Friday, July 28, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: One big LA coaching shake up

Yesterday's Scores
None.

Headlines
LA Galaxy have fired short lived head coach Curt Onalfo and replaced him with Sigi Schmid. Onalfo was in charge for all of 20 games and he has LA sitting in ninth out West. The squad has been battered by injures and poor team chemistry as they sit in unfamiliar territory outside the playoffs. Schmid takes over nearly a year after he was fired by the Seattle Sounders. All he did was make the playoffs during his seven years in charge and the Galaxy hope he can rescue their floundering season.

On the other side (the dark side? I mean LAFC are black, LA Galaxy wear white... anyway) of Los Angeles, next year's expansion side LAFC have their first ever head coach. They've signed former USMNT boss Bob Bradley to take the helm in their first season. He's bounced around the world since departing Chivas USA in 2006. He had stops with the Egyptian National Team, Stabaek in Norway (who, coincidentally, are trialing American forward Rubio Rubin), La Havre in France, and, most recently, Swansea City. He now takes over the spiritual successor to his last MLS appointment in his return to the United States.

Spanish FA president Angel Maria Villar has resigned from his jobs as vice president at UEFA and FIFA. He and his sin were arrested last week in connection with investigations into various charges of corruption. He was already suspended for a year by the Spanish FA, and is now out of a job with the continental and global organizations he once held power in.

Sacramento Republic, already the strongest of the 12 MLS expansion bids, is taking steps to further strengthen their chances of admittance into the top tier. They announced they are beginning pre-construction operations on their stadium site with the hops of breaking ground and getting vertical construction going in the spring. They hope to get the site leveled out and the soil settled before winter, so when spring comes along they can get started right away. The city should have their MLS franchise by then and, if all goes according to plan, their new digs will be ready for a 2020 debut in the league. If the city isn't one of the first two selected at the end of this year, plans to start will be put on hold until they are officially in the league.

Mexico has been fined, for the eighth time, and warned, for the tenth time, about their fans' insistence on using the anti-gay "puto" chant during opposing goal kicks. This fine totals 10,000 Swiss Francs and will not work. The guilty fans could care less how many times the federation is fined and warned. The federation is doing all they can to stamp out the behavior and punishing them won't stop those responsible. A real message from FIFA and CONCACAF is long overdue. Estadio Azteca should have been emptied for a competitive match months, if not years, ago. That hurts the fans where it counts and would hopefully go towards eliminating this hateful behavior.

AS Roma have signed Radja Nainggolan to a new contract. The Belgian international will stay in the Italian capital for another four years. This shuts down any transfer interest. He was linked with a move to the Premier League with either Chelsea or Manchester United. He's scored 27 goals for Roma since joining them in 2014, including 14 last season.

Joey Barton's suspension for gambling has been reduced by five months] after a successful appeal. He will bow be reinstated on June 1 of next year instead of October 25. Barton had been banned for gambling on matches between March 2006 and May 2013. He placed 1,260 bets over that time period. The £30,000 fine didn't go anywhere, though.

Chelsea have loaned out defender Michael Hector to Hull City on a season long loan. This move isn't all that big, but the total number of loan spells Hector has experienced is. This is the 14th different loan during his career, and he is only 25 years old. He's played for the following clubs: Bracknell Town, Didcot Town, Havant and Waterlooville, Oxford City, Horsham, Dundalk, Barnet, Shrewsbury, Aldershot, Cheltenham, Aberdeen, Reading and Frankfurt. He can now add Hull City to that list.

Finally, I'm taking the weekend off from soccer (and everything else) and spending it in the backwoods of Northern Michigan. There won't be any Hooligan's posts until I am back on Monday morning.

Today's Matches
Liga MX
Puebla v. Morelia- 8pm
Atlas v. Pumas UNAM- 10pm

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: USA takes home sixth Gold Cup title

Yesterday's Scores
CONCACAF Gold Cup- Final
United States 1-1 Jamaica
(Altidore 45')-(Watson 50')

The USA has won the CONCACAF Gold Cup for the sixth time thanks to Jordan Morris's late winner. Jamaica gave them all they had. After Jozy Altidore opened the scoring just before halftime with a laser of a free kick, the Reggae Boys answered right away in the second when Je-Vaughn Watson banged home a corner. The USA held possession for the majority of the match and finally broke through with the Morris goal near the end.

There is actually a lot to love about the USMNT's position right now. They won the tournament, which is a nice accomplishment even though they avoided Mexico's reserve squad. Anything less than a title would have been considered total failure. They won it as several young players picked up some valuable experience. Plus, Bruce Arena is unbeaten in his second tenure as manager of the national team. So, yeah. There's a lot to be happy about, for once.

MLS
Philadelphia Union 3-0 Columbus Crew
(Ilsinho 20', Sapong 66', Epps 81')

USL
Charlotte Independence 0-0 Richmond Kickers

Pittsburgh Riverhounds 2-2 Charleston Battery
(Souto 21', Hertzog 62')-(Robinson 11', Chang 84')

Rochester Rhinos 2-0 Toronto FC II
(Defregger 58', Dunn-Johnson OG 76')

Rio Grande Valley 1-2 Real Monarchs
(Escalante 58')-(Haber 8', Hoffman PK 78')

North American League Tables

Headlines
The USL has one more team joining them next year. Fresno Football Club will be the USL's 32nd team and they will begin play in 2018, joining Nashville SC. Fresno has a has a history in the PDL with Fresno Fuego having played in the amateur league for some time now. They will play their home matches at Chukchansi Park, a baseball stadium that's home to the Fresno Grizzlies.

Today's Matches
None.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Orlando City acquires Dom Dwyer

Yesterday's Scores
None.

Headlines
Monday was a slow news day. So slow, in fact, that the lead story was Miami FC owner Riccardo Silva "leaking" his $4 billion offer to MLS in exchange for their for their media rights and a promotion/relegation system as a publicity stunt. It was a move designed to draw attention to himself in the eyes of the pro/rel army, and it worked.

The move as never going to pay off. MLS is contractually obligated to refrain from negotiating media rights with anyone other than the ESPN, Fox, and Univision, the current domestic rightsholders, until 2021. Silva knew this. He knew MLS couldn't so much as consider their offer, regardless of the terms, without breaking their deal. He wanted to get a rise out of the Ted Westervelts of the world, and it worked.

In today's news, a big MLS transaction went down. Dom Dwyer was sent to Orlando City for a giant pile of MLS funny money. All the acronyms were involved. Sporting Kansas City receives the largest combined some of GAM, TAM, and future allocation money ever use in an intra-MLS trade. A total of $900,000 was sent over now, but the sum could rise to as much as $1.6 million thanks to future considerations.

On the other coast, LA Galaxy have signed Jonathan Dos Santos, Giovani's brother, from Villarreal in Spain. The transfer wee was reportedly in excess of $5 million. The Mexican international is on a two week break from his club following the Confederations Cup. He will likely become their third designated player, which means he will make more than his big brother in LA.

The transactions in England were much less interesting. Former Manchester United defender Phil Bardsley is headed to Burnley. He spent last season with Stoke and arrives for an undisclosed fee.

