0-3 Manchester City
(Toure 72', Iheanacho 78', Davies OG 90+4')

Liga MX Playoffs- Final Second Leg (From Sunday)
UANL 1-1 Club America (2-2 on aggregate, 3-0 on penalties)
(Duenas 119')-(Alvarez 95')

In an absolute thriller that I wish had not taken place on Christmas Day, Tigres get a late equalizer from Edson Alvarez and win in penalties to take their second consecutive Apertura title.

We're heading into the January transfer window, which is the less crazy of the two periods where players can move between clubs. With the Christmas season usualyl leading to slow news days, I'll use this space to issue my usual warning of being aware of the nonsensical rumors that fly around this time of year. Over the coruse of the next month, you will read a story or hear a pundit discuss an infinite number of possible trasfers. Maybe two of these will actually happen. You will not see any rumors reported here, only actual signings. I will not be responsible for proliferating any whispers of Ronaldo leaving Real Madrid, or Messi heading to Manchester City.

Today's Match
Premier League
Liverpool v. Stoke City- 12:15pm- NBCSN

Friday, December 23, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: Pardew sacked by Palace, Allardyce tipped to replace him

Yesterday's Scores
Copa Del Rey- Round of 32 Second Leg
Alaves 3-0 Gimnastic de Tarragona (6-0 on aggregate)
(Edgar 12', Sobrino PK 31', Krsticic 40')

Celta Vigo 1-0 UCAM Mercia (2-0 on aggregate)
(Diaz 30')

Athletic Bilbao 3-0 Racing Santander (5-1 on aggregate)
(Etxeitia 17', Garcia 47', Williams 72')

Espanyol 1-1 AD Alcorcon (2-2 on aggregate, 3-4 on penalties)
(Perez 84')-(Gimenez 20')

Serie A
AS Roma 3-1 Chievo Verona
(El Shaarawy 45+1', Dzeko 52', Perotti PK 90+3')-(de Guzmán 37')

Cagliari 4-3 Sassuolo
(Sau 14', Borriello 62', Farias 73', 75')-(Adjapong 29', Pellegrini 33', Acerbi PK 58')

Fiorentina 3-3 Napoli
(Bernardeschi 51', 69', Zarate 82')-(Insigne 24', Mertens 68', Gabbiadini PK 90+4')

Palermo 1-1 US Pescara
(Quaison 33')-(Biraghi PK 90+3')

Sampdoria 0-0 Udinese

Torino 1-0 Genoa
(Belotti 49')

Liga MX Playoffs- Final First Leg
Club America 1-1 UANL
(Valdez 68')-(Gignac 45')

Alan Pardew's tenure as Crystal Palace manager has come to an end. He was let go by the club yesterday after just about two years on the job. Palace are struggling this year. they sit only a point above relegation and are currently on a run of only one win in their last 11 games. Who is leading the chase to replace him? Why another old retread Premier Manager, of course. It's Big Sam Allardyce, who was disgracefully dismissed as England's manager a few months ago.

As has long been rumored, Chelsea are selling Brazilian midfielder Oscar to China. Shanghai SIPG are sending £60 million to the English leaders for his services. Oscar has scored 38 goals in 203 appearances for the Blues while helping them win the Premier League in 2015.

PSG is also on the verge of bringing in German forward Julian Draxler. The 23-year-old had been tipped for a move away from Wolfsburg for a while, now an appears to be heading for the struggling French champions for €35 million. Several English clubs, including Arsenal, were also interested in him.

Harry Shipp is on the move again. Montreal Impact are sending him to Seattle Sounders for general allocation money. After opening his career as a homegrown player with Chicago Fire, he failed to catch on in Montreal and had become an expendable piece to their puzzle. He had two goals and three assists in 27 matches last year.

Today's Matches

With the Christmas holiday coming up, this will be the final Hooligan's Wake Up until December 27,

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: No NASL decision coming until 2017

Yesterday's Scores
Bayern Munich 3-0 RB Leipzig
(Thiago 18', Alonso 25', Lewandowski PK 45')

FC Köln 1-1 Bayer Leverkusen
(Modeste 21')-(Wendell 44')

FC Ingolstadt 04 1-2 SC Freiburg
(Suttner 53')-(Niederlechner PK 34', 41')

Hertha Berlin 2-0 SV Darmstadt 98
(Plattenhardt 53', Kalou 66')

TSG Hoffenheim 1-1 Werder Bremen
(Wagner 26')-(Gnabry 87')

