Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: San Antonio fighting back at MLS for potential Crew relocation

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League
Burnley 1-0 Newcastle
(Hendrick 74')

La Liga
Espanyol 1-0 Real Betis
(Moreno 55')

Las Palmas 1-3 Deportivo La Coruna
(Remy 7')-(Borges 36', 54', Perez PK 69')

Serie A
Hellas Verona 1-2 Inter Milan
(Pazzini PK 59')-(Valero 36', Perisic 67')

European League Tables

MLS Cup Playoffs- Conference Semi-Finals First Leg
New York Red Red Bulls 1-2 Toronto FC
(Royer PK 45+3')-(Vazquez 8', Giovinco 72')

Houston Dynamo 0-0 Portland Timbers

As the #SaveTheCrew movement rages on among fans, San Antonio is taking the fight to the courts, for entirely different reasons. Bexar County judge Nelson Wolff is asking his DA to investigate whether MLS violated any laws when they encouraged the county to by Toyota Field as part of a potential MLS expansion bid two years after Anthony Precourt snuck the relocation to Austin clause into his agreement to by Columbus Crew. A relocation to Austin would kill any hope of San Antonio landing a team, and Wolff feels the county should have been made aware of this possibility before buying the stadium.

Today's Matches
UEFA Champions League
FC Basel v. CSKA Moscow- 3:45pm- ESPN3
Manchester United v. Benfica- 3:45pm- ESPN3
Celtic v. Bayern Munich- 3:45pm- ESPN3
Paris Saint-Germain v. Anderlecht- 3:45pm- ESPN Deportes
AS Roma v. Chelsea- 3:45pm- FS2
Atletico Madrid v. FK Qarabag- 3:45pm- ESPN3
Olympiakos v. Barcelona- 3:45pm
Sporting CP v. Juventus- 3:45pm

MLS Cup Playoffs- Conference Semi-Finals First Leg
Columbus Crew v. New York City FC- 8pm- ESPN

Monday, October 30, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Real Madrid fall to newly promoted Catalan side Girona

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League
Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 Southampton
(Murray 52')-(Davis 7')

Leicester City 2-0 Everton
(Vardy 18', Kenny OG 29')

Werder Bremen 0-3 FC Augsburg
(Gregoritsch 40', 61', Finnbogason PK 45+2')

VfB Stuttgart 3-0 SC Freiburg
(Ginczek 38', Pavard 45+4', Terodde 82')

La Liga
Getafe 2-1 Real Sociedad
(Angel 78', Molina PK 85')-(Oyarzabal 5')

Girona 2-1 Real Madrid
(Stuani 54', Portu 58')-(Isco 12')

Girona, who are playing in their first ever top flight season, get a politically charged upset victory over Real Madrid. Girona is in Catalonia about 50 miles northeast of Barcelona, and Catalan flags supporting independence dotted the crowd of this match. More importantly as far as soccer is concerned, the defending Spanish and European champs are back in third place, eight points back of leaders Barcelona.

Eibar 2-2 Levante
(Arbilla 51', Charles 74')-(Morales 35', Bardhi 37')

Malaga 2-1 Celta Vigo
(Adrian 45+2', Recio PK 83')-(Aspas 76')

Serie A
Benevento 1-5 Lazio
(Lazaar 55')-(Bastos 4', Immobile 13', Marusic 24', Parolo 76', Nani 86')

Crotone 2-1 Fiorentina
(Budimir 17', Trotta 18')-(Benassi 44')

Napoli 3-1 Sassuolo
(Allan 22', Consigli OG 44', Mertens 54')-(Falcinelli 41')

Sampdoria 4-1 Chievo Verona-
(Linetty 20', Torreira 26', 85', Zapata 44')-(Cacciatore 24')

SPAL 1-0 Genoa
(Antenucci 56')

Udinese 2-1 Atalanta
(De Paul PK 45+1', Barak 68')-(Kutic 29')

Torino 2-1 Cagliari
(Falque 40', Obi 66')-(Barella 30')

Ligue 1
Olympique Lyonnais 2-0 Metz
(Fekir 6', 20')

Toulouse 0-0 St. Etienne

Lille 0-1 Olympique Marseille
(Sanson 6')

European League Tables

MLS Cup Playoffs- Conference Semi-Finals First Leg
Vancouver Whitecaps 0-0 Seattle Sounders

Liga MX
Toluca 0-1 Morelia
(Valdes 58')

Santos Laguna 2-2 Pachuca
(Djaniny 42', 61')-(Jara 32', Honda 41')

Indy Eleven 1-1 North Carolina FC
(Zayed 20')-(Schuler 4')

The NASL playoffs begin on Sunday with Miami FC hosting the New York Cosmos at 5pm and San Francisco Deltas welcoming North Carolina FC to the Bay Area at 8pm. The winners of each of those will meet in the NASL Championship Game the following Sunday.

