Friday, June 30, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: John Terry chooses Aston Villa

Yesterday's Scores
Real Salt Lake 0-1 Orlando City
(Johnson 17')

LA Galaxy II 0-1 Swope Park Rangers
(Selbol 64')

Reno 1868 0-0 Phoenix Rising

North American League Tables

Looks like John Terry is continuing his career in England's second tier. He is reportedly choosing to sign with Aston Villa in the Championship for next season. The move isn't official, yet, but sources indicate he is telling other interested clubs that the new deal with Villa will be done over the weekend.

Barcelona have exercised their right to buy back Gerard Deulofeu from Everton for €12 million. Everton picked up the Spanish youngster two years ago with this clause thrown in, and Barca had to activate it by yesterday. Deulofeu spend the second half of last year on loan with AC Milan after becoming a semi-regular with Everton towards the end of the 2015-16 season.

There were also some small scale moves involving Europe's bigger clubs yesterday:

Today's Matches
Chicago Fire v. Vancouver Whitecaps- 7pm
FC Dallas v. Toronto FC- 7pm
Montreal Impact v. D.C. United- 7pm
Sporting Kansas City v. Portland Timbers- 7pm- ESPN
Columbus Crew v. Atlanta United- 7:30pm
Colorado Rapids v. Houston Dynamo- 9pm
San Jose Earthquakes v. LA Galaxy- 10:30pm

Jacksonville Armada v. FC Edmonton- 7pm

New York Red Bulls II v. Saint Louis FC- 4pm- YouTube
Bethlehem Steel v. Richmond Kickers- 5pm- YouTube
Toronto FC v. Harrisburg City Islanders- 5pm
Vancouver Whitecaps 2 v. Seattle Sounders 2- 6pm- YouTube
Charleston Battery v. Tampa Bay Rowdies- 7pm- YouTube
Charlotte Independence v. Rochester Rhinos- 7pm- YouTube
Louisville City v. Ottawa Fury- 7:30pm- YouTube
Orange County SC v. Portland Timbers 2- 8pm- YouTube
Orlando City B v. FC Cincinnati- 8:30pm- YouTube
Tulsa Roughnecks v. Real Monarchs- 8:30pm- YouTube
Colorado Springs Switchbacks v. Rio Grande Valley- 9pm- YouTube
Sacramento Republic v. San Antonio- 11pm- YouTube

Hooligan's Daily: Jesse Gonzalez completes switch to USMNT

Yesterday's Scores
FIFA Confederations Cup
Germany 4-1 Mexico
(Goretzka 6', 8', Werner 59', Younes 90+1')-(Fabian 89')

New York City FC 3-1 Minnesota United
(Callens 38', Harrison 52', Villa 63')-(Ramirez 9')

North American League Tables

Bournemouth have broke their club record transfer fee to bring Nathan Ake into their club permanently. He spent last season on loan from Chelsea and scored three goals from the back line. It's believed they payed £20 million for his services. Ake is the third signing of the busy summer for the Cherries. Goalkeeper Asmir Begovic and striker Jermaine Defoe have already come on.

Newly promoted Huddersfield Town have rewarded manager David Wagner with a new contract. He is slated to stay with the Terriers for the next two years. He originally joined the club on a one year rolling contract in 2015. He managed to turn a 19th place finish in his first season into a promotion to the Premier League in his second, thus earning a more stable deal.

Spurs fullback Kieran Trippier has signed a new contract that will keep him in North London until 2022. He's made 41 appearances for Tottenham since joining them from Burnley in 2015.

Goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez has completed his one time international switch from Mexico to the United States. The FC Dallas keeper is now tied to the USMNT and could be called into the squad for the knockout rounds of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. This ends his long personal battle between the USA and El Tri. It was thought Mexico manager Juan Carlos Osorio would possibly call him into the team soon, so this is a good steal for Bruce Arena.

Today's Matches
Real Salt Lake v. Orlando City- 9:30pm- ESPN

LA Galaxy II v. Swope Park Rangers- 10:30pm- YouTube
Reno 1868 v. Phoenix Rising- 10:30pm- YouTube

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Two MLS sides upset in Open Cup

Yesterday's Scores
FIFA Confederations Cup
Portugal 0-0 Chile (0-3 on penalties)

Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo robbed Portugal three times during the shootout to send Chile through to the final. They are trying to keep the Confederations Cup in South America for the third cycle in a row.

U.S. Open Cup- Fifth Round
Houston Dynamo 0-2 Sporting Kansas City
(Opara 61', Gerso 90+1')

Miami FC 3-2 Atlanta United
(Pinho 37', Bernstein 52', Poku 90+3')-(Vazquez 35', Gressel PK 75')

New England Revolution 2-1 D.C. United
(Fagundez 44', Wright 48')-(Ortiz 7')

FC Cincinnati 0-0 Chicago Fire (1-3 on penalties)

The hero in Cincinnati last night was goalkeeper Mitch Hildebrandt. The native of Livonia, Michigan shut down every Chicago scoring attempt during the match and made three spectacular penalty saves during the shootout.

New York Red Bulls 1-1 Philadelphia Union (5-3 on penalties)
(Kljestan 42')-(Alberg 86')

LA Galaxy 2-0 Sacramento Republic
(Lassiter 47', Jamieson 49')

San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 Seattle Sounders
(Salinas 6', Hoeson 84')-(Kovar 48')

Here are your quarterfinal matches for the U.S. OpenCup:

July 10- San Jose Earthquakes v. LA Galaxy- 10:30pm
July 11- Sporting Kansas City v. FC Dallas- 8:30pm
July 12- Miami FC v. FC Cincinnati- 7:3pm
July 13- New England Revolution v. New York Red Bulls- 7:30pm

The Serious Fraud Office is investigating the Garcia Report to look for possible bribes paid out through London banks. Australia's failed 2022 bid is specifically being looked at for money laundering. Other bid improprieties could be investigated, including possible bribes made by the England bid committee.

2018 MLS expansion side Los Angeles FC is close to a big signing. Dutch international Wesley Snijder is reportedly on his way to Southern California from Galatasaray on a $3.5 million per year salary. He has a year left on his contract in Turkey, so he will finish the calander year over there before joining up with LAFC after the new year.

Cristiano Ronaldo will miss Portugal's appearance in the Confederation's Cup third p;ace game due to the birth of twins to a surrogate mother in the United States. The children were born on June 8, before the start of the tournament. He is yet to meet his new kids though, nad will head to the USA to be with them for the first time.

Today's Matches
FIFA Confederations Cup
Germany v. Mexico- 2pm- FS1

New York City FC v. Minnesota United- 7:30pm

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: FIFA releases Garcia Report

Yesterday's Scores
U.S. Open Cup- Fifth Round
FC Dallas 3-1 Colorado Rapids
(Diaz PK 45', Hollingshead 57', Morales 89')-(Azira 46')

Canadian Championship- Final Second Leg
Toronto FC 2-1 Montreal Impact (3-2 on aggregate)
(Giovinco 53', 90+5')-(Tabla 36')

Toronto FC wins the Canadian Championship for the second year in a row and the sixth time overall. They are the first MLS side to book a spot in The CONCACAF Champions League for the 2019 tournament.

Tulsa Roughnecks 1-2 Swope Park Rangers
(Fernandez 69')-(Rubio 27', Gonzalez 63')

North American League Tables

Instead of waiting around for Bild, a German newspaper, to release the thing piece by piece, FIFA decided it was better to put the entire Garcia Report out there on their own. I haven't read the thing, and have no plans to do so, but plenty of folks out there have taken the plunge.

