Sunday, December 31, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Benzema out with hamstring injury

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League
AFC Bournemouth 2-1 Everton
(Fraser 33', 88')-(Gueye 57')

Chelsea 5-0 Stoke City
(Rudiger 3', Drinkwater 9', Pedro 23', Willian PK 74', Zappacosta 88')

Huddersfield Town 0-0 Burnley

Liverpool 2-1  Leicester City
(Salah 52', 76')-(Vardy 3')

Newcastle United 0-0 Brighton & Hove Albion

Watford 1-2 Swansea City
(Carrillo 11')-(Ayew 86', Narsingh 90')

Manchester United 0-0 Southampton

Serie A
Fiorentina 1-1 AC Milan
(Simeone 71')-(Calhanoglu 74')

AS Roma 1-1 Sassuolo
(Pellegrini 31')-(Missiroli 78')

Atalanta 1-2 Cagliari
(Gomez 90+2')-(Pavoletti 6', Padoin 23')

Benevento 1-0 Chievo Verona
(Coda 64')

Bologna 1-2 Udinese
(Danilo OG 27')-(Widmer 37', Lasagna 48')

Sampdoria 2-0 SPAL
(Quagliarella PK 90+2', 90+4')

Torino 0-0 Genoa

Inter Milan 0-0 Lazio

Hellas Verona 1-3 Juventus
(Caceres 59')-(Dybala 72', 77')

European League Tables

As if Real Madrid needed more problems, they learned they will be without striker Karim Benzema for un unknown timeframe thanks to a hamstring injury. He will continue to be assessed throughout his recovery, but the club wouldn't say how long he will be out. Media estimates have him missing two or three weeks, though. Real Madrid are in fourth place in La Liga, 14 points behind Barcelona, who just thrashed them 3-0 at the Bernabeu before Christmas.

Today's Matches
Premier League
Crystal Palace v. Manchester City- 7am- NBCSN
West Bromwich Albion v. Arsenal- 11;30am- NBCSN

Friday, December 29, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Hazard rejects Chelsea extension

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League
Crystal Palace 2-3 Arsenal
(Townsend 49', Tomkins 89')-(Mustafi 25', Sanchez 62', 66')

European League Tables

Chelsea forward Eden Hazard has rejected a new contract with the club as rumors swirl that he's looking to leave for Real Madrid. He's wanted to make that move for quite some time now and would love to play under Zinedine Zidane.

Today's Match
Serie A
Crotone v. Napoli- 2L45pm- beIN

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Van Dijk finally heads to Liverpool

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League
Newcastle United 0-1 Manchester City
(Sterling 31')

European League Tables

Coppa Italia- Round of 16
AC Milan 1-0 Inter Milan
(Cutrone 104')

After fawning over each other all summer long, Liverpool and Virgil Van Dijk are finally getting together. They announced a club record fee of £75 million is being sent to Southampton in exchange for the defender, the most ever paid for a back line player. He will officially join the club in the new year when the transfer window opens.

Head of the Russia 2018 organizing committee Vitaly Mutko stepped down from his post shortly after taking a temporary leave of absence from his post as head of the Russian Football Union. He was heavily linked with the state sponsored doping program that resulted in the country being banned from the Olympics. He himself has been banned as well. Alexei Sorokin will take his place as the final preparations for this summer's World Cup roll on.

Swansea City have their latest manager. They hired Carlos Carvalhal to replace the recently fired Paul Clement. Carvalhal comes over from Sheffield Wednesday, who canned him on Christmas Eve with the team in 15th place in the Championship. Before coming to England's second tier in 2015, he had stops at Besiktas, Sporting Lisbon, and Maritimo and was an assistant at Bayern Munich. He's their fifth manager in the last two years.

Orlando City SC acquired midfielder Jose Villarreal from LA Galaxy fir a third round pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft. They also signed Libyan fullback Mohamed El-Munir from Partizan Belgrade in Serbia. Villarreal has been a part time player with the Galaxy since 2012. He has five goals and nine assists in 68 appearances in his career. El-Munir has seven appearances for the defending Serbian champions this year and was once part of Dinamo Minsk when they won the Belarusian Premier League in 2015.

Today's Matches
Premier League
Crystal Palace v. Arsenal- 3pm- NBCSN

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Kane breaks single year goal scoring record

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League
Tottenham 5-2 Southampton
(Kane 22', 39', 67', Alli 49', Son 51')-(Boufal 64', Tadic 82')

Harry Kane broke Alan Shearer's Premier League record for most goals in a calendar year thanks to this hat trick. He will finish 2017 with 39 goals in league play, three more than Shearer's total in 1995. He also has 56 goals for club and country than anyone in Europe. His 56 goals in all competitions are more than Lionel Messi (54), and Cristiano Ronaldo, Robert Lewandowski, and Edinson Cavani (53 each)

AFC Bournemouth 3-3 West Ham United
(Gosling 29', Ake 57', Wilson 90+3')-(Collins 7', Arnautovic 81', 89')

Chelsea 2-0 Brighton & Hove Albion
Morata 46', Alonso 60')

Huddersfield Town 1-1 Stoke City
(Ince 10')-(Sobhi 60')

Manchester United 2-2 Burnley
(Lingard 53', 90+1')-(Barnes 3', Defour 36')

Watford 2-1 Leicester City
(Wague 45', Schmeichel OG 65')-(Mahrez 37')

West Bromwich Albion 0-0 Everton

Liverpool 5-0 Swansea City
(Coutinho 6', Firmino 52', 66', Alexander-Arnold 65', Oxlade-Chamberlain 82')

European League Tables

Coppa Italia- Round of 16
Lazio 1-0 Fiorentina
(Lulic 5')

Kekuta Manneh is leaving MLS. The former Vancouver Whitecaps and Columbus Crew forward is heading to Mexico as he signed a deal with Pachuca yesterday. He had 120 appearances in MLS, scoring 16 goals overall.

Today's Matches
Premier League
Newcastle United v. Manchester City- 2:45pm- NBCSN

Coppa Italia- Round of 16
AC Milan v. Inter Milan- 2:45pm

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Barca lays the smackdown on Real Madrid in El Clasico

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League

Everton 0-0 Chelsea

Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 Watford
(Grob 64')

Manchester City 4-0 AFC Bournemouth
(Aguero 27', 79', Sterling 53', Danilo 85')

Southampton 1-1 Huddersfield Town
(Austin 24')-(Depoitre 64')

Stoke City 3-1 West Bromwich Albion
(Allen 19', Choupo-Moting 45+2', Sobhi 90+5')-(Rondon 51')

Swansea City 1-1 Crystal Palace
(Ayew 77')-(Milivojevic PK 59')

West Ham United 2-3 Newcastle United
(Arnautovic 6', Ayew 69')-(Saivet 10', Diame 53', Atsu 61')

Burnley 0-3 Tottenham
(Kane PK 7', 69', 79')

Leicester City 2-2 Manchester United
(Vardy 27', Maguire 90+4')-(Mata 40', 60')

La Liga
Real Madrid 0-3 Barcelona
(Suarez 54', Messi PK 64', Vidal 90+3')

Valencia 0-1 Villarreal
(Bacca 24')

Deportivo La Coruña 1-3 Celta Vigo
(Andone 59')-(Wass 4', Aspas 40', 53')

Serie A
Lazio 4-0 Crotone
(Lukaku 56', Immobile 78', Lulic 86', Anderson 89')

Genoa 1-0 Benevento
(Lapadula PK 90+2')