North American League Tables


Today's Matches
Premier League
Burnley v. Newcastle- 4pm- NBCSN

La Liga
Espanyol v. Real Betis- 4pm
Las Palmas v. Deportivo La Coruna- 4pm

Serie A
Hellas Verona v. Inter Milan- 3:45pm- beIN

MLS Cup Playoffs- Conference Semi-Finals First Leg
New York Red Red Bulls v. Toronto FC- 7pm- FS1
9:30pm- Houston Dynamo v. Portland Timbers- 9:30pm- FS1

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Miami FC do the NASL double

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League
Manchester United 1-0 Tottenham
(Martial 81')

Arsenal 2-1 Swansea City
(Kolasinac 51', Ramsey 58')-(Clucas 22')

Crystal Palace 2-2 West Ham
(Milivojevic PK 50',  Zaha 90+7')-(Chicharito 31', Ayew 43')

Liverpool 3-0 Huddersfield Town
(Sturridge 50', Coutinho 58', Wijnaldum 75')

Watford 0-1 Stoke City
(Fletcher 16')

West Bromwich Albion 2-3 Manchester City
(Rodriguez 13', Phillips 90+2')-(Sane 10', Fernandinho 15', Sterling 64')

AFC Bournemouth 0-1 Chelsea
(Hazard 51')

Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 FC Köln
(Bailey 54', Bender 74')-(Guirassy 23')

Hannover 96 4-2 Borussia Dortmund
(Jonathas PK 20', Bebou 40', 86', Klaus 60')-(Zagadou 27', Yarmolenko 52')

Hertha Berlin 2-1 Hamburg SV
(Stark 17', Rekik 50')-(Arp 73')

Schalke 04 1-1 VfL Wolfsburg
(Bentaleb PK 43')-(Origi 90+3')

TSG Hoffenheim 1-3 Borussia Monchengladbach
(Demirbay 25')-(Hazard 61', Ginter 79', Vestergaard 82')

Bayern Munich 2-0 RB Leipzig
(Rodriguez 19', Lewandowski 38')

La Liga
Alaves 1-2 Valencia
(Alexis 49')-(Zaza 34', Rodrigo PK 66')

Atletico Madrid 1-1 Villarreal
(Correa 61')-(Bacca 81')

Athletic Bilbao 0-2 Barcelona
(Messi 36', Paulinho 90+2')

Sevilla 2-1 Leganes
(Ben Yedder 20', Sarabia 54')-(Szymanowski PK 48')

Serie A
AC Milan 0-2 Juventus
(Higuain 23', 64')

AS Roma 1-0 Bologna
(El Shaarawy 33')

Ligue 1
Bordeaux 0-2 AS Monaco
(Balde 57', Lemar 65')

Caen 1-0 Troyes
(Rodelin 30')

Dijon 1-0 Nantes
(Tavares 21')

Guingamp 1-1 SC Amiens
(Diallo 44')-(El Hajjam 22')

Montpellier 0-1 Stade Rennes
(Brandon 59')

Strasbourg 2-2 Angers
(Lala 28', Terrier 77')-(Toko Ekambi 68', Sunu 75')

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Liga MX
Cruz Azul 1-2 Tigres UANL
(Silva 5')-(Juninho PK 49', Vargas 53')

Queretaro 2-2 Atlas
(Sanvezzo 22', Everaldo 27')-(Morrison 3', Cardona 69')

Monterrey 2-0 Club America
(Cardozo 27', Hurtado 45+2')

Leon 6-2 Veracruz
(Andrade 4', PK Boselli 15, PK 61', Hernandez 69', 78', Cornejo 90')-(Menendez PK 22', 66')

Necaxa 5-0 Lobos BUAP
(Gonzalez 13', 44', Barragán 18', 54', Cercado OG 65')

Chivas de Guadalajara 3-1 Club Tijuana
(Fierro 21', Macias 38', 56')-(Bolanos 7')

Puerto Rico FC 2-5 New York Cosmos
(Welshman 48', 84')-(Ledesma 51', 56', 67', Mendes 75', Mkosana 90+5')

Miami FC 2-1 FC Edmonton
(Poku 53', 72')-(Fordyce PK 56')

San Francisco Deltas 0-2 Jacksonville Armada
(Banks 27', Taylor 60')

Miami FC are, somewhat surprisingly, the first NASL team to win both the spring and fall campaigns. I would have thought another club would have done it in their brief history, to be honest. They go for the treble when The Championship begins next Sunday.

