Tuesday, June 27, 2017

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

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

Headlines
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

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

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