There are plenty of tales out there. The Russian bid apparently used leased computers to compile and the owners of said computers destroyed them afterwards. Qatar apparently used a children's soccer academy to train children in Executive Committee nations as a sort of bribe to FIFA voters.

But the winning nations aren't the only ones guilty of corruption. England, who lost the 2018 bid to Qatar, reportedly bought favors for ExCo voters. I'm sure other losing bids are guilty of something. They just didn't go hardcore enough with their injustices.

Despite all this, FIFA still maintains the report doesn't condemn the winning bids or the bidding process. Which Bild agrees with. They claim the report itself doesn't provide concrete proof of corruption, but fits into a larger puzzle that fits together to form a crooked picture into how Russia and Qatar were awarded their World Cup hosting privileges.

In other news, Cyle Larin is clear to return to action for Orlando City following his DUI arrest a couple weeks ago. He missed three games for the Lions, a pair of draws and a lackluster 4-0 defeat at Chicago last weekend. He was left off Canada's Gold Cup squad, but he could join the team if they make it into the quarterfinals.

Yesterday's Scores
FIFA Confederations Cup
Portugal v. Chile- 2pm- FS1

U.S. Open Cup- Fifth Round
Houston Dynamo v.Sporting Kansas City- 6:30pm
Miami FC v. Atlanta United- 7:30pm
New England Revolution v. D.C. United- 7:30pm
FC Cincinnati v. Chicago Fire- 8pm- ESPN2
New York Red Bulls v. Philadelphia Union- 8pm
LA Galaxy v. Sacramento Republic- 10:30pm
San Jose Earthquakes v. Seattle Sounders- 10:30pm

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: NASL adds San Diego for the 2018 season

Yesterday's Score
Jacksonville Armada v. Puerto Rico FC- Postponed

The NASL has announced its second expansion team for the 2018 season. San Diego will be joining the second tier league with a  franchise partially owned by global stars Demba Ba, Yohan Cabaye, Moussa Sow, and Eden Hazard. It will play at the University of San Diego while it scouts locations for a privately funded soccer stadium in the city.

This expansion effort makes a little more sense than the Atlanta rumors, or the wacky Orange County idea that's already official, but it's still a risky move. Instead of moving into a market with three professional teams, they are heading into one that's merely a weakening target for MLS expansion. San Diego is one of the twelve cities to apply for an MLS team, but it's bid took a hit when a vote on a stadium measure was pushed back until November 2018. If the MLS bid is ultimately successful, this project could go up in a cloud of smoke rather quickly.

The World Cup bidding corruption report compiled by American lawyer Michael Garcia has reportedly been obtained and leaked by German media outlets. It alleges such atrocities as $2 million payments made to a ten year old girl, parties in Rio, and manipulation of FIFA voters in order to award Qatar the 2022 World Cup. Despite all this, the journalists who obtained the report believe it does not conclude that hosting rights for both the 2022 and 2018 World Cups were bought.

There were a couple minor moves in Europe yesterday. Chelsea striker Bertrand Traore has moved on to Olympique Lyonnais for £8.8 million and Monaco forward Valere Germain transferred to Monaco for an undisclosed fee.

Meanwhile, on the home front, the Portland Timbers obtained some defensive reinforcements yesterday. They signed Congolese defender Larrys Mabiala using Targeted Allocation Money. He's spent the last six years in Turkey after starting his career with Paris Saint-Germain. He will join the club in July when the MLS transfer window opens up.

Today's Matches
U.S. Open Cup- Fifth Round
FC Dallas v. Colorado Rapids- 8pm

Canadian Championship- Final Second Leg
Toronto FC v. Montreal Impact- 7:30pm

Tulsa Roughnecks v. Swope Park Rangers- 8:30pm- YouTube

Monday, June 26, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: USMNT releases youth laiden Gold Cup roster

Yesterday's Scores
Confederations Cup
Chile 1-1 Australia
(Rodriguez 67')-(Troisi 42')

Germany 3-1 Cameroon
(Demirbay 48', Werner 66', 81')-(Aboubakar 79')

The semi-final matches are set. Portugal will face Chile on Wednesday afternoon and Mexico will play Germany on Thursday.

Portland Timbers 2-2 Seattle Sounders
(Adi PK 45', Asprilla 45+4')-(Jones 27', Dempsey 90+4')

Jacksonville Armada v. Puerto Rico FC- Postponed


LA Galaxy II 2-3 Sacramento Republic
(Dhillon 54', Vera 70')-(Hall PK 11', Blackwood 14', Caesar 18')

North American League Tables

The USMNT has released its squad for the upcoming Gold Cup. It's filled with youngsters and guys getting their long awaited first crack at the national team. The theory is to play a B team for the group

stage and potentially call up some more regulars for the knockout rounds. There are some familiar names, but the main staples we are used to seeing on the roster are sitting this one out. Here's the full roster:

Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Atlanta United), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (New York City FC)

Defenders: Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest), Matt Miazga (Chelsea), Justin Morrow (Toronto FC), Jorge Villafana (Santos Laguna), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

Midfielders: Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders), Kelyn Rowe (New England Revolution), Kenny Saief (Gent), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)

Forwards: Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution), Dom Dwyer (Sporting Kansas City), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC)

San Jose Earthquakes have up and fired head coach Dominic Kinnear. The club had been pressured to can him earlier in the season, but had since turned their fortunes around slightly and have risen to fifth place in the Western Conference. Kinnear was in his second stint with the team, his first coincided with the original San Jose side's relocation to Houston and his second beginning in 2015. Technical director Chris Leitch will take over for him.

Today's Matches
Jacksonville Armada v. Puerto Rico FC- 7pm- ESPN3

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Portugal, Mexico advance to Confederations Cup semis

Yesterday's Scores
Confederations Cup

Mexico 2-1 Russia
(Araujo 30', Lozano 52')-(Samedov 25')

New Zealand 0-4 Portugal
(Ronaldo PK 33', B. Silva 37', A. Silva 80', Nani 90+1')

Mexico and Portugal move along to the semi-finals from Group A. They will likely square off against Germany and Chile, who are probably going to advance tomorrow.

New York Red Bulls 0-2 New York City FC
(Harrison 33', Sweat 65')

Atlanta United 1-0 Colorado Rapids
(Martinez 67')

Philadelphia Union 1-0 D.C. United
(Picault 31')

Columbus Crew 4-1 Montreal Impact
(Higuain 17', 88' Manneh 70', Kamara 72')-(Jackson-Hamel 19')

Minnesota United 2-2 Vancouver Whitecaps
(Calvo 50', Thiesson 63')-(Techera PK 17', Tchani 45+2')

Chicago Fire 4-0 Orlando City SC
(Accam 3', 8', PK 63', Nikolic 52')

LA Galaxy 1-2 Sporting Kansas City
(Romney 77')-(Espinoza 22', Opara 35')

San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 Real Salt Lake
(Hoeson 13', Urena 68')-(Hernandez 90+4')

Miami FC 2-1 New York Cosmos
(Pinho 20', Rennella 47')-(Ledesma 6')

North Carolina FC 1-2 Indy Eleven
(Shipalane 12')-(Braun 24', Zayed 28')

FC Edmonton 0-1 San Francisco Deltas
(Dyego 7')

Ottawa Fury 2-2 New York Red Bulls II
(Williams 10', Dixon 90+4')-(Lewis 61', Allen 62')

