Saturday, October 14, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Arena resigns, Gulati stays

Yesterday's Scores
Bundesliga
VfB Stuttgart 2-1 FC Köln
(Donis 38', Akolo 90+4')-(Heintz 77')

La Liga
Espanyol 0-0 Levante

Ligue 1
Olympique Lyonnais 3-2 AS Monaco
(Mariano 11', Fekir 23', 90+5')-(Lopes 17', Traore 34')

European League Tables

Liga MX
Puebla 2-2 Querétaro
(Marrugo 35', Torres PK 75')-(Sanvezzo 64', 90+3')

Club Tijuana 0-0 Veracruz

NASL
Jacksonville Armada 1-1 North Carolina FC
(Steinberger 21')-(Gorne 36')

USL
Vancouver Whitecaps 2 3-4 Orange County SC
(Bevan 15', Norman 43', Chung 62')-(Parra 41', 76', Kobayashi 63', Jeon 85')

North American League Tables

Headlines
Bruce Arena announced his resignation as USMNT head coach after the team failed to qualify for the World cup next summer. This isn't that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things. Yeah, he bears a lot of the blame for not preparing the team well enough for the end of the qualification process, but as far as the long term vision of the program, it isn't much really. He wasn't sticking around after the 2018 World Cup anyway. he was hired to get the team through that point and, although he failed miserably, did that. He was never a long term hire and all this resignation does is move up the process of finding the architect of the 2022 World Cup run.

They're going to take their time looking for a replacement, while someone will take over in the interim. I've heard whispers that it will be Tab Ramos overseeing the next few months, but we shall see. The federation is also looking to hire a full time technical director, something they've been without since the canning of Jurgen Klinsmann last year.

The bigger story was Sunil Gulati refusing to resign from his job. Most people seem to agree that the USSF needs to move on from Sunil after four terms in charge, but there's no reason for him to quit in the final months of this term. While there's good reason for the fans, players, coaches, clubs, and everyone to ask him to leave, there's little reason for him to actually go anywhere. His term is up in February and there will be an election to either keep him or replace him. It will be up to the federation's voters to kick him out in a democratic way. If they fail to do so, that's when the media and fans should begin the outrage That's the proof that there's no desire for reform and the federation is okay missing the World Cup despite an easy qualification process.

Chelsea have a clearer idea on N'Golo Kante's hamstring injury picked up in World Cup Qualifying for France. Further examination revealed that he will need to miss three weeks with the injury, which probably keeps him out until after next international break.

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

Bundesliga
Bayern Munich v. SC Freiburg- 9:30am- FS2
Hannover 96 v. Eintracht Frankfurt- 9:30am
Hertha BErlin v. Schalke 04- 9:30am
TSG Hoffenheim v. FC Augsburg- 9:30am
Mainz v. Hamburg SV- 9:30am
Borussia Dortmund v. RB Leipzig- 12:30pm- FS2

La Liga
Athletic Bilbao v. Sevilla- 7am
Getafe v. Real Madrid- 10:15am- beIN
Alaves v. Real Sociedad- 12:30pm
Atletico Madrid v. Barcelona- 2:45pm- beIN

Serie A
Juventus v. Lazio- 12pm- beIN
AS Roma v. Napoli- 2:45pm

Ligue 1
Dijon v. Paris-Saint Germain- 11am
Caen v. Angers- 2pm
Guingamp v. Stade Rennes- 2pm
Lille v. Troyes- 2p,
St. Etienne v. Metz- 2pm
Toulouse v. SC Amiens- 2pm

Liga MX
Cruz Azul v. Club America- 6pm- Univision Deportes
Monterrey v. Pachuca- 8pm- ESPN Deportes
Leon v. Tigres UANL- 8:06pm- Univision Deportes
Necaxa v. Pumas UNAM- 10pm- ESPN Deportes
Chivas de Guadalajara v. Morelia- 10:06pm- Univision Deportes

NASL
Indy Eleven v. Miami FC- 3pm- ESPN3
New York Cosmos v. FC Edmonton- 7pm
San Francisco Deltas v. Puerto Rico FC- 8pm- Twitter

USL
Rochester Rhinos v. New York Red Bulls II- 6:05pm- YouTube
Charlotte Independence v. Charleston Battery- 7pm- YouTube
Pittsburgh Riverhounds v. Ottawa Fury- 7pm- YouTube
Louisville City v. Richmond Kickers- 7:30pm- YouTube
Toronto FC II v. FC Cincinnati- 7:30pm- YouTube
Tulsa Roughnecks v. Colorado Springs Switchbacks- 8pm- YouTube
San Antonio FC v. Rio Grande Valley- 8:30pm- YouTube
Real Monarchs v. LA Galaxy II- 9pm- YouTube
Reno 1868 v. Sacramento Republic- 10pm- YouTube
Phoenix Rising v. Portland Timbers 2- 10:30pm- YouTube

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