Chelsea have loaned forward Izzy Brown to Brighton for next season. It will be the 20-year-old's fourth loan spell overall and second in the Premier League. He spent last season with Huddersfield Town, where he scored five goals and helped lead them to the promotion playoff title.

Today's Matches
CONCACAF Gold Cup- Final
United States v. Jamaica- 9:30pm- FS1

MLS
Philadelphia Union v. Columbus Crew- 7:30pm

USL
Charlotte Independence v. Richmond Kickers- 7pm- YouTube
Pittsburgh Riverhounds v. Charleston Battery- 7pm- YouTube
Rochester Rhinos v. Toronto FC II- 7:05pm- YouTube
Rio Grande Valley v. Real Monarchs- 8pm- ESPN3

Monday, July 24, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Jamaica stuns Mexico to reach Gold Cup Final

Yesterday's Scores
CONCACAF Gold Cup- Semi-Finals
Mexico 0-1 Jamaica
(Lawrence 88')

Jamaica played defensively all night long, got a stellar performance from goalkeeper Andre Blake, and won thanks to the great leveller known as set pieces. Kemar Lawrence curled in a free kick in the dying minutes to send Jamaica through to the Gold Cup Final for the second straight tournament with an upset of mighty Mexico. Mexico will be knocked for fielding a c-level roster in this event, but even third string Mexicans should have been able to handle The Reggae Boys at their best.

Jamaica moves on to play the USA on Wednesday night in Santa Clara for all the CONCACAF marbles.

MLS
Vancouver Whitecaps 1-2 Portland Timbers
(Jacobson 45')-(Ebobisse 14', Blanco 49')

Seattle Sounders 3-0 San Jose Earthquakes
(Roldan 54', 56', Leerdam 65')

Liga MX
Pumas UNAM 1-0 Pachuca
(Castillo 30')

Veracruz 0-2 Necaxa
(Isijara 12', Gonzalez 19')

USL
Sacramento Republic 2-0 Seattle Sounders 2
(Caesar 16', Blackwood 60')

North American League Tables

Headlines
The remake of Manchester City's back line continues with the addition of Danilo from Real Madrid. The 26-year-old Brazilian comes to Pep Guardiola's team for the modest sum of £26.5 million. He can play fullback and midfield, making him the fourth defensive signing of the summer. He only started 17 matches for Real Madrid last season,

Today's Matches
None.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Neymar reportedly agrees to terms with PSG

Yesterday's Scores
CONCACAF Gold Cup- Semi-Finals
Costa Rica 0-2 United States
(Altidore 72', Dempsey 82')

MLS
New York City 2-1 Chicago Fire
(Villa 47', Brillant 50')-(Accam 54')

Minnesota United 0-3 New York Red Bulls
(Royer 16', Wright-Phillips 67', Muyl 90')

D.C. United 1-3 Houston Dynamo
(Boswell 62')-(Wenger 6', Manotas 15', Rodriguez 17')

Toronto FC 1-1 Colorado Rapids
(Chapman 5')-(Badji 76')

New England Revolution 4-3 LA Galaxy
(Nguyen 16', Kamara 34', Bunbury 70', 73')-(Steres 22', 53', Lassiter 59')

Columbus Crew 1-0 Philadelphia Union
(Meram 65')

Montreal Impact 1-2 FC Dallas
(Salazar 23')-(Colman 52', 62')

Real Salt Lake 1-1 Sporting Kansas City
(Silva 43')-(Feilhaber PK 59')

Liga MX
Lobos BUAP 2-2 Santos
(Quinones 14', 32')-(Martinez 22', Furch 43')

Club America 0-1 Queretaro
(Sanvezzo PK 87')

UANL 5-0 Puebla
(Zelarayan 15', Valencia 24', 56', 59', Juninho 29')

Leon 0-3 Atlas
(Cham 3', Alustiza PK 61', Caraglio 66')

Guadalajara 0-0 Toluca

USL
Rochester Rhinos 0-0 Pittsburgh Riverhounds

FC Cincinnati 3-0 Harrisburg City Islanders
(Fall 32', Konig 70', McLaughlin 85')

Tampa Bay Rowdies 2-0 Charleston Battery
(Cole 40', Paterson 69')

Richmond Kickers 3-2 Bethlehem Steel
(Oliver 46', Nascimento 47', Asante 87')-(Jones 39', Tribbett 69')

Orange County SC 4-0 Rio Grande Valley
(Esua 8', Meeus PK 27', Fernandes 82', Kobayashi 86')

Oklahoma City Energy 4-3 Colorado Springs Switchbacks
(Gonzales 39', 51', Angulo 45+1', 60')-(Burt 25', PK 64', Frater 72')

Saint Louis FC 1-4 Louisville City
(Jackson 45+4')-(Jimenez 52', Craig 57', Spencer 82', Lancaster 86')

San Antonio FC 2-2 Real Monarchs
(Vega 27', Tyrpak 68')-(Hoffman PK 32', Lachowecki 86')

Tulsa Roughnecks 3-0 Phoenix Rising
(Svantesson 15', Hayes 44', Thierjung 85')

Reno 1868 1-1 Portland Timbers 2
(Casiple 71')-(Calixtro 83')

North American League Tables

Headlines
The Neymar transfer saga continues as sources indicate he has agreed to terms with Paris Saint-Germain. He will reportedly earn €30 million per season over at least four years. Now, if PSG can come up with a large briefcase filled with €222 million, it would seem they have their man. To add to the drama, Neymar bagged two goals for Barcelona in International Champions Cup action yesterday.

PSG are certainly splashing the cash this summer. They also have plans to go for Alexis Sanchez over at Arsenal in a move that will probably run them at least another €50 million. Lord knows where PSG is getting this money from and if they will end up within UEFA's financial fair play regulations.

Manchester City are making Monaco's Benjamin Mendy the most expensive defender ever. They've agreed to buy him from the French champions for £52 million. Mendy likely completes Pep Guardiola's expensive remake of his back line. He's spent £123 million on full backs alone this summer after letting Pablo Zabaleta, Bacary Sagna, and Gael Clichy walk.

Today's Matches
CONCACAF Gold Cup- Semi-Finals
Jamaica v. Mexico- 9pm- FS1- Univision

MLS
Vancouver Whitecaps v. Portland Timbers- 6:30pm- FS1
Seattle Sounders v. San Jose Earthquakes- 10:30pm

Liga MX
Pumas UNAM v. Pachuca- 1pm- Univision
Veracruz v. Necaxa- 7:49pm

USL
Sacramento Republic v. Seattle Sounders 2- 11pm- YouTube

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Liverpool say Coutinho is not for sale

Yesterday's Scores
MLS
Orlando City 0-1 Atlanta United
(Villalba 86')

Liga MX
Morelia 0-0 Monterrey

Tijuana 0-2 Cruz Azul
(Mendez 21', 83')

USL
New York Red Bulls II 1-0 Toronto FC II
(Bezecourt 27')

North American League Tables

Headlines
Liverpool have rejected Barcelona's £75 million bid for Philippe Coutinho. Jurgen Klopp insists his attacking midfielder is not for sale at any price. He signed a five year deal back in January and the Reds intend to hang on to him.

