Saturday, March 4, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Timbers crush Minnesota United to open MLS season

Yesterday's Scores
Bundesliga
FC Augsburg 2-2 RB Leipzig
(Stafylidis 19', Hinteregger 60')-(Werner 25', Compper 52')

La Liga
Real Betis 2-3 Real Sociedad
(Mandi 16', Sanabria 65')-(Bautista 9', Prieto 26', 72')

Ligue 1
Bordeaux 1-1 Olympique Lyonnais
(Vada 16')-(Mammana 79')

MLS
Portland Timbers 5-1 Minnesota United
(Olum 14', Valeri 47', PK 82', Adi 90+1', 90+3')-(Ramírez 79')

Last Word on Soccer Match Recap

Liga MX
Tijuana 2-3 Pachuca
(Lucero 42', Caraglio 90+2')-(Jara 51', 61', Urretaviscaya 74')

North American League Tables

Headlines
Real Madrid will be without two of their biggest names when they take on Eibar today. Gareth Bale will be serving the first of a two game suspension after receiving a red card in the midweek draw against Las Palmas. Ronaldo will also miss the game thanks to an unknown injury. This is rather grim news for a club that looked to have La Liga done and dusted not too long ago. They are now a point back of Barcelona for the top spot, although they do have a game in hand.

Arsenal will also be missing a big piece to their puzzle for today's game at Anfield against Liverpool Mesut Ozil did not make the trip to Merseyside thanks to having the flu. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain expects to start in his stead.

The FA wants to give instant replay a try. They are hoping to trial a VAR system beginning in the third round and beyond of next year's FA Cup. The announcement came alongside several other rules tests in the lower leagues. Sin bins for yellow card fouls, changes to the shooting order for shootouts, and changes to substitutions are all on the table.

Atlanta United has announced that their home opener tomorrow agaisnt New York Red Bulls has sold out. Over 50,000 tickets have been purchased for the match at Georgia Tech's Bobby Dodd Stadium. Make sure to tune in to the match, which kicks off a little after 7:30pm on FS1.

Landon Donovan has joined up with the investment group hoping to bring MLS to San Diego. He took to Facebook live to announce that his is supporting the bid, hoping to bring the league to the city for 2020. He certainly adds some muscle to their bid as Donovan is nothing less than an MLS legend. He may not carry the weight of David Beckham in Miami (who insists his stadium deal is very, very close despite more delays), but he certainly cannot be ignored in this expansion fight.

Finally, the players of Argentinian league are going on strike. Two top division matches have been postponed as players are rebelling against the federation thanks to a major financial crisis. Many players have not seen their wages for several months and are vowing not to play until they are paid in full.

Today's Matches
Premier League
Manchester United v. AFC Bournemouth- 7:30am- NBCSN
Leicester City v. Hull City- 10am- NBCSN
Stoke City v. Middlesbrough- 10am
Swansea City v. Burnley- 10am
Watford v. Southampton- 10am
West Bromwich Albion v. Crystal Palace- 10am- CNBC
Liverpool v. Arsenal- 12:30pm- NBCSN

Bundesliga
Borussia Dortmund v. Bayer Leverkusen- 9:30am- FS2
FC Köln v. Bayern Munich- 9:30am
Mainz v. VfL Wolfsburg- 9:30am
TSG Hoffenheim v. FC Ingolstadt 04- 9:30am
Werder Bremen v. SV Darmstadt 98- 9:30am
Borussia Monchengladbach v. Schalke 04- 12:30pm

La Liga
Leganés v. Granada- 7am
Eibar v. Real Madrid- 10:15am- beIN
Villarreal v. Espanyol- 12:30pm
Barcelona v. Celta Vigo- 2:45pm- beIN

Serie A
AS Roma v. Napoli- 9am
Sampdoria v. US Pescara- 12pm
AC Milan v. Chievo Verona- 2:45pm

Ligue 1
Paris-Saint Germain v. AS Nancy Lorraine- 11am
Bastia v. St. Etienne- 2pm
Caen v. Angers- 2pm
Dijon v. Nice- 2pm
Metz v. Stade Rennes- 2pm
Montpellier v. Guingamp- 2pm

MLS
Columbus Crew v. Chicago Fire- 2pm
LA Galaxy v. FC Dallas- 4pm- Univision
Real Salt Lake v. Toronto FC- 4:30pm
Colorado Rapids v. New England Revolution- 6pm
D.C. United v. Sporting Kansas City- 7pm
Houston Dynamo v. Seattle Sounders- 8:30pm
San Jose Earthquakes v. Montreal Impact- 10pm

Liga MX
Cruz Azul v. Chiapas- 6pm- Univision Deportes
Monterrey v. Querétaro- 8pm
Morelia v. Veracruz- 8pm
Leon v. Club America- 8:06pm- Univision
Necaxa v. Atlas- 10pm- ESPN Deportes
Guadalajara v. Toluca- 10:06pm- Univision

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