Copa Del Rey- Round of 32 Second Leg
Eibar 3-1 Sporting Gijon (5-2 on aggregate)
(Kike 1', 46', Gonzalez 44')-(Perez-Cejuela 89')

Sevilla 9-1 SD Formentera (14-2 on aggregate)
(Ganso 14', Vietto 22', 43', 45', Ben Yedder 25', 55', 88', Sarabia 27', 77')-(Gabri 61')

Valencia 2-1 Leganés (5-2 on aggregate)
(Rodrigo 36', 89')-(Machis 49')

Osasuna 2-0 Granada (2-1 on aggregate)
(Berenguer 45+2', Gomez 59')

Deportivo La Coruña 3-1 Real Betis (3-2 on aggregate)
(Arribas 11', Luisinho 54', Babel 59')-(Piccini 66')

Barcelona 7-0 Hercules (8-1 on aggregate)
(Digne 37', Rakitic PK 45', Rafinha 50', turan 55', 86', 89', Alcacer 73')

Serie A
Inter Milan 3-0 Lazio
(Banega 54', Icardi 56', 65')

Ligue 1
AS Monaco 2-1 Caen
(Falcao PK 48', Bakayoko 76')-(Bazile 90+4')

astia 1-2 Olympique Marseille
(Djiku 83')-(Gomis 8', Mua Njie 90+1')

Bordeaux 0-0 Nice

Dijon 2-0 Toulouse
(Tavares PK 49', Melou 52')

Lille 1-1 Stade Rennes
(Eder 89')-(Ntep 22')

Olympique Lyonnais 1-0 Angers
(Lacazette 9')

Metz 1-2 Guingamp
(Nguette 12')-(Briand 49'  74')

Nantes 1-0 Montpellier
(Alves de Lima PK 12')

Paris-Saint Germain 5-0 Lorient
(Meunier 25', Toure OG 44', Silva 50', Cavani PK 63', Moura 70')

St. Etienne 0-0 AS Nancy Lorraine

European League Tables

U.S. Soccer continues to delay their division sanctioning decisions for the NASL and USL. After originally slated to figure out which of the two leagues would receive D2 sanctioning on December 6, they announced a 7-10 day delay. Now, they have said their won't be a decision until after the new year. There are many factors leading to this delay. There are the expensive NASL exit fees, the uncertain state of several of the NASL clubs businesses and league ambition, and more going on behind the scenes. The only thing that is for certain now is that nothing is for certain.

Minnesota United appears to have a deal in place to bring Miguel Ibarra back to the club. Ibarra was the talisman in the Loons' attack before he was sold to Leon in Mexico. After acquiring his "discovery rights" from Portland, they now appear to have an agreement with the Liga MX side to bring him back to Minnesota.

Borussia Monchengladbach have completed their coaching change. After canning Andre Schubert, they have appointed Dieter Hecking as his replacement. He signed a deal that will keep him there until 2019. Hecking most recently coached at VfL Wolfsburg and was sacked from the gig back in October. Gladbach have only one win from their last 11 matches, and their new leader is hoping to reverse that trend.

Today's Matches
Copa Del Rey- Round of 32 Second Leg
Alaves v. Gimnastic de Tarragona- 2pm
Celta Vigo v. UCAM Mercia- 2pm
Athletic Bilbao v. Racing Santander- 3pm
Espanyol v. AD Alcorcon- 3pm

Serie A
AS Roma v. Chievo Verona- 2:45pm- beIN
Cagliari v. Sassuolo- 2:45pm
Fiorentina v. Napoli- 2:45pm
Palermo v. US Pescara- 2:45pm
Sampdoria v. Udinese- 2:45pm
Torino v. Genoa- 2:45pm

Liga MX Playoffs- Final First Leg
Club America v. UANL- 10pm- Univision

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: Real Madrid's transfer ban halved

Yesterday's Scores
Borussia Dortmund 1-1 SC Augsburg
(Dembele 47')-(Dong-Won 33')

Borussia Monchengladbach 1-2 VfL Wolfsburg
(Hazard 52')-(Caligiuri 3', Gomez 57')

Eintracht Frankfurt 3-0 Mainz
(Hrgota 18', 85', Barkok 75')

Hamburg SV 2-1 Schalke 04
(Muller 60', Wood 82')-(Avdijaj 89')

Serie A
Atalanta 2-1 Empoli
(Kessie 74', D'Alesandro 90+4')-(Mchedlidze 51')

