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

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