Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Mahrez to leave Leicester

Yesterday's Scores
US Open Cup- Third Round
Michigan Bucks 1-2 Saint Louis FC
(Atuahene 46')-(Dalgaard 13', 16')

I did my duty of supporting lower league soccer and attending this match. It was an entertaining game from my more or less neutral standpoint. I could never truly support the Bucks in any way, but part of me wanted them to win so they could host Chicago Fire in two weeks. The Bucks are, so far, the only amateur team to beat an MLS side, and it was the FIre they beat back in 2012.

The match itself was slightly violent as the ref was letting a lot go in terms of fouls. However, in true lower level officiating tradition, he also called some ticky-tack fouls, particularly late in the game, in a way that benefit the home side.

Overall, it looked like a professional team taking on a side of strong amateurs. Michigan Bucks are the defending PDL champions, and they certainly played like it. The were rattled after the two quick Saint Louis goals in the first half, one of which was the result of some criminal center back play, but they were overall up to the task. Francis Atuahene's goal came 30 seconds into the second half and it was a real beauty. There were also chances to equalize, but Saint Louis also had their fair share of looks at a third goal. In general, the visitors sat back to defend once they had their two goal lead, knowing the professional skill would be enough to see off their amatuer opponents.

So, instead of the Fire coming to suburban Detroit in two weeks, they will head to Saint Louis for their fourth round matchup.

Canadian Championship- Semi-Finals Second Leg
Montreal Impact 4-2 Vancouver Whitecaps (5-4 on aggregate)
(Piatti PK 20', 28', Dzemaili 38', Jackson-Hamel 61')-(Davies 59', Greig 77')

Riyad Mahrez has officially submitted a transfer request with Leicester City. The winger almost left the club last summer, but stayed on to try and defend the Premier League title. He even signed a new deal with them. However, he now feels it's time to leave after dropping out of the top half of the table. He should net the Foxes a strong profit. He was bought for £400,000 from French club Le Havre in 2014 and is probably going to fetch them north of £30 million when he is sold.

The MLS disciplinary committee has issued a slew of fines and suspensions from recent play. Sebastian Blanco, Sam Cronin, and Tyrone Mears have been fined undisclosed amounts for various fouls. Jose Ortiz has been suspended for a game for diving. Teal Bunbury gets two games for violent conduct. Bobby Burling and R.J. Allen are also getting a game for a violent fouls, Finally, Vancouver and D.C. have been warned by the league for violating mass conflict regulations.

Today's Matches
Columbus Crew v. Seattle Sounders- 7:30pm
New York City FC v. New England Revolution- 7:30pm
Orlando City v. D.C. United- 7:30pm
Houston Dynamo v. Real Salt Lake- 8:30pm

US Open Cup- Third Round
FC Cincinnati v. Louisville City- 7pm
Jacksonville Armada v. Charleston Battery- 7pm
Rochester Rhinos v. GPS Omens- 7pm
Miami FC v. Tampa Bay Rowdies- 7:30pm- ESPN3
North Carolina FC v. Charlotte Independence- 7:30pm
Reading United v. Harrisburg City Islanders- 7:30pm
Chicago FC United v. Christos FC- 8pm
Tulsa Roughnecks v. San Antonio FC- 8pm
Colorado Springs Switchbacks v. Oklahoma City Energy- 9pm
Phoenix Rising v. San Francisco Deltas- 9:30pm
LA Wolves v. Orange County SC- 10:30pm
Sacramento Republic v. Reno 1868- 10:30pm

Canadian Championship- Semi-Finals Second Leg
Toronto FC v. Ottawa Fury- 7pm

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Huddersfield marches to the Premier League

Yesterday's Scores
Bundesliga- Promotion/Relegation Playoff Second Leg
TSV Eintracht Braunschweig 0-1 VfL Wolfsburg (0-2 on aggregate)
(Vieirinha 49')

English League Championship- Promotion Playoff Final
Huddersfield Town 0-0 Reading (4-3 on penalties)

Huddersfield Town returns to the top flight for the first time since 1972 and completes the 20 team Premier League field for next season. They join Newcastle and Brighton as newly promoted sides, replacing Hull City, Middlesbrough, and Sunderland.

Ernesto Valverde has officially been named Luis Enrique's successor at Barcelona. Enrique announced his departure in March and coached his final game with the club in the Copa del Rey final over the weekend. Valverde, meanwhile. left his job at Athletic Bilbao after the season ended last week with the intention of inking the Barca deal. It's a three year deal with an option for a fourth season. His past includes three Greek league titles with Olympiakos and four Europa League qualifications with Bilbao.

In more coaching news, a pair of prominent European managers are on their way out. First off is Thomas Tuchel, who is leaving Borussia Dortmund after a third place finish in the Bundesliga and a German Cup triumph. He took over for the dismissed Jurgen Klopp two years ago and promptly led them to their highest ever points total and a second place finish behind Bayern Munich. He also oversaw the professional debut of American wonderteen Christian Pulisic. Hopefully the new manager will continue his development.

Luciano Spalletti is out of AS Roma after guiding the team to a second place finish as his contract is set to end. This ends his second tenure with the team, which began in January of 2016.

More reports are out indicating Arsene Wenger has signed a new two year deal with Arsenal. A Monday meeting with owner Stan Kroenke sealed the deal, which is going to be made official tomorrow, if reports are to be believed.

Finally, American central defender John Brooks is on the move. He is reportedly on his way to VfL Wolfsburg, who saved their Bundesliga status yesterday, for €17 million, a record for an American international. He's made 90 appearances for Hertha Berlin, including 24 last season.

Today's Match
U.S. Open Cup- Third Round
Michigan Bucks v. Saint Louis FC- 8pm

Monday, May 29, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Arena releases roster for June World Cup Qualifiers

Yesterday's Scores
Serie A
Cagliari 2-1 AC Milan
Pedro 17', Pisacane 90+3')

AS Roma 3-2 Genoa
Dzeko 10', De Rossi 74', Perotti 90')-(Pellegri 3', Lazovic 79')

Sampdoria 2-4 Napoli
Quagliarella 50', Alvarez 90')-(Mertens 36', Insigne 42', Hamsik 49', Callejon 65')

Crotone 3-1 Lazio
Nalini 14', 60', Falcinelli 22')-(Immobile PK 26')

Fiorentina 2-2 Lazio
Saponara 66', Vecino 85')-(Caprari 14', Bahebeck 65')

Inter Milan 5-2 Udinese
(Eder 5', 54', Perisic 18', Brozovic 36', Angella OG 78')-(Balic 76', Zapata 90+2')

Palermo 2-1 Empoli
(Nestoroski 76', Henrique 84')-(Krunic 87')

Torino 5-3 Sassuolo
(Boye 6', Baselli 22', De Silvestri 45+1', Falque 57', Belotti 79')-(Defrel 14', 40', PK 81')

Ligue 1- Pro/Rel Playoff Second Leg
Lorient 0-0 Troyes (1-2 on aggregate)

Troyes defends their way back to Ligue 1 aftera one year absence. They finished dead last in the 2015-16 season with only 18 points on the season, which was less than half of 19th place GFC Ajaccio. Lorient, meanwhile, leaves the top flighet after an 11 year stay.

Atlanta United 3-1 New York City FC
(Almiron 16', 23', Villalba 19')-(Harrison 71')

FC Dallas 0-0 Houston Dynamo

Liga MX Playoffs- Final Second Leg
Guadalajara 2-1 UANL (4-3 on aggregate)
Pulido 17', Vazquez 70')-(Sosa 88')

This was Chivas's 12th Liga MX title and their first since 2006. They prevent Tigres from doing the Apertura/Clausura double this year, which would have been their third league title in the last two years.

