Espanyol 1-0 Getafe
Atalanta 1-0 Benevento
European League Tables
FC Cincinnati cleared another hurdle in their quest for an MLS expansion franchise. The Cincinnati city council approved $36 million in infrastructure funding around the privately financed stadium site. This pretty much secures FCC's stadium plan and clears the way for them to expand to MLS. It puts them just about on equal footing with Nashville and Sacramento as far as their qualifications are concerned. I think they should get in ahead of Nashville, solely due to their success at the USL level.
Columbus city leaders were apparently presented the option to simply apply for an MLS expansion team if their current club elects bolts for Austin, Texas after next season. They were told this at the November 15 meeting that nobody was at all satisfied with. This makes the league and owner Anthony Precourt look even worse than they did before if you ask me. It makes you think that they still think Columbus will work as an MLS market, they just don't want to put in the effort. If the league wanted to look a little more loyal to established fans, they should order Precourt to sell the team and apply for his own franchise in Austin as part of the MLS expansion process.
Toronto FC's Greg Vanney was named the MLS Coach of the Year. Vanney led Toronto to the best regular season in MLS history in 2017 and has the team on the brink of hosting the MLS Cup Final for the second year in a row. He joined the club in 2014 and has led them to the playoffs each of the last three seasons.
MLS teams no longer alive in the MLS playoffs needed to submit their roster moves involving contract options by yesterday at noon. There are a few interesting moves, such as the Quakes not extending a contract to goalkeeper David Bingham. Here's a full rundown of the moves at SBI Soccer.
AC Milan have had a bit of a rough season after spending a lot of money from their new owners over the summer. They find themselves in seventh place and 11 points outside of the Champions League places after their scoreless draw against Torino over the weekend. As a result, they have kicked manager Vincenzo Montella to the curb and placed former midfielder Gennaro Gattuso in charge for the time being. He will try to rescue the season, but it may not result in Champions League football even if they qualify. UEFA is investigating the possible financial irregularities in the April takeover of the club, which could result in a European competition ban.
Brighton & Hove Albion v. Crystal Palace- 2:45pm
Leicester City v. Tottenham- 2:45pm- NBCSN
Watford v. Manchester United- 3pm
West Bromwich Albion v. Newcastle United- 3pm
Copa del Rey- Round of 32 Second Leg
Malaga v. Numancia- 1:30pm- beIN
Leganes v. Real Valladolid- 1:30pm
Celta Vigo v. Eibar- 3:30pm
Levante v. Girona- 3:30pm
Real Madrid v. Fuenlabrada- 3:30pm- beIN
Coppa Italia- Fourth Round
Cagliari v. Pordenone Calcio- 9am
SPAL v. Cittadella- 12pm
Sampdoria v. US Pescara- 3pm
SC Amiens v. Dijon FCO- 1pm
Strasbourg v. Caen- 1pm
Bordeaux v. St. Etienne- 3pm