Vancouver Whitecaps 2 2-2 OKC Energy
(Bartman 56', Sanner 73')-(Guzman 34', Craven PK 61')

FC Cincinnati 2-0 St. Louis FC
(Cochran OG 7', Konig 66')

Harrisburg City Islanders 1-0 Louisville City
(Ribeiro 53')

Richmond Kickers 0-2 Charlotte Independence
(Martinez PK 45', 57')

Charleston Battery 6-1 Toronto FC II
(Williams 31', 50', Mueller 42', Marini 57', 71', Portillo 90+1')-(Camargo 65')

Orange County SC 4-3 Seattle Sounders II
(Meeus PK 10', Koontz OG 18', Alvarez 24', Villalobos 80')-(Nana-Sinkam 47', Mathers PK 72', Bimbe-Renken 87')

Colorado Springs Switchbacks 1-0 San Antonio FC
(McFarlane 45+3')

Portland Timbers II 0-2 Reno 1868 FC
(Casiple 55', Felipe 82')

Phoenix Rising 1-1 Real Monarchs
(Bravo 45')-(Haber 12')

North American League Tables

Russia's 2014 World Cup team is the subject of an on going doping investigation. FIFA has confirmed that the Russian football team is potentially part of the massive doping scandal that has affected many sports throughout the country. All 23 players on the roster, including several on the Confederations Cup team that lost to Mexico yesterday, are included in the investigation.

Today's Matches
Confederations Cup

Chile v. Australia- 11am- FS1
Germany v, Cameroon- 11am- FOX

Portland Timbers v. Seattle Sounders- 10:30pm- ESPN2

Jacksonville Armada v. Puerto Rico FC- 6pm- ESPN3


LA Galaxy II v. Sacramento Republic- 9pm- YouTube

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Southampton have their new manager

Yesterday's Scores
Toronto FC 2-0 New England Revolution
(Moor 11', Giovinco 90+6')

Houston Dynamo 1-1 FC Dallas
(Torres 19')-(Urruti 59')

Rochester Rhinos 0-1 Orlando City B
(Tibo 18')

North American League Tables

Mauricio Pellegrino will be Southampton's new manager. The former Alaves boss will replace Claude Puel, who was sacked last week. He led Alaves to the Copa del Rey final and a ninth place La Liga finish before stepping down after the season. He will be their fourth manager in four years. Puel was sacked, but their previous two bosses are now in higher end Premier League jobs. Ronald Koeman is at Everton and Mauricio Pochettino is at Tottenham.

Huddersfield Town have signed striker Laurent Depoitre from Porto for  an undisclosed club record fee. The one time Belgian international made 13 appearances last season and scored twice.

Nashville got some good news regarding their MLS bid yesterday. MLS was added to an existing bill allowing public funding for stadiums. The bill already included the otehr major sports leagues. This doesn't guarantee funding for a project, but it at least opens the door for something.

Cyle Larin has been left off Canada's Gold Cup squad following his recent DUI arrest. The Orlando City striker is suspended by MLS pending his progress in the league's Substance Abuse and Behavioral program. He remains on the provisional roster, so he can rejoin the squad if they make it out of the group stage.

Today's Matches
Confederations Cup
Mexico v. Russia- 11am- FOX
New Zealand v. Portugal- 11am- FS1

New York Red Bulls v. New York City FC- 1:30pm- FOX
Atlanta United v. Colorado Rapids- 7pm
Philadelphia Union v. D.C. United- 7pm
Columbus Crew vs. Montreal Impact- 7:30pm
Minnesota United v. Vancouver Whitecaps- 8pm
Chicago Fire v. Orlando City SC- 8:30pm
LA Galaxy v. Sporting Kansas City- 10:30pm
San Jose Earthquakes v. Real Salt Lake- 10:30pm

Miami FC v. New York Cosmos- 7:30pm- beIN
North Carolina FC v. Indy Eleven- 7:30pm- ESPN3
FC Edmonton v. San Francisco Deltas- 9pm- ESPN3

Ottawa Fury v. New York Red Bulls II- 2pm- YouTube
Vancouver Whitecaps 2 v. OKC Energy- 6pm- YouTube
FC Cincinnati v. St. Louis FC- 7pm- YouTube
Harrisburg City Islanders v. Louisville City- 7pm- YouTube
Richmond Kickers v. Charlotte Independence- 7pm- YouTube
Charleston Battery v. Toronto FC II- 7pm- YouTube
Orange County SC v. Seattle Sounders II- 8pm- YouTube
Colorado Springs Switchbacks v. San Antonio FC- 9pm- YouTube
Portland Timbers II v. Reno 1868 FC-10pm- YouTube
YouTube – Phoenix Rising v. Real Monarchs- 11pm- YouTube

Friday, June 23, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Salah joins LIverpool, Quakes add a DP

Yesterday's Scores
Confederations Cup
Cameroon 1-0 Australia
(Zambo Anguissa 45+1')-(Milligan PK 60')

Germany 1-1 Chile
(Stindl 41')-(Sanchez 6')

Alexis Sanchez's early goal was his 38th international goal, most for any Chilean player.

Pittsburgh Riverhounds 2-0 Tampa Bay Rowdies
(Walsh 11', Parkes 88')

North American League Tables

Mohamed Salah has completed his move from AS Roma to Liverpool. The Reds have paid £34 million for his services. The Egypt international returns to the Premier League on a five year deal after a brief stint with Chelsea back in 2004. He scored 15 times for Roma last season as they finished second in Serie A.

Crystal Palace have their new manager. Frank de Boer, who was sacked by Inter Milan after only about three months on the job last fall, will take over at the club, officially replacing Sam Allardyce. De Boer spent three seasons as the Netherlands boss, where he led them to the World Cup Final in 2010. He has since managed at Ajax before his brief tenure at Inter.

Barcelona have singed Brazilian international Lucas Lima from Santos. He will join the Spanish giants in January when his contract expires. He's bee capped by Brazil 14 times and has played with Santos since 2014.

The USMNT has secured the services of dual national Kenny Saief. Saief, who was born in Panama City, Florida, had played at the youth level with Israel before completing the switch to the country of his birth. He has played his club football at Gent in Belgium since 2014, where he has started several Champions League and Europa League games.

San Jose Earthquakes have signed Georgia international midfielder Valeri Qazaishvili to a designated player contract. He comes to the Bay area from Vitesse in the Eredivisie, but he spent a lot of time on loan with Legia Warsaw last year, where he featured in the Champions League.

Today's Matches
Toronto FC v. New England Revolution- 8pm
Houston Dynamo v. FC Dallas- 9pm- UniMas

Rochester Rhinos v. Orlando City B- 7:05pm- YouTube

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Alves clear to join Man City after Juve release him

Yesterday's Scores
Confederations Cup
Russia 0-1 Portugal
(Ronaldo 8')

Mexico 2-1 New Zealand
(Jimenez 54', Peralta 72')-(Wood 42')

D.C. United 2-1 Atlanta United
(Acosta 23', Nyarko 60')-(Gressel 17')

Minnesota United 3-2 Portland Timbers
(Okugo OG 7', Ramirez 47', Danladi 64')-(Valeri PK 37', Calvo PG 50')

Colorado Rapids 1-3 LA Galaxy
(Serna 37')-(McBean 5', 63', Alessandrini PK 71')

Seattle Sounders 1-1 Orlando City
(Bruin 19')-(Sutter 90+4')

Canadian Championship- Final First Leg
Montreal Impact 1-1 Toronto FC
(Mancosu 19')-(Altidore 30')

Swope Park Rangers 2-1 Colorado Springs Switchbacks
(Doyle 67', Duke 75')-(Prugh 23')

Sacramento Republic 6-2 Rio Grande Valley
(Kneeshaw 19', Blackwood 26', Caesar 42', 57', 71', Trickett-Smith 87')-(Casner 64', Murphy 90')

North American League Tables

Juventus has released Dani Alves from the final year of his contract, opening the door for him to move away from the club. Manchester City are expected to swoop him up. Pep Guardiola managed him during his Barcelona days and he would be a nice fit into his system, despite his advanced age.

