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

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