European League Tables

Copa Del Rey- Round of 32 Second Leg
Villarreal 1-1 Toledo (4-1 on aggregate)
(Pato 60')-(Villa 57')

Real Sociedad 1-1 Real Valladolid (4-2 on aggregate)
(Juanmi 12')-(Gonzalez OG 44')

Atlético Madrid 4-1 Guijuelo (10-1 on aggregate)
(Gaitan 17', Correa 22', Juanfran 29', Torres 45')-(Pino 80')

Málaga 3-4 Cordoba (3-6 on aggregate)
(Ramirez 18', 39', Santos 88')-(Piovaccari 28', 41', Rios PK 68', 89')

Las Palmas 2-1 Huesca (4-3 on aggregate)
(Garcia 14', Asdrubal 60')-(Carvalheira 90+3')

Real Madrid managed to score a minor victory in their appeal of their transfer ban. they have seen the Court of Arbitration for Sport reduce the ban to only this upcoming transfer window. They were found guilty of breaching youth player signing laws last winter. Atletico Madrid was also found guilty of similar offenses and appealed their ban as well, but no word on the results of their case has been announced.

While on the subject of appeals, Jamie Vardy has had his denied by the FA. The Leicester forward was sent off for a two footed tackle against Stoke last weekend and will now serve his three game suspension as originally planned.

Chicago Fire hev themselves a new designated player. They have signed Hungarian striker Nemanja Nikolic from Poland's Legia Warsaw. He has Champions League experience from this season and has scored 41 goals (six in the Champions League) in 56 matches during his time in the Polish capital. He actually rather likes scoring goals. He was the Ekstraliga's leading scorer last season and was atop the pile again this year as he leaves for America. I think Chicago will like this guy.

Houston Dynamo have also acquired a new DP. They have signed Alberth Elis on loan from Monterrey in Liga MX. The 20 year old Honduras international striker didn't see much playing time in Mexico last year, but he did have 25 in three seasons with Olimpio in Honduras before that.

Today's Matches
Bayern Munich v. RB Leipzig- 2pm- FS1
FC Koln v. Bayer Leverkusen- 2pm- FS2
FC Ingolstadt 04 v. SC Freiburg- 2pm
Hertha Berlin v. SV Darmstadt 98- 2pm
TSG Hoffenheim v. Werder Bremen- 2pm

Copa Del Rey- Round of 32 Second Leg
Eibar v. Sporting Gijon- 1pm
Sevilla v. SD Formentera- 1pm
Valencia v. Leganés- 3pm
Osasuna v. Granada- 3pm
Deportivo La Coruna v. Real Betis- 3pm
Barcelona v. Hercules- 4pm

Serie A
Inter Milan v. Lazio- 2:45pm

Ligue 1
AS Monaco v. Caen- 2:5pm
Bastia v. Olympique Marseille- 2:50pm
Bordeaux v. Nice- 2:50pm
Dijon v. Toulouse- 2:50pm
Lille v. Stade Rennes- 2:50pm
Olympique Lyonnais v. Angers- 2:50pm
Metz v. Guingamp- 2:50pm
Nantes v. Montpellier- 2;50pm
Paris-Saint Germain v. Lorient- 2:50pm- beIN
St. Etienne v. AS Nancy Lorraine- 2:50pm

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: USMNT to travel to Cleveland, Tampa, Nashville for Gold Cup

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League
Everton 0-1 Liverpool
(Mane 90+3')

La Liga
Athletic Bilbao 2-1 Celta Vigo
(Aduriz PK 82', San Jose 90+3')-(Aspas 54')

European League Tables

The 2017 Gold Cup has announced its venues. A total of 14 cities across the USA will host matches. Four will be hosting for the first time. The Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas; FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio; Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California; and Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee. Returning as hosts will be AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas; BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston; Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia; Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida; Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey; the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California; Sports Authority Field in Denver; Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas; University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona; and Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.

The USMNT will play in Nashville, Tampa, and Cleveland as the seeded team in Group B. Mexico will be seeded in Group C. They will play in San Diego, Denver, and San Antonio. The tournament begins on July 7 at Red Bull Arena.

Leicester City's Jamie Vardy was sent off for a two footed tackle in the 28th minute of the Foxes; match against  Stoke. He faces a three game ban, but the club is appealing the decision. If the appeal fails, he will miss Leicester's next three matches against Everton, West Ham, and Middlesbrough.

