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.
Puebla v. Morelia- 8pm
Atlas v. Pumas UNAM- 10pm