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

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