Today's Matches
Borussia Dortmund v. SC Augsburg- 2pm- FS1
Borussia Monchengladbach v. VfL Wolfsburg- 2pm
Eintracht Frankfurt v, Mainz- 2pm
Hamburg SV v. Schalke 04- 2pm- FS2

Serie A
Atalanta v. Empoli- 2:45pm

Copa Del Rey- Round of 32 Second Leg
Villarreal v. Toledo- 1pm
Real Sociedad v. Real Valladolid- 2pm
Atletico Madrid v. Guijuelo- 3pm
Malaga v. Cordoba- 3pm
Las Palmas v. Huesca- 3pm

Monday, December 19, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: Arsenal stumble again, barely cling to fourth place

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League
AFC Bournemouth 1-3 Southampton
(Ake 6')-(Bertrand 14', Rodriguez 48', 85')

Manchester City 2-1 Arsenal
(Sane 47', Sterling 72')-(Walcott 5')

Tottenham 2-1 Burnley
(Alli 27', Rose 71')-(Barnes 21')

Arsenal blows an early week for the second match running and now finds themselves nine points adrift of Chelsea at the top of the Premier League. To make things look worse, they are only one point ahead of Tottenham for fourth place. Things were looking solid for the Gunners just a week ago, and since then all of the main title challengers have won two matches while they have done nothing but lose. Man City are currently in second, seven points back, and Liverpool are nine back with today's Merseyside Derby to play. The title seems like it's Chelsea's to lose at this point,

SV Darmstadt 98 0-1 Bayern Munich
(Costa 71')

Bayer Leverkusen 1-2 FC Ingolstadt 04
(Mehmedi 63')-(Morales 26', Cohen 73')

Bayern Munich get back into first in Germany with this win. Their big showdown with RB Leipzig at Allianz Arena is on Wednesday as the Bundesliga plays its final match before the winter break. Make that must see TV if you can. The German title very well could be on the line.

La Liga
Leganés 1-1 Eibar
(Guerrero 23')-(Bebe 76')

Deportivo La Coruna 2-0 Osasuna
(Andone 7', Babel 42')

Barcelona 4-1 Espanyol
(Suarez 18', 67', Alba 68', Messi 90')-(Lopez 79')

Serie A
Sassuolo 0-1 Inter Milan
(Candreva 47')

Chievo Verona 2-1 Sampdoria
(Meggiorini 9', Pellissier PK 41')-(Schick 90+3')

Napoli 5-3 Torino
(Mertens 13', 18' PK, 22', 80', Chiriches 70')-(Belotti 58', Rossettini 76', Falque PK 84')

Udinese 2-0 Crotone
(Thereau 43', 61')

US Pescara 0-3 Bologna
(Masina 7', Dzemaili 41', Krejci PK 57')

Genoa 3-4 Palermo
(Simeone 4', 57', Ninkovic 65')-(Quaison 42', Goldaniga 69', Rispoli 88', Trajkovski 90')

Lazio 3-1 Fiorentina
(Balde Diao 23', Biglia PK 45+4', Radu 90')-(Zarate 64')

Ligue 1
Caen 3-0 Metz
(Karamoh 20', Santini 61', Sane 90+3')

Nice 2-1 Dijon
(Balotelli PK 32', 50')-(Tavares PK 37')

Olympique Marseille 2-0 Lille
(Gomis 56', Thauvin 61')

AS Monaco 1-3 Olympique Lyonnais
(Bakayoko 70')-(Ghezzal 29', Valbuena 65', Lacazette 87')

This turned out to be an excellent weekend for Nice. After PSG's loss yesterday and Monaco's shock home defeat today. they find themselves four points clear atop the French table.

European League Tables

Club World Cup- Final
Real Madrid 4-2 Kashima Antlers
(Benzema 9', Ronaldo PK 60', 97', 104')-(Shibasaki 44', 52')

Real Madrid wins their second Club World Cup in three years thanks to Ronaldo's hat trick after they went down early in the second half. This marks the fourth year running that a European team has won this trophy and the ninth time overall.