Meanwhile, Liverpool have signed defender Andrew Robertson from Hull City for £10 million. The Scotland international made 39 appearances for eventually relegated Hull last season.

In another minor move, Newcastle have signed Spanish right back Javier Manquillo from Atletico Madrid for an undisclosed fee. He made 20 Premier League appearances last year while on loan at Sunderland. He also spent time at Liverpool on loan after making his Atletico debut in 2011.

Today's Matches
CONCACAF Gold Cup- Semi-Finals
Costa Rica v. United States- 10pm- FS1, Univision

MLS
New York City v. Chicago Fire- 2pm
Minnesota United v. New York Red Bulls- 4pm- ESPN
D.C. United v. Houston Dynamo- 7pm
Toronto FC v. Colorado Rapids- 7pm
New England Revolution v. LA Galaxy- 7:30pm
Columbus Crew v. Philadelphia Union- 7:30pm
Montreal Impact v. FC Dallas- 7:30pm
Real Salt Lake v. Sporting Kansas City- 10pm

Liga MX
Lobos BUAP v. Santos- 6pm
Club America v. Queretaro- 6pm- Univision
UANL v. Puebla- 8pm- Univision
Leon v. Atlas- 8:06pm- UniMas
Guadalajara v. Toluca- 10:06pm- Univision Deportes

USL
Rocheester Rhinos v. Pittsburgh Riverhounds- 6:05pm- YouTube
FC Cincinnati v. Harrisburg City Islanders- 7pm- YouTube
Tampa Bay Rowdiesv. Charleston Battery- 7:30pm- YouTube
Richmond Kickers v. Bethlehem Steel-7:45pm- YouTube
Orange County SC v. Rio Grande Valley- 8pm- YouTube
Oklahoma City Energy v. Colorado Springs Switchbacks- 8:30pm- YouTube
Saint Louis FC v. Louisville City- 8:30pm- YouTube
San Antonio FC v. Real Monarchs- 8:30pm- YouTube
Tulsa Roughnecks v. Phoenix Rising- 8:30pm- YouTube
Reno 1868 v. Portland Timbers 2- 10:30pm- YouTube

Friday, July 21, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Chicharito heads to West Ham

Yesterday's Scores
CONCACAF Gold Cup- Quarterfinals
Jamaica 2-1 Canada
(Francis 6', Williams 50')-(Hoilett 61')

Mexico 1-0 Honduras
(Pizarro 4')

USL
Seattle Sounders 2 0-2 Swope Park Rangers
(Moloto 47', Selbol 83')

North American League Tables

Headlines
Chicharito is heading back to England. West Ham have agreed to buy the Mexican star from Bayer Leverkusen for 16 million. Mexico's all time leading scorer had been with Leverkusen since 2015, where he moved after scoring 59 times for Manchester United since 2010. West Ham have been busy this summer, they've added Chicharito to a tranfsfer haul that includes Joe Hart and Marko Arnautovic.

The Africa Cup of Nations is expanding to 24 teams and moving to a summer event in 2019. Cameroon will be the hosts of the first expanded African championship in two years time. Africa will no longer steal an odd array of European stars just after the holidays, whcih served as an annoyance for most European clubs.

MLS has announced the official start date for Video Assitant Referees. The system will make its competitive league debut on August 5 for the first slate of games after the MLS All Star Game. It will be used to review goals, red cards, penalties, and cases of mistaken identity. MLS is the first top tier league to adopt an instant replay system, but it's been used in international friendlies and the 2017 Confederations Cup to mixed reviews.

Today's Matches
MLS
Orlando City v. Atlanta United- 7pm- ESPN

Liga MX
Morelia v. Monterrey- 8pm- Univision Deportes
Tijuana v. Cruz Azul- 10pm- Univision Deportes

USL
New York Red Bulls II v. Toronto FC II- 7pm- YouTube

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Chelsea agree to deal for Alvaro Morata

Yesterday's Scores
CONCACAF Gold Cup- Quarterfinals
Costa Rica 1-0 Panama
(Godoy OG 77')

United States 2-0 El Salvador
(Gonzalez 41', Lichaj 45+2')

The USMNT got a pair of goals toward the end of the second half and it was enough to move along to the Gold Cup semi-finals next weekend. They will face their toughest challenge of the tournament so far when they face Costa Rica.

MLS
Montreal Impact 2-1 Philadelphia Union
(Salazar 19', Dzemaili 51')-(Picault 43')

New York City 2-2 Toronto FC
(Villa 45+2', Moralez 56')-(Morgan 11', Vazquez 90+1')

New York Red Bulls 5-1 San Jose Earthquakes
(Davis 38', Kljestan 73', Martins 75', Royer 90', PK 90'+1')-(Kazaishvili 88')

Minnesota United 0-0 Houston Dynamo

LA Galaxy 0-1 Vancouver Whitecaps
(Tchani 64')

Portland Timbers 1-4 Real Salt Lake
(Barmby 90+3')-(Beckerman 10', Plata PK 50', 80', Rusnak 68')

Seattle Sounders 4-3 D.C. United
(Bruin 51', Evans 62', Svensson 74', Roldan 78')-(Brown 8', Harkes 27', Sam 50')

North American League Tables

USL
Rio Grande Valley 1-1 Orange County SC
(Bird PK 27')-(Stevanovic 17')

Headlines
Chelsea have announced they've reached a deal with Real Madrid for striker Alvaro Morata. He's been an attractive target for many big clubs throughout Europe. He scored 15 goals in limited La Liga action last season, and, with the path to full time starting work blocked by Real's wealth of talent, he was looking to leave for more playing time. He's a pretty good consolation prize for missing out on Romelu Lukaku, and likely comes at a bit of a discount. Manchester United paid Everton £75 million for the Belgian, while Morata will probably only cost £60 million.

Wojciech Szczęsny has left Arsenal for Juventus. The Polish keeper has agreed to a modest £10 million move to the Italian champions, having fallen out of favor in North London. He spent last season on loan at AS Roma, where he kept 14 clean sheets in 28 Serie A starts.

Everton will be without Ross Barkley when the Premier League season kicks off next month. He had groin surgery yesterday and is expected to miss the next four weeks. He's yet to appear in the preseason due to the injury.

Today's Matches
CONCACAF Gold Cup- Quarterfinals
Jamaica v. Canada- 7:30pm- FS1, UniMas
Mexico v. Honduras- 10:30pm- FS1, Univision

USL
Seattle Sounders 2 v. Swope Park Rangers- 10:30pm- YouTube

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Hart loaned to West Ham, Lucas leaves Liverpool

Yesterday's Score
USL
Harrisburg City Islanders 1-1 Charlotte Independence
(Mensah 45+3')-(Herrera 51')

North American League Tables

Headlines
Joe Hart has completed his long awaited loan move to West Ham. It will be the second straight season that the Manchester City goalkeeper has spend loaned away from the club. He was fairly clear that he wanted the move to West Ham, who are paying a £4.5 million loan fee while Man City are picking up some of his wages. He is expected to join up with his new club on their preseason tour in Austria.