USL Playoffs- Conference Semi-Finals
Swope Park Rangers 1-0 Sacramento Republic
(Belmar 46')

Louisville City 1-0 Rochester Rhinos
(Ownby 78')

Tampa Bay Rowdies 1-1 New York Red Bulls II
(Hristov 26')-(Bonomo PK 58', 93')

San Antonio FC 1-1 Oklahoma City Energy (1-4 in penalties)
(Elizondo 7')-(Wojcik 18')

North American League Tables


Today's Matches
Premier League
Brighton & Hove Albion v. Southampton- 9:30am- NBCSN
Leicester City v. Everton- 12pm- NBCSN

Werder Bremen v. FC Augsburg- 10:30pm- FS2
VfB Stuttgart v. SC Freiburg- 1pm- FS1

La Liga
Getafe v. Real Sociedad- 7am
Girona v. Real Madrid- 11:15am- beIN
Eibar v. Levante- 1:30pm
Malaga v. Celta Vigo- 3:45pm

Serie A
Benevento v. Lazio- 7:30am
Crotone v. Fiorentina- 10am
Napoli v. Sassuolo- 10am
Sampdoria v. Chievo Verona- 10am
SPAL v. Genoa- 10am
Udinese v. Atalanta- 10am
Torino v. Cagliari- 3:45pm

Ligue 1
Olympique Lyonnais v. Metz- 10am
Toulouse v. St. Etienne- 12pm
Lille v. Olympique Marseille- 4pm

MLS Cup Playoffs- Conference Semi-Finals First Leg
Vancouver Whitecaps v. Seattle Sounders- 8:30pm- ESPN

Liga MX
Toluca v. Morelia- 2pm- Univision Deportes
Santos Laguna v. Pachuca- 9:15pm- Univision Deportes

Indy Eleven v. North Carolina FC- 5pm- beIN

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Iniesta out for Barca in uncertain times for the club and Catalonia

Yesterday's Scores
Mainz 1-1 Eintracht Frankfurt
(Serdar 71')-(Bell OG 37')

Ligue 1
Paris Saint-Germain 3-0 Nice
(Cavani 3', 21', Dante OG 52')

European League Tables

Liga MX
Puebla 3-0 Pumas UNAM
(Escoboza 17', Torres PK 61', Acuna 70')

North American League Tables

Andres Iniesta will be out for Barcelona this afternoon when his club travels to Basque Country to face Athletic Bilbao thanks to a thigh. While this match faces a possibly sympathetic opposing fan base, Barcelona is likely not get get much love from the majority of Spain for the time being. Their close alignment with the Catalonian independence movement hasn't exactly endeared them to supporters of keeping a united country together.

The region faces a large degree of uncertainty after yesterday's declaration of independence and the Spanish government's swift denial of said declaration. Let's hope they all can find a peaceful resolution to this situation, however long it takes. The last thing this world needs is another civil war.

Barcelona, meanwhile, face just as much uncertainly. They don't know if La Liga will allow them to remain in their league if Catalonia independence wins out. As unimaginable as that may be, politics may get in the way and they may end up a giant club without a home. Not that such a fate will keep them from supporting their fans. Their "Mes que un club" motto has always aligned them with the Catalonian people, and they aren't going to back down from that now.

Today's Matches
Premier League
Manchester United v. Tottenham- 7:30am- NBCSN
Arsenal v. Swansea City- 10am
Crystal Palace v. West Ham- 10am- NBC Universo
Liverpool v. Huddersfield Town- 10am- CNBC
Watford v. Stoke City- 10am
West Bromwich Albion v. Manchester City- 10am- NBCSN
AFC Bournemouth v. Chelsea- 12:30pm- NBC

Bayer Leverkusen v. FC Köln- 9:30am
Hannover 96 v. Borussia Dortmund- 9:30am
Hertha Berlin v. Hamburg SV- 9:30am
Schalke 04 v. VfL Wolfsburg- 9:30am- Univision Deportes
TSG Hoffenheim v. Borussia Monchengladbach- 9:30am
Bayern Munich v. RB Leipzig- 12:30pm- FS2

La Liga
Alaves v. Valencia- 7am
Atletico Madrid v. Villarreal- 12:30pm
Athletic Bilbao v. Barcelona- 2:45pm- beIN
Sevilla v. Leganes- 4:30pm

Serie A
AC Milan v. Juventus- 12pm- beIN
AS Roma v. Bologna- 2:45pm

Ligue 1
Bordeaux v. AS Monaco- 11am
Caen v. Troyes- 2pm
Dijon v. Nantes- 2pm
Guingamp v. SC Amiens- 2pm
Montpellier v. Stade Rennes- 2pm
Strasbourg v. Angers- 2pm

Liga MX
Cruz Azul v. Tigres UANL- 6pm- Univision Deportes
Queretaro v. Atlas- 6pm- ESPN Deportes
Monterrey v. Club America- 9pm- Univision Deportes
Leon v. Veracruz- 9:06pm
Necaxa v. Lobos BUAP- 10pm- ESPN Deportes
Chivas de Guadalajara v. Club Tijuana- 10:06pm- Univision Deportes