Angel di Maria has settled his Spanish tax evasion case. He has agreed to pay back €2 million and serve a eight month suspended jail sentence. Since he is a first time offender, and the jail term is less than two years, di Maria won't actually spend any time in the slammer.

American goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann, son of Jurgen, is going to have a trial with Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga. The US U20 keeper will head to Germany for the first ten days of their preseason campaign, beginning July 3. The third string keeper job is available there, and he could be offered the gig if the trail goes well. Klinsmann, who wants to join the Bundesliga or another big league, also has offers from Eintracht Braunschweig, Ingolstadt, and an unnamed Swiss club.

Today's Matches
Confederations Cup
Cameroon v. Australia- 11am- FS1
Germany v. Chile- 2pm- FS1

Pittsburgh Riverhounds v. Tampa Bay Rowdies- 7pm- YouTube

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Jose Mourinho the latest soccer name accused of Spanish tax fraud

Yesterday's Scores
Ottawa Fury 1-0 Orlando City B
(dos Santos 43')

Harrisburg City Islanders 0-1 Bethlehem Steel
(Chambers 54')

North American League Tables

It must be really easy for rich people to commit tax fraud in Spain., Jose Mourinho is the latest big name to be investigated for defrauding the Spanish government out of millions of Euros. His charge is only to the tune of €3.3 million relating to his time spent managing Real Madrid.

On the plus side for Mourinho, his Manchester United have been cleared of any wrong doing during their pursuit of Paul Pogba last summer. The investigation was looking into some payments made to Pogba's agent from the deal. Juventus, on the other hand, are now in FIFA's crosshairs for the deal. They may have breached statutes on third party ownership of play contracts, which could result in a fine and/or transfer ban.

FIFA has warned Mexico over their fans anti-gay chants at the Confederations Cup. The chants is directed at opposing goalkeepers during goal kicks and has been flagged by FIFA before. The Mexican federation has been fined in the past, but the discriminatory behavior has continued. If they truly want these chants to come to an end, they need to actually hit the fans where it hurts and make Mexico play a World Cup Qualifier in an empty Estadio Azteca. Fans won't stop being hateful because their federation is fined. Keeping them out of the stadium is a far more powerful solution.

RB Leipzig has been cleared to play in the Champions League next season. Their place in the tournament was threatened due to their shared ownership with Red Bull Salzburg, who are also appearing in the competition as Austrian champions. UEFA determined the shared links between the clubs are not strong enough to violate their regulations, so the German runners up are clear to play in Europe.

Former USWNT World Cup winning coach Tony DiCicco passed away yesterday at the age of 68. DiCicco led the USA  from 1995 to 1999. He led them to the 1999 Women's World Cup title and the gold medal at the 1996 Olympics, he's the only American coach to win both those competitions.

Today's Matches

Confederations Cup
Russia v. Portugal- 11am- FS1
Mexico v. New Zealand- 2pm- FS1

D.C. United v. Atlanta United- 7:30pm
Minnesota United v. Portland Timbers- 8pm
Colorado Rapids v. LA Galaxy- 9pm
Seattle Sounders v. Orlando City- 10:30pm

Swope Park Rangers v. Colorado Springs Switchbacks- 8:30pm- YouTube
Sacramento Republic v. Rio Grande Valley- 11pm- YouTube

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Modric facing perjury charges in Croatia

Yesterday's Scores
FIFA Confederations Cup
Australia 2-3 Germany
(Rogic 41', Juric 56')-(Stindl 5', Draxler PK 44', Goretzka 48')

Real Monarchs 2-1 Reno 1868
(Brody 22', Peay 45+3')-(Hoppenot 34')

This was the ninth straight win for Real Monarchs, which sets a new USL record. Reno thought they tied the match late with a goalkeeper goal, but the offside flag got in the way.

Seattle Sounders 2 3-2 Oklahoma City Energy
(Mathers 13', PK 39', Olsen 90')-(Dixon 70', Craven PK 86')

Mexican winger Hirving Lozano temporarily left El Tri in order to finish up his move from Pachuca to PSV Eindhoven. He's agreed to a six year contract with the Dutch club and is just needed to put pen to paper. He will be back in time for Mexico's next match against New Zealand on Wednesday.

Real Madrid's Luka Modric, who testified in a trial against his former manager at Dinamo Zagreb, is now facing perjury charges for his testimony. He is accused of lying under oath while speaking about his transfer from Dinamo to Spurs and some terms in that contract related to transfer fees and when that annex was added to the contract.

Some minor, but possibly significant, MLS news as the league has bought out its only remaining outside investor. They have gained full control of Soccer United Marketing after buying out the stake held by Providence Equity Partners, who once held a 25% stake in the company. The rapid growth of the league has lessened their share, while still providing a strong return on their initial investment.

The draw for the UEFA Champions League first qualifying round was held yesterday. All the little teams around Europe will vie for the ability to get their asses handed to them by bigger clubs while making a lot of money beginning June 11.

First Qualifying Round

Vikingur (Faroe Isles) v Trepca '89 (Kosovo)
Hibernians (Malta) v Tallinn (Estonia)
Alashkert (Armenia) v Santa Coloma (Andorra)
The New Saints v Europa (Gibraltar)
Linfield v SP La Fiorita (San Marino)

Second Qualifying Round

Group 1

Apoel (Cyprus) v Dudelange (Luxembourg)
Zalgiris (Lithuania) v Ludogorets Razgrad (Bulgaria)
Qarabag (Azerbaijan) v Samtredia (Georgia)
Partizan (Serbia) v Budućnost Podgorica (Montenegro)
Hibernians (Malta) or FCI Tallinn (Estonia) v Salzburg (Austria)

Group 2
Sheriff (Moldova) v Kukes (Albania)
Astana (Kazakhstan) v Spartaks Jurmala (Latvia)
BATE Borisov (Belarus) v Alashkert (Armenia) or FC Santa Coloma (Andorra)
Zilina (Slovakia) v Copenhagen (Denmark)
Hapoel Beer-Sheva (Israel) v Budapest Honvéd (Hungary)
Rijeka (Croatia) v The New Saints or Europa (Gibraltar)

Group 3
Malmo (Sweden) v Vardar (Macedonia)
Zrinjski (Bosnia and Herzegovina) v Maribor (Slovenia)
Dundalk (Ireland) v Rosenborg (Norway)
FH Hafnarfjördur (Iceland) v Víkingur (Faroe Islands) or Trepça '89 (Kosovo)
Linfield or SP La Fiorita (San Marino) v Celtic
IFK Mariehamn (Finland) v Legia Warszawa (Poland)

Today's Matches
Ottawa Fury v. Orlando City- 11am- YouTube
Harrisburg City Islanders v. Bethlehem Steel- 7pm

Monday, June 19, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: VAR used to mixed reviews in Confederations Cup

Yesterday's Scores
FIFA Confederations Cup
Portugal 2-2 Mexico
(Quaresma 34', Soares 86')-(Chicharito 42', Moreno 90+1')

VAR was used twice in this match, which has led to the usual hubbub arising about the concerns of using a replay system. The first use denied Pepe from scoring for Portugal. After initially counting the goal, replays showed he was offside and it was waved off. The second time was used to confirm Cedric Soares's go ahead goal. Little effort was made by the officials to communicate what was going on, and that needs to be ironed out, but other than that, things went smoothly.