Napoli 3-2 Sampdoria
(Allan 16', Insigne 33', Hamsik 39')-(Ramirez 2', Quagliarella PK 27')

SPAL 2-2 Torino
(Vivai 42', Antenucci 69')-(Falque 1', 10')

Sassuolo 1-0 Inter Milan
(Falcinelli 34')

Udinese 4-0 Hellas Verona
(Barak 27', Widmer 44', 68', Lasagna 80')

AC Milan 0-2 Atalanta
(Caldara 32', Ilicic 71')

Juventus 1-0 AS Roma
(Benatia 18')

European League Tables


Today's Matches.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Sevilla sack cancer stricken Berizzo

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League
Arsenal 3-3 Liverpool
(Sánchez 53', Xhala 57', Ozil 58')-(Coutinho 26', Salah 52', Firmino 70')

La Liga
Real Betis 0-2 Athletic Bilbao
(Garcia PK 36', Feddal OG 85')

Espanyol 1-0 Atlético Madrid
(Garcia 88')

Serie A
Chievo Verona 2-3 Bologna
(Inglese 32', Cacciatore 85')-(Destro 4', 90', Verdi 50')

Cagliari 0-1 Fiorentina
(Babacar 82')

European League Tables

Sevilla fired manager Eduardo Berizzo yesterday, less than six months on the job and mere weeks after he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. The club are outside La Liga's top four under his reign and got crushed 5-0 when they played Real Madrid earlier this month. They are going to appoint a new coach, but not until after the holidays.

Sacha Kljestan saw another game added to his suspension for the tunnel fight during the second leg of the Eastern Conference semi-finals in Toronto. The extra game stems from an altercation with stadium security during the fight. Jozy Altidore was fined an undisclosed amount in addition to the one game suspension he already served.

Here's a brief roundup of the minor MLS transactions from yesterday:

Today's Matches
Premier League
Everton v. Chelsea- 7:30am- NBCSN
Brighton & Hove Albion v. Watford- 10am
Manchester City v. AFC Bournemouth- 10am- NBCSN
Southampton v. Huddersfield Town- 10am
Stoke City v. West Bromwich Albion- 10am
Swansea City v. Crystal Palace- 10am
West Ham United v. Newcastle United- 10am- CNBC
Burnley v. Tottenham- 12:30pm- NBC
Leicester City v. Manchester United- 2:45pm- NBC

La Liga
Real Madrid v. Barcelona- 7am- beIN
Valencia v. Villarreal- 10:15pm
Deportivo La Coruna v. Celta Vigo- 12:30pm

Serie A
Lazio v. Crotone- 6:30am- beIN
Genoa v. Benevento- 9am
Napoli v. Sampdoria- 9am
SPAL v. Torino- 9am
Sassuolo v. Inter Milan- 9am
Udinese v. Hellas Verona- 9am
AC Milan v. Atalanta- 12pm- beIN
Juventus v. AS Roma- 2:45pm- beIN

Friday, December 22, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: MLS to announce next expansion team in 2018

Yesterday's Scores
La Liga
Eibar 4-1 Girona
(Inui 1', 54', Charles 10', Jordan 90+2')

Alaves 1-0 Malaga
(Munir 60')

European League Tables

MLS announced they will wait until early 2018 to select the second expansion franchise in this round of expansion. The league praised all three remaining bids in their statement, while adding that the expansion committee needs more time to determine which of the three would be the best fit for league at this time. Sacramento and Cincinnati are largely considered to be the favorites with Detroit as a distant fourth.

In a related story, Sacramento Republic are looking to add another wealthy investor amongst the speculation that MLS feels their ownership group isn't strong enough. Republic CEO Kevin Nagle released his three step plan to further strengthening the financial side of their bid yesterday. He's looking to attract another lead investor, as well as another limited partner, while engaging the community more than they already have. I still think Sacramento has what it takes to be in MLS right now and that they deserve the nod over Cincinnati. Then again, I felt Cincinnati deserved it more than Nashville, so what do I know?

There were a few minor MLS transactions from yesterday. Here's the rundown of them:

Today's Matches
Premier League
Arsenal v. Liverpool- 2:45pm- NBCSN

La Liga
Real Betis v. Athletic Bilbao- 1:30pm
Espanyol v. Atletico Madrid- 3:30pm

Serie A
Chievo Verona v. Bologna- 12pm- beIN
Cagliari v. Fiorentina- 2:45pm- beIN

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Eight candidates officially running for USSF president

Yesterday's Scores
Carabao Cup- Quarterfinals

Chelsea 2-1 AFC Bournemouth
(Willian 13', Morata 90+1')-(Gosling 90')

Bristol City 2-1 Manchester United
(Bryan 51', Smith 90+3')-(Ibrahimovic 58')

The Carabao Cup semi-finals are set. Chelsea will face Arsenal in the first two-legged affair and Bristol City, fresh off their last second winner against Manchester Untied, will take on the other, more fearsome, half of Manchester when they face Pep Guardiola's Man City team. The first legs will take place on January 9 and 10 and the second legs will be two weeks later.

DFB Pokal- Round of 16

Werder Bremen 3-2 SC Freiburg
(Belfodil 3', Kainz 20', Bargfrede 69')-(Petersen PK 28', Ravet 86')

Borussia Monchengladbach 0-1 Bayer Leverkusen
(Bailey 70')

Bayern Munich 2-1 Borussia Dortmund
(Boateng 12', Muller 40')-(Yarmolenko 77')

Heidenheim 1-2 Eintracht Frankfurt
(Schnatterer 96')-(Gacinovic 95', Haller 109')

La Liga
Getafe 2-0 Las Palmas
(Cala 6', Ndiaye 15')

Real Sociedad 3-1 Sevilla
(Martinez 17', Zubeldia 76', Vela 90')-(Ben Yedder 44')

Coppa Italia- Round of 16
Atalanta 2-1 Sassuolo
(Cornelius 16', Toloi 33')-(Toloi OG 74')

AS Roma 1-2 Torino
(Schick 85')-(De Silvestri 39', Edera 72')

Juventus 2-0 Genoa
(Dubala 42', Higuain 76')

Ligue 1
SC Amiens 0-1 Nantes
(Sala 90+2')

Angers 2-1 Dijon
(Toko Ekambi 43', PK 55')-(Sliti 7')

Bordeaux 0-2 Montpellier
(Ikone 71', Mbenza 90+1')

Guingamp 2-1 St. Etienne
(Benezet 70', Briand 90+5')-(Hernani 67')

Lille 1-1 Nice
(El Ghazi 67')-(Srarfi 38')

Metz 3-0 Strasbourg
(Mollet 61', Roux 70', Riviere 83')

Olympique Marseille 4-1 Troyes
(Payet 31', Gustavo 66', Germain 84')-(Pele 14')

AS Monaco 2-1 Stade Rennes
(Falcao 20', Balde 81')-(Khazri PK 59')

Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 Caen
(Cavani 21', Mbappe 57', Berchiche 81')-(Santini PK 90')

Toulouse 1-2 Olympique Lyonnais
(Gradel PK 90+6')-(Fekir PK 24', Rafael 90+3')

U.S. Soccer officially announced the eight candidates who will run in their upcoming presidential election. Paul Caligiuri, Kathy Carter, Carlos Cordeiro, Steve Gans, Kyle Martino, Hope Solo, Michael Winograd, and Eric Wynalda all passed a background check and got the three references needed to get on the ballot. Paul LaPointe, the conference manager for the UPSL's Northeast Conference, failed to get himself on the ballot in the end.

