Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Indy Eleven join MLS expansion race

Yesterday's Score
La Liga
Las Palmas 3-1 Valencia
(Viera 42', Lemos 57', Boateng 61')-(Mina 21')

After playing his entire professional career abroad, former USA international defender Oguchi Onyewu is coming to MLS for the first time. He has signed with Philadelphia Union as a discovery player. He was part of the American squads for the 2006 and 2010 World Cups and has won several two Belgian league championships and a Dutch Cup in Europe, He has over 350 total appearances between the USMNT, Metz, Standard Liege, AC Milan, Queens Park Rangers and, most recently, Charlton Athletic, although he has been out of action since the 2014-15 season.

Speaking of US internationals, the USMNT has dropped Jermaine Jones and Sacha Kljestan for the second winter friendly on Friday against Jamaica. Both started and played significant minutes on Sunday afternoon in San Diego and are eager to join their MLS outfits in training camp.

Swedish international Gustav Svensson has signed with Seattle Sounders. The midfielder figures to slot in for fellow Swede Erik Friberg, who departed the Sounders over the winter. Svensson joins MLS from Guangzhou R&F in China, where he made 28 appearances. He has also played for clubs in Ukraine, Turkey, and Sweden.

Another city has joined the growing list of cities applying for MLS expansion. The latest on the list is Indianapolis, home to the NASL's leader in attendance, Indy Eleven. Indy Eleven is leading the bid, which has a new avenue for downtown stadium funding through the state government. They are the 12th city to announce their intention to apply for one of the four remaining MLS slots. The deadline to apply is today.

Sunderland's Patrick wan Aanholt is heading from one relegation fighter to another. He has signed with Crystal Palace for £14 million. He penned a four and a half year contract with the South London club, which hopes to use his strong goal scoring ability (for a full back) to remain in the Premier League after this year.

Hull's Ryan Mason has been released from the hospital following his skull cracking collision with Gary Cahill a couple weekends ago. He is now going to continue his recovery with the aim of returning to the club at some point. Although no timetable has been laid out yet.

The FA Cup sixth round draw was made yesterday evening and both the remaining non-league sides will have to face Premier League opposition. Sutton United will host giants Arsenal and Lincoln City will travel to Burnley. Here is the full slate of matches to be played the weekend of February 17-20:

Burnley v. Lincoln City
Fulham v. Tottenham
Blackburn v. Manchester United
Sutton United v. Arsenal
Middlesbrough v. Oxford
Wolverhampton Wanderers v. Chelsea
Huddersfield Town v. Manchester City
Millwall v. Derby County/Leicester City

Today's Matches
Premier League
AFC Bournemouth v. Crystal Palace- 2:45pm
Arsenal v. Watford- 2:4pm
Burnley v. Leicester- 2:45pm
Middlesbrough v. West Bromwich Albion- 2:45pm
Sunderland v. Tottenham- 2:45pm
Swansea City v. Southampton- 2:45pm
Liverpool v. Chelsea- 3pm- NBCSN

Coppa Italia- Quarterfinals
Inter Milan v. Lazio- 2:45pm

Coupe de France- Round of 32
Bergerac Perigord FC v. Lens- 12pm
Bordeaux v. Dijon- 12pm
Châteauroux v. Lorient- 12pm
Le Poire SV v. Strasbourg- 12pm
Lille v. Nantes-12pm
Sarreguemines v. Niort- 12pm
US Quevilly v. Marseille Consolat- 12pm
Olympique Marseille v. Olympique Lyonnais- 3:05pm

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