Friday, May 5, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Rashford gives Manchester United Europa League semi lead

Yesterday's Score
Europa League- Semi-Finals First Leg
Celta Vigo 0-1 Manchester United
(Rashford 67')

It took a little while, but Manchester United finally found the own goal they were looking for in Spain. Marcus Rashford finally booted a free kick home in the 67th, but it came after a few nice chances earlier in the match. They will take that away goal into what should be a comfortable home leg at Old Trafford next Thursday.

Headlines
Lionel Messi is lodging an appeal of the remainder of his four game international ban with FIFA. The superstar was suspended four games for inappropriate behavior towards a referee in a World Cup Qualifier against Bolivia. He has already served the first game of the ban, but it hoping to get out of the final three. There is precedent for a reduction. Similar cases have seen four game suspensions reduced to a two year probationary period following referee abuse charges, so there is a chance this works out for Messi and Argentina.

Bastia has been ordered to forfeit the the April 16 match against Olympique Lyonnais that was abandoned due to massive pitch invasions and crowd violence. They will also have to play two games in an empty stadium. Bastia currently sit in last place in Ligue 1 and are two points behind safety from relegation.

Nashville Soccer Holdings LLC have acquired the ownership of USL expansion side Nashville SC, which will begin play next season. They hope the USL team will help them earn one of the much coveted MLS expansion slots over the next few years. They feel the bid is strengthened by all the soccer interests in the city being owned by one group.

Today's Matches
Premier League
West Ham v. Tottenham- 3pm

Bundesliga
FC Koln v. Werder Bremen- 2:30pm

La Liga
Sevilla v. Real Sociedad- 3pm

Ligue 1
St. Etienne v. Bordeaux- 2:45pm

MLS
Colorado Rapids v. Vancouver Whitecaps

USL
Swope Park Rangers v. Vancouver Whitecaps 2- 8:30pm- YouTube
Colorado Springs Switchbacks v. Tulsa Roughnecks- 9pm- YouTube
Seattle Sounders 2 v. Portland Timbers 2- 10:30pm- YouTube

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