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

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