Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Premier League clubs meeting over international TV money

Yesterday's Score
Atlanta United 2-3 Minnesota United
(Villalba 67', Gressel 72')-(Danladi 48', Ramirez 90', Molino 90+6')

North American League Tables

Premier League clubs are set to meet today to discuss how money will be distributed from the next round of international television deals. Word on the street is that the "big six" clubs of Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, and Tottenham are expected to ask for a bigger piece of the pie as opposed to splitting the take evenly among all 20 teams. It doesn't seem like they will succeed, since a two-thirds majority is needed to approve such a plan, but that could reignite talks of the richer clubs in the league breaking off an uniting with the big clubs in Europe to form a European super league.

Wales and Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale will miss this round of World Cup Qualifying thanks to a ca;l injury. The injury is even serious enough that he could miss the qualification playoffs next month, should Wales hold onto their current second place standing in Group D. That would keep him out of action for Real Madrid as well, which only furthers his reputation for picking up injuries.

Romelu Lukaku also may miss this set of Qualifiers. He injured his ankle while training with Manchester United on Friday, though he still played in their victory over Crystal Palace the next day. Scans taken while on international duty with Belgium revealed no significant damage and he will stay with his country for their final two matches. The Red Devils are already qualified for Russia, so it may be wise to keep him out of action.

Columbus Crew SC signed star forward Federico Higuain to a contract extension that will keep him in Ohio through next season. There was some worry that he would leave the club and sign on with another MLS team over the winter, but it appears he's had a change of heart and will remain with Crew SC. The Argentine has spent six years there and has 48 goals and 46 assists during his time there.

Today's Matches
Indy Eleven v. Puerto Rico FC- 7pm- ESPN3
Miami FC v. San Francisco Deltas- 7:30pm- ESPN3

Tampa Bay Rowdies v. New York Red Bulls II- 7:30pm- YouTube
Phoenix Rising v. Tulsa Roughnecks- 10pm- ESPN3
Orange County SC v. Sacramento Republic- 10:30pm- YouTube

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