Today's Matches
Premier League
Everton v. Liverpool- 3pm- NBCSN

La Liga
Athletic Bilbao v. Celta Vigo- 2:45pm- beIN

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: Chelsea move nine points atop Premier League

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League
Crystal Place 0-1 Chelsea
(Costa 43')

West Ham 1-0 Hull City
(Noble 76')

Stoke City 2-2 Leicester City
(Krkic PK 39', Allen 45+3')-(Ulloa 74', Amartey 88')

Middlesbrough 3-0 Swansea City
(Negredo 18', PK 29', de Roon 58')

Sunderland 1-0 Watford
(Van Aanholt 49')

West Bromwich Albion 0-2 Manchester United
(Ibrahimovic 5', 56')

The seemingly unstoppable Chelsea are nine points clear of the top of the table as we head into today's matches. They could remain three matches ahead up there depending on the result of the top four six-pointer between Arsenal and Manchester City this morning. Meanwhile, Zlatan Imbrahimovic has apparently adjusted to the Premier League. The Swede now has nine goals in the Premier League this season. United are also unbeaten in eight in the League.

Werder Bremen 1-1 FC Koln
(Gnabry 40')-(Rudnevs 28')

FC Augsburg 1-0 Borussia Monchengladbach
(Hinteregger 75')

Mainz 3-1 Hamburg SV
(Latza 35', 56', 67')-(Wood 21')

RB Leipzig 2-0 Hertha Berlin
(Werner 41', Orban 62')

Schalke 04 1-1 SC Freiburg
(Konoplyanka 74')-(Niderlechner 64')

VfL Wolfsburg 1-0 Eintracht Frankfurt
(Bruma 33')

La Liga
Sporting Gijon 1-3 Villarreal
(Carmona 89')-(dos Santos 12', Sansone 19', Pato 74')

Atletico Madrid 1-0 Las Palmas
(Niguez 59')

Granada 0-2 Real Sociedad
(Bautista 56', Juanmi 69')

Sevilla 4-1 Malaga
(Vietto 25', 28', Ben Yedder 34', Vitolo 35')-(Ramírez 64')

Serie A
Empoli 2-0 Cagliari
(Mchedlidze 8', 72')

AC Milan 0-0 Atalanta

Juventus 1-0 AS Roma
(Higuain 14')

This was Juve's 25th consecutive league win at home, which equals a club record. It also puts them further into the driver's seat for the Serie A title. They are seven points clear of Roma in second with nobody seeming capable of challenging them.

Ligue 1
Guingamp 2-1 Paris-Saint Germain
(Salibur 66', De Pauw 70')-(Cavani 80')

PSG slip up yet again as they sink to four back of first place Nice, who play today.

Toulouse 1-1 AS Nancy Lorraine
(Jullien 85')-(Bennasser 33')

Stade Rennes 1-2 Bastia
(Sio 71')-(Crivelli 59', Danic 63')

Montpellier 4-0 Bordeaux
(Lasne 13', Sessegnon 20', Mounie 84', Sylla 90+2')

Caen v. Metz- Postponed

Mother Nature is conspiring against Caen and Metz playing a match. Both have now seen two matches postponed because of a French fog epidemic. The two will give it another shot today.

Lorient 2-1 St. Etienne
(Philippoteaux 39',  Cabot 90')-(Pajot 90+2')

European League Tables

Today's Matches
Premier League
AFC Bournemouth v. Southampton- 8:30am- NBCSN
Manchester City v. Arsenal- 11am- NBCSN
Tottenham v. Burnley- 11am- CNBC

SV Darmstadt 98 v. Bayern Munich- 9:30am- FS2
Bayer Leverkusen v. FC Ingolstadt 04- 11:30am- FS2

La Liga
Leganes v. Eibar- 10:15am
Deportivo La Coruna v. Osasuna- 12:30pm
Barcelona v. Espanyol- 2:45pm- beIN

Serie A
Sassuolo v. Inter Milan- 6:30am
Chievo Verona v. Sampdoria- 9am
Napoli v. Torino- 9am- beIN
Udinese v. Crotone- 9am
US Pescara v. Bologna- 9am
Genoa v. Palermo- 2:45pm
Lazio v. Fiorentina- 2:45pm

Ligue 1
Caen v. Metz- 8:30am
Nice v. Dijon- 9am
Olympique Marseille v. Lille- 11am
AS Monaco v. Olympique Lyonnais- 2:45pm

Club World Cup- Final
Real Madrid v. Kashima Antlers- 5:30am- FS1

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: DaMarcus Beasley could return to USMNT in January camp

Yesterday's Scores
TSG Hoffenheim 2-2 Borussia Dortmund
(Uth 3', Wagner 20')-(Götze 11', Aubameyang 48')

La Liga
Alaves 1-0 Real Betis
(Deyverson 58')

Ligue 1
Angers 0-2 Nantes
(Gillet 18', Harit 48')

European League Tables

Bruce Arena shed a little bit of light on his potential plans for January camp. Arena's first event in charge of the US Men's National Team will be an opportunity for him to work with American based players who are still in their offseason. Several players who were thought to have ended their national team careers or never got a look under Jurgen Klinsmann are being considered to come along. DaMarcus Beasley, who retired from international duty last year, Juan Agudelo, Matt Hedges, Dax McCarty, and others all have shots at a spot at the camp. The USMNT will take on Serbia and one other unannounced nation in friendlies at the end of the month.

