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')

Headlines
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

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