Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Gulati will not run for U.S. Soccer presidency again

Yesterday's Scores
La Liga
Girona 2-3 Alaves
(Stuani 59', Juanpe 62')-(Gomez 71', PK 87', 90+3')

Serie A
Crotone 0-3 Udinese
(Jankto 40', 53', Lasagna 66')

Hellas Verona 0-1 Genoa
(Pandev 45+2')

European League Tables

Sunil Gulati officially announced he won't seek another term as U.S. Soccer president. He's come to the decision that the federation needs a change at the top and that it's time for him to step down. That said, he will still be involved in the election indirectly through Kathy Carter, who is just about expected to run in his place.

Just because we all want Gulati out now doesn't mean we have to ignore the good things he did for the game. He may not be the man for the job any longer, but it's hard to argue that he wasn't the right guy 12 years ago. Yeah, he probably had too much power during his 12 year term and was more concerned with making money than truly growing the sport, but keep in mind that growing the sport is sort of important if you want to make money in it. His motives may not have been pure, but they actually got the job done. He was in charge during the greatest period of growth in American soccer history. MLS has grown exponentially in that time, viewership for the USMNT and USWNT has skyrocketed, and soccer is a lot more visible on mainstream media now than it was back in 2005.

Giuseppe Rossi is moving on to Genoa after another ACL injury derailed his latest career move. He was on loan with Celta Vigo from Fiorentina last year when he shredded his knee for the fifth time. The New Jersey born Italian will now give it another go near the bottom of the Serie A table.

The FA Cup third round draw was yesterday and we are getting ourselves a Premier League derby as the big boys join the competition. Everton will take on Liverpool in a clash of big names in the FA Cup third round on the weekend of January 6. Here's the full draw:

Ipswich Town v. Sheffield United
Watford v. Bristol City
Birmingham City v. Burton Albion
Liverpool s. Everton
Brighton and Hove Albion v. Crystal Palace
Aston Villa v. Woking or Peterborough United
Bournemouth v. AFC Fylde or Wigan Athletic
Coventry City v. Stoke City
Newport County v. Leeds United
Bolton Wanderers v. Huddersfield Town
Port Vale or Yeovil Town v. Bradford City
Nottingham Forest v. Arsenal
Brentford v. Notts County
Queens Park Rangers v. MK Dons
Manchester United v. Derby County
Tottenham Hotspur v. AFC Wimbledon
Middlesbrough v. Sunderland
Fleetwood Town or Hereford v. Leicester City
Blackburn Rovers or Crewe Alexandra v. Hull City
Cardiff City v. Mansfield Town
Manchester City v. Burnley
Shrewsbury Town v. West Ham United
Wolverhampton Wanderers v. Swansea City
Stevenage v. Reading
Newcastle United v. Luton Town
Millwall v. Barnsley
Fulham v. Southampton
Wycombe Wanderers v. Preston North End
Norwich City v. Chelsea
Gillingham or Carlisle United v. Sheffield Wednesday

Today's Matches
UEFA Champions League
AS Roma v. FK Qarabag- 2:45pm- ESPN3
Barcelona v. Sporting CP- 2:45pm- FS1, ESPN Deportes
Bayern Munich v. Paris Saint-Germain- 2:45pm
Benfica v. FC Basel- 2:45pm- ESPN3
Celtic v. Anderlecht- 2:45pm- ESPN3
Chelsea v. Atletico Madrid- 2:45pm- ESPN3
Manchester United v. CSKA Moscow- 2:45pm- FS2
Olympiakos v. Juventus- 2:45pm- ESPN3

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