Jacksonville Armada 2-1 North Carolina FC
Steinberger 30', 32')-(Shipalane 90+3')

New York Red Bulls 2 2-1 Charleston Battery
(Flemmings 54', Etienne 75')-(Portillo 45')

Bethlehem Steel 3-1 Harrisburg City Islanders
Chamber 39', Conneh 49', Burke PK 90+3')-(DiPrima 80')

Seattle Sounders 2 2-2 Sacramento Republic
(Nana-Sinkam 78', Olsen 86')-(Caesar 69', Blackwood 90+3')

Vancouver Whitecaps 2 1-2 Ream Monarchs
(Campbell 78')-(Peay 6', Besler 22')

Bruce Arena has released his 27 man roster for the upsoming set of matches leading up to this summer's Gold Cup, a run that includes a pair of World Cup qualifiers. It's more or less the names we have come to expect. The usual suspects of Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey, and the crew are there. So are DaMarcus Beasley, Tim Ream, Jorge Villafana, and others forgotten and/or ignored during the Klinsmann era. Here is the full roster:

Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Atlanta United FC), Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge), Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas), Tim Ream (Fulham), Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire), Darlington Nagbe (Portland Timbers), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund)

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

This squad will take on Venezuela in a friendly on June 1 before a World Cup Qualifier in Colorado against Trinidad and Tobago on June 8 and a trip to Estadio Azteca on June 11.

Arsene Wenger will should make his future official this week after Arsenal's season ending board meeting. The rumors are that he has already signed the two year contract that's been on the table since November, which would make sense. He did just win hte FA Cup to finish a difficult season on a high note. As an Arsenal fan, I could handle another two years of Arsene Wenger. He is the only Arsneal manager I have ever known and, I'll be honest, change scares me a bit. However, I doubt I can handle listnening to the militants of the #WengerOut movement for another two years. Hopefully, the club plays reasonably well after spending big in the transfer window so these clowns will shut up and focus on what really matters: the awful owners.

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart spent the season on loan at Torino and is returning to his parent club over the summer. He is also opposed to another loan spell, meaning Pep Guardiola will probably sell the England international over the summer. He has one year left on his contract but is clearly out of favor at City. Paris Saint-Germain are said to be interested in his services.

Today's Matches
Bundesliga- Pro/Rel Playoff Second Leg
TSV Eintracht Braunschweig v. VfL Wolfsburg- 2:30pm- FS1

Friday, May 26, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: SIlva resigns from Hull, Argentina have new manager

Yesterday's Scores
Bundesliga- Pro/Rel Playoff First Leg
VfL Wolfsburg 1-0 TSV Eintracht Braunschweig
(Gomez PK 35')

Ligue 1- Pro/Rel Playoff First Leg
Troyes 2-1 Lorient
(Darbion 37', Nivet 90+1')-(Waris 82')

Chicago Fire 2-1 FC Dallas
(Nikolic 3', Accam 9')-(Lamah 6')

Liga MX Playoffs- Final First Leg
UANL 2-2 Guadalajara
(Gignac 85', 88')-(Pulido 23', Pizarro 42')

Bethlehem Steel 0-1 Charleston Battery
(Williams 32')

Marco Silva has resigned from his post at the head of Hull City after failing to keep them in the Premier League. He had signed on in January to replace Mike Phelan, but only found six wins in 18 matches, leading the team to an 18th place finish.

Argentina have their new manager. Sevilla manager Jorge Sampaoli will leave his Spanish home to manage his home nation's national team after the Argentina Football Association reached an agreement with the club. Sampaoli's contract doesn't expire for another year, but, per the agreement, the AFA will activate his release clause for €1.5 million. Argentina have been without a manager since Edgardo Bauza was sacked earlier this year.

Portuguese international Bernardo Silva is joining Manchester City from Monaco for a price of £43 million. He scored 11 times and provide 12 assists for the French champions last year. Meanwhile, City defender Pablo Zabaleta is leaving the club and joining West Ham on a free transfer.

On the other side of Manchester, Ecuadorian full back Antonio Valencia has inked a contract extension that will keep him at Old Trafford until 2019. He played 43 games in all competitions for United this season and captained the side during their Europa League triumph on Wednesday.

Finally,the 2018 World Cup is being called out for its atrocious working conditions on stadium construction sites. Giani Infantino himself acknowledged the poor treatment of North Korean workers in Russia in a letter to The Guardian and The Times. Payment, health and safety conditions, and the usual working atrocities are all listed in another black mark for both the Russian hosts and FIFA, itself.

Today's Matches
Toronto FC v. Columbus Crew- 7pm

Swope Park Rangers v. San Antonio FC- 8:30pm- YouTube

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Manchester United take Europa League crown

Yesterday's Scores
Europa League- Final
Ajax Amsterdam 0-2 Manchester United
(Pogba 18', Mkhitaryan 48')

And, with that, Jose Mourinho's first season with United is saved. He's won a pair of trophies in his first campaign, which is more than Louis van Gaal and David Moyes did during their combined tenures with the club. It still wasn't a great season for the Red Devils. They finished in sixth place, but will go to the Champions League thanks to this Europa victory. As a neat aside, United have now won every major European competition, joining Ajax, Chelsea, Juventus and Bayern Munich.

Toronto FC 0-0 Richmond Kickers

Harrisburg City Islanders 0-0 Pittsburgh Riverhounds

Rochester Rhinos 1-0 Tampa Bay Rowdies
(Fall 27')

Oklahoma City Energy 2-1 Portland Timbers 2
(Gonzalez 54', Daly 75')-(Arboleda 59')

Remp 1868 4-0 Tulsa Roughnecks
(Ockford 43', Kelly PK 57', Mfeka 62', Hoppenot 67')

North American League Tables

Lionel Messi has been trying to appeal the 21 month jail sentence he faces for tax fraud, but Spanish courts have upheld the original ruling. Messi and his father, Jorge, were found guilty of using fake companies as tax dodges to protect Messi's earnings. The 21 month sentence will stand, but anything under two years in Spain is served as probation. As long as Messi pays his taxes and generally stays out of trouble, he will avoid actually spending any time in the slammer.

Middlesbrough spent a fair amount of cash bringing in experienced Premier League players last summer. Their efforts failed, they were relegated, and now those big-ish names are on their way out. Goalkeeper Brad Guzan signed on with Atlanta United a few months ago, and now starting keeper Victor Valdes is leaving the club. Alvaro Negredo is also leaving over the summer.

AS Monaco are looking to maintain a position at the top of France after winning their first title in 16 years. With that in mind, they have singed 20-year-old Belgian international Youri Tielemans for €25 million from Belgian champions Anderlecht. He scored 13 goals for them during their title winning campaign this past season.

Los Angeles FC are planning to build a $30 million training complex on the campus of Cal State Los Angeles. The club revealed the plans after they were approved by the Cal State Board of Trustees. The complex includes a renovation of the current field, as well as housing for players, coaches, staff, and the LAFC Academy team.

US U-20 international and Arsenal prospect Gedion Zelalem will be out for six to nine months after tearing his ACL during the U-20 World Cup opener against Ecuador. Zelalem was loaned out after finding himself outside the Arsenal first team for the last couple seasons.

Today's Matches
Bundesliga- Pro/Rel Playoff First Leg
VfL Wolfsburg v. TSV Eintracht Braunschweig- 2:30pm

Ligue 1- Pro/Rel Playoff First Leg
Troyes v. Lorient- 2:45pm

Chicago Fire v. FC Dallas- 8:30pm

Liga MX Playoffs- Final First Leg
UANL v. Guadalajara- 10pm- Univision Deportes

Bethlehem Steel v. Charleston Battery- 11am- YouTube

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Allardyce steps down from Crystal Palace and retires

Yesterday's Scores
Canadian Championship- Semi-Finals First Leg
Ottawa Fury 2-1 Toronto FC
(Williams PK 57', Seoane 72')-(Cheyrou 35')

Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 Montreal Impact-
(Davies 13', Mezquida 33')-(Choiniere 62')

Big Sam Allardyce saved Crystal Palace from relegation and is now retiring. Allardyce took over for Alan Pardew in December and helped bring the team up from 17th at the time to finish in 14th place. He had signed a two and a half year deal, but now says he's leaving the club and not seeking a new job. The year was a strange one for him. He was the England manager for two months before a Telegraph undercover report caught him engaging in talks with fake foreign investors over illegal player payments. He's had stints at Bolton Wanderers, Newcastle, Blackburn Rovers, West Ham, Sunderland and Crystal Palace without ever being relegated from the Premier League.

