Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Dempsey cleared to return to action

Yesterday's Scores
Copa Del Rey- Quarterfinals Second Leg
Alaves 0-0 AD Alcorcon (2-0 on aggregate)

Coppa Italia- Quarterfinals
Napoli 1-0 Fiorentina
(Callejon 71')

Africa Cup of Nations
Morocco 1-0 Ivory Coast
(Alioui 64')

Togo 1-3 Congo DR
(Laba 69')-(Kabananga 29', Mubele 54', Mpoku 80')

Headlines
After have been forced to sit out since August with an irregular heartbeat, Clint Dempsey is cleared to return to practice with the Seattle Sounders. He participated in team drills for the first time yesterday. He has not been cleared for game action yet, but the Sounders expect he will be fit in time for the MLS opened on March 4 against Houston. He may even be able to get a run out during the preseason.

Toronto FC star Sebastian Giovinco reportedly has a lucrative offer on the table from a Chinese club. His goal scoring prowess in MLS has apparently caught the eyes of the Far East. Although his agent claims the offer is there, the club and league maintain that they have not received any bids for Giovinco's services.

Orlando City has landed US international defender Jonathan Spector from Birmingham City. He's signed a two year deal with the Lions worth a reported $1.75 million. Spector has made 36 international appearances with the USA, which include a spot on the 2010 World Cup squad. He has been with Birmingham since 2011 and has played with West Ham and Manchester United since turning pro in 2003.

One time American soccer wonderkid Freddy Adu is back and trying to get a spot on an MLS roster. Adu is at Portland Timbers training camp in Tuscon, Arizona looking to make his first MLS team since a brief stint with Philadelphia Union in 2013. He has played for 13 clubs in as many seasons since being heralded as the greatest American soccer teen ever. Strange to think he is only 27 years old with plenty of career left in front of him is he can latch on somewhere.

Sunderland have signed defender Joleon Lescott on a short term deal. The Black Cats are hoping he can help stave off relegation after failing to do so with Aston Villa last year. He was in Greece playing with AEK Athens this year, but had his contract cancelled in November.

Today's Matches
EFL Cup- Semi-Finals Second Leg
Liverpool v. Southampton- 3pm- beIN

Copa Del Rey- Quarterfinals Second Leg
Eibar v. Atletico Madrid- 1:15pm
Celta Vigo v. Real Madrid- 3:15pm

Coppa Italia- Quarterfinals
Juventus v. AC Milan- 2:45pm

Africa Cup of Nations
Egypt v. Ghana- 2pm
Uganda v. Mali- 2pm

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