Brazilian international midfielder Lucas Leiva is leaving Liverpool after ten years with the club. He's signed a deal with Lazio, who are sending £5 million to Anfield in return. Lucas was Liverpool's longest serving player and was in the final year of his deal.

Chelsea have improved Antonio Conte's deal for the next two years after he cruised to the Premier League title in his first year in charge. The length of the deal remains, but presumably comes with higher pay.

Marko Arnautovic looks to finally be on the move to West Ham. The East London club and Stoke have agreed to a £24 million transfer fee for the Austrian forward. He leaves Stoke after four seasons and a campaign that saw him score seven times in 35 appearances.

Philadelphia Union have signed Anthony Fontana as a homegrown player. Fontana is a 17-year-old midfielder from Newark, New Jersey and is the sixth homegrown signing in club history. He's already made 13 appearances for Bethlehem Steel in the USL and trained with the club in preseason camp this year. He will officially join the club on New Year's Day.

The MLS All Stars will play a pointless friendly agaisnt a C level team from Real Madrid in Chicago on August 2. Here is the full roster that will face them:

Goalkeepers: Stefan Frei (Seattle Sounders FC), Tim Howard (Colorado Rapids)

Defenders: DaMarcus Beasley (Houston Dynamo), Greg Garza (Atlanta United FC), Hernán Grana (FC Dallas), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas), Johan Kappelhof (Chicago Fire), Michael Parkhurst (Atlanta United FC), Jelle Van Damme (LA Galaxy), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

Midfielders: Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Miguel Almirón (Atlanta United FC), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Giovani dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Kaká (Orlando City SC), Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire), Ignacio Piatti (Montreal Impact), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Chicago Fire), Diego Valeri (Portland Timbers)

Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC), Dom Dwyer (Sporting Kansas City), Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC), Nemanja Nikolic (Chicago Fire), David Villa (New York City FC)

Today's Matches
CONCACAF Gold Cup- Quarterfinals
Costa Rica v. Panama- 6pm- FS1, UniMas
United States v. El Salvador- 9pm- FS1, UniMas

MLS
Montreal Impact v. Philadelphia Union- 7:30pm
New York City v. Toronto FC- 7:30pm
New York Red Bulls v. San Jose Earthquakes- 7:30pm
Minnesota United v. Houston Dynamo- 8pm
LA Galaxy v. Vancouver Whitecaps- 10:30pm
Portland Timbers v. Real Salt Lake- 10:30pm
Seattle Sounders v. D.C. United- 10:30pm

USL
Rio Grande Valley v. Orange County SC- 8pm- ESPN3

Monday, July 17, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: USMNT bringing experience in for the Gold Cup knockout rounds

Yesterday's Scores
CONCACAF Gold Cup
Jamaica 1-1 El Salvador
(Mattocks PK 64')-(Bonilla 15')

Curacao 0-2 Mexico
(Sepulveda 22', Alvarez 90+1')

USL
Portland Timbers 2 0-1 Swope Park Rangers
(Belmar 60')

Seattle Sounders 2 1-2 Orange County SC
(Olsen 30')-(Fernandes 16', Etim 37')

North American League Tables

Headlines
Teams are allowed to make up to six changes before the group stage of the CONCACAF Gold Cup and Bruce Arena is taking advantage. Five new players will step into the fold for the quarterfinals next weekend and all of them have a wealth of international experience. Tim Howard, Michael Bradley, Darlington Nagbe, Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore are all coming into the team. Goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez is joining them in his first ever national team call-up. He made the switch from Mexico's youth ranks before the tournament and is permanently tied to the USA.

Leaving the team are Kelyn Rowe, Dom Dwyer, Brad Guzan, Sean Johnson, Cristian Roldan, and Alejandro Bedoya, who is expecting the birth of his second child next week.

Manchester United have signed goalkeeper Sergio Romero to a contract extension that will keep him at Old Trafford until 2021. He will compete with David De Gea for the starting gig over there, at least as long as De Gea remains there. He has been linked with a move away from the club for quite some time now. He was the main keeper for United's Europa League run, so he's got big game experience that will help him in his quest to become the starter.

AC Milan are keeping their busy summer going by signing midfielder Lucas Biglia from Lazio. He joins on a five year deal and is the club's ninth signing of the transfer window. He made 34 appearances last year and scored five goals.

Today's Matches
None.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: USA puts three by Nicaragua to win Gold Cup Group B

Yesterday's Scores
CONCACAF Gold Cup
Panama 3-0 Martinique
(Murillo 44', Arroyo 60', Torres 67')

SBI Match Recap

Nicaragua 0-3 United States
(Corona 36', Rowe 56', Miazga 88')

SBI Match Recap

NASL
Indy Eleven 2-0 Jacksonville Armada
(Vukovic 48', Henderson 68')

North Carolina FC 2-1 Puerto Rico FC
(Laing 17', Fondy PK 90+2')-(Kavita 84')

FC Edmonton 0-1 New York Cosmos
(Calvillo 79')

San Francisco Deltas 1-3 Miami FC
(Heinemann 71')-(Rennella 27', PK 50', Poku 56')

The NASL Spring Season concludes with Miami FC cruising to the first half title. They finished ten points clear of the second place San Francisco Deltas and earn a playoff spot for after the fall campaign, which kicks off on July 29.

USL
Ottawa Fury 1-1 Rochester Rhinos
(Hume 89')-(Graf 15')

New York Red Bulls II 2-3 Charlotte Independence
(Najem 82', Bezecourt 85')-(Herrera 21', Ndam OG 45+1', Martinez 53')

Bethlehem Steel 1-1 Pittsburgh Riverhounds
(Chambers PK 27')-(Walsh 24')

Vancouver Whitecaps 2 1-1 Reno 1868
(Bevan 79')-(Brown 73')

Harrisburg City Islanders 1-0 Richmond Kickers
(Mensah 76')

Louisville City 2-3 FC Cincinnati
(Llic PK 8', Wiedeman OG 90+3')-(Fall 16', Delbridge 55', Konig 77')

Saint Louis FC 1-0 Charleston Battery
(Guzman 72')

Phoenix Rising 2-1 Colorado Springs Switchbacks
(Johnson 66', 84')-(Frater 12')

North American League Tables

Headlines
I was in Cleveland yesterday covering the USMNT and their exploits over Nicaragua, so I didn't really have time to throw together a proper Hooligan's post. But, I wasn't being lazy or anything. I wrote a pair of articles for MLSSoccer.com in between three hour drives to and from Cleveland. The first was on Bruce Arena's reaction to the win and the second was about Kelyn Rowe and his national team learning experience. Another should be up later today on Alejandro Bedoya and his reaction to his critics.

Today's Matches
CONCACAF Gold Cup
Jamaica v. El Salvador- 6pm- FS2, Univision Deportes
Curacao v. Mexico- 8:30pm- FS1, Univision

USL
Portland Timbers 2 v. Swope Park Rangers- 5pm- YouTube
Seattle Sounders 2 v. Orange County SC- 5pm- YouTube

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: AC Milan swoop in to grab Bonucci

Yesterday's Scores
CONCACAF Gold Cup
Costa Rica 3-0 French Guiana
(Araya 4', Wallace 79', Ramirez 83')

Canada 0-0 Honduras

USL
San Antonio FC 1-1 Oklahoma City Energy
(Forbes 52')-(Gonzalez 90+4')

North American League Tables

Headlines
In continuing to show they intend to return to relevance, AC Milan unexpectedly bought Leonardo Bonucci from Juventus for €42 million. They've also went and made him Serie A's highest paid player at €7.5 million per year. The defender had won the league with Juve in each of the last six seasons.

