Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: LAFC selects youth in MLS expansion draft

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League
Burnley 1-0 Stoke City
(Barnes 89')

Crystal Palace 2-1 Watford
(Sako 89', McArthur 90+2')-(Janmaat 3')

Huddersfield Town 1-3 Chelsea
(Depoitre 90+2')-(Bakayoko 23', Willian 43', Pedro 50')

VfL Wolfsburg 1-1 RB Leipzig
(Verhaegh PK 15')-(Halstenberg 53')

SC Freiburg 1-0 Borussia Monchengladbach
(Petersen PK 20')

Hamburg SV 1-2 Eintracht Frankfurt
(Papadopoulos 9')-(Wolf 16', Gacinovic 24')

Mainz 0-2 Borussia Dortmund
(Papastathopoulos 55', Kagawa 89')

Serie A
Genoa 1-2 Atalanta
(Bertolacci 4')-(Ilicic 45', Masiello 52')

European League Tables

Coppa Italia- Round of 16
Inter Milan 0-0 Pordenone (5-4 on penalties)

FIFA Club World Cup- Consolation Match and Semi-Finals
Wydad Casablanca 2-3 Urawa Red Diamonds
(El HAddad 21', Hajhouj PK 90+4')-(Mauricio Antonio 18', 69', Kashiwagi 26')

Gremio 1-0 Pachuca
(Everton 95')

MLA held its Expansion Draft for Los Angeles FC yesterday. The selections were a little less obscure than the players taken by Atlanta United and Minnesota United a year ago, but they were still taken as tradeable assets as opposed to building blocks for a franchise. They selected the following:

  1. Tyler Miller, GK, Seattle Sounders
  2. Latif Blessing, F, Sporting Kansas City
  3. Marco Urena, F, San Jose Earthquakes
  4. Jukka Raitala, D, Columbus Crew
  5. Raheem Edwards, D/M, Toronto FC
Owing to the face that these guys are fully tradeable, Edwards and Raitala were almost immediately flipped to Montreal for defender Laurent Ciman. After the move, LAFC's roster stands at ten players and is very attack heavy at the moment:

Goalkeepers (1): Tyler Miller
Defenders (3): Laurent Ciman (INT'L), Omar Gaber (INT'L), Walker Zimmerman
Midfielders (1): Carlos Alvarez
Forwards (5): Latif Blessing, Bassey Etim (INT'L), Rodrigo Pacheco (INT'L), Marco Urena (INT'L), Carlos Vela (DP, INT'L)

The Portland Timbers are reportedly close to hiring Giovanni Savarese to replace Caleb Porter. Savarese had been coaching the NEw York Cosmos of the NASL, where he won three titles. He spent five seasons playing in MLS with three clubs, so he knows a little bit about the league and coaching in the United States. An official announcement is expected shortly.

There's been another alteration to Miami's efforts to join MLS. David Beckham's ownership group is being restructured a few days before they are set to meet with the league's board of governors. Majority partner Todd Boehly is dropping out and being replaced by Jorge and Jose Mas, both prominent Miami executive with local corporation MasTec. Boehly was the co-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, so that is a significant loss in terms of financial clout, but the Mas brothers should make up for it.

Today's Matches
Premier League
Newcastle v. Everton- 2:45pm
Southampton v. Leicester City- 2:45pm
Swansea City v. Manchester city- 2:45pm- NBCSN
Liverpool v. West Bromwich Albion- 3pm
Manchester United v. AFC Bournemouth- 3pm
Tottenham v. Brighton & Hove Albion- 3pm
West Ham v. Arsenal- 3pm- NBC Universo

TSG Hoffenheim v. VfB Stuttgart- 12:30pm- FS2
Bayern Munich v. FC Koln- 2:30pm- FS1
Hertha Berlin v. Hannover 98- 2:30pm
Bayer Leverkusen v. Werder Bremen- 2:30pm
Schalke 04 v. FC Augsburg- 2:30pm- FS2

Coppa Italia- Round of 16
Fiorentina v. Sampdoria- 11:30am
AC Milan v. Hellas Verona- 2:45pm

FIFA Club World Cup- Semi-Finals
Al Jazira v. Real Madrid- 12pm

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