Thursday, March 16, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Dempsey returns to USMNT for World Cup Qualifiers

Yesterday's Scores
UEFA Champions League- Round of 16 Second Leg
Atletico Madrid 0-0 Bayer Leverkusen (4-2 on aggregate)

AS Monaco 3-1 Manchester City (6-6 on aggregate, AS Monaco wins on away goals)
(Mbappe 8', Fabinho 29', Bakayoko 77')-(Sane 71')

This thriller was the highest two legged series in UEFA Champions League history. The 3-1 score was a little low compared to the 5-3 goal fest a couple weeks ago, but it was still exciting stuff. Monaco outplayed City throughout the match, but the English team still managed to pull ahead on aggregate in the 71st minute. Their lead didn't last long as a thunderous header from Tiemoue Bakayoko sealed the deal for the French leaders. Leicester City are the only Premier League team remaining in the competition.

CONCACAF Champions League- Semi-Final First Leg
FC Dallas 2-1 Pachuca
(Urruti 44', Acosta 58')-(Jara 3')

The early goal conceded by FC Dallas may be what sinks them on the return leg in Mexico. No MLS team has ever won south of the border and asking Dallas to keep a clean sheet or score a goal in a 1-1 draw might be a little tough for them. Of course, it is always better to head into the second leg with a lead, even if it is by the slimmest of margins.

Headlines
The USMNT released its roster ahead of next weekend's World Cup Qualifiers against Honduras and Panama. Clint Dempsey makes his return after missing time with an irregular heartbeat. Jorge Villafana and Sebastian Lletget are eligible to make their first competitive appearances for the National Team as well. Here is the full roster:

Goalkeepers:
Brad Guzan (Middlesbrough), Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

Defenders:
John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca), Michael Orozco (Club Tijuana), Tim Ream (Fulham), Jorge Villafa├▒a (Santos Laguna), Walker Zimmerman (FC Dallas)

Midfielders:
Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Jermaine Jones (LA Galaxy), Fabian Johnson (Borussia M├Ânchengladbach), Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)

Forwards:
Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders), Bobby Wood (Hamburg)

Full breakdown at Last Word on Soccer.

Today's Matches
Europa League- Round of 16 Second Leg
Krasnodar v. Celta Vigo- 2pm- FS2
Racing Genk v. KAA Gent- 2pm- ESPN3
Besiktas v. Olympiakos- 2pm- FS1, ESPN Deportes
Manchester United v. Rostov- 4:05pm- FS1, ESPN Deportes
Ajax Amsterdam v. FC Copenhagen- 4:05pm- ESPN3
AS Roma v. Olympique Lyonnais- 4:05pm- ESPN3
Borussia Monchengladbach v. Schalke 04- 4:05p- FS2, ESPN3
Anderlecht v. Apoel Nicosia- 4:05pm

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