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

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