Friday, December 1, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Seattle, Toronto provide MLS Cup rematch

Yesterday's Scores
Copa del Rey- Round of 32 Second Leg
Alaves 3-0 Getafe (4-0 on aggregate)
(Munir 3', 69', Bojan 31')

Espanyol 3-2 Tenerife (3-2 on aggregate)
(Moreno PK 37', Granaro 57', Garcia 90+1')-(Acosta 10', Carlos 90+4')

Villarreal 3-0 Ponferradina (3-1 on aggregate)
(Bakambu 47', 62', Bacca 64')

Real Betis 3-6 Cadiz (5-6 on aggregate)
(Boudebouz 8', Tello 24', 64')-(Barral 3', Romera 18', 41', Garcia PK 26', Kecojevic 78')

Valencia 4-1 Real Zaragoza (6-1 on aggregate)
(Mina 28', 59', Ibanez 68', Vezo 86')-(Pombo 87')

Coppa Italia- Fourth Round
Udinese 8-3 Perugia
(Danilo 17', Lopez PK 34', 49', PK 63', 70', Lasagna 40', Ingelsson 82', Jankto 86')-(Cerri PK 45', Bianco 55', Mustacchio 61')

Genoa 1-0 Crotone
(Migliore 54')

MLS Cup Playoffs- Conference Finals Second Leg
Seattle Sounders 3-0 Houston Dynamo (5-0 on aggregate)
(Rodriguez 22', Dempsey 57', Bruin 73')

Thanks to this commanding victory by the Sounders, next weekend's MLS Cup Final will be a rematch of last year's showdown between Seattle and Toronto FC. It will be a little different than last year's clash, though. The Sounders, for one, will have Clint Dempsey in the lineup after he missed the Final last year with his heart problem. Toronto, too, will be in better shape since Sebastian Giovinco isn't nursing any sort of injury like the one that forced him off early last year.

I'll be there in Toronto to cover the action. It will be my second MLS Cup appearance in the last three years, and my first covering it as press. I went to the Final in 2015 as a fan, when I went bonkers for the Timbers taking down the Columbus Crew. This time will be a different experience for me as I will be taking it in from press row thanks to SBI Soccer.

Liga MX Playoffs- Semifinals First Leg
Morelia 0-1 Monterrey
(Hurtado PK 38')

Headlines
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has been hit with a misconduct charge after he was banished to the stands, and eventually to the dressing room during the first half Wednesday evening's win over Swansea City for arguing a non-penalty call. He faces a fine and/or a suspension for the incident. He has until Tuesday to respond to the charges.

Today is the World Cup draw from the Kremlin in Moscow. The USA isn't going to be there, but the draw is an exciting time nonetheless. I will be watching to see what sort of group Poland gets tossed into as they play in their first World Cup since 2006 as a seeded team in the first pot. Tomorrow's daily will have a full breakdown of the draw, complete with groups to watch and way too early World Cup predictions.

Today's Matches
Bundesliga
SC Freiburg v. Hamburg SV- 2:30pm- FS2

La Liga
Malaga v. Levante 3pm

Serie A
AS Roma v. SPAL- 12:30pm- beIN
Napoli v. Juventus- 2:45pm- beIN

Ligue 1
Dijon v. Bordeaux- 2:45pm

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