Puerto Rico FC v. New York Cosmos- 7pm
Miami FC v. FC Edmonton- 7:30pm- ESPN3
San Francisco Deltas v. Jacksonville Armada- 9pm- NASL.com

USL Playoffs- Conference Semi-Finals
Swope Park Rangers v. Sacramento Republic- 5pm- YouTube
Louisville City v. Rochester Rhinos- 7:30pm- YouTube
Tampa Bay Rowdies v. New York Red Bulls II- 7:30pm- YouTube
San Antonio FC v. Oklahoma City Energy- 9:30pm- YouTube

Friday, October 27, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Kane out against Man U tomorrow

Yesterday's Scores
Copa del Rey- Round of 32 First Leg
Lleida 0-1 Real Sociedad
(Canales 32')

Deportivo La Coruna 1-4 Las Palmas
(Perez 59')-(Momo 8', 16', Calleri 81', 90')

Girona 0-2 Levante
(Boateng 40', Doukoure 62')

Tenerife 0-0 Espanyol

Fuenlabrada 0-2 Real Madrid
(Asensio PK 83', Vazquez PK 80')

MLS Playoffs- Knockout Round
Atlanta United 0-0 Columbus Crew SC (1-3 in penalties)

Houston Dynamo 1-0 Sporting Kansas City
(Elis 94')

This completes the knockout rounds of the MLS Cup Playoffs. The conference semis begin on Sunday when the Sounders host Vancouver. Here are the four games and their kickoff times:

Seattle Sounders v. Vancouver Whitecaps- Sunday, 8:30pm- ESPN
New York Red Bulls v. Toronto FC- Monday, TBD- FS1
Houston Dynamo v. Portland Timbers- Monday, TBD, FS1
Columbus Crew v. New York City FC- Tuesday, 8pm- ESPN

Harry Kane will miss Tottenham's showdown at Manchester United tomorrow with a hamstring injury. The Premier League's leading goal scorer suffered the blow during Sunday's 4-1 thrashing of Liverpool. It's considered a minor injury, so he shouldn't miss too much time. The medical staff say they are holding him out this weekend for precautionary reasons more than anything.

We had the draw for the quarterfinals of the Carabao Cup yesterday and we have been deprived of marquee matches. None of the remaining big clubs will face each other and the lone remaining non-Premier League club, Bristol City, hosts Manchester United. Here's the full draw.

Bristol City v. Manchester United
Leicester City v. Manchester City
Arsenal v. West Ham
Chelsea v. AFC Bournemouth

Canadian international striker Cyle Larin is leaving MLS for Europe. He didn't name a specific outfit, but he's been linked to several clubs in the past, including Everton, Celtic and Anderlecht. As much as Orlando City would like to keep him, they have said they will not get in his way if he wants to go overseas.

Today'a Matches
Mainz v. Eintracht Frankfurt- 2:30pm- FS2

Ligue 1
Paris Saint-Germain v. Nice- 2:45pm- beIN

Liga MX
Puebla v. Pumas UNAM- 8pm- Univision Deportes

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Leicester hire Puel as new manager

Yesterday's Scores
Carabao Cup- Round of 16
Chelsea 2-1 Everton
(Rudiger 26', WIllian 90+2')-(Calvert-Lewin 90+4')

Tottenham 2-3 West Ham
(Sissoko 6', Alli 37')-(Ayew 55', 60', Ogbonna 70')

DFB Pokal- Second Round
Hertha Berlin 1-3 FC Koln
(Stark 69')-(Zoller 35', Maroh 43', Clemens 64')

FC Kaiserslautern 1-3 VfB Stuttgart
(Spalvis 6')-(Ginczek PK 21', Akolo 66', Terodde 71')

VfL Osnabrück 2-3 Nurnberg
(Alvarez PK 4', Gross 63')-(Ishak 38', Leibold 50', Valentini 72')

VfL Wolfsburg 1-0 Hannover 96
(Uduokhai 49')

RB Leipzig 1-1 Bayern Munich (4-5 on penalties)
(Forsberg PK 68')-(Alcantara 73')

SC Freiburg 3-1 Dynamo Dresden
(Petersen 50', Schuster 61', Haberer 81')

SSV Jahn Regensburg 2-5 Heidenheimer SV
(Nietfeld 45+1', Gruttner 54')-(Thiel 30', 50', Glatzel 32', 82', Pusch 55')

Werder Bremen 1-0 TSG Hoffenheim
(Belfodil 30')

Copa del Rey- Round of 32 First Leg
SD Formentera 1-1 Athletic Bilbao
(Linan 60')-(Garcia 63')
Ponferradina 1-0 Villarreal
(Fernandez 37')

Real Valladolid 1-2 Leganes
(Cotan 52')-(Rico 46', Beauvue 88')