Real Madrid have signed 16-year-old Brazilian prospect Vinicius Junior from Flamengo for a reported €45 million. He is eligible join the club next summer, after he turns 18, due to FIFA restrictions on international youth transfers. However, the current plan has him staying in Brazil for an extra year after that unless both sides agree to do the deal sooner.

Laurent Koscielny will miss the FA Cup Final on Saturday after his red card from last weekend was upheld after an appeal. He was shown straight red early in the Premier League finale agaisnt Everton, which Arsenal still won 3-1. The three game ban will carry over into the beginning of next season, meaning he misses the first two games of the new Premier League season in August.

Jermaine Defoe was allowed to leave Sunderland on a free transfer following their relegation and it appears he is choosing Bournemouth for next season. He scored 15 goals for the Black Cats last season and is returning to the Cherries, who had him on loan in the 2000-01 season,

Finally, Joey Barton has been released by Burnley after he was banned from the game for a year and a half following probes into his massive gambling problem. Barton was found to have bet on hundreds of matches, including many he played in.

Today's Matches
Europa League- Final
Ajax Amsterdam v. Manchester United- 2:45pm- FS1

Toronto FC v. Richmond Kickers- 12pm- YouTube
Harrisburg City Islanders v. Pittsburgh Riverhounds- 6:30pm- YouTube
Rochester Rhinos v. Tampa Bay Rowdies- 7:05pm- YouTube
Oklahoma City Energy v. Portland Timbers 2- 8pm- YouTube
Remp 1868 v. Tulsa Roughnecks- 10:30pm- YouTube

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Moyes resigns from Sunderland

Yesterday's Score
Serie A
US Pescara 2-0 Palermo
(Muric 15', Mitrita 87')

European League Tables

Sunderland manager David Moyes has resigned from the club after failing to save them from relegation during his only season in charge. This completes a spectacular fall for a guy who was once thought to be the next great English manager. He moved from Everton to replace Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United in 2013 and never lived up to the hype. He chose to leave the club without asking for any compensation from the club.

John Terry was subbed out early in Chelsea's season finale on Sunday and that has apparently raised some eyebrows in the gambling community. The FA is investigating whether or not there were any inconsistencies in the betting. Several bookmakers paid out winning wagers for Terry to be subbed out int he 26th minute of the game, which may have been fixed, according to some. It's probably not going to amount to anything, but I suppose its worth looking into.

Juventus have permanently signed Juan Cuadrado, who had been on loan with the club from Chelsea. They will send £17 million to London to complete the signing. Cuadrado has been with Juventus for the last two seasons after making only four Premier League starts with the Blues since he arrived in 2015.

Today's Matches
Canadian Championship- Semi-Finals First Leg
Ottawa Fury v. Toronto FC- 7pm
Vancouver Whitecaps v. Montreal Impact- 10pm

Monday, May 22, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: On to something new

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League
Arsenal 3-1 Everton
(Bellerin 8', Sanchez 27', Ramsey 90+1')-(Lukaku PK 58')

Burnley 1-2 West Ham
(Vokes 23')-(Feghouli 27', Ayew 72')

Chelsea 5-1 Sunderland
(Willian 8', Hazard 61', Pedro 77', Batshuayi 90', 90+2')-(Manquillo 3')

Hull City 1-7 Tottenham
(Clucas 66')-(Kane 11', 13', 72', Alli 45+2', Wanyama 69', Davies 84', Alderweireld 87')

Leicester City 1-1 AFC Bournemouth
(Vardy 51')-(Stanislas 1')

Liverpool 3-0 Middlesbrough
(Wijnaldum 45+1', Coutinho 51', Lallana 56')

Manchester United 2-0 Crystal Palace
(Harrop 15', Pogba 19')

Southampton 0-1 Stoke City
(Crouch 60')

Swansea City 2-1 West Bromwich Albion
(Ayew 72', Llorente 86')-(Evans 33')

Watford 0-5 Manchester City
(Kompany 5', Aguero 23', 36', Fernandinho 41', Jesus 58')

It was dramatic for about 45 minutes, but Arsenal will miss out on the Champions League action for the first time during the Arsene Wenger era. Liverpool throttled Middlesbrough to ensure Arsenal's quite strong performance agaisnt Everton went for naught. Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester City, and Liverpool will represent England in Europe's main attraction next year, Manchester United will try to join them on Saturday with a win in the Europa League Final in Stockholm.

La Liga
Atletico Madrid 3-1 Athletic Bilbao
(Torres 8', 11', Correa 89')-(Williams 71')

Celta Vigo 2-2 Real Sociedad
(Aspas 54', Hjulsager 90')-(Oyarzabal 82', Juanmi 90+4')

Valencia 1-3 Villarreal
(Nani 54')-(Soldado 1', Trigueros 58', SAnsone 88')

Barcelona 4-2 Eibar
(Junca OG 63', Suarez 73', Messi PK 75', 90+2')-(Inui 7', 61')

Málaga 0-2 Real Madrid
(Ronaldo 2', Benzema 55')

Real Madrid never left any doubt on their title challenge today. As Barcelona struggled early in against Eibar, Ronaldo was busy scoring in the second minute and leading his team to their first title in five years. His next mission will be penetrating the stout defense of Juventus and bringing a European Cup back to Madrid for the third time in four years.

Serie A
AC Milan 3-0 Bologna
(Deulofeu 69', Honda 73', Lapadula 90+1')

Empoli 0-1 Atalanta
(Gomez 13')

Genoa 2-1 Torino
(Rigoni 32', Simeone 54')-(Ljajic 89')

Juventus 3-0 Crotone
(Mandzukic 13', Dybala 39', Sandro 83')

Sassuolo 6-2 Cagliari
(Magnanelli 7', Berardi 12', Politano 13', Sensi 34', Iemmello PK 56', Matri 90')-(Sau 25', Ionita 60')

Udinese 1-1 Sampdoria
(Thereau 5')-(Muriel 64')

Lazio 1-3 Inter Milan
(Diao 18')-(Andreolli 31', Hoedt 37', Eder 74')

Real Madrid's opponent in the Champions League Final will be Juventus, who secured their sixth straight Serie A title. They are the first Italian club to manage that feat.

European League Tables

New England Revolution 2-1 Columbus Crew\
(Fagundez 24', 34')-(Kamara 20')

Minnesota United 1-2 LA Galaxy
(Ramírez 66')-(Dos Santos 38', Ramirez OG 84')

Orlando City 0-3 New York City
(Villa PK 14', Wallace 35', Villa 82')

Liga MX Playoffs- Semi-Finals Second Leg
Guadalajara 1-1 Toluca (2-2 on aggregate)
(Calderon 30', Uribe 48')

Tijuana 0-2 UANL (0-4 on aggregate)
(Aquino 64', 90+2')

Guadalajara and Tigers will face each other in the Clausura final beginning Thursday. Tigres are seeking their third title in the last two years, having won the previous two Apertura championships.

Rochester Rhinos 1-1 Richmond Kickers
(Forbes 32')-(Gonzalez 45')

North American League Tables

We now know the eight seeded teams for the 2017-18 Champions League group stage draw. The winners of the top eight leagues in Europe will be separated for the draw late next summer. Here they are:

Spain: Real Madrid
Germany: Bayern Munich
England: Chelsea
Italy: Juventus
France: AS Monaco
Portugal: Benfica
Russia: Spartak Moscow
Ukraine: Shakhtar Donetsk

Today's Match
Serie A
US Pescara v. Palermo- 2:45pm

With the exception of Serie A, the European seasons are over. Only a couple cup finals and the continental championship matches remain. This weekend is one filled with endings and hopes for a new beginning. This is true for myself as well, for yesterday was my last day editing Last Word on Soccer. I am moving on to a staff writer position at SBI Soccer, the independent site run by Ives Galarcep. I joined LWOS in January of last year and began editing the site later that summer. My time there can only be described as fantastic and I would like to thank everyone involved for giving me the chance to write over there and lead such a unique group of soccer writers. I look forward to the new journeys that await me while always remembering the role Last Word has played in my life and the passion for soccer journalism it helped bring out.