Big shocker here, commissioner Don Garber and his posse were in Nashville to officially welcome the city into MLS. He was up on stage with the city's mayor, Megan Barry, John Ingram, the principal investor in the new expansion franchise, and other members of the group who helped their bid win out. Deep pocketed owners and a solid stadium plan got them there, which really has me thinking Detroit shot themselves down by abandoning the jail site stadium idea. They have the deepest of deep pocketed investors backing their bid and, of they had moved forward on the jail site, I think they'd be a slam dunk over Sacramento (who has questions about ownership) and Cincinnati (who has questions about their stadium).

Regardless, the Nashville team will join MLS as their 24th team, which implies they will start ahead of Miami, possibly in 2019. They will eventually play in a 27,500 seat stadium on the Nashville fairgrounds. In the mean time, Nashville SC begins USL play next year and may become the MLS franchise, but that wasn't made clear.

No word was given on the rest of the process for them, nor was their any update on the remaining three finalists.

Swansea fired manager Paul Clement yesterday. He took over for the short lived Bob Bradley less than a year ago and, while he saved the club from relegation last season, he has them sitting in last place right now. Swansea will be on their fourth manager in the last two seasons when they get around to hiring a replacement.

Today's Matches
La Liga
Eibar v. Girona- 1:30pm- beIN
Alaves vs. Malaga- 3:30pm- beIN

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Nashville to join MLS

Yesterday's Scores
Carabao Cup- Quarterfinals
Arsenal 1-0 West Ham United
(Welbeck 42')

Leicester City 1-1 Manchester City (3-4 in penalties)
(Vardy PK 90+7')-(Silva 26')

DFB Pokal- Round of 16
Mainz 3-1 VfB Stuttgart
(Berggreen 62', Diallo 71', Serdar 90+3')-(Gentner 54')

SC Paderborn 07 1-0 FC Ingolstadt 04
(Zolinski 56')

Nurnberg 0-2 VfL Wolfsburg\
(Uduokhai 96', Didavi 118')

Schalke 04 1-0 FC Koln
(Meyer 63')

La Liga
Levante 0-0 Leganes

Coppa Italia- Round of 16
Napoli 1-0 Udinese
(Insigne 71')

MLS is heading to Nashville. The league teased a major announcement in the city for today, which can only mean they've picked the Music City as one of the two expansion markets for this next round. They have the stadium, they have the rich ownership group, they lack the existing pro team, but I don't think MLS cares all that much. Cincinnati and Sacramento appear to be dueling for the second of two spots, and we should learn which one gets it by the end of the week.

LA Galaxy acquired Venezuelan international Rolf Feltscher on a free transfer yesterday. The 27-year-old outside back has played professionally in Italy, Germany, Spain, and England, most recently with Cardiff City in the Championship. He's made over 200 appearances overall during his well travelled career.

Today's Matches
Carabao Cup- Quarterfinals
Chelsea v. AFC Bournemouth- 2:45pm- ESPN3
Bristol City v. Manchester United- 3pm- ESPN3

DFB Pokal- Round of 16
Werder Bremen v. SC Freiburg- 12:30pm
Borussia Monchengladbach v. Bayer Leverkusen- 12:30pm- ESPN Deportes
Bayern Munich v. Borussia Dortmund- 2:45pm- ESPN2, ESPN Deportes
Heidenheim v. Eintracht Frankfurt- 2:45pm

La Liga
Getafe v. Las Palmas- 1:30pm
Real Sociedad v. Sevilla- 3:30pm- beIN

Coppa Italia- Round of 16
Atalanta v. Sassuolo- 9am
AS Roma v. Torino- 11:30am
Juventus v. Genoa- 2:45pm

Ligue 1
SC Amiens v. Nantes- 2:50pm
Angers v. Dijon- 2:50pm
Bordeaux v. Montpellier- 2:50pm
Guingamp v. St. Etienne- 2:50pm
Lille v. Nice- 2:50pm
Metz v. Strasbourg- 2:50pm
Olympique Marseille v. Troyes- 2:50pm
AS Monaco v. State Rennes- 2:50pm
Paris Saint-Germain v. Caen- 2:50pm- beIN
Toulouse v. Olympique Lyonnais- 2:50pm

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Timbers bring in Savarese to replace Porter

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League
Everton 3-1 Swansea City
(Calvert-Lewin 45+2', Sigurdsson 64', Rooney PK 73')-(Fer 35')

La Liga
Malaga 0-2 Real Betis
(Leon 24', Camarasa 50')

European League Tables

Former Paris Saint-Germain manager Laurent Blanc reportedly turned down any advances by U.S. Soccer to be the next coach of the USMNT. The Frenchman has been out of work since being sacked by PSG in the spring of 2016 for his failure to get out of the Champions League quarterfinals. Sunil Gulati, for his part, denies reaching out to him.

The Portland Timbers officially named Giovanni Savarese as their new head coach, replacing Caleb Porter. Savarese has spent the last five years as head coach of the New York Cosmos. He won the NASL three times in that span and took them to four Soccer Bowls overall, losing the last one to San Francisco Deltas in October. It's his first MLS coaching gig, but he played five years in the league and was the head of youth development for the New York Red Bulls for a couple years before taking the Cosmos job.

The draw for the round of 16 of the CONCACAF Champions League was held last night. We get one MLS on MLS matsch as Toronto FC will take on Colorado Rapids in the first round. There are no matches between MLS sides and Liga MX sides this round. Here's the full draw:

CD Guadalajara (MEX) v. Cibao FC (DOM)
Seattle Sounders (USA) v. Santa Tecla (SLV)
New York Red Bulls (USA) v. CD Olimpia (HON)
Club Tijuana (MEX) v. FC Motagua (HON)
Tigres UANL (MEX) v. Herediano (CRC)
Toronto FC (CAN) v. Colorado Rapids (USA)
FC Dallas (USA) v. Tauro FC (PAN)
Club América (MEX) v. Saprissa (CRC)

Dates for the matches are yet to be announced.

There were a handful of MLS transactions yesterday, headlined by the David Bingham to LA thing becoming official. The Galaxy acquired his MLS rights in exchange for up to $250,000 worth of MLS funny money. Also out there from yesterday:
  • FC Dallas acquired goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer from the New York Cosmos. He started 25 games for them last year on their way to their defeat in the NASL Soccer Bowl.
  • Orlando City snagged RJ Allen and Stefano Pinho. Allen comes from New York City FC with a draft pick back to Yankee Stadium. Pinho comes from Miami FC, who won both the spring and fall seasons of the NASL behind his league leading 17 goals. They also resigned Dillon Powers.
  • The New York Red Bulls signed Stefano Bonomo from their USL affiliate. The 2015 SuperDraft pick is the fifth player to be promoted from RBII to the first team.
  • Real Salt Lake signed U.S. U-20 international Brooks Lennon on a permanent deal. The Liverpool product spent 2017 on loan in Utah, where he scored three goals and provided four assists.
Today's Matches
Carabao Cup- Quarterfinals
Arsenal v. West Ham United- 2:45pm- ESPN3
Leicester City v. Manchester City- 2:45pm- ESPN3

DFB Pokal- Round of 16
Mainz v. VfB Stuttgart- 12:30pm- ESPN Deportes
SC Paderborn 07 v. FC Ingolstadt 04- 12:30pm
Nurnberg v. VfL Wolfsburg- 2:45pm
Schalke 04 v. FC Koln- 2:45pm- ESPN Deportes

