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

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