Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Pulisic extends Dortmund deal to 2020

Yesterday's Scores
Africa Cup of Nations
Senegal 2-2 Algeria
(Diop 43', Sow 53')-(Slimani 10', 52')

Zimbabwe 2-4 Tunisia
(Musona 42', Ndoro 58')-(Sliti 9', M'Sakni 22', Khenissi 36', Khazri PK 45')

Headlines
American wonderkid Christian Pulisic has extended his contract with Borussia Dortmund until 2020. This clears up the wave of transfer rumors involving the Pennsylvania native. He has been linked several times with clubs in the Premier League and each time Dortmund has told them to bugger off. He has enjoyed an increasingly productive time with the club. He has cemented himself as a regular along Dortmund's left wing and has scored twice this season.

Arsenal's manager Arsene Wenger has been charged with violent conduct for shoving and verbally abusing the fourth official in Sunday's clash with Burnley. It's a rare charge for Wenger, who has not seen any suspensions since 2012. The most recent similar charge also came from 2012 when Alan Pardew, then with Newcastle, shoved an official and was fined £20,000. Wenger has until Thursday to respond to the allegations.

Everton has loaned Gerard Deulofeu to AC Milan in Serie A until the end of this season. The sometimes electric midfielder has played in 13 matches for the Toffees this year. Manager Ronald Koeman hopes he will get valuable game experience during his few months in Italy.

CONCACAF announced a new format for the 2017-18 Champions League. Instead of a 24 team group stage, there will be a 16 team knockout competition that will feature teams from the Caribbean and Central America. That tournament will run from August to October and the winner will join 15 other sides in a second 16 team knockout competition beginning in February. The 15 teams will be made up of the MLS and Liga MX sides that currently make it along with champions of the Caribbean Cup and domestic leagues of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Panama. The new format begins this season, so the MLS and Mexican teams will not pick up continental action until February 2018.

A prospective MLS ownership group in San Diego has come forth with plans for luring the league to their city. They have unveiled a $1 billion development plan for the site of Qualcomm Stadium, the former home of the NFL's Los Angeles Chargers. The development will feature a 30,000 seat stadium that would be used by both the MLS team and San Diego State University. The group is not asking for any taxpayer money in the plan.

Today's Matches
Copa Del Rey- Quarterfinals Second Leg
Alaves v. AD Alcorcon- 1:15pm

Coppa Italia- Quarterfinals
Napoli v. Fiorentina- 2:45pm

Africa Cup of Nations
Morocco v. Ivory Coast- 2pm
Togo v. Congo DR- 2pm

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