Today's Matches
Premier League
Crystal Place v. Chelsea- 7:30am- NBCSN
West Ham v. Hull City- 10am
Stoke City v. Leicester City- 10am
Middlesbrough v. Swansea City- 10am- NBCSN
Sunderland v. Watford- 10am- CNBC
West Bromwich Albion v. Manchester United- 12:30pm- NBC

Werder Bremen v. FC Koln- 9:30am
FC Augsburg v. Borussia Monchengladbach- 9:30am
Mainz v. Hamburg SV- 9:30am- FS2
RB Leipzig v. Hertha BErlin- 9:30am- FS1
Schalke 04 v. SC Freiburg- 9:30am
VfL Wolfsburg v. Eintracht Frankfurt- 12:30pm

La Liga
Sporting Gijon v. Villarreal- 7am
Atletico Madrid v. Las Palmas- 10:15am
Granada v. Real Sociedad- 12:30pm
Sevilla v. Malaga- 2:45pm

Serie A
Empoli v. Cagliari- 9am
AC Milan v. Atalanta- 12pm- beIN
Juventus v. AS Roma- 2:45pm- beIN

Ligue 1
Guingamp v. Paris-Saint Germain- 11am
Toulouse v. AS Nancy Lorraine- 2pm
Stade Rennes v. Bastia- 2pm
Montpellier v. Bordeaux- 2pm
Caen v. Metz- 2pm
Lorient v. St. Etienne- 2pm

Friday, December 16, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: MLS expansion timeline revealed

Yesterday's Score
Serie A
Genoa 1-0 Fiorentina
(Lazovic 37')

This match was scheduled back in September, but had to be called off thanks to a massive hailstorm.

European League Tables

Club World Cup
Club America 0-2 Real Madrid
(Benzema 45+2', Ronaldo 90+3')

Real Madrid will move on to face Japan's Kashima Antlers for the Club World Cup title. The Club World Cup is an interesting event. It features the winners of the host nation's league, in this case Kashima Antlers, and the champions of each of the six confederations. In the previous 12 events, it has been won by the European representative 8 times and by CONMEBOL four. It's normally little more than a side note in the soccer calendar.

This edition is notable because it's the first top flight trail of instant replay in the game. It was used for the first time in the semi-final between Kashima and Atletico Nacional to help award Kshima with a penalty in the 31st minute. It was also used in this match to provide Ronaldo with his goal, which was initially disallowed for offside.

Replay is a technology that can be useful to improve the accuracy of officiating. It would have come in handy for Wednesday's Manchester United-Crystal Palace match in which the referee missed a couple handballs in the penalty area. It will eventually take hold throughout the world, but the kinks need to be ironed out before that can happen. Real Madrid's Zinedine Zidane and Luka Modric echoed this statement by saying the process was a little confusing and that they didn't like the delays.

Don Garber laid out the plan to expand MLS to 28 teams in the future. He said that teams 25 and 26 will be official by the second or third quarter of 2017. It's expected that St. Louis and Sacramento will be those next two cities to gain teams since they are furthest along in the process. They will each pay $150 million for the privilege to join the league.

After that, there is no timetable or expansion fee laid out for teams 27 and 28, but they will need to officially apply by January 31 to be considered. Common wisdom says Detroit and Cincinnati are the favorites, but a couple cities in North Carolina, Tampa/St. Petersburg, San Diego, San Antonio, and Nashville have all expressed interest.

