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

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