Elche 1-1 Atlético Madrid
(Pla PK 52')-(Thomas 17')
Eibar 1-2 Celta Vigo
(Enrich 18')-(Cabral 4', Guidetti 44')

Serie A
Atalanta 3-0 Hellas Verona
(Freuler 50', Ilicic 59', Kurtic 75')

AS Roma 1-0 Crotone
(Perotti PK 10')

Bologna 1-2 Lazio
(Lulic OG 50')-(Milinkovic-Savic 4', Lulic 28')

Cagliari 2-1 Benevento
(Farago 9', Pavoletti 90+5')-(Iemmello 90+4')

Chievo Verona 1-4 AC Milan
(Birsa 61')-(Suso 36', Cesar OG 42', Calhanoglu 55', Kalinic 64')

Fiorentina 3-0 Torino
(Benassi 29', Simeone 66', Babacar PK 74')

Genoa 2-3 Napoli
(Taarabt 4', Izzo 76')-(Mertens 14', 30', Zukanovic OG 60')

Juventus 4-1 SPAL
(Bernardeschi 14', Dybala 22', Higuain 65', Cuadrado 70')-(Paloschi 34')

Sassuolo 0-1 Udinese
(Barak 32')

European League Tables

MLS Playoffs- Knockout Round
Chicago Fire 0-4 New York Red Bulls
(Wright-Phillips 7', Kljestan 11', Royer 70', Veron 87')

Vancouver Whitecaps 5-0 San Jose Earthquakes
(Montero 33', Techera 57', Waston 64', Mezquida 78', 80')

Puerto Rico FC 2-0 FC Edmonton
(Quintilla 6', Ramos 16')

North American League Tables

Leicester City hired former Southampton manager Clause Puel to replace Craig Shakespeare yesterday. Puel was in charge last year for Saints when they made the EFL Cup Final and finished eighth in the Premier League, but he was sacked in June anyway. He has the task of bringing Leicester up from their current standing in 14th place.

One small step was made in the Save the Crew movement. Fans and media successfully pressured owner Anthony Precourt to offer refunds on 2018 season ticket deposits. He doesn't deserve praise for this. It's something he should have done right from the original announcement of potential relocation, or the he never should have had to do in the first place. Either way, knowing the level of shrewdness he's already displayed, he will probably use anyone asking for a refund as another excuse for the city's inability to support a club, thus giving his relocation efforts more ammo.

Today's Matches
Copa del Rey- Round of 32 First Leg
Lleida v. Real Sociedad- 1:30pm
Deportivo La Coruna v. Las Palmas- 2:30pm
Girona v. Levante- 2:30pm
Tenerife v. Espanyol- 3:30pm
Fuenlabrada v. Real Madrid- 3:30pm- beIN

MLS Playoffs- Knockout Round
Atlanta United v. Columbus Crew SC- 7pm- ESPN2, UniMas
Houston Dynamo v. Sporting Kansas City- 9:30pm- UniMas, ESPN3

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Sarachan selected to lead USMNT in Portugal friendly

Yesterday's Scores
Carabao Cup- Round of 16
AFC Bournemouth 3-1 Middlesbrough
(Simpson 49', Wilson PK 75', Afobe 83')-(Tavernier 56')

Arsenal 2-1 Norwich City
(Nketiah 85', 96')-(Murphy 34')

Bristol City 4-1 Crystal Palace
(Taylor 34', Djuric 39', Bryan 60', O'Dowda 66')-(Sako 21')

Leicester City 3-1 Leeds United
(Iheanacho 30', Slimani 71', Mahrez 88')-(Hernandez 26')

Swansea City 0-2 Manchester United
(Lingard 21', 59')

Manchester City 0-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers (4-1 on penalties)

DFB Pokal- Second Round
Bayer Leverkusen 4-1 Union Berlin
(Brandt 36', Alario 58', Wendell PK 89', Aranguiz 90+2')-(Daube 46')

Fortuna Dusseldorf 0-1 Borussia Monchengladbach
(Hazard 52')

SC Paderborn 07 2-0 VfL Bochum
(Michel 7', Wassey 85')

SV Wehen 1-3 Schalke 04
(Blacha 76')-(Si Santo 26', Burgstaller 30', Mintzel OG 53')

FC Magdeburg 0-5 Borussia Dortmund
(Castro 42', Isak 47', Yarmolenko PK 73', Bartra 79', Kagawa 90')

FC Schweinfurt 05 0-4 Eintracht Frankfurt
(Haller 14', 58', Wolf 63', Blum 85')

Mainz 3-2 Holstein Kiel
(Fischer 22', 67', Brosinski 101')-(Schindler PK 54', Drexler PK 75')

SpVgg Greuther Fürth 1-3 FC Ingolstadt 04
(Raum 46')-(Cohen PK 48', Lex 83', Morales 87')