The complaining done after this game was all done by Portugal, who was most affected by the decisions. They can whine all they want about only their goals needing the system all they want, but they just happened to score under potentially dubious circumstances. Mexico, understandably, had a more positive review of proceedings and I suspect Portugal would have too if the roles were reversed.

Replay is finally coming to soccer and there is nothing we can do about it. Yes, it will take time to iron out the process, but, in time, we will all get used to it. American sports have used it for years and we have come to accept it, even the mega traditionalists that run baseball have adapted. So, soccer will be just fine.

Cameroon 0-2 Chile
(Vidal 81', Vargas 90+1')

Philadelphia Union 0-2 New York Red Bulls
(Wright-Phillips 87', 90+2')

Swope Park Rangers 2-2 Phoenix Rising
(Oliveira PK 26', Selbol PK 62')-(Drogba 57', PK 89')

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Today's Matches
FIFA Confederations Cup
Australia v. Germany- 11am- FS1

Real Monarchs v. Reno 1868- 9pm- YouTube
Seattle Sounders 2 v. Oklahoma City Energy- 10:30pm- YouTube

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: IFAB proposes crazy, radical rule changes

Yesterday's Scores
FIFA Confederations Cup

Russia 2-0 New Zealand
(Glushakov 31', Smolov 69')

New York City 2-1 Seattle Sounders
(Villa PK 52', 77')-(Roldan 40')

Atlanta United 3-1 Columbus Crew
(Villalba 15', Almiron 67', Martinez 88')-(Higuaín 26')

New England Revolution 1-2 Chicago Fire
(Mlinar 70')-(Nikolic 18', Solignac 61')

Orlando City 3-3 Montreal Impact
(Perez Garcia 8', Rivas 23', Spector 90+4')-(Dzemaili 16', Piatti 58', 59')

Toronto FC 2-0 D.C. United
(Altidore 60', Hamilton 85')

San Jose Earthquakes 0-0 Sporting Kansas City

Colorado Rapids 2-1 Portland Timbers
(Badji 51', Gordon 89')-(Blanco 18')

Real Salt Lake 1-0 Minnesota United
(Movsisyan 84')

Vancouver Whitecaps 1-1 FC Dallas
(Techera 74')-(Urruti 52')

LA Galaxy 2-2 Houston Dynamo
(Boateng 35', Alessandrini 90+4')-(Manotas 22', Elis 74')


Indy Eleven 2-0 North Carolina FC
(Braun 60', Speas 84')

Miami FC 4-0 Jacksonville Armada
(Pinho 15', Rennella 27', 79', Martinez 85')

San Francisco Deltas 1-0 FC Edmonton
(Sandoval PK 40')

Rochester Rhinos 1-0 Ottawa Fury
(Felix 19')

Charlotte Independence 2-0 Harrisburg City Islanders
(Herrera 14', 61')

FC Cincinnati 2-2 Charleston Battery
(Fall 4', Wiedeman 80')-(Williams 63', Lasso 72')

Richmond Kickers 1-1 Tampa Bay Rowdies
(Tayou 90+4')-(Schafer 64')

Louisville City 3-0 Pittsburgh Riverhounds
(Lancaster 8', 64', McCabe 78')

Rio Grande Valley 0-1 LA Galaxy II
(Estrada 70')

San Antonio FC 3-1 Tulsa Roughnecks
(Tyrpak 4', 33', Vega 76')-(Rivas 27')

Sacramento Republic 2-1 Vancouver Whitecaps
(Ochoa 12', Cazarez 74')-(Campbell 5')

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The IFAB has come up with some hairbrained ideas on how to fix a sport that isn't broken. The rule changes they propose border from completely nuts, like getting rid of the 90 minute clock that has been around for 150 years, to sensible, like allowing goalkeepers to pass to a defender within the penalty area on a goal kick. Other proposals include:

  • No follow ups after a penalty kick. A goal kick would follow a failed attempt.
  • Free kicks can be taken with a moving ball.
  • Players can pass to themselves on a free kick.
  • Docking points for teams who mob the referee.
The board also calls for stricter enforcements of rules currently in place, such as the one where goalkeepers can only hold the ball for six seconds.

Alexis Sanchez sprained his ankle in a final training session leading up to Chile's Confederations Cup opener today. He is now in doubt for the game agaisnt Cameroon to open up the World Cup preamble.

Today's Matches
FIFA Confederations Cup
Portugal v. Mexico- 11am- FS1
Cameroon v. Chile- 2pm-  FS2

Philadelphia Union v. New York Red Bulls- 5pm- ESPN

Swope Park Rangers v. Phoenix Rising- 5pm- YouTube

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Ronaldo wants to leave Real Madrid, won't actually go anywhere

Yesterday's Scores
New York Cosmos 4-2 Puerto Rico FC
(Perez 13', Ledesma 69', Restrepo 74', Vranjicán 90'+4')-(Puerto 17', Doyle 24')

New York Red Bulls II 0-2 Bethlehem Steel
(Najem 5', Moar 57')

Portland Timbers 2 1-3 Oklahoma City Energy
(Bijev PK 40')-(Rasmussen 42', Craven PK 74', PK 78')

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Sources are reporting that Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave Real Madrid, and Spain overall, amid his tax evasion charges. I hardly expect him to leave the club. He's entrenched there as it is and no club is going to pony up the record shattering transfer fee required, or the salary he commands. in order to lure Real Madrid into selling him. Combine that with the non-unlikely case where his best years are behind him and nobody will certainly step up. This is certainly a quick reaction to a potentially serious charge that will not actually come to fruition.

MLS has suspended Vancouver Whitecaps defender Sheanon Williams after he was arrested Thursday morning for an alleged role in a domestic violence incident. Much like Cyle Larin after his DUI, he, too, will enter the MLS Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program. He is out indefinitely pending the results of investigations by the Vancouver Police Department and MLS.

A few teams in the Premier League were busy in the transfer market:

Back stateside, Mexican international Andres Guardado is linking up\ with 2018 expansion side Los Angeles FC. He's been with PSV Eindhoven in the Eredivisie since 2014 and has 133 caps with El Tri.

