Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Timbers bring in Savarese to replace Porter

Yesterday's Scores
Premier League
Everton 3-1 Swansea City
(Calvert-Lewin 45+2', Sigurdsson 64', Rooney PK 73')-(Fer 35')

La Liga
Malaga 0-2 Real Betis
(Leon 24', Camarasa 50')

European League Tables

Headlines
Former Paris Saint-Germain manager Laurent Blanc reportedly turned down any advances by U.S. Soccer to be the next coach of the USMNT. The Frenchman has been out of work since being sacked by PSG in the spring of 2016 for his failure to get out of the Champions League quarterfinals. Sunil Gulati, for his part, denies reaching out to him.

The Portland Timbers officially named Giovanni Savarese as their new head coach, replacing Caleb Porter. Savarese has spent the last five years as head coach of the New York Cosmos. He won the NASL three times in that span and took them to four Soccer Bowls overall, losing the last one to San Francisco Deltas in October. It's his first MLS coaching gig, but he played five years in the league and was the head of youth development for the New York Red Bulls for a couple years before taking the Cosmos job.

The draw for the round of 16 of the CONCACAF Champions League was held last night. We get one MLS on MLS matsch as Toronto FC will take on Colorado Rapids in the first round. There are no matches between MLS sides and Liga MX sides this round. Here's the full draw:

CD Guadalajara (MEX) v. Cibao FC (DOM)
Seattle Sounders (USA) v. Santa Tecla (SLV)
New York Red Bulls (USA) v. CD Olimpia (HON)
Club Tijuana (MEX) v. FC Motagua (HON)
Tigres UANL (MEX) v. Herediano (CRC)
Toronto FC (CAN) v. Colorado Rapids (USA)
FC Dallas (USA) v. Tauro FC (PAN)
Club América (MEX) v. Saprissa (CRC)

Dates for the matches are yet to be announced.

There were a handful of MLS transactions yesterday, headlined by the David Bingham to LA thing becoming official. The Galaxy acquired his MLS rights in exchange for up to $250,000 worth of MLS funny money. Also out there from yesterday:
  • FC Dallas acquired goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer from the New York Cosmos. He started 25 games for them last year on their way to their defeat in the NASL Soccer Bowl.
  • Orlando City snagged RJ Allen and Stefano Pinho. Allen comes from New York City FC with a draft pick back to Yankee Stadium. Pinho comes from Miami FC, who won both the spring and fall seasons of the NASL behind his league leading 17 goals. They also resigned Dillon Powers.
  • The New York Red Bulls signed Stefano Bonomo from their USL affiliate. The 2015 SuperDraft pick is the fifth player to be promoted from RBII to the first team.
  • Real Salt Lake signed U.S. U-20 international Brooks Lennon on a permanent deal. The Liverpool product spent 2017 on loan in Utah, where he scored three goals and provided four assists.
Today's Matches
Carabao Cup- Quarterfinals
Arsenal v. West Ham United- 2:45pm- ESPN3
Leicester City v. Manchester City- 2:45pm- ESPN3

DFB Pokal- Round of 16
Mainz v. VfB Stuttgart- 12:30pm- ESPN Deportes
SC Paderborn 07 v. FC Ingolstadt 04- 12:30pm
Nurnberg v. VfL Wolfsburg- 2:45pm
Schalke 04 v. FC Koln- 2:45pm- ESPN Deportes

La Liga
Levante v. Leganes- 3:30pm- beIN

Coppa Italia- Round of 16
Napoli v. Udinese- 3pm

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