Thursday, November 30, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: MLS announces four expansion finalists

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League
Arsenal 5-0 Huddersfield Town
(Lacazette 3', Giroud 68', 87', Sanchez 70', Ozil 72')

AFC Bournemouth 1-2 Burnley
(King 79')-(Wood 37', Brady 66')

Chelsea 1-0 Swansea City
(Rudiger 55')

Everton 4-0 West Ham
(Rooney 18', Rooney 28', 66', Williams 78')

Manchester City 2-1 Southampton
(van Dijk OG 47', Sterling 90+6')-(Romeu 75')

Stoke City 0-3 Liverpool
(Mane 17', Salah 77', 83')

Copa del Rey- Round of 32 Second Leg
Barcelona 5-0 Murcia (8-0 on aggregate)
(Alcacer 16', Pique 56', Vidal 60', D. Suarez 74', Arnaiz 79')

Real Sociedad 2-3 Lleida (3-3 on aggregate, Lleida wins on away goals)
(Llorente 24', Juanmi 34')-(Nunez 56', Molina PK 59', Radulovic 87')

Sevilla 4-0 Cartagena (7-0 on aggregate)
(Ben Yedder 3', 6', Ganso 42', Correa 66')

Athletic Bilbao 0-1 Formentera (1-2 on aggregate)
(Minuz 90+6')

Atletico Madrid 3-0 Elche (4-1 on aggregate)
(Gimenez 31', Torres 33', 68')

Las Palmas 2-3 Deportivo La Coruña (6-4 on aggregate)
(Toledo 58', Remy 90+4')-(Colak 42', Valle 53', 80')

Coppa Italia- Fourth Round
Sassuolo 2-1 Bari 1908
(Falcinelli 34', Politano 90+3')-(Nene PK 64')

Chievo Verona 1-1 Hellas Verona (4-5 in penalties)
(Pellissier 8')-(Fares 34')

Torino 2-0 Carpi
(Falque 18', Belotti 32')

Ligue 1
Angers 1-2 Stade Rennes
(Ekambi 37')-(Hunou 51', Andre 84')

Guingamp 0-0 Montpellier

Olympique Lyonnais 1-2 Lille
(Diaz 36')-(Mendes 21', Ponce 40')

Metz 0-3 Olympique Marseille
(Thauvin 18', Gustavo 36', Ocampos 71')

Nantes 1-0 AS Monaco
(Lima 90+3')

Toulouse 1-2 Nice
(Delort 3')-(Balotelli PK 80', Srarfi 90+1')

Paris Saint-Germain 2-0 Troyes
(Cavani 41', 90')

MLS Cup Playoffs- Conference Finals Second Leg
Toronto FC 1-0 Columbus Crew SC (1-0 on aggregate)
(Altidore 60')

Liga MX Playoffs- Semifinals First Leg
Club America 0-1 Tigres UANL
(Juninho PK 49')

European League Tables

MLS has announced four cities as finalists for the next round of expansion teams to be awarded next month. No real surprises as Sacramento, Nashville, Cincinnati, and Detroit made the cut. These are the four cities with concrete stadium plans and a solid ownership group, which are probably the two most important things MLS is looking for. Given the chance to predict, I say Sacramento and Nashville get in  this round, although I think Cincy deserves it more. The Music City just has too much momentum and Cincinnati's stadium deal isn't as robust. Detroit is a clear fourth place thanks to their stadium being Ford Field, which isn't soccer specific. These four markets will make their final cases in front of MLS leaders in New York on December 6. Then the Board of Governors will have their vote on December 14. An official announcement should come shortly after that.

More news continues to trickle out from the November 15 meeting between the city of Columbus, Anthony Precourt, and MLS brass. Reports indicate that the city offered up the use of two public parks as potential near-downtown stadium sites as well as a plan to redevelop the current site of MAPFRE Stadium into a world-class soccer stadium. Columbus mayor Andrew Ginther and Columbus Partnership CEO Alex Fischer also addressed the ownership situation, offering a 50/50 split between Precourt and a consortium of local investors.

Sam Allardyce is officially the next Everton manager. He takes over for interim boss David Unsworth, who was in charge for five weeks after the sacking of Ronald Koeman. Allardyce watched Wayne Rooney's hat trick from the stands as Everton thrashed West Ham to move into 13th place.

Colorado Rapids also officially named Anthony Hudson their new head coach. He comes over from New Zealand, where he failed to get the nation to the World Cup. He has limited head coaching experience at the club level. He had a stint with now defunct Real Maryland in the old USL-2 and Newport County who were then in the English fifth tier. He was also an assistant at Tottenham before moving into international management with the Bahrain U-23 side.

Today's Matches
Copa del Rey- Round of 32 Second Leg
Alaves v. Getafe- 1pm
Espanyol v. Tenerife- 1:30pm- beIN
Villarreal v. Ponferradina- 1:30pm
Real Betis v. Cadiz- 3:30pm
Valencia v. Real Zaragoza- 3:30pm- beIN

Coppa Italia- Fourth Round
Udinese v. Perugia- 12pm
Genoa v. Crotone- 3pm

MLS Cup Playoffs- Conference Finals Second Leg
Seattle Sounders v. Houston Dynamo- 10:30pm- ESPN

Liga MX Playoffs- Semifinals First Leg
Morelia v. Monterrey- 8:30pm- Univision Deportes

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