Wesley Sneijder's contract with Galatasaray has been terminated by mutual consent. The Dutch international is hoping to return to Serie A with Sampdoria or hop across the Atlantic to join MLS with Los Angeles FC. He's now free to go where he pleases after giving up €4.5 million to leave Turkey a year early.

CONCACAF ended up forcing French Guiana to forfeit their match agaisnt Honduras in which they fielded an ineligible Florent Malouda. It won't happen again this tournament as Malouda has been suspended for the rest of the tournament, which he wasn't eligible for anyway. French Guiana has also been fined for their blatant disregard of player eligibility rules.

Yesterday was the semi-final draw for the U.S. Open Cup. Sporting Kansas City will host San Jose Earthquakes in one semi-final on August 9 while the winner of the F.C. Cincinnati/Miami match will welcome New York Red Bulls into their home. If Miami win, the other semi will also be on August 9, but an FC Cincinnati hosted match would take place on August 15 That Miami-Cincy match will go down on August 2 after it was stormed out on Wednesday night. The hosting priority for the September 20 final was also determined. SKC took first prize and will host the final if they get there. Second was New York Red Bulls. Miami/Cincinnati would only host of they play San Jose, who cannot host the final.

Today's Matches
CONCACAF Gold Cup
Panama v. Martinique- 4:30pm- FS2, Univision
Nicaragua v. United States- 7pm- FXX, Univision

NASL
Indy Eleven v. Jacksonville Armada- 6:30pm- ESPN3
North Carolina FC v. Puerto Rico FC- 7:30pm- beIN
FC Edmonton v. New York Cosmos- 9pm- ESPN3
San Francisco Deltas v. Miami FC- 10pm- Twitter

USL
Ottawa Fury v. Rochester Rhinos- 2pm- YouTube
New York Red Bulls II v. Charlotte Independence- 4pm- YouTube
Bethlehem Steel v. Pittsburgh Riverhounds- 5pm- YouTube
Vancouver Whitecaps 2 v. Reno 1868- 6pm- YouTube
Harrisburg City Islanders v. Richmond Kickers- 7pm- YouTube
Louisville City v. FC Cincinnati- 7:30pm- YouTube
Saint Louis FC v. Charleston Battery- 8:30pm- YouTube
Phoenix Rising v. Colorado Springs Switchbacks- 11pm- YouTube

Friday, July 14, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Manchester City land Kyle Walker

Yesterday's Scores
CONCACAF Gold Cup
El Salvador 2-0 Curacao
(Mayen 21', Zelaya 24')

Mexico 0-0 Jamaica

U.S. Open Cup- Quarterfinals
New England Revolution 0-1 New York Red Bulls
(Wright-Phillips 87')

USL
Orlando City B 1-1 Tampa Bay Rowdies
(Deakin PK 90+6')-(Paterson 21')

LA Galaxy II 2-2 Tulsa Roughnecks
(Vera 19', Dhillon 24')-(Jadama 62', Svantesson 71')

North American League Tables

Headlines
Manchester City have succeeded in a £50 million bid for Tottenham right back Kyle Walker. This sort of makes up for their inability to sign Dani Alves from Juventus on a free transfer. Walker will undergo a medical today before making the move official.

Toronto FC have signed Nicolas Hasler from Swiss club FC Vaduz. He is the first player from Lichtenstein to come to MLS. The 26-year-old wing back has been capped 46 times by his country. At the club level, he has been with Vaduz since 2011, where he has played 136 times with ten goals scored.

Tuesday's planned meeting between MLS officials and Mecklenburg County Commissioners concerning Charlotte's expansion bid has been canceled. There were concerns over whether the meeting should be open to the public or not. Local laws say any meeting of that size would have to be out in the open, while rumors indicate MLS was trying to hold it behind closed doors. There remains a possibility that a private meeting could occur next week.

There were a few small scale moves throughout Europe yesterday:
Today's Matches
CONCACAF Gold Cup
Costa Rica v. French Guiana- 7pm- FS1, UniMas
Canada v. Honduras- 10pm- FS1, UniMas

USL
San Antonio FC v. Oklahoma City Energy-9pm- YouTube

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: American soccer pioneer, corrupt FIFA official Chuck Blazer passes away

Yesterday's Scores
CONCACAF Gold Cup
Panama 2-1 Nicaragua
(Diaz 50', Torres 57')-(Rodriguez 48')

United States 3-2 Martinique
(Gonzalez 54', Morris 64', 76')-(Parsemain 66', 76')

U.S. Open Cup- Quarterfinals
Miami FC v. FC Cincinnati- Postponed

NASL
Jacksonville Armada 1-1 Puerto Rico FC
(Gebhard 90+2')-(Beckie OG 39')

USL
Vancouver Whitecaps 2 0-1 Swope Park Rangers
(Belmar 65')

Harrisburg City Islanders 2-0 New York Red Bulls II
(Thomas 20', Wilson 41')

North American League Tables

Headlines
Chuck Blazer, who helped bring the United States into the modern age in terms of soccer before he shamelessly took bribes and committed various counts of fraud, has died at the age of 72. He suffered from poor health in recent years and was the target of an FBI investigation related to his taxes. Blazer will be remembered for his role in accepting bribes related to the 2010 World Cup bidding process, but also for his role in bringing down other FIFA big wigs when he recorder meetings of fellow corrupt FIFA officials.

He won't be remembered for his positive effect on soccer in the United States. He was part of the U.S. Soccer Federation in the 1980s and helped raise the profile of the USMNT, helped form the USWNT, and played a key role in winning the hosting rights for the 1994 World Cup.

Dani Alves has joined Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer from Juventus despite heavy links to Manchester City. The French giants reportedly offered a higher wage than City could, which made the decision easy for him.

Today's Matches
CONCACAF Gold Cup
El Salvador v. Curacao- 8pm- FS1, UniMas
Mexico v. Jamaica- 10:30pm- FS1, Univision

U.S. Open Cup- Quarterfinals
New England Revolution v. New York Red Bulls- 7:30pm

USL
Orlando City B v. Tampa Bay Rowdies- 7:30pm- YouTube
LA Galaxy II v. Tulsa Roughnecks- 10:30pm- YouTube

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: James Rodriguez to Bayern Munich

Yesterday's Scores
CONCACAF Gold Cup
Costa Rica 1-1 Canada
(Calvo 42')-(Davies 26')

Honduras 0-0 French Guiana

This game may have been a scoreless draw, but that doesn't mean it was short on drama and storylines. Besides both sides missing chances left and right, this game will be known for French Guiana starting and captaining Flourent Malouda, who had been ruled ineligible for the tournament by CONCACAF. Malouda is a French international midfielder who has played in a pair of World Cups, but is from French Guiana, an overseas department of France that isn't recognized by FIFA. HE had appeared for his homeland in the Caribbean Cup this past spring.