Even with that big change, these daily posts at Hooligan's Corner aren't going anywhere. They are a part of my daily and nightly routine and my life would be incomplete without them. 

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Wild Ligue 2 finish sees Amiens in French top flight for first time

Yesterday's Scores
Bayern Munich 4-1 SC Freiburg
(Robben 4', Vidal 73', Ribery 90+1', Kimmich 90+4')-(Petersen 76')

Borussia Dortmund 4-3 Werder Bremen
(Reus 32', PK 75', Aubameyang 42', PK 89')-(Junuzovic 7', Bartels 46', Kruse 68')

Borussia Monchengladbach 2-2 SV Darmstadt 98
(Hazard 50', Raffael 65')-(Schipplock 63', Heller 90')

Eintracht Frankfurt 2-2 RB Leipzig
(Vallejo 83', Blum 90')-(Sabitzer 25', Poulsen 56')

FC Köln 2-0 Mainz
(Hector 43', Osako 87')

FC Ingolstadt 04 1-1 Schalke 04
(Gro 41')-(Avdijaj 2')

Hamburg SV 2-1 VfL Wolfsburg
(Kostic 32', Waldschmidt 88')-(Knoche 23')

Hertha Berlin 2-6 Bayer Leverkusen
(Weiser 71', Allagui 86')-(Chicharito 5', Havertz 31', 45+1', Kieling 64', Aranguiz PK 81', Pohjanpalo 90')

TSG Hoffenheim 0-0 FC Augsburg

Thus ends the German season with Bayern Munich as runaway champions once again, That's getting kind of repetitive, but there isn't much we can do about it. On the plus side, we get a pair of Champions League rookies from Germany this year. TSG Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig will make their European debuts next fall after strong seasons. Hopefully, Leipzig will continue their rapid ascent and actually challenge Munich for a title next year while competing in the Champions League.

On the other end of the table, minnows Ingolstadt and Darmstadt are going down, while relative giants VfL Wolfsburg will need to win a pro/rel playoff against TSV Eintracht Braunschweig to stay in the top flight. VfB Stuttgart and Hannover 98 are coming up from 2. Bundesliga after one year down.

La Liga
Sporting Gijon 2-2 Real Betis
(Douglas 7', Carmona 79')-(Castro 22', 59')

Deportivo La Coruna 3-0. Las Palmas
(Andone 4', 28', Gil 39')

Leganes 1-1 Alaves
(Timor 89')-(Krsticic 64')

Sevilla 5-0 Osasuna
(Vitolo 10', Vazquez 20', 60', Jovetic 35', Vitolo 80')

The real action takes place in Spain today, but the relegation race closed down today. Osasuna and Granada were already going down and they will be joined by Sporting Gijon, who needed a win and a loss from Leganes to have any chance of Primera Division survival.

Serie A
Chievo Verona 3-5 AS Roma
(Castro 15', Inglese 37', 86')-(El Shaarawy 28', 58', Salah 42', 76', Dzeko 83')

Napoli 4-1 Fiorentina
(Koulibaly 8', Insigne 36', Mertens 57', 64')-(Ilicic 60')

Roma are now within a point of Juventus, but the Old Lady can still wrap up a title with a game to spare if they win today.

Ligue 1
Angers 2-0 Montpellier
(Bamba 82', Tait 88')

AS Nancy Lorraine 0-0 St. Etienne

Guingamp 1-0 Metz
(Diallo 29')

Lille 0-0 Nantes

Lorient 0-0 Bordeaux

Olympique Lyonnais 3-3 Nice
(Le Marchand 10', Lacazette 48', 78')-(Donis 15', 69', Seri 90+4')

Olympique Marseille 1-0 Bastia

Paris Saint-Germain 1-1 Caen
(Rabiot 13')-(Ronny 90+1')

Stade Rennes 2-3 AS Monaco
(Diakhaby PK 69', 90+1')-(Fabinho 42', Jemerson 47', Jorge 78')

Toulouse 0-0 Dijon

France ends with Monaco breaking PSG's stranglehold on the top spot in the table. Those two will head to the Champions League next year along with Nice, who were unexpected title challengers for a while, but failed to hold on when all was said and done.Nancy Lorraine and Bastia are headed down to Ligue 2, while Lorient will play Troyes in a playoff as they try to stay up.

Coming up to Ligue 1 next year will be champions Strasbourg, who are completing their fourth promotion in six years. They last played in the top level back in 2008. Second place Amiens will join them after a 96th minute winner in their final game put them through to second place, It's their first time in the top flight in their 116 year history.

European League Tables

Montreal Impact 4-1 Portland Timbers
(Piatti PK 13', 50', Fisher 43', Oyongo 77')-(Valeri 45+1')

D.C. United 0-1 Chicago Fire
(Accam 52')

Seattle Sounders 1-0 Real Salt Lake
(Shipp 42')

Atlanta United 4-1 Houston Dynamo
(Almiron 30', 42', PK 80', Gressel 76')-(Torres PK 90')

Philadelphia Union 2-1 Colorado Rapids
(Sapong PK 67', Medunjanin 75')-(Calvert 15')

Vancouver Whitecaps 2-0 Sporting Kansas City
(Techera 40', Parker 67')

FC Dallas 0-1 San Jose Earthquakes
(Hyka 81')

Indy Eleven 0-2 Miami FC

(Rennella 28', Poku 72')

Puerto Rico 1-2 North Carolina FC
(Dawson 27')-(Fondy 73', Schuler 90+1')

New York Red Bulls II 3-4 Ottawa Fury

(Flemmings 20', Allen PK 56', Mines 69')-(Hume 14', Seoane 51' Salazar 87', Williams PK 90')

FC Cincinnati 1-2 Bethlehem Steel
(Konig 18', 52')-(Conneh PK 33')

Harrisburg City Islanders 2-2 Charleston Battery
(Olabiyi 23', Mendoza 90+6')-(Guerra 68', Williams 69')

Pittsburgh Riverhounds 0-1 Louisville City
(Spencer 7')

OKC Energy 1-0 Orange County SC
(Dixon 35')

Rio Grande Valley 1-1 LA Galaxy II
(Murphy 36')-(Dhillon 72')

San Antonio FC 1-0 Phoenix Rising
(Ajeakwa 12')

Real Monarchs 5-2 Colorado Springs Switchbacks
(Hoffman 30', 54', Velasquez 51', 57', Haber 83')-(Suggs 25', Frater 87')

Reno 1868 6-0 Seattle Sounders 2
(Kelly 28', PK 32', PL 35', Mfeka 44', Caspie 48', Ockford 90+2')

Sacramento Republic 3-2 Tulsa Roughnecks
(Barrera 29', Ochoa 31', Christian 74')-(Caffa PK 67')

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This doesn't come as a shock, but Arsenal majority shareholder Stan Kroenke has no desire to give up his control of the club. The American sports mogul has turned down the $1.3 billion bid from Russian oligarch Alisher Usmanov. He has aspirations of turning Arsenal into a major force in Europe. That's a wonderful dream to have, but it would be nice if he started spending like he meant it. Kroenke has come under increased fire from Arsenal supporters as the club continues to spiral into chaos while the owner stays silent from across the Atlantic Ocean.