Today's Matches
TSG Hoffenheim v. Borussia Dortmund- 2:30pm- FS1

La Liga
Alaves v. Real Betis- 2:45pm

Ligue 1
Angers v. Nantes- 2:45pm

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: San Jose to host next USMNT World Cup Qualifier

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League
Middlesbrough 0-3 Liverpool
(Lallana 29', 68', Origi 60')

Sunderland 0-1 Chelsea
(Fabregas 40')

West Ham 1-0 Burnley
(Noble 45+3')

Crystal Palace 1-2 Manchester United
(McArthur 66')-(Pogba 45+2', Ibrahimoivc 88')

Manchester City 2-0 Watford
(Zabaleta 33', Silva 86')

Stoke City 0-0 Southampton

Tottenham 3-0 Hull City
(Eriksen 14', 63', Wanyama 73')

West Bromwich Albion 3-1 Swansea City
(Rondon 50', 61', 63')-(Routledge 78')

European League Tables

Club World Cup
Atletico Nacional 0-3 Kashima Antlers
(Doi PK 33', Endoh 83', Suzuki 85')

Japan's Kashima Antlers will take on the winner of Club America v. Real Madrid, which will be known by the time this publishes, in the Club World Cup Final on Sunday.

Bruce Arena'a first competitive match will be the USA's next World Cup Qualifier against Honduras. That match will be played at San Jose's Avaya Stadium. This will happen after friendlies on January 29 against Serbia in San Diego and February 3 against an opponent to be determined.

Today's Match
Club World Cup
Club America v. Real Madrid- 5:30am

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: MLS Expansion Draft nets trade chips for Minnesota and Atlanta

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League
AFC Bournemouth 1-0 Leicester City
(Pugh 34')

Everton 2-1 Arsenal
(Coleman 44', Williams 86')-(Sanchez 20')

European League Tables

MLS held its Expansion Draft for Atlanta United and Minnesota United. they each took five players in the event. Here's the list of players taken:

Atlanta United
Donny Toia
Zach Loyd
Clint Irwin
Mikey Ambrose
Alec Kann

Minnesota United
Chris Duvall
Collen Warner
Mohammed Saied
Jeff Attinella
Femi Hollinger-Janzen

Three of these players, Donny Toia, Clint Irwin, and Chris Duvall, have already been traded away for players, GAM, or draft picks. Toia was sent to Orlando for a first round pick. Irwin was ransomed back to Toronto FC for Mark Bloom and GAM. Duvall was shipped to Montreal for Johan Venegas. This somewhat brings into question the whole idea of the expansion draft. If teams are just going to select players and then trade them away, why hole the event in the first place? Just give teams the extra money and/or SuperDraft picks they really want and be done with the whole thing.

LA Galaxy were thought to be ending their practice of bringing in past their prime players, but apparently they had at least one more to add. They have acquired the MLS rights to Jermaine Jones from Colorado Rapids in exchange for their top SuperDraft pick and some GAM. If Jones were to return to MLS, it would have to be with LA now, unless they sell off his rights to somewhere else.

Chelsea and Manchester City have been fined for their altercation a couple of weekends ago. Near the final whistle of Chelsea's 3-1 win, a bit of argy bargy sprung up that resulted in Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho being sent off. Now, Chelsea have been fined £100,000 and City £35,000 for being unable to control their players. This is the Blues' sixth fine for improper conduct in the last two years, although this penalty is less than the £290,000 they were docked for their quarrel with Tottenham last May. There was half serious talks of a points deduction coming to Chelsea for their frequent flare ups, but the FA isn't ready to take that step quite yet.

Tobin Heath has won US Soccer's Female Player of the Year award. It's her first time receiving the honor and she is the fifth different player to win it. She scored six times for the USWNT this year and 14 more for Portland Thorns in the NWSL.

Today's Matches
Premier League
Middlesbrough v. Liverpool- 2:45pm
Sunderland v. Chelsea- 2:45pm
West Ham v. Burnley- 2:45pm
Crystal Palace v. Manchester United- 3pm- NBSN
Manchester City v. Watford- 3pm
Stoke City v. Southampton- 3pm
Tottenham v. Hull City- 3pm
West Bromwich Albion v. Swansea City- 3pm

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: Ronaldo takes home fourth Ballon d'Or

Yesterday's Scores
La Liga
Villarreal 3-0 Atlético Madrid
(Trigueros 28', dos Santos 38', Soriano 90+3')

Serie A
Fiorentina 2-1 Sassuolo
(Kalinic 10', 39')-(Acerbi 76')

AS Roma 1-0 AC Milan
(Nainggolan 62')

European League Tables

Cristiano Ronaldo has won his fourth Ballon d'Or. Although no longer the FIFA standard player of the year award, it is still a massive achievement. He beat out Lionel Messi, who finished second, for the honor. He most recently won it in 2014 and only trails Messi for the most wins all time. The Argentinian has won it five times. One of the two has won it every year since 2008.