La Liga
Levante v. Leganes- 3:30pm- beIN

Coppa Italia- Round of 16
Napoli v. Udinese- 3pm

Monday, December 18, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Celtic's 69 match unbeaten run comes to an end

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League
West Bromwich Albion 1-2 Manchester United
(Barry 77')-(Lukaku 27', Lingard 35')

AFC Bournemouth 0-4 Liverpool
(Coutinho 20', Lovren 26', Salah 45', Firmino 66')

Hannover 96 4-4 Bayer Leverkusen
(Bebou 12', Füllkrug 21', Klaus 45', Korb 84')-(Brandt 11', Mehmedi 25', Bailey 47', 67')

RB Leipzig 2-3 Hertha Berlin
(Orban 68', Halstenberg 90+2')-(Selke 6', 51', Kalou 31')

La Liga
Girona 1-0 Getafe
(Stuani 5')

Celta Vigo 0-1 Villarreal
(Fornals 34')

Las Palmas 2-2 Espanyol
(Remy 80', Calleri 89')-(Moreno 19', 41')

Barcelona 4-0 Deportivo La Coruna
(Suarez 29', 47', Paulinho 41', 75')

Serie A
Hellas Verona 3-0 AC Milan
(Caracciolo 24', Kean 55', Bessa 77')

Bologna 0-3 Juventus
(Pjanic 27', Mandzukic 36', Matuidi 64')

Crotone 1-0 Chievo Verona
(Budimir 33')

Fiorentina 0-0 Genoa

Sampdoria 0-1 Sassuolo
(Matri 90')

Benevento 1-2 SPAL
(Cremonesi OG 59')-(Floccari 64', 73')

Atalanta 3-3 Lazio
(Caldera 19', PK 70', Ilicic 22')-(Milinkovic-Savic 27', 35', Alberto 79')

Ligue 1
Nantes 1-0 Angers
(Sala PK 24')

Nice 1-0 Bordeaux
(Balotelli 36')

Olympique Lyonnais 2-0 Olympique Marseille
(Fekir 6', Diaz 51')

European League Tables

Glasgow Celtic of the Scottish Premier League ended a historical run yesterday. They lost a domestic match for the first time in 69 games when Hearts of Midlothian beat them 4-0. It was the first time they lost to a fellow Scottish team since May of 2016. Their 69 match run is a British record, beating the previous mark of 62 games unbeaten, which had also been set by Celtic a century ago. The club ran away with the Scottish title last season, but they are only two points ahead of Aberdeen with a game in hand at the moment.

Brazilian legend Kaka is hanging up his boots. The star most known for his exploits with the Brazil national team and AC Milan already announced he was leaving Orlando City back in the fall, but now he's confirmed his desire to end his playing career completely. He's won just about everything there is to win. In fact, he's one of only eight players to win the World Cup, UEFA Champions League, and Ballon d'Or in his career. He wouldn't say what's next for his life, but he's been linked with a director's role at AC Milan before.

Today's Matches
Premier League
Everton v. Swansea City- 3pm- NBCSN

La Liga
Malaga v. Real Betis- 3pm- beIN

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Pulisic powers Dortmund over Hoffenheim

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League
Leicester City 0-3 Crystal Palace
(Benteke 19', Zaha 40', Sakho 90+4')

Arsenal 1-0 Newcastle United
(Ozil 23')

Brighton & Hove Albion 0-0 Burnley

Chelsea 1-0 Southampton
(Alonso 45+3')

Stoke City 0-3 West Ham United
(Noble PK 19', Arnautovic 75', Sakho 86')

Watford 1-4 Huddersfield Town
(Doucoure 68')-(Kachunga 6', Mooy 23', PK 89', Depoitre 50')

Manchester City 4-1 Tottenham
(Gundogan 14', De Bruyne 70', Sterling 80', 90')-(Eriksen 90+3')

Eintracht Frankfurt 2-2 Schalke 04
(Jovic 2', Haller 65')-(Embolo 82', Naldo 90+5')

FC Augsburg 3-3 SC Freiburg
(Finnbogason 1', 90+1', 90+3')-(Gunter 20', Petersen 48', 65')

FC Koln 1-0 VfL Wolfsburg
(Clemens 67')

VfB Stuttgart 0-1 Bayern Munich
(Muller 79')

Werder Bremen 2-2 Mainz
(Bargfrede 2', Belfodil 17')-(Quaison 70', Frei 90+3')

Borussia Dortmund 2-1 TSG Hoffenheim
(Aubameyang PK 63', Pulisic 89')-(Uth 21')

Time for America to go crazy again as Christian Pulisic came up big in the dying minutes to see Dortmund past Hoffenheim for their second straight league win. This was one of his more aesthetically pleasing goals oh his career. He beat Hoffenheim keeper Oliver Baumann to a 50-50 ball, popped it around him with his first touch, and volleyed that first touch into the open net while leaping a defender sliding in for a challenge.

La Liga
Athletic Bilbao 0-0 Real Sociedad

Eibar 2-1 Valencia
(Inui 49', Jordan 87')-(Mina 57')

Atletico Madrid 1-0 Alavés
(Torres 74')

Serie A
Inter Milan 1-3 Udinese
(Icardi 15')-(Lasagna 14', de Paul PK 61', Barak 77')

Torino 1-3 Napoli
(Belotti 63')-(Koulibaly 4', Zielinski 25', Hamsik 30')

AS Roma 1-0 Cagliari
(Fazio 90+4')

Ligue 1
Stade Rennes 1-4 Paris Saint-Germain
(Mubele 53)-(Neymar 4', 76', Mbappe 17', Cavani 75')

Caen 0-0 Guingamp

Dijon 3-0 Lille
(Said 12', 17', Toure OG 35')

Montpellier 1-3 Metz
(Roussillon 20')-(Cohade 28', Riviere 84', Basin 90+4')

Strasbourg 2-1 Toulouse
(Martin PK 25', Mangane 52')-(Gradel 30')

Troyes 1-0 SC Amiens
(Darbion 78')

European League Tables

FIFA Club World Cup- Third Place Game and Final
Al-Jazira 1-4 Pachuca
(Mubarak 57')-(Urretaviscaya 37', Jara 60', De La Rosa 79', Sagal PK 84')

Real Madrid 1-0 Gremio
(Ronaldo 53')


Today's Matches
Premier League
West Bromwich Albion v. Manchester United- 9:15am- NBCSN
AFC Bournemouth v. Liverpool- 11:30am- NBCSN

Hannover 96 v. Bayer Leverkusen- 9:30am- FS1
RB Leipzig v. Hertha Berlin- 12pm- FS2

La Liga
Girona v. Getafe- 6am
Celta Vigo v. Villarreal- 10:15am
Las Palmas v. Espanyol- 12:30pm
Barcelona v. Deportivo La Coruna- 2:45pm- beIN

Serie A
Hellas Verona v. AC Milan- 6:30am
Bologna v. Juventus- 9am- beIN
Crotone v. Chievo Verona- 9am
Fiorentina v. Genoa- 9am
Sampdoria v. Sassuolo- 9am
Benevento v. SPAL- 12pm
Atalanta v. Lazio- 2:45pm

Ligue 1
Nantes v. Angers- 9am
Nice v. Bordeaux- 11am
Olympique Lyonnais v. Olympique Marseille- 3pm

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Two players taken in first stage of MLS Reentry Draft

Yesterday's Scores
Borussia Monchengladbach 3-1 Hamburg SV
(Hazard 9', Raffael 74', 79')-(Hahn 53')

La Liga
Sevilla 0-0 Levante

Ligue 1
St. Etienne 0-4 AS Monaco
(Sidibe 3', Lemar 32', Fabinho 53', Balde 60')

European League Tables

Yesterday MLS held its first stage of the Reentry Draft, where players who were out of contract or had options not picked up by their former clubs, but not yet eligible for free agency, could be chosen by new squads. Only two players were picked. Tyrone Mears was selected by Minnesota United and Mike Grella was taken by the Colorado Rapids. Grella was subsequently sent to Columbus for a 2019 MLS SuperDraft pick. In this stage, teams had to pick up the entire contract of a player. In tomorrow's second round, teams can negotiate new deals with their selections.