Today's Matches
FIFA Confederations Cup
Russia v. New Zealand- 11am- FS1

New York City v. Seattle Sounders- 1om- ESPN
Atlanta United v. Columbus Crew- 7pm
New England Revolution v. Chicago Fire- 7:30pm
Orlando City v. Montreal Impact- 7:30pm
Toronto FC v. D.C. United- 8pm
San Jose Earthquakes v. Sporting Kansas City- 9pm
Colorado Rapids v. Portland Timbers- 9:30pm
Real Salt Lake v. Minnesota United- 10pm
Vancouver Whitecaps v. FC Dallas- 10pm
LA Galaxy v. Houston Dynamo- 11pm- UniMas

Indy Eleven v. North Carolina FC- 7:30pm- beIN
Miami FC v. Jacksonville Armada- 7:30pm- ESPN3
San Francisco Deltas v. FC Edmonton- 10pm- Twitter

Rochester Rhinos v. Ottawa Fury- 6:05pm- YouTube
Charlotte Independence v. Harrisburg City Islanders- 7pm- YouTube
FC Cincinnati v. Charleston Battery- 7pm- YouTube
Richmond Kickers v. Tampa Bay Rowdies- 7pm- YouTube
Louisville City v. Pittsburgh Riverhounds- 7:30pm- YouTube
Rio Grande Valley v. LA Galaxy II- 8:30pm- YouTube
San Antonio FC v. Tulsa Roughnecks- 8:30pm- YouTube
Sacramento Republic v. Vancouver Whitecaps- 11pm- YouTube

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Three Cupsets in U.S. Open Cup Play

Yesterday's Scores
U.S. Open Cup- Fourth Round
FC Cincinnati 1-0 Columbus Crew
(Djiby 64')

Atlanta United 3-2 Charleston Battery
(Kratz 30', Martinez 48', Vazquez 72')-(Lasso 3'. Marini 31')

New England Revolution 3-0 Rochester Rhinos
(Bunbury PK 44', Smith 50', Herivaux 51')

North Carolina FC 2-3 Houston Dynamo
(Miller 4', Laing 69')-(Wenger 25', Remick 62', Rodriguez 109')

Orlando City 1-3 Miami FC
(Barnes 79')-(Pinho 30', 36', 55')

Philadelphia Union 3-1 Harrisburg City Islanders
(Jones 18', Sapong 33', Epps 47')-(Mendoza 37')

FC Dallas 2-1 Tulsa Roughnecks
(Craft 31', Jadama OG 90+2')-(Kimura 59')

New York Red Bulls 1-0 New York City FC
(Royer 67')

Saint Louis FC 0-1 Chicago Fire
(Solignac 27')

Sporting Kansas City 3-0 Minnesota United
(Opara 43', Fernandes 45+1', Dwyer 72', Salloi 83')

LA Galaxy 3-1 Orange County SC
(Villarreal 17', McBean PK 36')-(Meeus 26')

San Jose Earthquakes 2-0 San Francisco Deltas
(Yueill 4', Cato 6')

Sacramento Republic 4-1 Real Salt Lake
(Caesar 29', Cazarez 43', Hall PK 45+1', Barrera 71')-(Velazco 35')

We had three Cupsets in the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup. FC Cincinnati takes the first ever Ohio Derby, Miami FC slid right through Orlando City, and Sacramento Republic made shockingly quick work of Real Salt Lake. The fifth round goes down in two weeks time.

Full Open Cup Recap

Toronto FC II 1-0 Orlando City B
(Hamilton 9')

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Claudio Ranieri has a job again. The former Leicester City manager has been hired by Nantes. The French side finished seventh in Ligue 1 last year and have brought Ranieri on to try and work the same magic he sued on the Foxes in 2015-16.

On the flip side of that, SOuthampton have sacked manager Claude Puel after one season. Puel led Saints to the EFL Cup Final and an eighth place finish in the Premier League, two places lower than a year ago.

There were a few relatively minor European transfers yesterday. First, defender Harry Maguire is set to sign for Leicester City from Hull for £17 million. Next, French international midfielder Corentin Tolisso is leaving Olympique Lyonnais for Bayern Munich for a sum of  €41.5 million. German runners up RB Leipzig have brought on Bruma from Galatasaray on a five year deal. Finally, Barcelona have made their loan of Marlon Santos form Fluminense in Brazil permanent.

Today's Matches

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Ronaldo accused of tax evasion in Spain

Yesterday's Scores
World Cup Qualifying- CONCACAF
Panama 2-2 Honduras
(Perez 41', Torres 90')-(Quioto 6', Elis 65')

Costa Rica 2-1 Trinidad and Tobago
(CAlvo 1', Ruiz 44')-(Molino 35')

World Cup Qualifying- AFC
Thailand 1-1 United Arab Emirates
(Thosakrai 69')-(Mabkhout 90+3')

Iraq 1-1 Japan
(Kamil 72')-(Osako 8')

Syria 2-2 China
(Al mawas 12', Al Saleh 90')-(Lin PK 68', Xi 75')

Qatar 3-2 South Korea
(Al Haydos 25', 74', Afif 51')-(Ki 62', Hwang 70')

U.S. Open Cup- Fourth Round
D.C. United 4-1 Christos FC
(Buescher 35', 90', Sam 81', Harkes 90+1')-(Kansaye 23')

Colorado Rapids 3-2 Oklahoma City Energy
(Badji 49', Miller 66', Castillo 89')-(Gonzalez 38', Rasmussen 45+1')

Seattle Sounders 2-1 Portland Timbers
(Kovar 3', Mathers PK 54')-(Williams 38')

Cristiano Ronaldo is accused of €14.7 million worth of tax evasion in Spain. I guess he just has to compete with Lionel Messi for everything, including potential criminal records. Much like the Messi case, he reportedly took advantage of foreign business structures in order to dodge Spain's taxes. He could face a similar suspended jail sentence as Messi, who got 21 months.

Antoine Griezmann has sealed his commitment to Atletico Madrid. He's signed a new deal that will keep him there until 2022 after saying it would be a dirty move to leave the club after their transfer ban was upheld. He will still have the whopping €100 million release clause that has helped keep him at Atletico.

A couple Mexican national team defenders are on the move. First off, it's Hector Moreno leaving PSV Eindhoven for AS Roma on a permanent deal. Secondly, Chivas are loaning out Carlos Salcedo to Eintracht Frankfurt for all of next season. They will have an option to buy him outright next summer.

The Italian coaching carousel is on the spin yet again. Eusebio Di Francesco is the latest name to be involved as he is leaving Sassuolo and likely taking the vacant AS Roma job. Roma's manager job was opened up when Luciano Spalletti left for Inter Milan last week.

Olympique Lyonnais and French international midfielder Mathieu Valbuena is heading to Fenerbahce in Turkey for €1.5 million. He scored 12 goals in the last two seasons in France after he joined Lyon from Dynamo Moscow.

Ambroise Oyongo is going to miss the rest of the Montreal Impact season after undergoing surgery on his right knee in Barcelona. He suffered the injury while on international duty with Cameroon last weekend. He is expected to be out for six months.

Today's Matches
U.S. Open Cup- Fourth Round
FC Cincinnati v. Columbus Crew- 7pm
Atlanta United v. Charleston Battery- 7:30pm
New England Revolution v. Rochester Rhinos- 7:30pm
North Carolina FC v. Houston Dynamo- 7:30pm
Orlando City v. Miami FC- 7:30pm
Philadelphia Union v. Harrisburg City Islanders- 7:30pm
FC Dallas v. Tulsa Roughnecks- 8pm
New York Red Bulls v. New York City FC- 8pm
Saint Louis FC v. Chicago Fire- 8pm
Sporting Kansas City v. Minnesota United- 8:30pm
LA Galaxy v. Orange County SC- 10:30pm
Sacramento Republic v. Real Salt Lake- 10:30pm
San Jose Earthquakes v. San Francisco Deltas- 10:30pm

Toronto FC II v. Orlando City B- 12pm- YouTube

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Iran are heading to Russia

Yesterday's Scores
World Cup Qualifying- AFC
Iran 2-0 Uzbekistan
(Azmoun 23', Taremi 88')

Iran is heading to Russia next summer. They are the first Asian nation to book their ticket to the 2018 World Cup. It will be their first back to back World Cup appearance in their history and their fifth overall. We now know three of the 32 nations competing next summer. Iran joins the Russian hosts and Brazil as the only confirmed teams thus far.

