Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Brazil become first team to clinch a 2018 World Cup spot

Yesterday's Scores
World Cup Qualifying- CONMEBOL
Bolivia 2-0 Argentina
(Arce 31', Moreno 52')

Ecuador 0-2 Colombia
(Rodriguez 20', Cuadrado 34')

Chile 3-1 Venezuela
(Sanchez 5', Paredes 7', 22')-(Rondon 63')

Brazil 1-0 Paraguay
(Coutinho 34')

Peru 2-1 Uruguay
(Guerrero 34', Flores 62')-(Sanchez 30')

These results mean Brazil is the first team to clinch a spot in the World Cup. They are 11 points clear of Argentina in fifth place and 10 clear of Uruguay in fourth. Those two still have a game to go against each other, meaning one will drop points and neither can catch Brazil.

World Cup Qualifying- CONCACAF
Honduras 1-1 Costa Rica
(Lozano 35')-(Waston 68')

Trinidad and Tobago 0-1 Mexico
(Reyes 58')

Panama 1-1 United States
(Gomez 43')-(Dempsey 39')

This was a pretty big point for the USA. It keeps them in fourth place in The Hex and on track to qualify for the World Cup. The four points from this break don't quite undo the disaster of a start, but they do go a long way towards forgetting about it.

World Cup Qualifying- AFC
Australia 2-0 United Arab Emirates
Irvine 7', Leckie 78')

Japan 4-0 Thailand
Kagawa 8', Okazaki 19', Kubo 57', Yoshida 83')

South Korea 1-0 Syria
(Hong 4')

Iran 1-0 China
(Taremi 46')

Uzbekistan 1-0 Qatar
(Ahmedov 65')

Saudi Arabia 1-0 Iraq
(Al Shehri 53')

World Cup Qualifying- OFC
Tahiti 1-2 Papua New Guinea
(Keck 90')-(Aisa 62', Gunemba 74')

Headlines
Argentina are already struggling in World Cup Qualifying and now they will have to finish four of their last five games without Lionel Messi. Messi has been fined and suspended four games for insulting the assistant referee during last week's match against Chile. The suspension was announced mere hours before yesterday's kick off against Bolivia.

Didier Drogba's career isn't over yet and he is continuing it here in the United States. He has signed a contract to play with Phoenix Rising of the USL. He joins former Chelsea star Steven Wright-Phillips at the Arizona club. This should attract plenty of attention to the second tier USL, who look to be taking the MLS 2.0 strategy of bringing people out to their games by signing old stars. Then again, even at 39, Drogba should do very well in the American lower leagues.

Sebastian Lletget had to be taken off the USMNT's 6-0 win against Honduras early on after suffering a foot injury after a bad tackle. Turns out the injury will require surgery and Lletget will miss 4-6 months.Also out injured in MLS is leading scorer Josef Martinez. The Venezuelan left a qualifier with Peru with a quad injury and will miss 4-6 weeks.

Today's Match
USL
Swope Park Rangers v. Portland Timbers 2- 8:30pm- YouTube

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