The Gold Cup, however, uses strict FIFA regulations that declare a player ineligible if they are capped with another nation. Due to his past international exploits, CONCACAF said he couldn't play. The Caribbean Cup doesn't use these regulations.

Any match he appeared in would be ruled a 3-0 forfeit loss. I guess French Guiana didn't care, it's not like CONCACAF weren't crystal clear on their ruling. They started their talisman and played out the match to a draw. CONCACAF is yet to issue any sort of ruling and its possible nothing will change unless Honduras files a complaint. Both teams are sitting at one point at the bottom of Group A.

U.S. Open Cup- Quarterfinals
Sporting Kansas City 3-0 FC Dallas
(Blessing 105+3', 105+8', Salloi 118')

Headlines
James Rodriguez is leaving Real Madrid on a two year loan with Bayern Munich. Rodriguez, who became an overnight star after impressing at the 2014 World Cup, never quite caught on at Real. He did score 36 goals in 111 appearances over three seasons, but he had fallen out of favor with Zinedine Zidane, which culminated in him being left out of the team for the Champions League final. The two year loan deal contains an option to buy him permanently for €35.2 million.

Rodriguez could take the place of departing winger Douglas Costa, who is in Turin ahead of a likely move to Juventus. Nothing is complete yet, but he appears to be heading to the Champions League runners up on a one year loan that would likely end in a permanent purchase. He made 50 appearances in Munich after arriving two years ago from Shakhtar Donetsk.

We now have solid figures on just how stupid the money Premier League teams rake in is. Premier League clubs made £3.6 billion in combined revenues this year according to Deloitte, up 9% from last season. The bulk of the revenue comes from £1.9 billion in broadcast rights fees. While many clubs reported overall losses on the season, Deloitte claim this is not the trend and Premier League clubs should soon be bringing in record profits on a consistent basis.

Today's Matches
CONCACAF Gold Cup
Panama v. Nicaragua- 6:30pm- FS1
United States v. Martinique- 9pm- FS1

U.S. Open Cup- Quarterfinals
Miami FC v. FC Cincinnati- 7:30pm

NASL
Jacksonville Armada v. Puerto Rico FC- 8pm- ESPN3

USL
Vancouver Whitecaps 2 v. Swope Park Rangers- 3pm- YouTube
Harrisburg City Islanders v. New York Red Bulls II- 7pm

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: LA Galaxy add a Dutch right back to fill defensive void

Yesterday's Match
U.S. Open Cup- Quarterfinals
San Jose Earthquakes 3-2 LA Galaxy
(Wondolowski 16', 51', Hoeson 62')-(Van Damme 3', Tarbell OG 84')

Headlines
LA Galaxy have brought in Dutch right back Pele van Anholt on a free transfer from Willem II in the Eredivisie. He was out of contract in the Netherlands after one season where he made 24 total appearances with one assist. He had spent seven years overall in the Dutch league. He figures to slot in at right back, where the Galaxy have been dangerously thin since Robbie Rogers was ruled out for the entire season due to injury.

Chelsea are loaning out England U21 international Ruben Loftus-Cheek. He will spend next year at Crystal Palace. He has made 32 total appearances for the Blues and is Palace's first new addition this summer.

Jurgen Klinsmann's son Jonathan, the US U-20 goalkeeper, has signed a deal with Hertha Berlin. His trial there was deemed successful and he will serve as the third string keeper in the German capital for this coming season. It's his first pro deal after spending the last couple years at the University of California and helping the USA win the CONCACAF U-20 Championship for the first time.

Today's Matches
CONCACAF Gold Cup
Costa Rica v. Canada- 7:30pm- FS1, UniMas
Honduras v. French Guiana- 10pm- FS1 UniMas

U.S. Open Cup- Quarterfinals
Sporting Kansas City v. FC Dallas- 8:30pm

Monday, July 10, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Rooney officially returns to Everton on a free transfer

Yesterday's Scores
CONCACAF Gold Cup
Curacao 0-2 Jamaica
(Williams 58', Mattocks 73')

Mexico 3-1 El Salvador
(Marin 8', E. Hernandez 29', Pineda 55')-(Bonilla 10')

USL
Bethlehem Steel 2-0 New York Red Bulls II
(Nanco 17', Herbers 31')

Portland Timbers 2 3-4 LA Galaxy II
(Ebobisse 25', Ornstil 33', Arboleda 82')-(Turner PK 44', Vera 47', 50', Dhillon 60')

FC Cincinnati 2-0 Richmond Kickers
(Fall 3', Quinn PK 90+1')

North American League Tables

Headlines
Wayne Rooney has officially returned to his childhood club of Everton on a free transfer. He signed a two year deal and took a "significant pay cut," although no specific salary was given. His first run at the club ended 13 years ago, when he left for Manchester United. He scored 17 goals during his teenage years with the Toffees. He will wear the number 10 shirt, as he did at United and as Romelu Lukaku did before he was sold to Old Trafford.

Chelsea have sent £34 million to AS Roma in exchange for defender Antonio Rudiger. The 24-year-old has signed a five year deal with Antonio Conte's club. This is a small consolation after losing the battle for Lukaku, although they apparently have another forward deal in the works. They are heavily linked with Alex Sandro of Juventus and midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko as AS Monaco.

Today's Match
U.S. Open Cup- Quarterfinals
San jose Earthquakes v. LA Galaxy- 10:30pm

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: United and Everton agree on Lukaku price

Yesterday's Scores
CONCACAF Gold Cup
United States 1-1 Panama
(Dwyer 50')-(Camargo 60')

Martinique 2-0 Nicaragua
(Parsemain 35', Langil 66')

NASL
Indy Eleven 2-1 New York Cosmos
(Smart PK 17', Braun 75')-(Ledesma 27')

Miami FC 7-0 San Francisco Deltas
(Mares 5', 43', Pinho 10', 15', 75', 90', Martinez 53')

Puerto Rico FC 0-0 Jacksonville Armada

USL
Rochester Rhinos 1-0 Harrisburg City Islanders
(Graf 85')

Charleston Battery 1-1 Louisville City
(Portillo PK 23')-(Llic 27')

Charlotte Independence 5-1 Saint Louis FC
(Herrera 14', 20', PK 61', Martinez 39', Duckett 78')-(Guzman 57')

Orlando City B 0-0 Pittsburgh Riverhounds

Toronto FC II 1-0 Ottawa Fury
(Uccello 73')

Colorado Springs Switchbacks 2-2 Vancouver Whitecaps 2
(Kacher 48', Frater 58')-(Bustos PK 38', Sanner 43')

Orange County SC 1-1 Phoenix Rising
(Meeus 84')-(Drogba 90+4')

Oklahoma City Energy 1-2 Tulsa Roughnecks
(Gonzalez 39')-(Caffa PK 50', Calistri 66')

Swope Park Rangers 4-0 Rio Grande Valley
(Moloto 39', Gonzalez 45+3', Storm 49', Iwasa 84')

Real Monarchs 4-1 Seattle Sounders 2
(Saucedo 31', 73', Hoffman 40', Lachowski 45+2')-(Rothrock 77')

Headlines
Everton and Manchester United have officially agreed to a £75 million fee for striker Romelu Lukaku. Chelsea had reportedly matched the Red Devils' bid, but Everton have chosen to sell him to Manchester anyway. The Belgian will now undergo a medical to complete the move. He is currently in the United States, where United will be touring, and he is training with Paul Pogba. He's apparently partying pretty hard, too. He was cited for noise violations during a party in Beverly Hills and is due back in court on October 2.