World Cup Qualifying- OFC
Papua New Guinea 1-2 Solomon Islands
(Gunemba 18')-(Faarodo PK 33', Donga 45')

AC Milan are continuing their rebuild with Andre Silva, whom they signed from FC Porto for €38 million. The Portuguese striker scored 20 times in 40 matches in all competitions for Porto last season and has eight international caps. Milan have now spent a whopping €135 million so far this summer, as new investors from China have brought tremendous spending power to the storied Italian club.

Today's Matches
World Cup Qualifying- CONCACAF
Panama v. Honduras- 9:35pm
Costa Rica v. Trinidad and Tobago- 10pm

World Cup Qualifying- AFC
Thailand v. United Arab Emirates- 8am
Iraq v. Japan- 8:25am- ESPN3
Syria v. China- 9:45am- ESPN3
Qatar v. South Korea- 3pm

U.S. Open Cup- Fourth Round
D.C. United v. Christos FC- 7:30pm
Colorado Rapids v. Oklahoma City Energy- 9pm
Seattle Sounders v. Portland Timbers- 10:30pm

Monday, June 12, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: USMNT earns huge draw at Estadio Azteca

Yesterday's Scores
World Cup Qualifying- UEFA
Moldova 2-2 Georgia
(Ginsari 15', Dedov 36')-(Merebashvili 65', Kazaishvili 70')

Ireland 1-1 Austria
(Walters 85')-(Hinteregger 31')

Finland 1-2 Ukraine
(Pohjanpalo 72')-(Konoplyanka 51', Besedin 75')

Serbia 1-1 Wales
(Mitrovic 73')-(Ramsey PK 35')

Israel 0-3 Albania
(Sadiku 22', 44', Memushaj 71')

Italy 5-0 Lichtenstein
(Insigne 35', Belotti 52', Eder 74', Bernardeschi 82', Gabbiadini 90+1')

Macedonia 1-2 Spain
(Ristovski 66')-(Silva 15', Costa 27')

Iceland 1-0 Croatia
(Magnusson 90')

Kosovo 1-4 Turkey
(Rrahmani 22')-(Sen 6', Under 31', Yilmaz 60', Tufan 82')

World Cup Qualifying- CONCACAF
Mexico 1-1 United States
(Vela 23')-(Bradley 6')

Michael Bradley provided the early fireworks, but the USMNT conceded on their one major defensive mistake of the night. Carlos Vela cut inside on DaMarcus Beasley before tucking a shot inside the near post. Beasley failed to stay with him, but he also didn't get much help from his center backs and Brad Guzan was caught flat footed on the shot. Other than that, it was a standout defensive performance from the USA. Geoff Cameron was stellar in the middle, as was Tim Ream and Omar Gonzalez. Michael Bradley had his best game with the National Team in a long time and Christian Pulisic fought hard until he was subbed off in the dying minutes. the Americans now sit in third place in the Hex with four games remaining.

New York Red Bulls II 0-3 Louisville City
(Smith 25', Ownby 55', Ballard 90+3')

Saint Louis FC 1-2 Bethlehem Steel
(Tribbett OG 3')-(Conneh 56', Chambers 74')

Swope Park Rangers 3-1 Tulsa Roughnecks
(Iwasa 56', Gonzalez PK 90+1', 90+3')-(Ballo OG 75')


Today's Matches
World Cup Qualifying- AFC
Iran v. Uzbekistan- 12:45pm- ESPN3

World Cup Qualifying- OFC
Papua New Guinea v. Solomon Islands- 3am

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Kane rescues England in draw agaisnt Scotland

Yesterday's Scores
World Cup Qualifying- UEFA
Azerbaijan 0-1 Northern Ireland
(Dallas 90+2')

Kazakhstan 1-3 Denmark
(Kuat 76')-(Jorgensen 27', Eriksen PK 51', Dolberg 81')

Scotland 2-2 England
(Griffiths 87', 90')-(Oxlade-Chamberlain 70', Kane 90+3')

Slovenia 2-0 Malta
(Ilicic 45+2', Novakovic 84')

Germany 7-0 San Marino
(Draxler 11', Wagner 16', 29', 85', Younes 38', Mustafi 47', Brandt 72')

Norway 1-1 Czech Republic
(Soderlund PK 55')-(Selassie 36')

Montenegro 4-1 Armenia
(Beqiraj 2', Jovetic 28', 54', 82')-(Koryan 89')

Poland 3-1 Romania
(Lewandowski PK 29', 57', PK 62')-(Stancu 77')

Lithuania 1-2 Slovakia
(Novikovas 90+3')-(Weiss 32', Hamsik 58')

Chicago Fire 2-0 Atlanta United
(Solignac 29', Nikolic PK 70')

Sporting Kansas City 1-1 Montreal Impact
(Gerso 24')-(Mancosu 82')

Portland Timbers 2-0 FC Dallas
(Adi 32', 72')

New York Cosmos 2-2 North Carolina FC
(Herrera 7', Alhassan 84')-(Schuler 11', Laing 45')

Indy Eleven 1-4 Jacksonville Armada
(Zayed 10')-(Blake 4', Banks 41', 50', Gebhard 60')

Puerto Rico FC 1-3 San Francisco Deltas
(Puerto 65')-(Teijsse 17', Bekker 31', 69')

FC Edmonton 0-1 Miami FC
(Rennella 80')

Charleston Battery 1-0 Richmond Kickers
(Portillo PK 26')

FC Cincinnati 1-1 Charlotte Independence
(Hoyte 45')-(Martinez 18')

Ottawa Fury 1-0 Harrisburg City Islanders
(Seoane 55')

Tampa Bay Rowdies 1-1 Rochester Rhinos
(Cole 19')-(Graf 5')

Toronto FC 1-1 Pittsburgh Riverhounds
(Endoh 59')-(Parkes 87')

Oklahoma City Energy 0-0 San Antonio FC

Rio Grande Valley 3-1 Seattle Sounders 2
(James 16', Luna 62', Magalhaes 65')-(Grant 45+2')

Real Monarchs 2-0 Portland Timbers 2
(Brody 41', Hoffman 67')

LA Galaxy 2 1-2 Colorado Springs Switchbacks
(Dhillon 80')-(Frater 65', 90')

Phoenix Rising 2-1 Vancouver Whitecaps 2
(Drogba 40', Wright-Phillips 77')-(Bustos PK 68')

Reno 1868 2-0 Sacramento Republic
(Hoppenot 38', Kelly 73')

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World Cup Qualifying- OFC
New Caledonia 2-1 Fiji
(Ounei 43', Sele 75')-(Saukuru 66')

Swedish defender Victor Lindelof is Manchester United's newest signing. Jose Mourinho has brought him on from Benfica for a sum of £31 million. The 22-year-old had been with the Portuguese champions for three seasons, making 47 appearances.

Bayern Munich have added Serge Gnabry from Werder Bremen. The former Arsenal forward will head to Munich on a three year deal after his release clause was triggered after one year in Germany. He scored 11 times for Bremen last year and led the German national team in scoring during the 2016 Olympics.

