Thursday, June 8, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Liverpool apologize to Southampton, end interest in Virgil van Dijk

Yesterday's Scores
NASL
New York Cosmos 2-4 FC Edmonton
(Herrera 45+1', Garcia Perez PK 90+4')-(Nyassi 69', Ameobi 72', 89', Keegan 85')

USL
Louisville City 1-0 Charlotte Independence
(Ballard 57')

Orlando City B 1-1 Rochester Rhinos
(Barry 23')-(Correia 25')

Reno 1868 3-2 Rio Grande Valley
(Kelly 22', Felipe 66', Richards 77')-(Rodriguez 20', Bird PK 74')

North American League Tables

Headlines
Liverpool were suspected of illegal contact with Virgil van Dijk and now they have pulled out of their attempts so sign him. They also apologized to Saints for any misconduct that may have occurred. Southampton claimed Liverpool made no attempt at a bid, yet they claimed they had a deal in place anyway, which caused them to ask for an investigation by the Premier League. That was apparently enough to scare the Reds off and stop pursuing the defender.

The Italian coaching carousel kept spinning today as former Inter Milan manager Stefano Pioli found a new gig with Fiorentina. He was sacked by his former club with three games left in their Serie A campaign, in which they finished seventh. He now heads to Fiorentina, where he played for six years back in the late eighties and early nineties. They will be the 12th different club he's managed since 2003.

A couple other title winning managers have signed contract extensions. First off, Juventus's Massimiliano Allegri has inked a deal that will keep him with the Champions League runners up until 2020. He's been there since Antonio Conte left in the summer of 2014. Monaco's Leonardo Jardim will also stick with his club until 2020. He led his side to their first French title in 17 years and has also been there since 2014.

Finally, Jamie Vardy will miss the big England-Scotland World Cup Qualifier with a minor injury. He reportedly had an issue in training on Tuesday and was forced to pull out of the squad. Nobody will be called in to replace him.

Today's Matches
World Cup Qualifying- CONCACAF
United States v. Trinidad and Tobago- 8pm- FS1
Costa Rica v. Panama- 10pm- NBC Universo
Mexico v. Honduras- 10pm- FS1

World Cup Qualifying- AFC
Australia v. Saudi Arabia- 6am- ESPN3

World Cup Qualifying- OFC
Solomon Islands v. Papua New Guinea- 11pm

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