Today's Matches
Premier League
Arsenal v. Everton- 10am- NBC
Burnley v. West Ham- 10am- Oxygen
Chelsea v. Sunderland- 10am- SyFy
Hull City v. Tottenham- 10am- MSNBC
Leicester City v. AFC Bournemouth- 10am- Bravo
Liverpool v. Middlesbrough- 10am- NBCSN
Manchester United v. Crystal Palace- 10am- CNBC
Southampton v. Stoke City- 10am- E!
Swansea City v. West Bromwich Albion- 10am- Esquire
Watford v. Manchester City- 10am- USA

La Liga
Atletico Madrid v. Athletic Bilbao- 10:45am
Celta Vigo v. Real Sociedad- 10:45am
Valencia v. Villarreal- 10:45am
Barcelona v. Eibar- 2pm
Malaga v. Real Madrid- 2pm- beIN

Serie A
AC Milan v. Bologna- 9am
Empoli v. Atalanta- 9am
Genoa v. Torino- 9am
Juventus v. Crotone- 9am- beIN
Sassuolo v. Cagliari- 9am
Udinese v. Sampdoria- 9am
Lazio v. Inter Milan- 2:45pm

New England Revolution v. Columbus Crew- 2:30pm
Minnesota United v. LA Galaxy- 5pm- ESPN
Orlando City v. New York City- 7pm- FS1

Liga MX Playoffs- Semi-Finals Second Leg
Guadalajara v. Toluca- 7:06pm- UniMas
Tijuana v. UANL- 9pm

Rochester Rhinos v. Richmond Kickers- 4:05pm- YouTube

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Arsenal minority owner looking to bid out Kroenke

Yesterday's Scores
La Liga
Granada 1-2 Espanyol
(Pereira 22')-(Baptistao 3', Vezo OG 8')

European League Tables

New York Red Bulls 1-1 Toronto FC
(Wright Phillips 38')-(Cheyrou 70')

San Francisco Deltas 0-3 Jacksonville Armada
(Steinberger 25', 45', Gebhard 73')

Toronto FC II 1-3 Tampa Bay Rowdies
(Uccello 10')-(Cole 68', Paterson 80', Jones 82')

North American League Tables

Arsenal minority share holder Alisher Usmanov has bid $1.3 billion to take majority control away from the much hated Stan Kroenke. He hasn't responded to the offer yet. The Arsenal fan base may be divided to the core right now, but if there is one thing they can agree on, it's that Kroenke is a garbage owner. Usmanov has publicly blamed the current owner for the club's struggles, but has also come under fire himself. Fans have wondered why they haven't been able to use his wealth to build the team. He's the 66th richest man in the world with a net worth of more than $15 billion. However, they could change if this offer is accepted, which is just what Arsenal needs. They haven't spent much on the transfer market under Kroenke, who prefers a sound business model compared to the win at any cost philosophy of recent Premier League champions.

The Bundesliga has named four new referees, including their first woman. Bibiana Steinhaus will become the first female referee in the league next season. She is a 38-year old police officer once worked as an assistant in the Premier League under Howard Webb and spent the last six years officiating second tier German games. 

Today's Matches
Bayern Munich v. SC Freiburg- 9:30am
Borussia Dortmund v. Werder Bremen- 9:30am
Borussia Monchengladbach v. SV Darmstadt 98- 9:30am
Eintracht Frankfurt v. RB Leipzig- 9:30am
FC Koln v. Mainz- 9:30am
FC Ingolstadt 04 v. Schalke 04- 9:30am
HAmburg SV v. VfL Wolfsburg- 9:30am
Hertha Berlin v. Bayer Leverkusen- 9:30am
TSG Hoffenheim v. FC Augsburg- 9:30am

La Liga
Sporting Gijon v. Real Betis- 11am
Deportivo La Coruna v. Las Palmas- 1pm
Leganes v. Alaves- 1pm
Sevilla v. Osasuna- 3pm

Serie A
Chievo Verona v. AS Roma- 12pm
Napoli v. Fiorentina- 2:45pm

Ligue 1
Angers v. Montpellier- 3pm
AS Nancy Lorraine v. St. Etienne- 3pm
Guingamp v. Metz- 3pm
Lille v. Nantes- 3pm
Lorient v. Bordeaux- 3pm
Olympique Lyonnais v. Nice- 3pm
Olympique Marseille v. Bastia- 3pm
Paris Saint-Germain v. Caen- 3pm
Stade Rennes v. AS Monaco- 3pm
Toulouse v. Dijon- 3pm

Montreal Impact v. Portland Timbers- 3pm
D.C. United v. Chicago Fire- 4pm- UniMas
Seattle Sounders v. Real Salt Lake- 5pm
Atlanta United v. Houston Dynamo- 7pm
Philadelphia Union v. Colorado Rapids- 7pm
Vancouver Whitecaps v. Sporting Kansas City- 7pm
FC Dallas v. San Jose Earthquakes- 8pm

Indy Eleven v. Miami FC- 7:30pm- beIN
Puerto Rico v. North Carolina FC- 7:30pm- ESPN3

New York Red Bulls II v. Ottawa Fury- 4pm
FC Cincinnati v. Bethlehem Steel- 7pm
Harrisburg City Islanders v. Charleston Battery- 7pm
Pittsburgh Riverhounds v. Louisville City- 7pm
OKC Energy v. Orange County SC- 8pm
Rio Grande Valley v. LA Galaxy II- 8:30pm
San Antonio FC v. Phoenix Rising- 8:30pm
Real Monarchs v. Colorado Springs Switchbacks- 9pm
Reno 1868 v. Seattle Sounders 2- 10:30pm
Sacramento Republic v. Tulsa Roughnecks- 10:30pm

Friday, May 19, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Beckham inching closer to stadium reality

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League
Leicester City 1-6 Tottenham
(Chilwell 59')-(Kane 25', 63', 88', 90+2', Son 36', 71')

Liga MX Playoffs- Semi-Finals First Leg
Toluca 1-1 Guadalajara
(Uribe 85')-(Pizarro 83')

UANL 2-0 Tijuana
(Zelarayan 42', Aquino 45')

David Beckham just about has all the land he needs to build an MLS stadium and he has revealed his plan for said stadium. It's a pretty looking facility in the Overtown neighborhood of Miami. The trouble is, the 25,000 capacity venue doesn't have a plan for parking. Renderings show the stadium plopped down in the middle of a neighborhood with no discernable area to park cars for that many fans. He's hoping to acquire more land for parking lots and have a shuttle service to get fans to games. Beckham, who was given the right to purchase a franchise for only $25 million when he came to MLS, still can't get everything right, even when it looks like he is.

Today's Matches
La Liga
Granada v. Espanyol- 2:45pm

New York Red Bulls v. Toronto FC- 7:30pm

San Francisco Deltas v. Jacksonville Armada- 10:30pm- Twitter

Toronto FC II v. Tampa Bay Rowdies- 5pm- YouTube

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Mourinho complains after fielding weak sides in Premier League

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League
Southampton 0-0 Manchester United

Manchester United continues to not give a rat's ass about the remaining Premier League season. Jose Mourinho, who once said he would never want to win the Europa League, is putting all his eggs in Europe's secondary basket in the hopes of taking the back way into the Champions League next year. Mourinho has talked about his lack of effort in the lineup in his typical fashion. He's mad that his final game of the season wasn't bumped up to Saturday to better accomodate United playing in the final. He hopes the fans and pundits "don't kill him" when they see the lineup for Sunday's meaningless match against Crystal Palace. He's complaining about things he deals with all the time throughout the course of the season. He's clearly mad.

La Liga
Celta Vigo 1-4 Real Madrid
(Guidetti 69')-(Ronaldo 10', 48', Benzema 70', Kroos 88')

Real Madrid reclaim the top spot in Spain, but they still need at least a point in Sunday's finale on the road against Malaga. That shouldn't be too much to ask. Barcelona holds the tiebreakers over them and would win the title if they take down Eibar and Real Madrid falls.

Coppa Italia- Final
Juventus 2-0 Lazio
(Alves 12', Bonucci 24')

Juventus keep their treble hopes alive with a comfortable Coppa Italia win. Their Serie A championship should be wrapped up this weekend. Real Madrid in the Champions League Final is the only thing standing in the way of them winning every major trophy available this season.