There were also a handful of other MLS deals from yesterday:

  • Sporting Kansas City signed French midfielder Yohan Croizet to a DP contract. He arrives from Belgian club KV Mechelen and will be with SKC until 2020 with an option for 2021.
  • Drew Moor resigned with Toronto FC for one year with an option for 2019.
  • Houston Dynamo signed goalkeeper Chris Seitz off the free agent market. He spent the last seven years with FC Dallas, where he started 96 games with 18 clean sheets.
  • LA Galaxy are set to acquire David Bingham from San Jose for around $200,000 in MLS funny money. Bingham would represent LA's clearest number one keeper since Jaime Pineda left town a couple years ago.

Today's Matches
Premier League
Leicester City v. Crystal Palace- 7:30am- NBCSN
Arsenal v. Newcastle United- 10am- CNBC
Brighton & Hove Albion v. Burnley- 10am
Chelsea v. Southampton- 10am- NBCSN
Stoke City v. West Ham United- 10am- NBC Universo
Watford v. Huddersfield Town- 10am
Manchester City v. Tottenham- 12:30pm- NBC

Eintracht Frankfurt v. Schalke 04- 9:30am
FC Augsburg v. SC Freiburg- 9:30am
FC Koln v. VfL Wolfsburg- 9:30am- FS2
VfB Stuttgart v. Bayern Munich- 9:30am- FS1
Werder Bremen v. Mainz- 9:30am
Borussia Dortmund v. TSG Hoffenheim- 12:30pm

La Liga
Athletic Bilbao v. Real Sociedad- 10:15am
Eibar v. Valencia- 12:30pm
Atletico Madrid v. Alaves- 2:45pm

Serie A
Inter Milan v. Udinese- 9am- beIN
Torino v. Napoli- 12pm- beIN
AS Roma v. Cagliari- 2:45pm- beIN

Ligue 1
Stade Rennes v. Paris Saint-Germain- 11am- beIN
Caen v. Guingamp- 2pm
Dijon v. Lille- 2pm
Montpellier v. Metz- 2pm
Strasbourg v. Toulouse- 2pm
Troyes v. SC Amiens- 2pm

FIFA Club World Cup- Third Place Game and Final
Al-Jazira v. Pachuca- 9am
Real Madrid v. Gremio- 12pm

Friday, December 15, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Pulisic named Male Player of the Year by U.S. Soccer

Yesterday's Score
Coppa Italia- Round of 16
Lazio 4-1 Cittadella
(Immobile 11', 87', Anderson 24', Camigliano OG 36')-(Bartolomei 41')

Unsurprisingly, Christian Pulisic was named U.S. Soccer's Male Player of the Year. The Borussia Dortmund standout was far and away the best player for the USMNT this year. He either scored or assisted on 13 of the 17 goals scored in matches he played with the national team. He also turned himself into a key piece of the Borussia Dortmund attack at the club level. He is the youngest player to ever win the award. At age 19 he's two years younger than when Landon Donovan won it for the first time.

Los Angeles FC signed Uruguayan teenager Diego Rossi to a Young Designated Player contract. He will arrive from 51-time Uruguayan champions Penarol on New Years Day. In his two seasons playing in his homeland, the 19-year-old forward scored 13 times in 47 appearances. He's also represented his country at the U-17 and U-20 levels, scoring ten times in 39 matches. He's the second youngest DP in MLS history, behind only FC Dallas's Fabian Castillo.

MLS's board of governors was supposed to vote on the next round of expansion yesterday, but no announcement came out of their meeting. The one important piece of news that did emerge was the word that the BOG approved the alterations to David Beckham's Miami expansion efforts. This doesn't officially grant them a team, but that should come in the next few months.

U.S international midfielder Joe Corona is heading to Club America on loan. The 27-year-old has spent the majority of his career with Club Tijuana, but he only made 11 appearances last year. He also rejoins former Xolos boss Miguel Herrera, who now coaches at America.

Today's Matches
Borussia Monchengladbach v. Hamburg SV- 2:30pm- FS2

La Liga
Sevilla v. Levante- 3pm

Ligue 1
St. Etienne v. AS Monaco- 2:45pm- beIN

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Eight candidates officially running for USSF presidency

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League
Newcastle 0-1 Everton
(Rooney 27')

Southampton 1-4 Leicester City
(Yoshida 61')-(Mahrez 11', Okazaki 32', 69', King 38')

Swansea City 0-4 Manchester City
(Silva 27', 62', De Bruyne 34', Aguero 85')

Liverpool 0-0 West Bromwich Albion

Manchester United 1-0 AFC Bournemouth
(LUkaku 25')

Tottenham 2-0 Brighton & Hove Albion
(Aurier 40', Son 87')

West Ham 0-0 Arsenal

TSG Hoffenheim 1-0 VfB Stuttgart
(Uth 81')

Bayern Munich 1-0 FC Koln
(Lewandowski 60')

Hertha Berlin 3-1 Hannover 98
(Kalou 18', 45', Torunarigha 83')-(Bebou 65')

Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 Werder Bremen
(Alario 11')

Schalke 04 3-2 FC Augsburg
(Di Santo 44', Burgstaller 47', Caliguiri PK 83')-(Caiuby 64', Gregoritsch PK 79')

Coppa Italia- Round of 16
Fiorentina 3-2 Sampdoria
(Babacar 2', Veretout PK 59', PK 90')-(Barreto 39', Ramirez PK 77')

AC Milan 3-0 Hellas Verona
(Suso 22', Romagnoli 30', Cutrone 55')

FIFA Club World Cup- Semi-Finals
Al Jazira 1-2 Real Madrid
(Romarinho 41')-(Ronaldo 53', 81')

Eight candidates turned in the requisite three nominations to run for U.S. Soccer's upcoming presidential election, that's one down from the nine who announced they'd run. The federation didn't release the list, since they're all pending background checks, but the nine who applied were former men's national team players Paul Caligiuri, Eric Wynalda and Kyle Martino; U.S. women's goalkeeper Hope Solo; Soccer United Marketing president Kathy Carter; USSF vice president Carlos Cordeiro; Boston lawyer Steve Gans; New York lawyer Michael Winograd; and Paul LaPointe, Northeast Conference manager of the United Premier Soccer League. My guess is Solo was the one who didn't make the cut, since she was the most recent announcement and probably the one that made the least sense considering her troubled legal history and lack of any real credentials.

The federation did announce it would create a general manager position for both the men's and women's national teams, but it didn't exactly clarify what the person would do. Perhaps they would help with team selections, or act as a technical director who develops players, but who really knows.

As was rumored earlier this week, Atlanta United completed their trade for Timbers midfielder Darlington Nagbe. The Five Stripes are sending up to $1.65 million in MLS funny money and an international roaster spot to Portland in return. The second overall pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft had scored 27 goals a d 30 assists in a club record 214 matches. Putting him on an attack with the likes of Miguel Almiron, Josef Martinez, and more will certainly do wonders for his production.

