Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Sakho, Chamberlain, Sanchez moves all fall through

Yesterday's Score
World Cup Qualifying- AFC
United Arab Emirates 1-1 Saudi Arabia
(Mabkhout 21', Khalil 60')-(Al-Abid PK 20')

Headlines
No significant players actually switched teams yesterday. Instead, the highlights of the day were moves that didn't go through. First off was Liverpool rejecting a £25 million bid for Mamadou Sakho from Crystal Palace, who had him on loan all last year. Palace have been trying to get Sakho back all summer. This is the third time they've been turned down. The Reds are holding out for at least £30 million.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain turned down a move from Arsenal to Chelsea. The Gunners accepted a £40 million fee for the winger/midfielder, but the player turned down the move because he wishes to play as a central midfielder, not in a wide quasi-defensive role that Arsenal use him in and that Chelsea would, presumably, want him for.

Arsenal did some rejecting of their own, as well. Manchester City offered £50 million (and maybe Raheem Sterling) for Alexis Sanchez and were told to bugger off. Despite Sanchez's expiring contract and the rumors that he formally requested a transfer, Arsene Wenger has insisted his star forward is not for sale at any price.

Back home, the impending Las Vegas USL franchise has a name. They will be known as Las Vegas Lights FC, which does a fantastic job of bucking the boring trend of  "Place FC" that has been dominating expansion team names around the country. Over 10,000 fans voted in a poll that wound up selecting Lights FC as the new name. Owner Brett Lashbrook is now calling on fans to submit ideas for colors, logo design, and other branding elements for this new team.

Today's Matches
USL
Toronto FC II v. Saint Louis FC- 7:30pm- YouTube
Rio Grande Valley v. Portland Timbers 2- 8pm- YouTube
Seattle Sounders 2 v. Tulsa Roughnecks- 10pm- YouTube

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