Ligue 1
AS Monaco 2-0 St. Etienne
(Mbappe 19', Germain 90+3')

AS Monaco officially clinch their first French title since 2000.

European League Tables

Philadelphia Union 2-0 Houston Dynamo
(Picault 17', Ilsinho 38')

Chicago Fire 3-0 Colorado Rapids
(Nikolic 15', 74', Accam 57')

Sporting Kansas City 3-0 Seattle Sounders
(Gerso 56', 58', 69')

Real Salt Lake 2-1 New York City FC
(Rusnak 38', 51')-(Okoli 4')

San Jose Earthquakes 1-1 Orlando City
(Thompson 83')-(Rivas 80')

North American League Tables

US Open Cup- Second Round
Atlanta Silverbacks 1-2 Charleston Battery
(Harlley PK 73')-(Lasso 19', Otoo 44')

Richmond Kickers 0-1 Christos FC
(Caltabiano 79')

Rochester Rhinos 3-0 FC Motown
(Tergou 2', Graf 7', Boukemia 85')

Boston City FC 1-2 GPS Omens
(Batista 76')-(Caldwell 22', Prozeller 60')

Miami United FC 1-2 Jacksonville Armada
(Camilli 32')-(Pitchkolan 35', Blake PK 42')

Carolina Dynamo 1-6 North Carolina FC
(Shear 74')-(Shriver 27', Fondy 37', Shipalane 40', Schuler 48', 85', Orlando 57')

Charlotte Eagles 2-3 Charlotte Independence
(Williams 61', Omondi 63')-(Townsend 10', Martinez PK 77', 88')

Tartan Devils Oak Avalon 0-9 Louisville City FC
(Varga OG 9', Kaye 17', Ballard 25', Llic 41', Lancaster 55', 83', Totsch 69', Jimenez 78', Abend 86')

FC Cincinnati 1-0 AFC Cleveland
(Fall 115')

Reading United AC 3-2 New York Cosmos
(Marie 39', Micaletto 42', Pierrot 45')-(Alhassan 12', Szetela 64')

Miami FC 3-2 South Florida Surf
(Poku 48', Booth OG 60', Chavez 79')-(Espinal 29', Michaud 74')

Michigan Bucks 1-0 Indy Eleven
(Atuahene 36')

Ocean City Nor'easters 0-0 Harrisburg City Islanders (5-6 in penalties)

Chicago FC United  3-1 Pittsburgh Riverhounds
(Segbres 19', Barlow 73', Sierakowski 90+4')-(Banjo 58')

FC Wichita 3-4 Saint Louis FC
(Perez PK 7', Gurson 62', Corfe 81')-(Cochran 33', Angulo 72', 95', David 90+5')

Dutch Lions FC 1-2 San Antonio FC
(Scholman 62')-(Araujo 18', Hoyos 40')

Tulsa Roughnecks FC 5-3 Oklahoma City Energy U23
(Jain 8', Mata 13', 49', Kondrakhin 45+2', 53')-(Lindstrom 59', Gee OG 63', Okeke 73')

OKC Energy FC 5-1 Moreno Valley Fútbol Club
(Dixon 14', 69', Wojcik 68', Craven 73', Gonzalez 74')-(Gonzalez 8')

Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC 2-0 FC Tucson
(Park 47', Frater 49')

Fresno Fuego 1-3 Phoenix Rising FC
(Oliveira 59')-(Wakasa 34', Avila 35', Seth 54')

FC Golden State Force 2-5 Orange County SC
(Verso PK 20', 47')-(Pineda 6', Etim 15', van Ewijk PK 26', Fernandes 46', 55')

L.A. Wolves FC 1-0 Chula Vista FC
(Cardozo PK 110')

Sacramento Republic FC 4-0 Anahuac FC
(Williams 12', 15', Kneeshaw PK 66', Trickett-Smith- 85')

San Francisco Deltas 2-1 Burlingame Dragons FC
(Ferreira 45', Heinemann 62')-(Cox 29')

OSA FC 1-1 Reno 1868 FC (3-4 on penalties)
(Gordley 16')-(Yomba 30')

We were gifted with a couple Open Cup upsets this round. Michigan Bucks took down NASL side Indy Eleven. New York Cosmos fell to Reading United. as well. Richmond Kickers and Pittsburgh Riverhounds were the two USL sides to fall to amateur opposition, MLS sides will enter the fray in the fourth round of the tournament.

The FA has approved a new procedure to issue retrospective punishment for diving using video review. A former player, manager, and referee will review potential incidents of simulation and dish out a two game suspension if they unanimously agree that a dive happened. This is similar to the review system used for red card offenses missed by the match officials.

Today's Matches
Premier League
Leicester City v. Tottenham- 2:45pm- NBCSN

Liga MX Playoffs- Semi-Finals First Leg
Toluca v. Guadalajara- 8:30pm
UANL v. Tijuana- 10:30pm

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Arsenal's top four hope still technically alive

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League
Arsenal 2-0 Sunderland
(Sanchez 72', 81')

Manchester City 3-1 West Bromwich Albion
(Jesus 27', De Bruyne 29', Toure 57')-(Robson-Kanu 87')

Arsenal keeps their top four hopes barely alive with a late arriving win over Sunderland. Their chances are still fairly remote, but at least the final day of the season will have some meaning for them. They have to defeat Everton and hope Liverpool fall to Middlesbrough or Watford to take down Manchester City coupled with a five goal swing in goal difference.

European League Tables

U.S. Open Cup- Second Round
Tampa Bay Rowdies 3-0 Jacksonville Armada U23
(Porter 3', Morrell 43', Paterson 68')

Watford manager Walter Mazzarri is on his way out of the club. The Italian manager kept his club in the Premier League by the skin of their teeth this season, even though they are on a five game losing skid. Discontent in the dressing room is the likely cause for his dismissal, which will come after Sunday's season finale. This would be Watford's second managerial switch in as many years. Quique Sanchez Flores was let go last summer after leading the club to a 13th place finish.

Today's Matches
Premier League
Southampton v. Manchester United- 2:45pm- NBCSN

La Liga
Celta Vigo v. Real Madrid- 3pm- beIN

Coppa Italia- Final
Juventus v. Lazio- 3pm

Ligue 1
AS Monaco v. St. Etienne- 3pm

Philadelphia Union v. Houston Dynamo- 7:30pm,
Chicago Fire v. Colorado Rapids- 8:30pm
Sporting Kansas City v. Seattle Sounders- 8:30pm
Real Salt Lake v. New York City FC- 9pm
San Jose Earthquakes v. Orlando City- 10:30pm

US Open Cup- Second Round
Atlanta Silverbacks v. Charleston Battery- 3:30pm
Richmond Kickers v. Christos FC- 7pm
Rochester Rhinos v. FC Motown- 7pm
Boston City FC v. GPS Omens- 7pm
Miami United FC v. Jacksonville Armada- 7pm
Carolina Dynamo v. North Carolina FC- 7pm
Charlotte Eagles v. Charlotte Independence- 7pm
Tartan Devils Oak Avalon v. Louisville City FC- 7pm
FC Cincinnati v. AFC Cleveland- 7pm
Reading United AC v. New York Cosmos- 7pm
Miami FC v. South Florida Surf- 7:30pm
Michigan Bucks v. Indy Eleven- 7:30pm
Ocean City Nor'easters v. Harrisburg City Islanders- 7:30pm
Chicago FC United  v. Pittsburgh Riverhounds- 8pm
FC Wichita v. Saint Louis FC- 8pm
Dutch Lions FC v. San Antonio FC- 8pm
Tulsa Roughnecks FC v. Oklahoma City Energy U23- 8pm
OKC Energy FC v. Moreno Valley Fútbol Club- 8pm
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC v. FC Tucson- 9pm
Fresno Fuego v. Phoenix Rising FC- 10pm
FC Golden State Force v. Orange County SC- 10pm
L.A. Wolves FC v. Chula Vista FC- 10:30pm
Sacramento Republic FC v. Anahuac FC- 10:30pm
San Francisco Deltas v. Burlingame Dragons FC- 10:30pm
OSA FC v. Reno 1868 FC- 10:30pm

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Sacramento ownership mess cleared up, Republic would rise to MLS if bid accepted

Yesterday's Score
Premier League
Chelsea 4-3 Watford
(Terry 22', Azpilicueta 36', Batshuayi 49', Fábregas 88')-(Capoue 24', Janmaat 51', Okaka 74')

Chelsea had their victory party at Stamford Bridge and it included a bit of a sendoff for John Terry. The long time club captain opened the scoring in this one seconds before committing a vital error en route to Watford's equalizer. Terry, who has been at the club since he was a wee lad at 14 years old, announced he is leaving the club for the second time earlier this year. although he has not ruled out retiring outright. He should have offers from clubs both at home and abroad over the summer, should he choose to keep playing.

