Thursday, October 19, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Another silly club name enters the NASL

Yesterday's Scores
UEFA Champions League
FK Qarabag 0-0 Atletico Madrid

Benfica 0-1 Manchester United
(Rashford 65')

CSKA Moscow 0-2 FC Basel
(Xhaka 29', Oberlin 90')

Anderlecht 0-4 Paris Saint-Germain
(Mbappe 3', Cavani 44', Neymar 66', Di Maria 88')

Bayern Munich 3-0 Celtic
(Kimmich 29', Muller 17', Hummels 51')

Chelsea 3-3 AS Roma
(Luiz 11', Hazard 37', 75')-(Kolarov 40', Dzeko 64', 70')

Barcelona 3-1 Olympiakos
(Nikolaou OG 18', Messi 61', Digne 64')-(Nikolaou 89')

Juventus 2-1 Sporting CP
(Pjanic 29', Mandzukic 84')-(Sandro OG 12')

Contnental Tables

Liga MX
Santos 3-2 Necaxa
(Furch 33', Rodriguez PK 45', Djaniny 73')-(Perez 59', 77')

Pachuca 2-2 Toluca
(Martinez 49', Guzman 58')-(Uribe 25', Salinas 75')

Club America 2-1 Chivas de Guadalajara
(Peralta 71', Ibarra 73')-(Cisneros 55')

Puebla 2-0 Monterrey
(Cavallini 5', 78')

San Francisco Deltas 2-2 Miami FC
(Heinemann 25', Dagoberto PK 78')-(Pinho 28', Smith 45+1')

Jacksonville Armada 1-1 FC Edmonton
(Blake 39')-(Keegan 62')

Puerto Rico FC 1-4 New York Cosmos
(Rivera 89')-(Perez 35', PK 83', Starikov 41', Bardic 74')

North American League Tables

I thought American soccer had reached the pinnacle of poorly named clubs when the NASL's Orange County expansion side named themselves California United, as if a little NASL club could unify a state the covers half the Pacific coast and has another six other professional clubs within its boundaries.

I was mistaken, however, because the NASL's San Diego expansion has blown them away with the amount of "uh, what?" in their name. They will be called 1904 FC, not because the club was founded in 1904, like the case is with many German clubs with 04 at the end of their name. Nor was the city of San Diego founded in 1904, as is the case with the USL's Reno 1868.

No, they called it 1904 because the letter 'S' is the 19th letter in the alphabet and the letter 'D' is the fourth. Then the club had the audacity to say the number has a great deal of significance in the city. But, hey, at least a San Diego native came up with the name,

Listen, I'm all for trying to be original with the name of your club. You don't have to call the team the San Diego Whatevers to conform with American sports team naming style. You also don't have to call it San Diego FC, because that's unoriginal and boring. But there are plenty of better names than forcing some number into a manufactured history and connection with the place you call home.

Just spit balling off the top of my head here, but why not Mission San Diego? There's an actual connection there, as the city was founded as a missionary city by the Spanish. It's not too American, has a connection to the city's history, and doesn't require some corporate speak press release to explain its significance.

Reports indicate that Landon Donovan could challenge Sunil Gulati for his seat as president of U.S. Soccer. He didn't comment when asked about the possibility, but it is being reported that he's seriously considering giving it a go. Regardless of Donovan's status, this will be the first contested election since 1998. Boston based lawyer Steve Gans, who announced his desire to run a few months ago, received the required three letters of recommendation to formally declare his candidacy. All nomination's are due on December 12.

Today's Matches
Europa Leakage
FC Astana v. Maccabi Tel-Aviv- 11am- ESPN3
FC Lugano v. Viktoria Plzen- 1pm
Hapoel Be'er v. FCSB- 1pm
BATE Borisov v. FC Koln- 1pm
Red Star Belgrade v. Arsenal- 1pm- FS2, ESPN3
Konyaspor v. Red Bull Salzburg- 1pm
Olympiqe Marseille v. Guimaraes- 1pm- ESPN3
FC Zorya Luhansk v. Hertha Berlin- 1pm
OStersunds FK v. Athletic Bilbao- 1pm
Nice v. Lazio- 1pm- ESPN3
Zulte-Waregem v. Vitesse Arnhem- 1pm
Vardar v. Real Sociedad- 1pm- ESPN Deportes
Zenit St. Petersburg v. Rosenborg- 1pm
Villarreal v. Slavia Prague- 3:05pm- ESPN Deportes
Dynamo Kiev v. Young Boys- 3:05pm
Skenderbeu Kore v. Partizan Belgrade- 3:05pm
Braga v. Ludogorets Razgrad- 3:05pm- ESPN3
TSG Hoffenheim v. Istanbul Basaksehir- 3:05pm
AC Milan v. AEK Athens- 3:05pm- FS2
Austria Vienna v. Rijeka- 3:05pm
Atalanta v. Apollon Limassol- 3:05pm- ESPN3
Everton v. Olympique Lyonnais- 3:05pm- FS1
FC Zlin v. FC Copenhagen- 3:05pm
Sherrif Tiraspol v. Lokomotiv Moscow- 3:05pm

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