In a mostly unrelated move, Wayne Rooney is just about set to head back to Everton. The Manchester United legend is reportedly having a medical at the club of his youth.

Today's Matches
CONCACAF Gold Cup
Curacao v. Jamaica- 7pm- FS2
Mexico v. El Salvador- 9pm- FS1

USL
Bethlehem Steel v. New York Red Bulls II- 5pm- YouTube
Portland Timbers 2 v. LA Galaxy II- 5pm- YouTube
FC Cincinnati v. Richmond Kickers- 6pm- YouTube

Friday, July 7, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Lukaku might be headed for Manchester United

Yesterday's Scores
MLS
Sporting Kansas City 1-1 Philadelphia Union
(Rubio 49')-(Alberg PK 69')

USL
Tampa Bay Rowdies 2-0 FC Cincinnati
(Paterson 29', Cole 44')

North American League Tables

Headlines
Manchester United appear to have swooped in and stolen Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea. Reports indicate that United have agreed to a £75 million transfer fee with Everton, who deny the claim. Chelsea have long been the favorites to bring Lukaku back into their fold, but now his former manager with the Blues has come in for the 24-year-old Belgian striker. He scored 25 league goals last season and has been public about his desires to play in the Champions League.

Former UEFA president Michel Platini has had his ban appeal officially rejected by the Swiss Federal Court. He will continue to serve his four year ban from the game for various ethics violations and bribes.

Red Bull Arena will officially host the USMNT's next home World Cup qualifier agaisnt Costa Rica on September 1. U.S. Soccer finalized those plans yesterday.

Japanese international Keisuke Honda is training with Orange County SC, adding to the speculation that he may sign with LA Galaxy or 2018 expansion side Los Angeles FC. Honda was linked with a move stateside a while ago and this certainly adds fuel to that fire.

Today's Matches
CONCACAF Gold Cup
Canada v. French Guiana- 7pm- FS2
Honduras v. Costa Rica- 9pm- FS2

NASL
FC Edmonton v. North Carolina FC- 9pm- ESPN3

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Arsenal officially buy Lacazette

Yesterday's Scores
MLS
New England Revolution 2-3 New York Red Bulls
(Bunbury 21', Nguyen 26')-(Wright-Phillips 23', Royer PK 55', Veron 90')

Orlando City 1-3 Toronto FC
(Rivas 63')-(Altidore 18', Giovinco 46', 65')

Houston Dynamo 3-1 Montreal Impact
(Wenger 1', Alex 23', Rodriguez 67')-(Salazar 89')

Vancouver Whitecaps 3-2 New York City
(Montero 3', Harvey 54', Reyna 88')-(Chanot 34', Villa PK 40')

Portland Timbers 2-2 Chicago Fire
(Adi PK 24', Blanco 70')-(Alvarez 34', Vincent 61')

USL
Saint Louis FC 0-0 Rochester Rhinos

Real Monarchs 3-1 Oklahoma City Energy
(Hanlin 8', Hoffman 70', PK 76')-(Dixon 26')

North American League Tables

Headlines
Arsenal have officially announced the signing of Alexandre Lacazette from Olympique Lyonnais. The final transfer price is a club record £47.5 million. He is expected to travel to Australia with the club for the beginning of their preseason tour.

Real Madrid have bought Theo Hernandez from rivals Atletico Madrid. Hernandez had a €24 million release clause in his contract with his now former club. He joins the Spanish and European champions on a six year deal after spending last year on loan at Alaves. He never played for the first team at Atletico and had always wanted to move to Real, apparently.

Chris Pontius has been called into the USMNT to replace the injured Kenny Saief. Saief had just completed his one time transfer from Israel to the USA with the aim of playing in the Gold Cup, but a groin injury will delay his national team debut. Pontius has two previous caps with the USMNT, both in friendlies earlier this year.

American Perry Kitchen has transferred from Hearts in Scotland to Randers FC in Denmark. He spent a little more than one season in the Scottish Premier League and even captained the side before they changed managers mid-season.

Portland Timbers will be without their captain Liam Ridgewell for six to eight more weeks. The central defender reaggravated a quad injury that has held him out for the majority of this season. He hasn't played since June 10 and is just the latest in a long line of Timbers injuries.

Today's Matches
MLS
Sporting Kansas City v. Philadelphia Union- 8:30pm

USL
Tampa Bay Rowdies v. FC Cincinnati- 8pm- YouTube

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Rooney in talks with Everton

Yesterday's Scores
MLS
Atlanta United 4-2 San Jose Earthquakes
(Carmona 55', Martinez 75', 89', Walkes 81')-(Thompson 2', Wondolowski 66')

Minnesota United 0-1 Columbus Crew
(Manneh 58')

FC Dallas 4-2 D.C. United
(Lamah 41', 45+3', 55', Urruti 47')-(Harkes 30', Brown 57')

Colorado Rapids 1-3 Seattle Sounders
(Badji 78')-(Dempsey 6', 85', Bruin 30')

LA Galaxy 2-6 Real Salt Lake
(Cole 41', Jamieson 89')-(Rusnak 36', Beckerman 45+1', Movsisyan 62', Savarino 72', 77', Plata 80')

NASL
New York Cosmos 1-1 Indy Eleven
(Ledesma PK 86')-(Speas 33')

North Carolina FC 1-0 Miami FC
(Schuler 65')

USL
Pittsburgh Riverhounds 1-3 Charlotte Independence
(Walsh 90+2')-(Martinez 40', Herrera PK 62', 79')

North American League Tables

Headlines
Wayne Rooney appears to be close to a move to his former club of Everton. He's fallen out of favor with Jose Mourinho and expects to see even less playing this year should he remain at Manchester United. Everton, meanwhile, will offer him more playing time and similar wages. He's got two years left on his current contract, but has been given permission to leave.

Arsenal's move for Alexandre Lacazette is inching closer to completion. The French forward had a medical with the club yesterday and the move could be made official as soon as today. The transfer price is set at £45 million, which would be an Arsenal record.

Lionel Messi has agreed to a new Barcelona contract. The 30-year-old megastar will stay with the only club he's known until 2021. His new release clause is a staggering €300 million.