European League Tables

The Sacramento Republic ownership conundrum has finally been hashed out. The MLS expansion favorites experienced a bit of drama in their front office after their bid was submitted. Republic president and founder Warren Smith was not included in any of the ownership plans for the new MLS side and it was thought that the Republic brand would not be included. Sacramento Soccer and Entertainment Holdings, CEO'd by Kevin Nagle, has now officially acquired the USL franchise and is planning on taking that team into the top flight. The issues between Smith and Nagle appear to have been resolved as well, since Smith said they stood united as one community in the effort to bring MLS to the California capital.

Sacramento has been my leader for expansion since the process began in January. They have a stadium project itching to get started and some of the strongest support in the USL. Now that they have this ownership mess cleaned up, I certainly think they will be one of the two teams announced by the end of this season to begin play in 2020.

The International Champions Cup is a pretty big deal here in the USA, and this summer is bringing us a Manchester Derby in America. That match will take place in Houston's NRG Stadium on July 20. The two were supposed to face off in China last year, but the match had to be cancelled due to a poor pitch.

Today's Matches
Premier League
Arsenal v. Sunderland- 2:45pm- NBCSN
Manchester City v. West Bromwich Albion- 3pm

U.S. Open Cup- Second Round
Tampa Bay Rowdies v. Jacksonville Armada U23- 7:30pm

Monday, May 15, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Hull's loss ends relegation race with Tigers going down

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League

Crystal Palace 4-0 Hull City
(Zaha 3', Benteke 34', Milivojevic PK 85', van Aanholt 90')

West Ham 0-4 Liverpool
(Sturridge 35', Coutinho 57', 62', Origi 76')

Tottenham 2-1 Manchester United
(Wanyama 6', Kane 48')-(Rooney 71')

Manchester United are now officially out of the top four race thanks to this loss. Their only recourse for the Champions League would be taking down Ajax in the Europa League final. Meanwhile, Liverpool continues to control their own top four fate. A win in their final game of the year or anb Arsenal loss will send them to Europe next season. Same goes for Manchester City, who have a pair of games left.

On the other end of the table, Hull City's loss officially closes the relegation race. The Tigers will join Middlesbrough and Sunderland in the Championship next season with Newcastle and Brighton coming up in their place so far.

La Liga Alaves 3-1 Celta Vigo
(Garcia 5', Feddal 18', Deyverson 37')-(Aapas PK 78')

Athletic Bilbao 1-1 Leganes
(Aduriz 14')-(Szymanowski 61')

Eibar 0-1 Sporting Gijon
(Burgui 32')

Las Palmas 1-4 Barcelona
(Bigas 63')-(Neymar 25', 67', 71', Suarez 27')

Real Betis 1-1 Atlético Madrid
(Ceballos 57')-(Savic 66')

Real Madrid 4-1 Sevilla
(Nacho 10', Ronaldo 23', 78', Kroos 84')-(Jovetic 49')

Real Sociedad 2-2 Málaga
(Prieto 31', Bautista 85')-(Hernandez 45', Recio 75')

Villarreal 0-0 Deportivo La Coruna

Real Madrid remains in control of their own destiny at the top thanks to an extra game remaining. They are tied with Barcelona on points, but their midweek match at Celta Vigo would give them the lead once again.

Serie A Inter Milan 1-2 Sassuolo
(Eder 70')-(Iemmello 36', 50')

Bologna 3-1 US Pescara
(Destro 8', 90+1', Di Francesco 48')-(Bahebeck 24')

Cagliari 3-2 Empoli
(Sau 7', Farias 17', 45')-(Zajc 79', Maccarone 85')

Crotone 1-0 Udinese
(Rohden 18')

Palermo 1-0 Genoa
(Rispoli 13')

Sampdoria 1-1 Chievo Verona
(Quagliarella 11')-(Inglese 46')

Torino 0-5 Napoli
(Callejon 7', 76', Insigne 60', Mertens 72', Zielinski 78')

AS Roma 3-1 Juventus
(De Rossi 25', El Shaarawy 56', Nainggolan 65')-(Lemina 21')

Roma's defeat of Juventus keeps the title race open with two matches left to play. Juve have a four point advantage over their Roman rivals, so they would still have to drop points twice in order to lose out on the trophy at the end. Italy is the only one of the big leagues with two weekends remaining.

Ligue 1 AS Monaco 4-0 Lille
(Falcao 6', 69', Silva 45', Alonso OG 89')

Bastia 2-0 Lorient
(Crivelli 74', Danic 86')

Bordeaux 1-1 Olympique Marseille
(Rolan 2')-(Gomis 60')

Caen 0-1 Stade Rennes
(Sio 68')

Dijon 2-0 AS Nancy Lorraine
(Sammaritano 51', Diony 76')

Metz 1-1 Toulouse
(Sarr 66')-(Braithwaite 8')

Montpellier 1-2 Olympique Lyonnais
(Mounie 35')-(Fekir 17', Lacazette 22')

Nantes 4-1 Guingamp
(Thomasson 16', Sala 51', 78', Nakoulma 69')-(Deaux 74')

Nice 0-2 Angers
(Ndoye 35', Ekambi 90+3')

St. Etienne 0-5 Paris-Saint Germain
(Cavani 2', 72', Moura 38', 78', Draxler 90')

PSG are trying hard to keep the chase alive, but they are going to gall victim to Monaco's goal difference. The high flying Monégasques hold an unbelievable +73 goal difference, which makes them impossible to catch. The title isn't technically official, yet. But it should be before the final day of the season as Monaco will host St. Etienne on Wednesday, where a draw will be enough to end PSG's four year stranglehold on Ligue 1. It will be their seventh title overall, and their first since 1999-2000 and since returning to the top flight in 2013.

MLS Portland Timbers 1-1 Atlanta United
(Ridgewell 50')-(Gressel 46')

New York Red Bulls 1-3 LA Galaxy
(Royer 90+3')-(Alessandrini 8', 9', Dos Santos PK 78')

FC Dallas 1-1 New York City
(Acosta 20')-(McNamara 68')

Liga MX Playoffs- Quarterfinals Second Leg Guadalajara 1-0 Atlas (1-1 on aggregate, Guadalajara advances as the higher seed)
(Pineda 45')

Tijuana 2-0 Morelia (1-1 on aggregate)
(Martin 43', Lucero 80')

The Liga MX semi-finals are set. Guadalajara will move along to take on Toluca and Tijuana will play Apertura champions Tigres UANL in the next round, which begins on Wednesday.

