Saturday, March 25, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: USA hammers Honduras to get back in The Hex

Yesteerday's Scores
World Cup Qualifying- UEFA
Georgia 1-3 Serbia
(Kacharava 5')-(Tadic PK 45', Mitrovic 64', Gacinovic 86')

Turkey 2-0 Finland
(Tosun 9', 13')

Austria 2-0 Moldova
(Arnautovic 75', Harnik 90')

Ireland 0-0 Wales

Italy 2-0 Albania
(De Rossi PK 12', Immobile 80')

Liechtenstein 0-3 Macedonia
(Nikolov 43', Nestoroski 68', 73')

Spain 4-1 Israel
(Silva 13', Vitolo 45+1', Costa 51', Isco 88')

Croatia 1-0 Ukraine
(Kalinic 38')

Kosovo 1-2 Iceland
(Nuhiu 52')-(Sigurdarson 25', Sigurdsson PK 35')

World Cup Qualifying- CONCACAF
Trinidad and Tobago 1-0 Panama
(Molino 37')

Mexico 2-0 Costa Rica
(Chicharito 7', Araujo 45')

United States 6-0 Honduras
(Lletget 5', Bradley 27', Dempsey 32', 49', 54', Pulisic 46')

Now that was exactly how the USA wanted to start the second Bruce Arena era. A fast start and continuous pressure allowed this game to be over quite quickly. The USA is back in the Hex after this one. They sit in fourth place with three points and have erased their terrible goal difference from their first two matches.

The game wasn't perfect. There were spells where the defense fell asleep and the midfield passing got sloppy a few times. Overall, it's hard to find any real complaints from the performance. We shall see if they can carry it over to the away match against Panama on Tuesday.

World Cup Qualifying- OFC
Fiji 0-2 New Zealand
(Wood PK 48', Rojas 55')

Headlines
UEFA has taken this international break as an opportunity to dish out a ton of suspensions and fines. For starters, Tottenham's Dele Alli will miss the first three games of next season's Champions League for his red card against Gent in Europa League play. Arsenal have been fined a small amount for pitch invasions during the second part of the 10-2 humbling at the hands of Bayern Munich, who have also been fined for their fans throwing every roll of toilet paper in London onto the Emirates Stadium pitch early in that same game. St. Etienne has been docked £43,000 for their supporters trying to burn down Old Trafford by lighting fireworks. Finally Manchester City are out £15,573 for various incidents during their last 16 clash with Monaco. City have also accepted the FA's charge of failing to control their players against Liverpool last weekend.

Everton and Ireland defender Seamus Coleman suffered a broken leg late in Ireland's scoreless draw with Wales. Neil Taylor, who executed the leg breaking, was sent off for his trouble. It's unknown how long he will be out.

Today's Matches
World Cup Qualifying- UEFA
Sweden v. Belarus- 1pm
Andorra v. Faroe Islands- 1pm- ESPN3
Switzerland v. Latvia- 1pm- ESPN3
Bosnia and Herzegovina v. Gibraltar- 1pm
Cyprus v. Estonia- 1pm- ESPN3
Bulgaria v. Netherlands- 3:45pm- ESPN3
Luxembourg v. France- 3:45pm- ESPN3
Portugal v. Hungary- 3:45pm
Belgium v. Greece- 3:45pm

MLS
New England Revolution v. Minnesota United- 2pm
New York Red Bulls v. Real Salt Lake- 4pm- UniMas
Columbus Crew v. Portland Timbers- 7:30pm

NASL
North Carolina FC v. Miami FC- 7:30pm- ESPN3
Puerto Rico FC v. New York Cosmos- 7:30pm- beIN
San Francisco Deltas v. Indy Eleven- 10pm- Twitter

USL
Louisville City v. Saint Louis FC- 2pm- YouTube
LA Galaxy II v. Vancouver Whitecaps 2- 5pm- YouTube
Pittsburgh Riverhounds v. New York Red Bulls II- 5pm- YouTube
Richmond Kickers v. Harrisburg City Islanders- 5pm- YouTube
Charleston Battery v. FC Cincinnati- 7pm- YouTube
Tampa Bay Rowdies v. Orlando City B- 7:30pm- YouTube
Tulsa Roughnecks v. Colorado Springs Switchbacks- 8pm- YouTube
Swope Park Rangers v. OKC Energy- 8:30pm- YouTube
Reno 1868 v. Orange County SC- 10pm- YouTube
Phoenix Rising v. Toronto FC II- 10:30pm- YouTube
Portland Timbers 2 v. Real Monarchs- 10:30pm- YouTube

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