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

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