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.

MLS
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.

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

USL
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')

Headlines
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)

Defenders:
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 VillafaƱa (Santos Laguna), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

Midfielders:
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)

Forwards:
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

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