Monday, October 16, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: MLS playoff picture almost complete

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League
Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 Everton
(Knockaert 82')-(Rooney PK 90')

Southampton 2-2 Newcastle
(Gabbiadini 49', PK 75')-(Hayden 20', Perez 51')

Bundesliga
Bayer Leverkusen 2-2 VfL Wolfsburg
(Bender 29', Alari 61')-(Origi 44', Blaszczykowski 69')

Werder Bremen 0-2 Borussia Monchengladbach
(Stindl 27', Vestergaard 34')

La Liga
Eibar 0-0 Deportivo La Coruna

Girona 1-2 Villarreal
(Stuani 40')-(Bakambu 9', 20')

Malaga 0-2 Leganes
(Gabriel 56', Szymanowski 78')

Real Betis 3-6 Valencia
(Campbell 79', Sanabria 80', Tello 84')-(Kondogbia 35', Guedes 45', Rodrigo 64', Mina 74', Zaza 88', Pereira 90+3')

Serie A
Fiorentina 2-1 Udinese
(Thereau 28', 57')-(Samir 72')

Bologna 2-1 SPAL
(Poli 30', Vicari OG 49')-(Antenucci 88')

Cagliari 2-3 Genoa
(Pavoletti 48', Pedro PK 79')-(Galabinov 8', Taarabt 35', Rigoni 75')

Crotone 2-2 Torino
(Rohden 25', Martella 64')-(Falque 53', De Slivestri 90+2')

Sampdoria 2-1 Atalanta
(Zapata 56', Caprari 59', Linetty 68')-(Cristante 21')

Sassuolo 0-0 Chievo Verona

Inter Milan 3-2 AC MIlan
(Icardi 28', 63', PK 90')-(Suso 56', Handanovic OG 81')

Ligue 1
Bordeaux 1-1 Nantes
(Malcom 46')-(Nakoulma 45+2')

Montpellier 2-0 Nice
(Sessegnon 55', Mbenza 74')

Strasbourg 3-3 Olympique Marseille
(Aholou 31', Kone 60', Lienard 74')-(Payet 5', Payet 5', Kone OG 48', Mitroglou 88')

European League Tables

MLS
Chicago Fire 3-2 Philadelphia Union
(Nikolic 3', PK 74', 78')-(Kappelhof OG 6', Bedoya 13')

New England Revolution 2-1 New York City FC
(Fagundez 51', 90+2')-(Shelton 90+3')

New York Red Bulls 0-0 Atlanta United

Orlando City SC 0-1 Columbus Crew SC
(Kamara 66')

Toronto FC 1-0 Montreal Impact
(Altidore 16')

Colorado Rapids 1-0 Real Salt Lake
(Gatt 3')

LA Galaxy 3-0 Minnesota United
(Alessandrini 11', 90+3', dos Santos 22')

Portland Timbers 4-0 D.C. United
(Valeri PK 45+3', Powell 50', Blanco 60', 86')

Seattle Sounders 4-0 FC Dallas
(Rodriguez 31', Bruin 64', 67', Neagle 90+2')

Sporting Kansas City 0-0 Houston Dynamo

Vancouver Whitecaps 1-1 San Jose Earthquake
(Reyns 29')-(Qazaishvili 77')

The MLS playoff picture is just about set in both conferences. Only one spot remains between the two of them. The East has its six teams in Toronto FC, New York City FC, Chicago Fire, Atlanta United, Columbus Crew, and New York Red Bulls. Only Toronto on top and New York Red Bulls on the bottom have their seeding wrapped up. The other four can finish as high as second, except Columbus, who cant catch NYCFC and can only get to third.

Out West, five teams are in. Vancouver Whitecaps, Portland Timbers, Seattle Sounders, Sporting Kansas City, and Houston Dynamo are in. San Jose Earthquakes currently hold the sixth spot by one point over FC Dallas and two over Real Salt Lake. Seeding is, quite frankly, a mess. Vancouver is on top by twp over Portland and Seattle, with SKC and Houston not far behind.

Liga MX
Santos 0-1 Atlas
(Garnica 52')

USL
Bethlehem Steel 1-1 Saint Louis FC
(Real 35')-(Dalgaard 34')

Oklahoma City Energy 3-1 Seattle Sounders 2
(Wojcik 43' Gonzalez 49', Angulo 56')-(Hopeau 84')

This concludes the USL's regular season with Real Monarchs winning the regular season title by five points over San Antonio FC and Louisville City. On to the playoffs, which are single elimination and begin on Friday. Here are the matchups:

East:
Louisville City v. Bethlehem Steel
Rochester Rhinos v. Charlotte Independence
Tampa Bay Rowdies v. FC Cincinnati
Charleston Battery v. New York Red Bulls II

West:
Real Monarchs SLC v. Sacramento Republic
Swope Park Rangers v. Phoenix Rising
Reno 1868 v. Oklahoma City Energy
San Antonio FC v. Tulsa Roughnecks

It was a remarkably good year for non-MLS2 teams as they make up 13 of the 16 playoff spots. Only three of the nine MLS2 sides got in: Real Monarchs, New York Red Bulls 2, and Swope Park Rangers.

North American League Tables

Today's Matches
Premier League
Leicester City v. West Bromwich Albion- 3pm- NBCSN

La Liga
Las Palmas v. Celta Vigo- 3pm

Serie A
Hellas Verona v. Benevento- 2:45pm- beIN

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