Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Wright-Phillips double ends FC Cincinnati's Open Cup run

Yesterday's Scores
UEFA Champions League- Playoffs First Leg
FK Qarabag 1-0 FC Copenhagen
(Madatov 25')

Apoel Nicosia 2-0 Slavia Prague
(de Camargo 2', Aloneftis 10')

Young Boys 0-1 CSKA Moscow
(Adams OG 90+1')

TSG Hoffenheim 1-2 Liverpool
(Uth 87')-(Alexander-Arnold 35', Nordtveit 74')

Sporting CP 0-0 FCSB

U.S. Open Cup- Semi-Finals
FC Cincinnati 2-3 New York Red Bulls
(Bone 31', Berry 62')-(Veron 75', Wright-Phillips 78', 101')

The magical run of FC Cincinnati comes to a close at the hands of Bradley Wright-Phillips. his double put the Red Bulls through to the final, where they will face Sporting Kansas City. The sellout crowds at Nippert Stadium were a lot of fun for this tournament. They brought a whole new awareness to the U.S. Open Cup that the event desperately needed. They created a lower league Cinderella story that has helped people get into it like never before. They may not be in the final, but they have played a role in the development of American soccer. Hopefully FC Cincinnati gained a few more fans that can stick around through the rest of the USL season and beyond, whether they make it into MLS or not. And hopefully some of the people who came out to follow the U.S. Open Cup stick with it into next season.

NASL
North Carolina FC 0-1 Miami FC
(Chavez 15')

USL
Orange County SC 0-0 Tulsa Roughnecks

North American League Tables

Headlines
Colorado Rapids parted ways with head coach Pablo Mastroeni yesterday. He was halfway through his fourth season with the club. They currently sit level on points with Minnesota United for last place in the Western Conference after playing their way into the West Final last season. That season seems to be an anomaly, as the Rapids finished last in the West in his first two years. Assistant coach Steve Cook will manage the team until a permanent replacement is hired.

The United 2026 World Cup bid released their list of 49 candidate stadiums to host games in the 2026 World Cup, should they win hosting rights. Plenty of familiar places are on the list. New York, three stadiums in LA, Chicago, and all the largest cities in the USA. Mexico sent three possible stadiums to the race, including Estadio Azteca and Estadio Chivas. Canada, meanwhile is offering Rogers Centre, BMO Field, Stade Saputo, Stade Olympique, BC Place, and three more candidates to the fold.

Gareth Barry is moving from Everton to West Brom. The 36-year-old midfielder signed with Tony Pulis's club for an undisclosed fee. It's the fourth Premier League team he's played for in 21 seasons. He's also five appearances short of Ryan Giggs's all time record of 632 Premier League appearances.

Everton also made strides towards signing a player. They finally agreed to a £45ish million fee for Gylfi Sigurdsson. The Icelandic international will be at Everton today to take a medical and finalize the deal.

Today's Matches
UEFA Champions League- Playoffs First Leg
Olympiakos v. Rijeka- 2:45pm- ESPN3
Celtic v. FC Astana- 2:45pm- FS2
Hapoel Be'er v. NK Maribor- 2:45pm- ESPN3
IStanbul Basaksehir v. Sevilla- 2:45pm
Napoli v. Nice- 2:45pm- FS1

Spanish Supercopa- Second Leg
Real Madrid v. Barcelona- 5pm- ESPN2

MLS
Montreal Impact v. Chicago Fire- 7:30pm

NASL
Jacksonville Armada v. Puerto Rico FC- 7pm- ESPN3

USL
Charlotte Independence v. Bethlehem Steel- 7pm- ESPN3
Orlando City B v. Ottawa Fury- 7:30pm- YouTube

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