The Champions League had its Round of 16 draw early yesterday morning. Arsenal will be taking on Bayern Munich in an all to repetitive clash of large clubs. The other prime matchup will be Barcelona playing Paris-Saint Germain. Here's the full list of ties:

Manchester City v. Monaco
Real Madrid v. Napoli
Benfica v. Borussia Dortmund
Bayern Munich v. Arsenal
Porto v. Juventus
Bayer Leverkusen v. Atletico Madrid
Paris Saint-Germain v. Barcelona
Sevilla v. Leicester City

The Europa League also had its draw for the Round of 32. Manchester United will take of St. Etienne in France for their knockout round opener. Spurs will get Belgium's KAA Gent. Here are all the matches;

Athletic Bilbao v. Apoel Nicosia
Legia Warsaw v. Ajax
Anderlecht v. Zenit St Petersburg
Astra Giurgiu v. Racing Genk
Manchester United v. St Etienne
Villarreal v. Roma
Ludogorets Razgrad v. FC Copenhagen
Celta Vigo v. Shakhtar Donetsk
Osmanlispor v. Olympiakos
Gent v. Tottenham Hotspur
Rostov v. Sparta Prague
Krasnodar v. Fenerbahce
Borussia Monchengladbach v. Fiorentina
AZ Alkmaar v. Lyon
Hapoel Be'er Sheva v. Besiktas
PAOK Salonika v. Schalke

Today's Matches
Premier League
AFC Bournemouth v. Leicester City- 2L45pm
Everton v. Arsenal- 2:45pm- NBCSN

Monday, December 12, 2016

Hooligan's Wake Up: Jacksonville Armada kiss NASL goodbye

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League
Chelsea 1-0 West Bromwich Albion
(Costa 76')

Manchester United 1-0 Tottenham
(Mkhitaryan 29')

Southampton 1-0 Middlesbrough
(Boufal 53')

Liverpool 2-2 West Ham
(Lallana 5', Origi 48')-(Payet 27', Antonio 39')

Borussia Monchengladbach 1-0 Mainz
(Christensen 76')

Schalke 04 0-1 Bayer Leverkusen
(Kießling 89')

La Liga
Eibar 0-0 Alavés

Celta Vigo 0-3 Sevilla
(Iborra 51', 84', PK 90+2')

Espanyol 2-1 Sporting Gijon
(Caicedo 54', Baptistao 90')-(Cop 90+2')

Real Betis 1-0 Athletic Bilbao
(Castro 18')

Serie A
Cagliari 0-5 Napoli
(Mertens 34', 69', 72', Hamsik 45', Zielinski 51')

Atalanta 1-3 Udinese
(Kurtic 47')-(Zapata 45', Fofana 72',  Thereau 87')

Bologna 0-0 Empoli

Palermo 0-2 Chievo Verona
(Birsa 14', Pellissier 49')

Torino 1-3 Juventus
(Belotti 16')-(Higuain 28', 82', Pjanic 90+2')

Inter Milan 2-0 Genoa
(Brozovic 38', 69')

Ligue 1
Olympique Lyonnais 1-0 Stade Rennes
(Valbuena 28')

St. Etienne 1-0 Guingamp
(Hamouma 25')

Paris-Saint Germain 2-2 Nice
(Cavani 46', 60')-(Cyprien 32', Plea 45+3')

European League Tables

The latest team to drop out of the NASL officially is Jacksonville Armada. According to Empire of Soccer, they have officially left the league behind with the aim of joining the USL. Assuming they can solve their minor ownership crisis and stadium situation in time, they hope to complete the transition in time for the 2017 season. They are the third team to leave the NASL for the USL this year with more rumored to be following.

Atlanta United made a plethora of trades yesterday. They acquired Michael Parkhurst from Columbus Crew for some General Allocation Money. They also traded some GAM to Chicago for Sean Johnson, who was immediately flipped to New York City for some GAM and Targeted Allocation Money. Montreal's Romario Williams, Philadelphia's Kevin Kratz, and Orlando City's Harrison Heath were also acquired for draft picks.

Today's Matches
La Liga
Villarreal v. Atletico Madrid- 2:45pm

Serie A
Fiorentina v. Sassuolo- 1pm- beIN
AS Roma v. AC Milan- 3pm- beIN