Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Barca buy Coutinho, Vela joins LAFC

Yesterday's Scores
UEFA Super Cup
Real Madrid 2-1 Manchester United
(Casemiro 24', Isco 52')-(Lukaku 62')

USL
Harrisburg City Islanders 0-1 Rochester Rhinos
(Madison 25')

Orange County SC 0-4 Colorado Springs Switchbacks
(Vercollone 19', Malcolm 22', Kacher 39', Frater 72')

North American League Tables

Headlines
Barcelona have reached an agreement to buy Phillippe Coutinho from Liverpool for €90 million, although the fee could rise to €120 million. They certainly have plenty of cash after the Neymar sale and aren't wasting time adding a Brazilian playmaker to replace him. Liverpool have yet to confirm the deal.

Los Angeles FC have their first ever Designated Player. They signed Mexican international Carlos Vela from Real Sociedad yesterday. He will remain in Spain until January, when he will fly across the globe to join the MLS expansion club. About €5 million will be sent back in exchange. Vela has scored 76 goals in his six years with Sociedad and has about four months to add to that total.

There were a couple other MLS moves yesterday. First off, Columbus Crew signed Portuguese winger Pedro Santos from Braga. He will occupy their third DP slot, which would be the first time the club has ever maxed out their DP allotment. No specific figure was given for a fee, other than that it was the largest in Crew SC history.

Atlanta United acquired Bobby Boswell from D.C. United in exchange for a third round pick in the 2019 SuperDraft. The 12 year MLS vet moves onto his third club after starting ten games in the nation's capital this year.

Minnesota United also signed a goalkeeper. Alex Kapp is the newest Loon and he joins from MLS waivers. He was drafted by Atlanta United last winter, but the other expansion club never signed him.

In MLS expansion news, the Nashville bid has a new, very wealthy investor. The Wilf family, who own the NFL's Minnesota Vikings are adding their clout to Nashville's efforts. The Wilfs previously bid for Minnesota's expansion team, but lost out to Minnesota United.

Finally, the NASL's Orange County expansion team is picking the very original name of... California United. Not only is the United name extremely overused in America, and doesn't even recognize the reason for adding the word to a club name, but the new NASL team is the fourth professional team in it's own market and the eighth in California overall, once LAFC and the NASL's San Diego project are up and running next year. How, exactly, is California united around an expansion team that shares a geographical area with so many others?

Today's Matches
U.S. Open Cup- Semi-Finals
Sporting Kansas City v. San Jose Earthquakes- 9:30pm

USL
Toronto FC II v. Charlotte Independence- 8pm- YouTube

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