Monday, January 30, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: USMNT opens 2017 with dull draw against Serbia

Yesterday's Scores
FA Cup- Fourth Round
Millwall 1-0 Watford
(Morison 85')

Fulham 4-1 Hull City
(Aluko 17', Martin 54', Sessegnon 66', Johansen 78')-(Goebel 49')

Sutton United 1-0 Leeds United
(Collins PK 53')

Thanks to another giant slaying, we will have two non-league sides in the fifth round of the FA Cup for the first time. Fifth tier Sutton United took care of Premier League hopefuls Leeds United in front of a small, but ruckus crowd in South London. 

Manchester United 4-0 Wigan Athletic
(Fellaini 44', Smalling 57', Mkhitaryan 74', Schweinsteiger 81')

SC Freiburg 2-1 Hertha Berlin
(Haberer 39', Petersen 87')-(Schieber 88')

Mainz 1-1 Borussia Dortmund
(Latza 83')-(Reus 3')

La Liga
Real Betis 1-1 Barcelona
(Algeria 75')-(Suarez 90')

Espanyol 3-1 Sevilla
(Reyes PK 4', Navarro 45+2', Moreno 71')-(Jovetic 20')

Athletic Bilbao 2-1 Sporting Gijon
(Muniain 50', Aduriz PK 71')-(Cop PK 27')

Real Madrid 3-0 Real Sociedad
(Kovacic 38', Ronaldo 51', Morata 82')

Serie A
Torino 1-1 Atalanta
(Falque 16')-(Petagna 66')

Cagliari 1-1 Bologna
(Borriello 90+2')-(Destro 64')

Crotone 4-1 Empoli
(Stoian 24', Falcinelli 56', PK 90+1', PK 90+2')-(Mchedlidze 39')

Fiorentina 3-3 Genoa
(Ilicic 17', Chiesa 50', Kalinic 62')

Sampdoria 3-2 AS Roma
(Praet 21', Schick 71', Muriel 73')-(Peres 5', Dzeko 66')

Sassuolo 0-2 Juventus
(Higuain 9', Khedira 25')

Udinese 2-1 AC Milan
(Thereau 31', De Paul 73')-(Bonaventura 8')

Napoli 1-1 Palermo
(Insigne 66')-(Nestoroski 6')

Ligue 1
Nice 3-1 Guingamp
(Plea 11'  Seri 38', Balotelli 87')-(Briand 63')

Toulouse 0-3 St. Etienne
(Roux PK 9', PK 67', Monnet-Paquet 55')

Paris Saint-Germain 1-1 AS Monaco
(Cavani PK 81')-(Silva 90+2')

Liga MX
Pumas UNAM 3-1 Necaxa
(Castillo 48', Barrera 69', Rabello  90')-(Isijara 1')

Chiapas 1-0 UANL
(Mendoza 37')

Santos 2-0 Puebla
(Araujo 25', Izquierdoz 82')

Africa Cup of Nations
Congo DR 1-2 Ghana
(Mpoku 68')-(J. Ayew 63', A. Ayew PK 78')

Egypt 1-0 Morocco
(Kahraba 87')]

Egypt will take on Burkina Faso in the semi-finals on Wednesday while Ghana plays Cameroon on Thursday.

International Friendly
United States 0-0 Serbia

The first of the January camp friendlies was rather boring. The early year rust was showing for the MLS dominated American squad as they only got one shot on target for the entire game despite controlling 61% of possession. Among the bright spots was Darlington Nagbe's performance along the left wing and Nick Rimando's pretty solid effort in goal. The back line, however, was sort of a mess for most of the game and Greg Garza really made a mess of his start at left back. Thankfully, none of the four starters from this match figure to take part in World Cup Qualifying since the starting back four was busy with their European clubs.

Overall, it's January camp and this sort of thing was expected. Bruce Arena's formation and tactics were of a bigger concern, at least to me. He listed his starters in a 4-2-3-1, however they mostly played as a 4-1-4-1 with a focus on attacking out wide. It will be interesting to see if he continues this plan on Friday in Chattanooga or if he tries out something different.

Dmitri Payet's troubled days at West Ham are over. The free kick artist had requested a move back to Olympique Marseille and he has got his wish. The Hammers sold him back to France for £25 million after his refusal to play for the team earlier this month. Although the club had insisted they wouldn't sell him, Payet apparently won the battle after the signing of Hull's Robert Snodgrass allowed his position to be filled.

Today's Match
La Liga
Las Palmas v. Valencia- 2:45pm

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