Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: 12 cities apply for MLS expansion on quiet Deadline Day

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League
AFC Bournemouth 0-2 Crystal Palace
(Dann 46', Benteke 90+2')

Arsenal 1-2 Watford
(Iwobi 58')-(Kaboul 10', Deeney 13')

Burnley 1-0 Leicester
(Vokes 87')

Middlesbrough 1-1 West Bromwich Albion
(Negredo PK 17')-(Morrison 6')

Sunderland 0-0 Tottenham

Swansea City 2-1 Southampton
(Mawson 38', Sigurdsson 70')-(Long 57')

Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea
(Wijnaldum 57')-(Luiz 24')

Despite dropping points, Chelsea extends their lead at the top of the Premier League to nine points over Tottenham and Arsenal, who failed to take advantage in very winnable games. This certainly appears to be Chelsea's title to lose, although the Gunners will have one last shot to reopen the race on Saturday morning when they visit Stamford Bridge. If they fail, and Spurs manage to drop points at home against Middlesbrough, than Chelsea will be considered all but sure bets for the championship.

Coppa Italia- Quarterfinals
Inter Milan 1-2 Lazio
(Brozovic 84')-(Anderson 20', Biglia PK 56')

Coupe de France- Round of 32
Bergerac Perigord FC 2-0 Lens
(Bouscarrat 38', Covin 48')

Bordeaux 2-1 Dijon
(Malcom 53', Laborde 90+2')-(Diony 83')

Châteauroux 2-3 Lorient
(Tounkara 5', Siebatcheu 61')-(Cabot 50', Cafú 77', PK 111')

Le Poire SV 0-1 Strasbourg
(Gragnic 9')

Lille 1-0 Nantes
(Corchia PK 81')

Sarreguemines 0-3 Niort
(Grange 5', Dabasse 45', Ndoh 87')

US Quevilly 3-0 Marseille Consolat
(Oliveira 66', Guezoui 68', Achahbar 90'+3')

Olympique Marseille 2-1 Olympique Lyonnais
(Fanni 24', Doria 109')-(Tolisso 64')

It was a rather quiet transfer deadline day. No major players moved around and only a couple top clubs did anything at all. The biggest story of the day was Watford selling Odion Ighalo to China for £20 million. Elsewhere:
One interesting nugget of information was the Premier League collectively recording a profit for the month. With all the money flowing into the league from television revenue this year, it seems sort of odd that clubs would sell more than they would buy. When you consider the tight races for Champions League places and the heated relegation battle, it becomes even more surprising. However, January spending was still second highest of all time at £215 million, but huge fees (mostly from China) have helped offset the deficit.

Over in the States, LA Galaxy have signed Romain Alessandrini as a designated player. He comes over from Olympique Marseille for a transfer fee of about $1.75 million. He scored 11 times during his first two seasons in France, but has only played eight times this campaign.

Twelve cities have officially applied for MLS expansion. Yesterday was the deadline for prospective ownership groups to submit their bids to become one of four new MLS teams. The first two are expected to be selected by the end of this year and they are expected to start play in 2020. The cities who made bids are Charlotte, Cincinnati, Detroit, Indianapolis, Nashville, Raleigh/Durham, Phoenix, Sacramento, San Antonio, San Diego, St. Louis, and Tampa/St. Petersburg. 

Today's Matches
Premier League
West Ham v. Manchester City- 2:45pm
Manchester United v. Hull City- 2:45pm
Stoke City v. Everton- 3pm

Copa del Rey- Semi-Finals First Leg
Atletico Madrid v. Barcelona- 3pm

Serie A
US Pescara v. Fiorentina- 2:45pm

Coppa Italia- Quarterfinals
AS Roma v. Cesena- 3pm

Coupe de France- Round of 32
AJ Auxerre v. St. Etienne- 12pm
Angers v. Caen- 12pm
Avranches v. FC Fleury 91- 12pm
CA Bastia v. AS Nancy Lorraine- 12pm
Chambly Thelle FC v. AS Monaco
Fréjus v. AS Prix-les-Mezieres- 12pm
Les Herbiers v. Guingamp- 12pm
Stade Rennes v. Paris Saint-Germain- 3pm

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