Saturday, September 2, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: USMNT falls to Costa Rica, World Cup hopes damaged

Yesterday's Scores
World Cup Qualifying- UEFA
Kazakhstan 0-3 Montenegro
(Vesovic 31', Beqiraj 53', Simic 63')

Czech Republic 1-2 Germany
(Darida 78')-(Werner 4', Hummels 88')

Norway 2-0 Azerbaijan
(King PK 32', Sadiqov OG 59')

San Marino 0-3 Norther Ireland
(Magennis 70', 75', Davis PK 78')

Denmark 4-0 Poland
(Delaney 15', Cornelius 42', Jorgensen 59', Eriksen 79')

Romania 1-0 Armenia
(Maxim 90+1')

Lithuania 0-3 Scotland
(Armstrong 25', Robertson 30', McArthur 72')

Malta 0-4 England
(Kane 53', 90+2', Bertrand 85', Welbeck 90+1')

Slovakia 1-0 Slovenia
(Mevlja OG 81')

World Cup Qualifying- CONCACAF
United States 0-2 Costa Rica
(Ureena 30', 82')

Needless to say, this was not the result the USMNT was hoping for. They were hoping to solidify their qualifying campaign with a vengeful win over Costa Rica, who don't play well om the road. But, instead, they put in one of the more lackluster performances of the year. It was their first loss under Bruce Arena 2.0 and their first of the 2017 calendar year.

The campaign isn't doomed by any means, but things aren't as rosy as they'd like. The USMNT is still in third place in the Hex with three matches remaining. They play the three weakest teams in the group to close out the campaign. Honduras and Trinidad may be on the road, but they are very winnable games.

Trinidad and Tobago 1-2 Honduras
(Jones PK 67')-(Lopez 7', Elis 16')

Mexico 1-0 Panama
(Lozano 53')

Mexico, meanwhile, is just about qualified. They are nine points clear of qualification and are assured of nothing less than the playoff match against Asia. A single point on Tuesday at Costa Rica will be enough to get them there for certain.

World Cup Qualifying- CAF
Ghana 1-1 Congo
(Thomas 86')-(Bifouma 18')

Nigeria 4-0 Cameroon
(Ighalo 29', Obi Mikel 42', Moses 55', Iheanacho 76')

Cape Verde Islands 2-1 South Africa
(Rocha 33', PK 38')-(Rantie 14')

Tunisia 2-1 DR Congo
(Meriah PK 18', Chaalali 47')-(Bakambu 43')

Morocco 6-0 Mali
(Ziyech PK 19', 61', Boutaib 27', Hakimi 72', Fajr 86', Mahi 88')

World Cup Qualifying- OFC
New Zealand 6-1 Solomon Islands
(Wood 18', 36', Barbarouses 39', 90', Thomas 56', McGlinchey 81')-(Faarodo PK 53')

Headlines
This shouldn't shock anybody, but UEFA has opened a financial fair play investigation against Paris Saint-Germain. The French giants have spent over €400 million on incoming transfers this summer with more than half of it spent on Neymar alone.The investigation will focus on whether or not the club will at least break even financially when all is said and done and won't conclude for about a year. This wouldn't be the first time PSG violated FFP rules. They were forced to play Champions League matches with 21 players in their squad and were capped at spending only €55 million on transfers back in 2014.

Wayne Rooney was pulled over early Friday morning and charged with drunk driving. He was released on bail and awaits a September 18 court date.

Today's Matches
World Cup Qualifying- UEFA
Georgia v. Ireland- 12pm
Serbia v. Moldova- 12pm
Albania v. Liechtenstein- 12pm- ESPN3
Finland v. Iceland- 12pm- ESPN Deportes
Wales v. Austria- 2:45pm- ESPN Deportes
Israel v. Macedonia- 2:45pm
Spain v. Italy- 2:45pm- FS2
Croatia v. Kosovo- 2:45pm
Ukraine v. Turkey- 2:45pm- ESPN3

World Cup Qualifying- CAF
Zambia v. Algeria- 9am- beIN
Gabon v. Ivory Coast- 12pm- beIN
Senegal v. Burkina Faso- 4pm

MLS
New England Revolution v. Orlando City SC- 7pm
Montreal Impact v. Chicago Fire- 7pm
FC Dallas v. New York Red Bulls- 9pm- UniMas
LA Galaxy v. Colorado Rapids- 11pm

NASL
Indy Eleven v. San Francisco Deltas- 7:30pm- beIN
Miami FC v. Puerto Rico FC- 7:30pm- ESPN3
North Carolina FC v. FC Edmonton- 7:30pm- ESPN3

USL
FC Cincinnati v. Pittsburgh Riverhounds- 4pm- YouTube
New York Red Bulls II v. Tampa Bay Rowdies- 4pm- YouTube
Louisville City v. Charleston Battery- 5pm- YouTube
Charlotte Independence v. Richmond Kickers- 7pm- YouTube
Toronto FC II v. Rochester Rhinos- 7:30pm- YouTube
Swope Park Rangers v. OKC Energy- 8:30pm- YouTube
Real Monarchs v. San Antonio FC- 9:30pm- YouTube
Orange Count SC v. Reno 1868- 10pm- YouTube
Phoenix Rising v. Seattle Sounders 2- 10pm- YouTube
Sacramento Republic v. Colorado Springs Switchbacks- 10:50pm- YouTube

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