Today's Matches
World Cup Qualifying- UEFA
Moldova v. Georgia- 12pm
Ireland v. Austria- 12pm- ESPN Deportes
Finland v. Ukraine- 12pm- FS2
Serbia v. Wales- 2:45pm- FS2
Israel v. Albania- 2:45pm
Italy v. Lichtenstein- 2:45pm- ESPN3
Macedonia v. Spain- 2:45pm- ESPN3
Iceland v. Croatia- 2:45pm
Kosovo v. Turkey- 2:45pm

World Cup Qualifying- CONCACAF
Mexico v. United States- 8:30pm- FS1, Univision

New York Red Bulls II v. Louisville City- 4pm- YouTube
Saint Louis FC v. Bethlehem Steel- 5pm- YouTube
Swope Park Rangers v. Tulsa Roughnecks- 5pm- YouTube

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Tiny Andorra wins first competitive match in 13 years

Yesterday's Scores
World Cup Qualifying- UEFA
Belarus 2-1 Bulgaria
(Sivakov PK 33', Savitskiy 80')-(Kostadinov 90+1')

Netherlands 5-0 Luxembourg
(Robben 21', Sneijder 34', Wijnaldum 62', Promes 70', Janssen PK 84')

Sweden 2-1 France
(Durmaz 43', Toivonen 90+3')-(Giroud 37')

Andorra 1-0 Hungary
(Rebes 26')

Andorra, the fifth smallest nation in UEFA, wins their first competitive match since 2004, when they beat Macedonia in a World Cup Qualifying match. The victory ended a 66 match run without a triumph and was their second competitive win overall. Their national team is composed of semi-professional players from their domestic league or players in the lower leagues of Spain, so it's no wonder they rarely compete. Regardless, when you haven't won a game in nearly 13 years, you celebrate it like you jsut won the World Cup, which is what they did. Players, coaches, and supporters alike were in tears. 

Faroe Islands 0-2 Switzerland
(Xhaka 36', Shaqiri 

Latvia 0-3 Portugal
(Ronaldo 41', 63', Silva 67')

Bosnia and Herzegovina 0-0 Greece

Estonia 0-2 Belgium
(Merens 31', Chadli 86')

Gibraltar 1-2 Cyprus
(Hernandez 30')-(Chipolina OG 10', Soteriou 87')

Schalke 04 have hired 31-year-old Domenico Tedesco as their new manager. He replaces Markus Weinzierl. The relative kid has 11 total games of management experience and all of them came at the end of last season with 2. Bundesliga side Erzgebirge Aue, whom he saved from relegation. He is the second youngest coach in the German top flight, behind only Julian Nagelsmann, who led Hoffenheim to the Champions League this year.

MLS has suspended San Jose's Marco Urena for one game after reviewing an incident where he made contact with Portland goalkeeper Jake Gleeson last Friday night. He kicked Gleeson as he tried to avoid him diving for a loose ball. The MLS DisCo ruled it violent conduct and he will miss next weekend's clash with Sporting Kansas City as a result.

Today's Matches
World Cup Qualifying- UEFA
Azerbaijan v. Northern Ireland- 12pm- ESPN3
Kazakhstan v. Denmark- 12pm- ESPN Deportes
Scotland v. England- 12pm- FS2, Univision Deportes
Slovenia v. Malta- 12pm
Germany v. San Marino- 2:45pm- FS2
Norway v. Czech Republic- 2:45pm- ESPN Deportes
Montenegro v. Armenia- 2:45pm- ESPN3
Poland v. Romania- 2:45pm
Lithuania v. Slovakia- 2:45pm

Chicago Fire v. Atlanta United- 4pm- UniMas
Sporting Kansas City v. Montreal Impact- 8pm
Portland Timbers v. FC Dallas- 10:30pm

New York Cosmos v. North Carolina FC- 3pm- ESPN3
Indy Eleven v. Jacksonville Armada- 7:30pm- ESPN3
Puerto Rico FC v. San Francisco Deltas- 7:30pm- beIN
FC Edmonton v. Miami FC- 9pm- ESPN3

Charleston Battery v. Richmond Kickers- 7pm- YouTube
FC Cincinnati v. Charlotte Independence- 7pm- YouTube
Ottawa Fury v. Harrisburg City Islanders- 7pm- YouTube
Tampa Bay Rowdies v. Rochester Rhinos- 7:30pm- YouTube
Toronto FC v. Pittsburgh Riverhounds- 7:30pm- YouTube
Oklahoma City Energy v. San Antonio FC- 8:30pm- YouTube
Rio Grande Valley v. Seattle Sounders 2- 8:30pm- YouTube
Real Monarchs v. Portland Timbers 2- 9pm- YouTube
LA Galaxy v. Colorado Springs Switchbacks- 10:30pm- YouTube
Phoenix Rising v. Vancouver Whitecaps 2- 10:30pm- YouTube
Reno 1868 v. Sacramento Republic- 10:30pm- YouTube

World Cup Qualifying- OFC
New Caledonia v. Fiji- 2am

Friday, June 9, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Pair of Pulisic goals leads USMNT over T&T

Yesterday's Scores
World Cup Qualifying- CONCACAF
United States 2-0 Trinidad and Tobago
(Pulisic 52', 62')

Clint Dempsey may be one goal away from taking Landon Donovan's USA goal scoring record, but he might not have it for long, at this rate. Christian Pulisic dazzled his way to a pair of goals in Colorado to give the USA three vital points to move them to third place in the Hex by one point over Panama.

Costa Rica 0-0 Panama

This is a big road point for Panama, who are looking to make their first ever World Cup. Costa Rica are one of the top sides in the confederation and do not often drop points at home. Panama will take it to the bank and hold onto fourth place in the Hex by two points over Honduras.

Mexico 3-0 Honduras
(Alanis 34', Lozano 63', Jimenez 66')

Mexico extends their lead at the top to five points over second place Costa Rica. They are nine points clear of qualification and are all but certain to be heading to Russia next summer.

World Cup Qualifying- AFC
Australia 3-2 Saudi Arabia
(Juric 7', 36', Rogic 64')-(Al Dawsari 23', Al-Sahlawi 45+2')

World Cup Qualifying- OFC
Solomon Islands 3-2 Papua New Guinea
(Kaua 12', Totori 37', Leaalafa 74')-(Foster 48', Aisa 61')

Manchester United are reportedly releasing Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The Swede bagged 28 goals for the Red Devils before he suffered a season ending knee injury that will keep him out until January. The club determined it does not make sense to pay him astronomical wages to sit out for the first five months of the new season. This opens up speculation about Zlatan's next move. He has been linked with MLS in the past, but supposedly wants to remain in Europe, for now.

Leicester City have gone ahead and made Craig Shakespeare their permanent manager. He signed a three year deal with the Foxes yesterday. He took over as interim manager after Claudio Ranieri was sacked in February and went on to win eight of 16 games to close the season. He led his club to the Champions League quarterfinals, the furthest any English club made it.

Manchester City have signed goalkeeper Ederson Moraes from Benfica for £35 million, the most British pounds anyone has ever paid for a keeper. The 23--year-old won the domestic double in Portugal last year. The Brazilian is expected to challenge for the number one goalkeeping role with Claudio Bravo. Other keeper Joe Hart is expected to leave the club this summer.

Today's Matches
World Cup Qualifying- UEFA
Belarus v. Bulgaria- 2:45pm
Netherlands v. Luxembourg- 2:45pm
Sweden v. France- 2:45pm
Andorra v. Hungary- 2:45pm
Faroe Islands v. Switzerland- 2:45pm
Latvia v. Portugal- 2:45pm
Bosnia and Herzegovina v. Greece- 2:45pm
Estonia v. Belgium- 2:45pm
Gibraltar v. Cyrpus- 2:45pm