Today's Matches
MLS
New England Revolution v. New York Red Bulls- 7:30pm
Orlando City v. Toronto FC- 7:30pm
Houston Dynamo v. Montreal Impact- 8:30pm
Vancouver Whitecaps v. New York City- 10pm
Portland Timbers v. Chicago Fire- 10:30pm

USL
Saint Louis FC v. Rochester Rhinos- 8pm- YouTube
Real Monarchs v. Oklahoma City Energy- 9pm- YouTube

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Germany top latest FIFA rankings

Yesterday's Scores
USL
Reno 1868 9-0 LA Galaxy II
(Castellanos OG 3', Kelly 8', Murrell 11', 49', Hoppenot PK 25', LaGrassa 66', Wehan 76', 84', Espinal 88')

North American League Tables

Headlines
Germany are back on top of the FIFA rankings following their Confederations Cup title. The USA has dropped 12 places to 35th. Mexico lead CONCACAF at 15 and Costa Rica is down to 26th. Here are the top 20 nations:
  1. Germany
  2. Brazil
  3. Argentina
  4. Portugal
  5. Switzerland
  6. Poland
  7. Chile
  8. 8. Colombia
  9. 9. France
  10. Belgium
  11. Spain
  12. Italy
  13. England
  14. Peru
  15. Croatia
  16. Mexico
  17. Uruguay
  18. Sweden
  19. Iceland
  20. Wales
Everton have potentially spent £30 million to bring in England defender Michael Keane from Burnley. The 24-year-old has signed a five year deal with the club and there are clauses in the transfer that could raise the price up to that club record tying fee. He's Everton's fifth signing of the summer. 

Real Salt Lake have added defender Marcelo Silva from Real Zaragoza in the Spanish second tier. They used Targeted Allocation Money to complete the deal. The Uruguayan had been in Spain for seven years before the move, a time that included stays at Almeria, Las Palmas, and Real Valladolid.

Paris Saint-Germain had given 17-year-old American Timothy Weah his first pro contract. Weah is the son of former PSG player and Ballon d'Or winner George Weah and was born in New York. He had been with their youth academy since 2014.

John Terry has finalized his new contract at Aston Villa. It's a one year deal that will pay him £60,000 a week and has him targeting promotion back to the Premier League for the battered club. Coincidentally, he made is Chelsea debut way back in 1998 against his new club.

There were a couple other minor moves around England yesterday. Manchester United added Belgian teen Largie Ramazani and French midfielder Aliou Badara Traore. West Bromwich Albion have also added Chinese international striker Zhang Yuning and subsequently loaned him to Werder Bremen for the year.

Today's Matches
MLS
Atlanta United v. San Jose Earthquakes- 7pm
Minnesota United v. Columbus Crew- 7pm
FC Dallas v. D.C. United- 8:30pm
Colorado Rapids v. Seattle Sounders- 9pm
LA Galaxy v. Real Salt Lake- 10:30pm

NASL
New York Cosmos v. Indy Eleven- 7:30pm- beIN
North Carolina FC v. Miami FC- 7:30pm- ESPN3

USL
Pittsburgh Riverhounds v. Charlotte Independence- 7pm- YouTube

Monday, July 3, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Germany's B team takes Confederations Cup

Yesterday's Scores
Confederations Cup
Portugal 2-1 Mexico
(Pepe 90+1', Silva PK 104')-(Neto OG 54')

Chile 0-1 Germany
(Stindl 20')

Germany sent a reserve squad to Russia for the World Cup dress rehearsal, but it didn't matter. The youngsters and backups were good enough to take down the top players in some powerful nations. Chile and México are no jokes on the international stage and the German reserves had little trouble with them. I'm more or less convinced that this same roster could challenge for the World Cup next summer. 

MLS
Philadelphia Union 3-0 New England Revolution
(Sapong PK 4', Ilsinho 48', Alberg 78')

NASL
San Francisco Deltas 2-0 Puerto Rico FC
(Heinemann 24', 67')

North American League Tables

Headlines
There were a couple minor moves in England yesterday as we await final confirmation of Alexandre Lacazette moving to Arsenal. First, Jay Rodríguez had signed with West Brom from Southampton. They paid £12 million for the oft injured striker.

Secondly, Bournemouth have signed midfielder Dan Gosling to an extension. He will remain a Cherry until 2021.

Today's Match
USL
Reno 1868 v. LA Galaxy II- 10:30pm

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Matarrita out for three months for NYCFC

Yesterday's Scores
MLS
Chicago Fire 4-0 Vancouver Whitecaps
(Nikolic 14', 18', Alvarez 25', De Leeuw 84')

FC Dallas 3-1 Toronto FC
(Lamah 5', 21', Urruti 78')-(Delgado 56')

Montreal Impact 2-0 D.C. United
(Dzemaili 21', Duvall 23')

Sporting Kansas City 1-1 Portland Timbers
(Salloi 60')-(Valeri 26')

Columbus Crew 0-2 Atlanta United
(Villalba 27', 64')

Colorado Rapids 3-1 Houston Dynamo
(Doyle 21', Hairston 48', 69')-(Torres 45+4')

San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 LA Galaxy
(Wondolowski 75', Salinas 90+3')-(Van Damme 11')

NASL
Jacksonville Armada 1-0 FC Edmonton
(Gebhard 79')

USL
New York Red Bulls II 1-0 Saint Louis FC
(Allen 26')

Bethlehem Steel 1-1 Richmond Kickers
(Jones 51')-(Fernando 40')

Toronto FC 3-4 Harrisburg City Islanders
(Taintor 28', Uccello 35', Andrews 74')-(Ribeiro 23', Bond 31', Aubrey OG 48', Wilson 58')

Vancouver Whitecaps 2 0-2 Seattle Sounders 2
(Saari 31', Mathers 60')

Charleston Battery 2-0 Tampa Bay Rowdies
(Williams 70', Cordoves 81')

Charlotte Independence 2-1 Rochester Rhinos
(Estrada 12', 25')-(Fall PK 67')

Louisville City 2-1 Ottawa Fury
(Ownby 14', Spencer 71')-(Dos Santos 87')

Orange County SC 3-3 Portland Timbers 2
(Alvarez 56', Meeus PK 63', Villalobos 90+1')-(Bijev 31', PK 85', Cicerone 71')

Orlando City B 1-1 FC Cincinnati
(Schweitzer 2')-(Djiby 15')

Tulsa Roughnecks 2-0 Real Monarchs
(Rivas 47', Svantesson 79')

Colorado Springs Switchbacks 0-2 Rio Grande Valley
(Luna PK 67')

Sacramento Republic 1-1 San Antonio
(Klimenta 19')-(Akwafei 31')

North American League Tables

Headlines
NYCFC will be without Ronald Matarrita for three months after he broke his foot against Minnesota United on Thursday. He had surgery to repair the injury on Friday morning and the recovery timetable sits at 3-4 months. He had been called into Costa Rica's Gold Cup side, so that's been scratched as well. He had two assists in nine matches for NYCFC this year.

Saul Niguez has signed a lengthy extension at Atletico Madrid. He inked a contract that will keep him there until 2026. The 22-year-old has been there since 2007, when he joined as an academy player and he was already on a long term contract.

The Confederations Cup Final will be a testing ground for one more piece of technology. Live player stats will be recorded using tablets during the match for the first time ever. Medical staff and coaches will monitor the data, which will include pressing, running speed, tackles, and passing.

Today's Matches
Confederations Cup
Portugal v. Mexico- 8am- FS1
Chile v. Germany- 2pm- FS1

MLS
Philadelphia Union v. New England Revolution- 5pm- FS1

NASL
San Francisco Deltas v. Puerto Rico FC- 8:30pm- Twitter