There were also a handful off less significant moves in MLS yesterday. The biggest of which was the Houston Dynamo permanently signing Alberth Elis, who excelled with the club in 2017 while on loan from Monterrey. Here are the rest:

Today's Match
Coppa Italia- Round of 16
Lazio v. Cittadella- 3pm

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: LAFC selects youth in MLS expansion draft

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League
Burnley 1-0 Stoke City
(Barnes 89')

Crystal Palace 2-1 Watford
(Sako 89', McArthur 90+2')-(Janmaat 3')

Huddersfield Town 1-3 Chelsea
(Depoitre 90+2')-(Bakayoko 23', Willian 43', Pedro 50')

VfL Wolfsburg 1-1 RB Leipzig
(Verhaegh PK 15')-(Halstenberg 53')

SC Freiburg 1-0 Borussia Monchengladbach
(Petersen PK 20')

Hamburg SV 1-2 Eintracht Frankfurt
(Papadopoulos 9')-(Wolf 16', Gacinovic 24')

Mainz 0-2 Borussia Dortmund
(Papastathopoulos 55', Kagawa 89')

Serie A
Genoa 1-2 Atalanta
(Bertolacci 4')-(Ilicic 45', Masiello 52')

European League Tables

Coppa Italia- Round of 16
Inter Milan 0-0 Pordenone (5-4 on penalties)

FIFA Club World Cup- Consolation Match and Semi-Finals
Wydad Casablanca 2-3 Urawa Red Diamonds
(El HAddad 21', Hajhouj PK 90+4')-(Mauricio Antonio 18', 69', Kashiwagi 26')

Gremio 1-0 Pachuca
(Everton 95')

MLA held its Expansion Draft for Los Angeles FC yesterday. The selections were a little less obscure than the players taken by Atlanta United and Minnesota United a year ago, but they were still taken as tradeable assets as opposed to building blocks for a franchise. They selected the following:

  1. Tyler Miller, GK, Seattle Sounders
  2. Latif Blessing, F, Sporting Kansas City
  3. Marco Urena, F, San Jose Earthquakes
  4. Jukka Raitala, D, Columbus Crew
  5. Raheem Edwards, D/M, Toronto FC
Owing to the face that these guys are fully tradeable, Edwards and Raitala were almost immediately flipped to Montreal for defender Laurent Ciman. After the move, LAFC's roster stands at ten players and is very attack heavy at the moment:

Goalkeepers (1): Tyler Miller
Defenders (3): Laurent Ciman (INT'L), Omar Gaber (INT'L), Walker Zimmerman
Midfielders (1): Carlos Alvarez
Forwards (5): Latif Blessing, Bassey Etim (INT'L), Rodrigo Pacheco (INT'L), Marco Urena (INT'L), Carlos Vela (DP, INT'L)

The Portland Timbers are reportedly close to hiring Giovanni Savarese to replace Caleb Porter. Savarese had been coaching the NEw York Cosmos of the NASL, where he won three titles. He spent five seasons playing in MLS with three clubs, so he knows a little bit about the league and coaching in the United States. An official announcement is expected shortly.

There's been another alteration to Miami's efforts to join MLS. David Beckham's ownership group is being restructured a few days before they are set to meet with the league's board of governors. Majority partner Todd Boehly is dropping out and being replaced by Jorge and Jose Mas, both prominent Miami executive with local corporation MasTec. Boehly was the co-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, so that is a significant loss in terms of financial clout, but the Mas brothers should make up for it.

Today's Matches
Premier League
Newcastle v. Everton- 2:45pm
Southampton v. Leicester City- 2:45pm
Swansea City v. Manchester city- 2:45pm- NBCSN
Liverpool v. West Bromwich Albion- 3pm
Manchester United v. AFC Bournemouth- 3pm
Tottenham v. Brighton & Hove Albion- 3pm
West Ham v. Arsenal- 3pm- NBC Universo

TSG Hoffenheim v. VfB Stuttgart- 12:30pm- FS2
Bayern Munich v. FC Koln- 2:30pm- FS1
Hertha Berlin v. Hannover 98- 2:30pm
Bayer Leverkusen v. Werder Bremen- 2:30pm
Schalke 04 v. FC Augsburg- 2:30pm- FS2

Coppa Italia- Round of 16
Fiorentina v. Sampdoria- 11:30am
AC Milan v. Hellas Verona- 2:45pm

FIFA Club World Cup- Semi-Finals
Al Jazira v. Real Madrid- 12pm

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Portland shopping Nagbe with Atlanta interestes

Yesterday's Scores
Espanyol 0-1 Girona
(Timor 45+1')

Serie A
Lazio 1-3 Torino
(Alberto 69')-(Berenguer 54', Rincon 64', Edera 73')

Lazio players were crying foul at the end of this game, saying there's a conspiracy against them after several supposedly poor refereeing decisions went against them. Their main gripe comes from a missed handball in the penalty area at the end of the first half. Lazio players and coaches cried for handball just before half time and the ref didn't even go to review to attempt to verify their claims. I haven't been able to find video, but Twitter reactions indicate they have a case. Regardless, moments later, Ciro Immobile was sent off for violent conduct after the ref did go to video review to spot his headbutt during stoppage time. Needless to say, Torino went on to score thrice in the second half to sink the hosts without much trouble.

European League Tables

The Portland Timbers are reportedly shopping midfielder Darlington Nagbe after he asked for a hefty raise in salary this winter. The USMNT player asked for his $565,000 salary to be nearly doubled to $1 million, and Portland apparently isn't prepared to handle such a steep increase in wages. They already use TAM to buy his salary down below the designated player threshold. Atlanta United is reportedly very interested in Nagbe, who has spent his entire pro career with the Timbers. He's been courted by European clubs before, as he visited Celtic last winter before choosing to return to Portland.

Today's Matches
Premier League
Burnley v. Stoke City- 2:45pm
Crystal Palace v. Watford- 3pm
Huddersfield Town v. Chelsea- 3pm- NBCSN

VfL Wolfsburg v. RB Leipzig- 12:30pm- FS2
SC Freiburg v. Borussia Monchengladbach- 2:30pm
Hamburg SV v. Eintracht Frankfurt- 2:30pm- FS2
Mainz v. Borussia Dortmund- 2:30pm- FS1

Serie A
Genoa v. Atalanta- 1pm

Coppa Italia- Round of 16
Inter Milan v. Pordenone- 3pm

Monday, December 11, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Dortmund sack Peter Bosz

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League

Southampton 1-1 Arsenal
(Austin 3')-(Giroud 88')

Liverpool 1-1 Everton
(Salah 42')-(Rooney PK 77')

Manchester United 1-2 Manchester City
(Rashford 45+2')-(Silva 43', Otamendi 54')

FC Koln 3-4 SC Freiburg
(Klunter 8', Guirassy PK 16', Stanko OG 29')-(Petersen 39', PK 90', PK 9+6', Haberer 65')

Hannover 96 2-0 TSG Hoffenheim
(Fullkrug 59', Harnik 85')

FC Augsburg 1-1 Hertha Berlin
(Caiuby 74')-(Kalou 90+1)

La Liga
Real Sociedad 0-2 Málaga
(Baston PK 23', Castro 58')

Real Betis 0-1 Atlético Madrid
(Saul 30')

