Thursday, August 10, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: D.C. United headlines busy MLS transfer deadline day

Yesterday's Scores
U.S. Open Cup- Semi-Finals
Sporting Kansas City 1-1 San Jose Earthquakes (5-4 in penalties)
(Rubio 32')-(Hoeson 4')

Sporting Kansas City will host the U.S. Open Cup final on September 20 against the winner of next Tuesday's semi between FC Cincinnati and New York Red Bulls.

USL
Toronto FC II 2-2 Charlotte Independence
(Hamilton 49', 90+2')-(Pais OG 62', Siaj 79')

North American League Tables

Headlines
MLS Deadline Day was a busy one for the entire league, but D.C. United made the biggest moves. The crown jewel of the window was their eleventh hour pick up of Paul Arriola from Club Tijuana. They sent $3 million to Mexico for his services and $500,000 worth of TAM to LA Galaxy for him MLS rights while giving him a salary in excess of $1 million. That wasn't all they did, though. They also added 22-year-old American midfielder Russell Canouse from TSG Hoffenheim and Hungarian international midfielder Zolt├ín Stieber from Kaiserslautern in Germany. It's a retooling focussed on youth and potential for the future that could pay off in another playoff run in coming years if all goes well.

Here are the rest of the moves throughout MLS from yesterday:
In a more bizarre story, Mexican National Team captain Rafa Marquez was sanctioned by the U.S. Department of Treasury for his apparent connections to a massive Mexican drug trafficking operation. He isn't under arrest or anything, but his American assets are frozen, his visa has been revoked, and he can't do business with any American entities.

Arsenal have ruled out Alexis Sanchez for Friday's season opener against Leicester. It has nothing to do with his late arrival to preseason camp, or his expiring contract, or transfer rumors to Paris Saint-Germain. No, he's got an abdominal strain and could miss more than just this one game.

Liverpool have rejected Barcelona's latest bid for Philippe Coutinho. The Spanish giants offered £90 million for him. Manager Jurgen Klopp considers the matter closed and appears set to reject any more advances.

Watford have signed striker Andre Gray from Burnley fora  club record of £18.5 million. He was in the final year of his deal with the Clarets and had rejected offers for an extension. He scored nine goals last year, despite a four game suspension for using a homophobic tweets he sent back in 2012. 

The USL has named two 2019 expansion franchises over the past couple days. They added Birmingham on Tuesday and yesterday announced their return to Austin. The city has been without a professional club since the Austin Aztex of the USL went on hiatus after the 2015 season. They were already a reincarnation of the original Austin Aztex, who left town to become Orlando City SC back in 2010. The new club will play at a soccer specific stadium at the Circuit of the Americas race track.

Today's Match
USL
Tulsa Roughnecks v. Saint Louis FC- 8:30pm- YouTube

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