NASL New York Cosmos 4-3 Puerto Rico FC
(Mejia 42', Guerra 45+2', Ricter 50', Restrepo 58')-(Gentile 15', Welshman 16', Dias PK 16')

FC Edmonton 0-1 San Francisco Deltas
(Portilla 89')

Vancouver Whitecaps 2 3-1 Colorado Springs Switchbacks
(Bustos PK 24', Amanda 68', Serban 82')-(McFarlane 88')

New York Red Bulls II 1-2 LA Galaxy II
(Allen 3')-(Amaya PK 49', Dhillon 72')

Today's Match
Premier League
Chelsea v. Watford- 3pm- NBCSN

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: RB Leipzig Champions League appearance in jeopardy

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League
Manchester City 2-1 Leicester City
(Silva 29', Jesús PK 36')-(Okazaki 42')

AFC Bournemouth 2-1 Burnley
(Vokes 83')-(Stanislas 25', King 85')

Middlesbrough 1-2 Southampton
(Bamford 72')-(Rodriguez 42', Redmond 57')

Sunderland 0-2 Swansea City
(Llorente 9', Naughton 45+2')

Stoke City 1-4 Arsenal
(Crouch 67')-(Giroud 42', 80', Ozil 55', Sanchez 76')

Bayer Leverkusen 2-2 FC Köln
(Kieling 60', Pohjanpalo 71')-(Jojic 14', Klunter 49')

FC Augsburg 1-1 Borussia Dortmund
(Finnbogason 28')-(Bartels  32')

Mainz 4-2 Eintracht Frankfurt
(Cordoba 60', Bell 62', Muto 76', de Blasis PK 90+3')-(Hrgota 42', Seferovic 50')

RB Leipzig 4-5 Bayern Munich
(Sabitzer 2', Werner PK 29', 65', Poulsen 47')-(Lewandowski PK 17', 84', Alcantara 60', Alaba 90+1', Robben 90+5')

SC Freiburg 1-1 FC Ingolstadt 04
(Philipp 31')-(Lezcano 43')

Schalke 04 1-1 Hamburg SV
(Burgstaller 25')-(Lasogga 90+2')

SV Darmstadt 98 0-2 Hertha Berlin
(Kalou 14', Torunarigha 28')

VfL Wolfsburg 1-1 Borussia Monchengladbach
(Gomez 48')-(Vestergaard 24')

Werder Bremen 3-5 TSG Hoffenheim
(Selassie 59', Bargfrede 86', Bauer 90')-(Szalai 7', Kramaric 11', 49', Zuber 40', Bicakcic 51') 

La Liga
Espanyol 0-1 Valencia
(Gaya 75')

Osasuna 2-1 Granada
(Mondragon 24', Kodro 75')-(Ramos 41')

Serie A
Fiorentina 3-2 Lazio
(Babacar 67', Kalinic 73', Lombardi 76')-(Diao 55', Muriga 81')

Atalanta 1-1 AC Milan
(Conti 44')-(Deulofeu 87')

Toronto FC 3-2 Minnesota United
(Giovinco 20', Ramirez OG 54', Ricketts 77')-(Molino 52', 62')

Colorado Rapids 3-0 San Jose Earthquakes
(Gashi 29', Badji 35', Gashi 56')

Montreal Impact 2-3 Columbus Crew
(Piatti 52', Jackson-Hamel 77')-(Meram 14', 28', 90+1')

D.C. United 0-4 Philadelphia Union
(Medunjanin 39', Onyewu 64', Picault 78', Herbers 88')

Orlando City 2-2 Sporting Kansas City
(Larin 16', Kaka 26')-(Blessing 9', 74')

New England Revolution 4-0 Real Salt Lake
(Caldwell 4', Kamara 18', Fagundez 34', Nguyen 41')

Chicago Fire 4-1 Seattle Sounders
(Nikolic PK 25', 76', Accam 60', Solignac 73')-(Dempsey 28')

Liga MX Playoffs- Quarterfinals Second Leg
Monterrey 0-2 UANL (1-6 on aggregate)
(Gignac 45+4', 68')

Toluca 1-3 Santos (5-4 on aggregate)
(Rios 42')-(Triverio OG 21', Gillo 45', Furch 60')

New York Cosmos v.  Puerto Rico FC- Postponed

Miami FC 3-2 Indy Eleven
(Rennella 45+1', Mares 61', Kcira 65')-(Freeman OG 56', Braun 83')

North Carolina FC 3-1 Jacksonville Armada
(Marcelin 27', Liang 41', PK 69')-(Blake PK 12')

Ottawa Fury 0-1 Pittsburgh Riverhounds
(Hertzog 52')

FC Cincinnati 0-2 Orlando City B
(Da Silva PK 75', Laryea 90+1')

Toronto FC II 0-1 Bethlehem Steel
(Burke PK 8')

Charleston Battery 1-0 Saint Louis FC
(Lasso 62')

Richmond Kickers 0-0 Harrisburg City Islanders

Tampa Bay Rowdies 2-0 Louisville City
(Hristov 59', Brown 72')

Tulsa Roughnecks 4-0 Orange County SC
(Caffa 19', Svantesson 22', 81', Calistri 79')

Rio Grande Valley 1-0 Swope Park Rangers
(Wharton 18')

San Antonio FC 0-0 Seattle Sounders 2

Real Monarchs 2-0 Sacramento Republic
(Haber 38', Velasquez 58')

Phoenix Rising 2-1 OKC Energy
(Johnson 50', Wright-Philips 90+5')-(Hyland PK 90+3')

Despite not seeing a red card, Fernandinho faces  a five game suspension for an elbow thrown at Marc Albrighton. The referee didn't puniush the incident on the scene, but the FA could come down hard on the Manchester City midfielder, who already has two Premier League dismissals on the year. The suspension would carry over into next season if it is doled out.

UEFA regulations could prohibit RB Leipzig, likely second place finishers in the Bundesliga, from participating in the Champions League. Red Bull Salzburg won the Austrian Bundesliga for the fourth year in a row, which seals a spot in the Champions League. RB Leipzig, who are also owned by Red Bull, could be kept out of the tournament due to UEFA restrictions on shared ownership in the same competition. Salzburg would get the call ahead of Leipzig since they finished higher in the domestic league.

Pablo Zabaleta has announced he will leave Manchester City at the end of the season. He spent nine years at the club and won two Premier League titles. The defender is only 32 years old and feels he has some life left in him. He has reportedly drawn interest from Inter Milan and West Ham.

Today's Matches
Premier League
Crystal Palace v. Hull City- 7am- CNBC
West Ham v. Liverpool- 9:15am- CNBC
Tottenham v. Manchester United- 11:30am- NBCSN

La Liga
Alaves v. Celta Vigo- 10am
Athletic Bilbao v. Leganes- 2pm
Eibar v. Sporting Gijon- 2pm
Las Palmas v. Barcelona- 2pm- beIN
Real Betis v. Atlético Madrid- 2pm
Real Madrid v. Sevilla- 2pm
Real Sociedad v. Málaga- 2pm
Villarreal v. Deportivo La Coruna- 2pm

Serie A
Inter Milan v. Sassuolo- 6:30am
Bologna v. US Pescara- 9am
Cagliari v. Empoli- 9am
Crotone v. Udinese- 9am
Palermo v. Genoa- 9am
Sampdoria v. Chievo Verona- 9am
Torino v. Napoli- 9am- beIN
AS Roma v. Juventus- 2:45pm

Ligue 1
AS Monaco v. Lille- 3pm
Bastia v. Lorient- 3pm
Bordeaux v. Olympique Marseille- 3pm
Caen v. Stade Rennes- 3pm
Dijon v. AS Nancy Lorraine- 3pm
Metz v. Toulouse- 3pm
Montpellier v. Olympique Lyonnais- 3pm
Nantes v. Guingamp- 3pm
Nice v. Angers- 3pm
St. Etienne v. Paris-Saint Germain- 3pm

Portland Timbers v. Atlanta United- 4pm- ESPN
New York Red Bulls v. LA Galaxy- 6pm- FS1
FC Dallas v. New York City- 8pm- FS1

Liga MX Playoffs- Quarterfinals Second Leg
Guadalajara v. Atlas- 7pm- Univision Deportes
Tijuana v. Morelia- 9pm

New York Cosmos v. Puerto Rico FC- 1pm- ESPN3
FC Edmonton v. San Francisco Deltas- 4pm- ESPN3

Vancouver Whitecaps 2 v/ Colorado Springs Switchbacks- 6pm- YouTube
New York Red Bulls II v. LA Galaxy II- 9pm- YouTube