Copa del Rey- Round of 32 First Leg
Numancia 2-1 Malaga
(Sanchez 90+3', Escasi 90+5')-(Recio 21')

FC Cartagena 0-3 Sevilla
(Sarabia 25', COrrea 35', Muriel 51')

Real Zaragoza 0-2 Valencia
(Rodrigo 81', Parejo PK 90+1')

Getafe 0-1 Alaves
(Santos 87')

Murcia 0-3 Barcelona
(Alcacer 44', Deulofeu 52', Arnaiz 56')

Cadiz 1-2 Real Betis
(Alex 21')-(Leon 6', 54')

Serie A
Inter Milan 3-2 Sampdoria
(Skriniar 18', Icardi 32', 54')-(Kownacki 64', Quagliarella 85')

European League Tables

U.S. Soccer has selected Dave Sarachan to lead the USMNT in their friendly agaisnt Portugal in two weeks. Sarachan was a long time assistant to Bruce Arena. Since most of Arena's staff are still on the payroll, the federation felt it made sense for one of them to step into the role, as opposed to Tab Ramos, who has spent his time with the U-20 team. They also mentioned that the search for a permanent head coach will not be a swift one and a strategy for selection is still being worked out. There's no real rush for one, either. The USA doesn't have a competitive match for about two years after their elimination from the World Cup.

LA Galaxy fired general manager Pete Venegas yesterday. The team missed out on the playoffs and came darn close to finishing with the worst record in MLS this year. Head coach Sigi Schmid will assume player personnel responsibilities for the future. Schmid was brought on to lead the struggling team at the end of July, but things were beyond repair. Now, he will have the winter to construct his side with the aim of returning to the playoffs next year.

As far as actual playoff teams are concerned, Sporting Kansas City got some bad news about their goalkeeper. Tim Melia will miss the knockout round match agaisnt Houston Dynamo thanks to the hamstring injury that's kept him out for the final three games of the regular season. The Dynamo will be without defender A.J. DeLaGarza, though, who tore his ACL in the season finale and will miss the entire playoffs.

Today's Matches
Carabao Cup- Round of 16
Chelsea v. Everton- 2:45pm- ESPN3
Tottenham v. West Ham- 2:45pm- ESPN3

DFB Pokal- Second Round
Hertha Berlin v. FC Koln- 12:30pm- ESPN Deportes
FC Kaiserslautern v. VfB Stuttgart- 12:30pm
VfL Osnabrück v. Nurnberg- 12:30pm
VfL Wolfsburg v. Hannover 96- 12:30pm
RB Leipzig v. Bayern Munich- 2:45pm- ESPN Deportes
SC Freiburg v. Dynamo Dresden- 2:45pm
SSV Jahn Regensburg v. Heidenheimer SV- 2:45pm
Werder Bremen v. TSG Hoffenheim- 2:45pm

Copa del Rey- Round of 32 First Leg
SD Formentera v. Athletic Bilbao- 1pm
Peferrandina v. Villarreal- 2:30pm
Real Valladolid v. Leganes- 2:30pm
Elche v. Real Madrid- 3:30pm
Eibar v. Celta Vigo- 3:30pm

Serie A
Atalanta v. Hellas Verona- 12:30pm
AS Roma v. Crotone- 2:45pm
Bologna v. Lazio- 2:45pm
Cagliari v. Benevento- 2:45pm
Chievo Verona v. AC Milan- 2:45pm
Fiorentina v. Torino- 2:45pm
Genoa v. Napoli- 2:45pm
Juventus v. SPAL- 2:45pm
Sassuolo v. Udinese- 2:45pm

MLS Playoffs- Knockout Round
Chicago Fire v. New York Red Bulls- 8:30pm- FS1- UniMas
Vancouver Whitecaps v. San Jose Earthquakes- 10:30pm- UniMas

Puerto Rico FC v. FC Edmonton- 7:30pm- ESPN3

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Ronaldo takes FIFA Men's Player of the Year for second year in a row

Yesterday's Scores
La Liga
Real Sociedad 1-1 Espanyol
(Illarramendi 69')-(Baptistao 9')

Deportivo La Coruna 1-1 Girona
(Perez PK 51')-(Aday PK 25', Portu 71')

European League Tables

The Best FIFA Awards were held yesterday and here are your list of winners:

  • Cristiano Ronaldo won Best Male Player. He beat Lionel Messi and Neymar for the honor for the second year in a row. 
  • Olivier Giroud's scorpion kick goal for Arsenal against Crystal Palace won the Puskas Award for goal of the year. Be sure to check out his backheel pass to spring the counter attack, too.
  • Lieke Martens of Barcelona and the Netherlands won Best Female Player, beating out last year's winner Carli Lloyd.
  • Zinedine Zidane won best Men's Coach ahead of Antonio Conte.
  • Netherlands manager Sarina Wiegman won Best Women's Coach.
  • Gianluigi Buffon won the Best Goalkeeper Award.
  • The Fair Play Award went to Togolese player Francis Kone, who performed life saving CPR on Bohemians 1905 goalkeeper Martin Berkovec during Czech League game in February.
We also got the FIFPro World XI featuring the following quite devastating looking 4-3-3:

Lionel Messi - Cristiano Ronaldo - Neymar

Andres Iniesta - Toni Kroos - Luka Modric

Marcelo - Sergio Ramos - Leonardo Bonucci - Dani Alves

Gianluigi Buffon

After tumbling down to ninth place in the Eastern Conference following back-to-back playoff appearances, Montreal Impact have fired head coach Mauro Biello. The Montreal native and former player had been part of the coaching staff since 2009. Word is the club had been preparing for a change since July and has already met with potential replacements from abroad.

It seems whenever a coaching vacancy opens up in the Premier League, people find ways to link former Manchester United star Ryan Giggs to the job. Giggs said he is interested in both the Leicester City and Everton openings right now. His only experience was as interim boss at Manchester United in 2014 after David Moyes was let go. He tried to land jobs at Swansea City and Southampton since then, but was passed over. Typical English candidates have also emerged for both positions, including Sam Allardyce for Everton and Alan Pardew for Leicester.

American international Timmy Chandler will be out for quite some time after tearing his meniscus during Eintracht Frankfurt's draw against Borussia Dortmund. The non contact injury happened late in the first half and will require surgery to fix.

Bill Hamid has officially signed for FC Midtjylland in Denmark after D.C. United's season ended. This was long his rumored destination after the news of his impending MLS departure broke. He reportedly turned down offers from Bundesliga clubs, who would have used him in a backup role. He will start in Denmark while hopefully facing some stiffer competition to increase his chances of landing a more consistent spot with the U.S. Men's National Team.

Today's Matches
Carabao Cup- Round of 16
AFC Bournemouth v. Middlesbrough- 2:45pm- ESPN3
Arsenal v. Norwich City- 2:45pm- ESPN3
Bristol City v. Crystal Palace- 2:45pm- ESPN3
Leicester City v. Leeds United- 2:45pm- ESPN3
Swansea City v. Manchester United- 2:45pm- ESPN3
Manchester City v. Wolverhampton Wanderers- 3pm- ESPN3

DFB Pokal- Second Round
Bayer Leverkusen v. Union Berlin- 12:30pm- ESPN Deportes
Fortuna Dusseldorf v. Borussia Monchengladbach- 12:30pm
SC Paderborn 07 v. VfL Bochum- 12:30pm
SV Wehen v. Schalke 04- 12:30pm
FC Magdeburg v. Borussia Dortmund- 2:45pm- ESPN Deportes
FC Schweinfurt 05 v. Eintracht Frankfurt- 2:45pm
Mainz v. Holstein Kiel- 2:45pm
SpVgg Greuther Furth v. FC Ingolstadt 04- 2:45pm

Copa del Rey- Round of 32 First Leg
Numancia v. Malaga- 1:30pm
FC Cartagena v. Sevilla- 1:30pm
Real Zaragoza v. Valencia- 2:30pm
Getafe v. Alaves- 2:30pm
Murcia v. Barcelona- 3:30pm
Cadiz v. Real Betis- 3:30pm

Serie A
Inter Milan v. Sampdoria- 2:45pm

Monday, October 23, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: San Jose into the playoffs after Decision Day Drama

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League
Everton 2-5 Arsenal
(Rooney 12', Lukaku 90+3')-(Monreal 40', Ozil 53', Lacazette 74', Ramsey 90', Sanchez 90+5')

Tottenham 4-1 Liverpool
(Kane 4', 56', Son 12', Alli 45+3')-(Salah 24')

FC Koln 0-0 Werder Bremen

SC Freiburg 1-1 Hertha Berlin
(Haberer 51')-(Kalou 81')

VfL Wolfsburg 1-1 TSG Hoffenheim
(Uduokhai 90+1')-(Demirbay 73')

La Liga
Villarreal 4-0 Las Palmas
(Bakambu 48', Gaspar 65', Navarro OG 67', Sansone 90+3')

Celta Vigo 0-1 Atlético Madrid
(Gameiro 28')

Leganes 1-0 Athletic Bilbao
(Beauvue 54')

Real Madrid 2-0 Eibar3
(Oliveira OG 18', Asensio 28', Marcelo 82')

Serie A
Chievo Verona 3-2 Hellas Verona
(Inglese 23', PK 30', Pellissier 73')-(Verde 6', Pazzini 55')

AC Milan 0-0 Genoa

Atalanta 1-0 Bologna
(Cornelus 71')