Levante 1-2 Athletic Bilbao
(Laporte OG 73')-(Aduriz PK 5', Postigo OG 79')

Villarreal 0-2 Barcelona
(Suarez 72', Messi 83')

Serie A
Chievo Verona 0-0 AS Roma

Napoli 0-0 Fiorentina

SPAL 2-2 Hellas Verona
(Paloschi 86', Antenucci PK 88')-(Cerci PK 55', Caceres 69')

Udinese 2-0 Benevento
(Barak 5', Lasagna 41')

Sassuolo 2-1 Crotone
(Goldaniga 49', Politano 61')-(Budimir 66')

AC Milan 2-1 Bologna
(Bonaventura 10', 76')-(23')

Ligue 1
SC Amiens 1-2 Olympique Lyonnais
(Gakpe 9')-(Aouar 79', 90+4')

Nantes 1-2 Nice
(Bammou 12')-(Plea 42', Balotelli 75')

Olympique Marseille 3-0 St. Etienne
(Germain 11', 71', Ocampos 80')

European League Tables

Liga MX Final- Second Leg
Monterrey 1-2 Tigres UANL (2-3 on aggregate)
(Pabon 2')-(Vargas 30', Meza 35')

Things look pretty bleak for Borussia Dortmund. After a hot start through the month of September, the club are winless in their last eight league matches. Their last win came on September 30, when they were five points clear of first place. Now, they find themselves 13 points behind leaders Bayern Munich after two plus months of misery.

As a result, Borussia Dortmund have sacked manager Peter Bosz after five months on the job and brought in Peter Stoger to replace him. It's Dortmund's first midseason coaching change in 11 years. Stoger was fired by FC Koln last week, so he's got some winning issues of his own right now, but the club say they are hiring him for his full body of work, not his recent failings. He's signed through the end of this season.

The UEFA Champions League held its round of 16 draw early this morning and we're blessed with a couple great games. The highlight is PSG playing Real Madrid, but there's also Chelsea-Barcelona and Juve-Tottenham. Here's the full draw:

Juventus v. Tottenham Hotspur
Basel v. Manchester City
Porto v. Liverpool
Sevilla v. Manchester United
Real Madrid v. Paris Saint-Germain
Shakhtar Donetsk v. Roma
Chelsea v. Barcelona
Bayern Munich v. Besiktas

The first legs will be played on either February 13, 14, 20, or 21 and the seconds on March 5,6, 12, 0r 13.

We also had the Europa League round of 32 draw. Arsenal will take on Ostersunds FK, while two bigger clubs in Napoli and RB Leipzig will square off. Here are all the ties to be played February 15 and 22: 

Borussia Dortmund v. Atalanta
Nice v. Lokomotiv Moscow
FC Copenhagen v. Atletico Madrid
Spartak Moscow v. Athletic Bilbao
AEK Athens v. Dynamo Kiev
Celtic v. Zenit St Petersburg
Napoli v. RB Leipzig
Red Star Belgrade v. CSKA Moscow
Lyon v. Villarreal
Real Sociedad v. Red Bull Salzburg
Partizan Belgrade v. Viktoria Plzen
FCSB v. Lazio
Ludogorets Razgrad v. AC Milan
Astana v. Sporting Lisbon
Ostersunds FK v. Arsenal
Marseille v. Braga

Today's Matches
La Liga
Espanyol v. Girona- 3pm

Serie A
Genoa v. Atalanta- 1pm
Lazio v. Torino- 3pm

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Toronto FC wins first MLS Cup, avenging last year's loss

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League
West Ham United 1-0 Chelsea
(Arnautovic 6')

Burnley 1-0 Watford
(Arfield 45')

Crystal Palace 2-2 AFC Bournemouth
(Milivojevic PK 41', Dann 44')-(Defoe 10', 45+3')

Huddersfield Town 2-0 Brighton & Hove Albion
(Mounie 12', 43')

Swansea City 1-0 West Bromwich Albion
(Bony 81')

Tottenham 5-1 Stoke City
(Shawcross OG 21', Son 53', Kane 54', 65', Eriksen 74')-(Shawcross 80')

Newcastle United 2-3 Leicester City
(Joselu 4', Gayle 73')-(Mahrez 20', Gray 60', Perez 86')

Borussia Dortmund 1-2 Werder Bremen
(Aubameyang 53')-(Eggestein 26', Gebre Selassie 65')

Eintracht Frankfurt 0-1 Bayern Munich
(Vidal 20')

Hamburg SV 0-0 VfL Wolfsburg

RB Leipzig 2-2 Mainz
(Kampl 29', Werner PK 45+3')-(Quaison 39', Berggreen 86')

Borussia Monchengladbach 1-1 Schalke 04
(Kramer 24')-(Vestergaard OG 62')

La Liga
Getafe 0-0 Eibar

Real Madrid 5-0 Sevilla
(Nacho 3', Ronaldo 23', PK 31', Kroos 38', Hakimi 42')

Deportivo La Coruna 1-0 Leganés
(Adrian 24')

Valencia 2-1 Celta Vigo
(Zaza 28', Parejo PK 81')-(Aspas 46')

Serie A
Cagliari 2-2 Sampdoria
(Farias 56', Pavoletti 60')-(Quagliarella 11', 19')

Juventus 0-0 Inter Milan

Ligue 1
Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 Lille
(Di Maria 28', Pastore 49', Mbappe 90+3')-(El Ghazi 86')

AS Monaco 3-2 Troyes
(Deplagne OG 70', Carrillo 85', 88')-(Suk 25', 50')

Angers 1-1 Montpellier
(Ekambi 56')-(Mbenza 51')

Guingamp 4-0 Dijon
(Briand 37', Salibur 40', Coco 59', Kerbrat 66')

Metz 1-1 Stade Rennes
(Mollet 41')-(Mubele 86')

Toulouse 2-0 Caen
(Da Silva OG 61', Grandel PK 74')

MLS Cup Final
Toronto FC 2-0 Seattle Sounders
(Altidore 67', Vazquez 90+4')

I've spent my entire day away from home. First, travelling to Toronto, then sitting in the chilly auxiliary press tribune at BMO Field, then crossing off a bucket list item by experiencing the TFC locker room after they won MLS Cup, avenging last year's defeat to these same Seattle Sounders.

It was a much more thrilling final than last year's affair. Greg Vanney came out with some adventurous tactics that totally caught Seattle off guard. Toronto pummeled Stefan Frei with 22 shots, forcing him to make nine saves. Frei was amazing, but there was no way the Sounders were going to be able to hold on with how aggressive the TFC attack was.

Rather than say it all again right here, I'll just link to my three SBI pieces on the match. The first was simply declaring Michael Bradley the man of the match, despite his USMNT counterpart Jozy Altidore winning the MVP. The second is about Toronto's MLS Cup obsession that began the moment Roman Torres scored the winning penalty for the Sounders. Finally, an article on Bradley, who led the way with focus and determination.


