Saturday, January 7, 2017

Hooligan's Wake Up: NASL and USL both granted provisional D2 stats

Yesterday's Scores
FA Cup- Third Round
West Ham 0-4  Manchester City
(Toure PK 33', Nordtveit OG 41', Silva 43', Aguero 50',  Stones 84')

La Liga
Espanyol 1-1 Deportivo La Coruna
(Moreno 63')-(Borges 59')

European League Tables

Coupe de France
AS Monaco 2-1 AC Ajaccio
(Falcao 19', Germain 67')-(Cavalli 65')

Avranches 3-1 Stade Laval
(Benet 48', Afougou OG 59', Clauss 77')-(Afougou 77')

Les Herbiers 4-3 GFC Ajaccio
(Glombard 3', Schuster 26', Tigroudja 36', Gbelle 46')-(Ducourtioux 11', Court 58', Phojo OG 62')

Liga MX
Veracruz 1-0 Querétaro
(Lopez 51')

North American League Tables

Headlines
NASL and USL have finally learned their fates for next season and it comes with US Soccer taking the cop out option. They have granted both divisions provisional Division II status in the pyramid. As arbitrary as division rankings already were in the US pyramid, this makes them even more so. If there are just going to be two D2 teams, what is the point of having divisions at all? Neither side meets the arbitrary qualifications doe the tier, Both are getting extreme waivers to be allowed there. Does that mean the requirements are flawed? Are both leagues competitively worthy of the second tier? All this decision does is kick that can down the road for at least another year. More will come from me later today at Last Word on Soccer, so stay tuned.

Today's Matches
FA Cup- Third Round
Manchester United v. Reading- 7:30am- FS1
Ipswich Town v. Lincoln City- 10am
Barrow v. Rochdale- 10am- FS2
Hull City v. Swansea City- 10am
Sunderland v. Burnley- 10am
Queens Park Rangers v. Blackburn Rovers- 10am
Millwall v. AFC Bournemouth- 10am
Brighton & Hove Albion v. MK Dons- 10am
Blackpool v. Barnsley- 10am
Wigan Athletic v. Nottingham Forest- 10am
Birmingham City v. Newcastle United- 10am
West Bromwich Albion v. Derby County- 10am
Everton v. Leicester City- 10am
Wycombe Wanderers v. Stourbridge- 10am
Watford v. Burton Albion- 10am
Stoke City v. Wolverhampton Wanderers- 10am
Bristol City v. Fleetwood Town- 10am
Huddersfield Town v. Port Vale- 10am
Brentford v. Eastleigh- 10am
Bolton Wanderers v. Crystal Palace- 10am
Norwich City v. Southampton- 10am
Sutton United v. AFC Wimbledon- 10am- FS1
Accrington Stanley v. Luton Town- 10am
Rotherham United v. Oxford United- 10am
Preston North End v. Arsenal- 12:30pm- FS1

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

Serie A
Empoli v. Palermo- 12pm
Napoli v. Sampdoria- 2:45pm- beIN

Coupe de France- Round of 64
AS Prix-les-Meziere v. Feignies- 9am
Bergerac Perigord FC v. Toulouse Rodeo- 9am
Blagnac v. Niort- 9am
FC Luneville v. Chambly Thelle FC- 9am
Hauts Lyonnais v. CA Bastia- 9am
Le Poire SV v. Viry-Chatillon- 9am
Lille v. AS Excelsior- 9am
Sainte Genevieve des Bois v. Caen- 9am
Sarreguemines v. State de Reims- 9am
Strasbourg v. Epinal- 9am
Besancon v. AS Nancy Lorraine- 12pm
Blois Foot 41 v. Nantes- 12pm
Grenoble v. Frejus- 12pm
Guingamp v. Le Havre- 12pm
Louhans-Cuiseaux v. Dijon- 12pm
US Quevilly v. Drancy- 12pm
Paris-Saint Germain v. Bastia- 3pm

Liga MX
Cruz Azul v. Necaxa- 6pm- Univision Deportes
Morelia v. Tijuana- 8pm
UANL v. Santos- 8pm- Univision
Leon v. Pachuca- 8:06pm
Guadalajara v. Pumas UNAM- 10:06pm- Univision

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