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

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