Today's Matches
Premier League
Southampton v. Arsenal- 7am- NBCSN
Liverpool v. Everton- 10:15am- NBCSN
Manchester United v. Manchester City- 11:30am- NBCSN

FC Koln v. SC Freiburg- 7:30am- FS1
Hannover 96 v. TSG Hoffenheim- 9:30am- FS1
FC Augsburg v. Hertha Berlin- 12pm- FS2

La Liga
Real Sociedad v. Málaga- 6am
Real Betis v. Atletico Madrid- 10:15am
Levante v.Athletic Bilbao- 12:30pm
Villarreal v. Barcelona- 2:45pm- beIN

Serie A
Chievo Verona v. AS Roma- 6:30am
Napoli v. Fiorentina- 9am- beIN
SPAL v. Hellas Verona- 9am
Udinese v. Benevento- 9a m
Sassuolo v. Crotone- 12pm
AC Milan v. Bologna- 2:45pm

Ligue 1
SC Amiens v. Olympique Lyonnais- 9am
Nantes v. Nice- 11am
Olympique Marseille v. St. Etienne- 3pm

Liga MX Final- Second Leg
Monterrey v. Tigres UANL- 7pm- Univision Deportes

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Garber tackles expansion, Crew in state of the league address

Yesterday's Scores
VfB Stuttgart 0-2 Bayer Leverkusen
(Havertz 20', Bender 80')

La Liga
Alavés 2-0 Las Palmas
(Gomez 23', El Haddadi 55')

Ligue 1
Bordeaux 0-3 Strasbourg
(Bahoken 2', Lienard 38', Terrier 64')

European League Tables

Don Garber gave his annual State of MLS address yesterday and there were a few interesting tidbits to come out of it:

  • Garber mentioned the possibility of new expansion markets leapfrogging Miami in the expansion pecking order. This has me thinking the league selecting three of the four finalists when the make their expansion selections next week is not out of the question.
  • He said it was still possible to keep the Crew in Columbus, despite Anthony Precourt's clear desire to bold the capital of Ohio, the recent stadium ideas out of Austin, and him stating Columbus isn't economically viable. I'm inclined to think he's just trying to satisfy the masses and that he doesn't really mean it.
  • MLS teams will get more MLS funny money to spend over the next two years. Teams will receive $1.2 million in TAM in both 2018 and 2019 plus an additional $2.8 million per year. Teams can hold onto that additional cash and save it for future use if they so desire.
  • Garber talked about the calls for modifications to the playoffs by saying “If you could wave a magic wand, ending the season before the FIFA break in November and not have that gap then we wouldn’t have that gap you mentioned. I think it’s important to note that we’ve had higher average attendance and higher television ratings for these playoffs than any other year in our history.”

Today's Matches
Premier League
West Ham United v. Watford- 7:30am- NBCSN
Burnley v. Watford- 10am
Crystal Palace v. AFC Bournemouth-10am
Huddersfield Town v. Brighton & Hove Albion- 10am
Swansea City v. West Bromwich Albion- 10am
Tottenham v. Stoke City- 10am- NBCSN
Newcastle United v. Leicester City- 10am- NBC

Borussia Dortmund v. Werder Bremen- 9:30am- FS2
Eintracht Frankfurt v. Bayern Munich- 9:30an- FS1
Hamburg SV v. VfL Wolfsburg- 9:30am
RB Leipzig v. Mainz- 9:30am
Borussia Monchengladbach v. Schalke 04- 12:20pm- FS2

La Liga
Getafe v. Eibar- 7am
Real Madrid v. Sevilla- 10:15am- beIN
Deportivo La Coruna v. Leganés- 12:15pm
Valencia v. Celta Vigo- 2:45pm

Serie A
Cagliari v. Sampdoria- 12pm
Juventus v. Inter Milan- 2:45pm

Ligue 1
Paris Saint-Germain v. Lille- 11am- beIN
AS Monaco v. Troyes- 2pm
Angers v. Montpellier- 2pm
Guingamp v. Dijon- 2pm
Metz v. State Rennes- 2pm
Toulouse v. Caen- 2pm

MLS Cup Final
Toronto FC v. Seattle Sounders- 4pm- ESPN

Friday, December 8, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Hope Solo declares her USSF presidential candidacy

Yesterday's Scores
Europa League
Rijeka 2-0 AC Milan
(Puljic 7', Gavranovic 47')

Atalanta 1-0 Olympique Lyonnais
(Petanga 10')

Villarreal 0-1 Maccabi Tel Aviv
(Blackman 61')

Austria Vienna 0-0 AEK Athens

Dynamo Kiev 4-1 Partizan Belgrade
(Moroziuk 6', Moraes 28', 31', PK 77')-(Jevtovic PK 45+4')

Slavia Prague 0-1 FC Astana
(Anicic 38')

Young Boys 2-1 Skenderbeu Korce
(Hoarau 55', Assale 90+5')(Gavazaj 51')

TSG Hoffenheim 1-1 Ludogorets Razgrad
(Ochs 25')-(Wanderon 62')

Istanbul Basaksehir 2-1 Sporting Braga
(Cusca 10', Belozoglu PK 77')-(Raul 55'))

Apollon 0-3 Everton
(Lookman 21', 28', Vlasic 87')

FC Zlin 0-2 Lokomotiv Moscow
(Hnanicek OG 71', Farfan 75')

FC Copenhagen 2-0 Sheriff Tiraspol
(Soteriou 56', Luftner 59')

Arsenal 6-0 BATE Borisov
(Debuchy 11', Walcott 37', Wilshere 43', Polyakov OG 51', Giroud PK 64', Elneny 74')

Red Star Belgrade 1-0 FC Koln
(Srnic 22')

Olympique Marseille 0-0 Red Bull Salzburg

Real Sociedad 1-3 Zenit St. Petersburg
(Jose 58')-(Erokhin 35', Ivanovic 64', Paredes 85')

Vitesse 1-0 Nice
(Castaignos 84')

Vitoria Guimaraes 1-1 Konyaspor
(Turan OG 77')-(Bourabia 15')

Hapoel Be’er Sheva 0-2 Viktoria Plzen
(Hejda 28', Horava 83')

Vardar 1-1 Rosenborg
(Ytalo 9')-(Bendtner PK 45+2')

Zulte-Waregem 3-2 Lazio
(De Pauw 6', Heylen 60', ISeka 83')

Zorya Luhansk 0-2 Athletic Bilbao
(Aduriz 70', Garcia 86')

Hertha Berlin 1-1 Ostersunds FK
(Pekarik 61')-(Papagiannopoulos 58')

FCSB 1-2 FC Lugano
(Gnohere 60')-(Daprela 3', Vecsei 32')

Continental Tables

Liga MX Playoffs- Final First Leg
Tigres UANL 1-1 Monterrey
(Valencia PK 26')-(Sanchez 9')

Legendary USWNT goalkeeper Hope Solo has added her name to the overgrown list of U.S. Soccer presidential candidates. She announced her desire to succeed Sunil Gulati in a Facebook post last night. She calls for reform of the pay to play structure that dominates youth soccer, equal treatment of the men's and women's national teams, creating a winning culture within USSF from the youth levels up, and complete financial and operational transparency within the federation. 

The field of candidates now presumably contains every American citizen, but it most notably has Solo, SUM president Kathy Carter, former U.S Men’s National Team players Kyle Martino, Paul Caligiuri, and Eric Wynalda, USSF vice president Carlos Cordeiro, Boston based attorney Steve Gans, Massachusetts regional director of the United Premier Soccer League Paul Lapointe, and former player and A-League general manager Michael Winograd on the list.

In other U.S Soccer news,the USMNT will face France in a friendly on June 9 in Lyon as part of the French World Cup warm-up. It will be France's third of three summer friendlies to prepare them for Russia. It's the first summer friendly announced for the Americans so far.

Today's Matches
VfB Stuttgart v. Bayer Leverkusen- 2:30pm- FS2

La Liga
Alaves v. Las Palmas- 3pm

Ligue 1
Bordeaux v. Strasbourg- 2:45pm- beIN