Benevento 0-3 Fiorentina
(Benassi 18', Babacar 47', Thereau 66')

SPAL 0-1 Sassuolo
(Politano 1')

Torino 0-1 AS Roma
(Kolarov 69')

Udinese 2-6 Juventus
(Perica 8', Danilo 47')-(Samir OG 14', Khedira 20', 59', 87', Rugani 52', Pjanic 90')

Lazio 3-0 Cagliari
(Immobile 7', 41', Bastos 49')

Ligue 1
Nice (1-2) Strasbourg
(Melou PK 54')-(Da Costa 23', 49')

Troyes 0-5 Olympique Lyonnais
(Traore 21', Depay 49' 65', PK 70', Diaz 90')

Olympique Marseille 2-2 Paris Saint-Germain
(Gustavo 16', Thauvin 78')-(Neymar 33', Cavani 90+3')

European League Tables

Atlanta United 2-2 Toronto FC
(Asad PK 31', Martinez 74')-(Altidore 60', Giovinco 84')

D.C. United 1-2 New York Red Bulls
(Arriola 44')-(Murillo 68', Veron 75')

FC Dallas 5-1 LA Galaxy
(Lamah 37', 49', Hedges 41', Barrios 68', Diaz PK 73')-(Ciani 2')

Houston Dynamo 3-0 Chicago Fire
(Leonardo 2', Quioto 68', Manotas 75')

Montreal Impact 2-3 New England Revolution
(Bernier PK 45+3', Mancosu 90')-(Fagundez 19', Nemeth 46', Rowe 90+6')

New York City FC 2-2 Columbus Crew
(Villa 18', 45')-(Kamara 11', 58')

Philadelphia Union 6-1 Orlando City SC
(Ilsinho 3', 63', Picault 6', 38', Sapong 26', 74')-(Dwyer 72')

Portland Timbers 2-1 Vancouver Whitecaps
(Ridgewell 32', Mattocks 48')-(Waston 29')

Real Salt Lake 2-0 Sporting Kansas City
(Silva 3', Lennon 41')

San Jose Earthquakes 3-2 Minnesota United
(Hoesen 15', Qazaishvili 55', Urena 90+3')-(Thiesson 36', Calvo 81')

Seattle Sounders 3-0 Colorado Rapids
(Bruin 9', Lodeiro PK 60', 90+4')

After all is said and done, San Jose provided the most drama on MLS decision day. They squeezed into the playoffs with a 93rd minute winner from Marco Urena. As a result, FC Dallas goes home, despite thrashing the hapless LA Galaxy, and The Quakes will head up to Canada to fave Vancouver in the knockout round. Here's the full schedule for the first round of the MLS Cup Playoffs:

Chicago Fire v. New York Red Bulls- 8:30pm- FS1, UniMas
Vancouver Whitecaps v. San Jose Earthquakes- 10:30pm- UniMas

Atlanta United v. Columbus Crew- 7pm- ESPN2, UniMas
Houston Dynamo v. Sporting Kansas City- 9:30pm- UniMas

Liga MX
Pumas UNAM 0-1 Monterrey
(Hurtado 61')

Veracruz 2-3 Chivas de Guadalajara
(Villalva 48', Menendez 54')-(Benitez 27', Pizarro 36', Lopez 69')

Jacksonville Armada 4-4 New York Cosmos
(Steinberger 4', Beckie 22', Ryden 26', Eloundou 79')-(Ochieng 7', Starikov 58', Mkosana 66', Mulligan 77')

North American League Tables

USL Playoffs-Conference Quarterfinals
Swope Park Rangers 0-0 Phoenix Rising

Everton sacked Ronald Koeman after their crushing 5-2 loss at home to Arsenal. The Dutchman, who had success with Southampton before coming to Merseyside a year ago, was in charge for all of nine games this season. It's hard to say this wasn't deserved. Koeman had his team performing rather poorly to open the season. They are 18th place at the moment after only a pair of wins.

Yesterday witnessed the beginning of the #SaveTheCrew movement that's trying to stop Columbus Crew's relocation to Austin, Texas. While more than 2,000 fans gathered at Columbus city hall, supporters from across the country showed their support with tweets, scarves, and in stadium banners hoping to send a message to Don Garber, Anthony Precourt, and anyone else who will listen that the league is better as a whole with one of its original franchises staying put.

I hope it works, even though I know millionaires and billionaires in the sports industry rarely listen to the fans blow them. That's no reason not to fight, though. The plague of franchise relocations, owners begging for public money to build their sporting palaces, and the general anti-fan policies is spreading throughout sports, not just soccer. Fans taking a stand is long overdue, and it might as well start right here in the beautiful game.

Today's Matches
La Liga
Real Sociedad v. Espanyol- 2pm- beIN
Deportivo La Coruna v. Girona- 3pm- beIN