Thursday, April 27, 2017

Some Soccer News for Apr 27, 2017

It's Day 117 of 2017.

Pachuca are the 2017 CONCACAF Champions League winners!

Huge congrats to them and American centerback Omar Gonzalez.

2nd Leg
-Wed Apr 26
Pachuca 1-0 Tigres - Pac wins championship 2-1 on aggregate.
  • Argentine forward Franco Jara scored the game winner in the 83rd min.
  • Guido Pizarro of Tigres has received a red card (2nd yellow) just 5 minutes before the goal was scored.

Game winning goal:

Match highlights. [VIDEO]

Omar Gonzalez sure is piling up the professional trophies!
  • 2017 CONCACAF Champions League
  • 2016 Liga MX Clausura champions
  • 2014 MLS Cup champions
  • 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup champions
  • 2012 MLS Cup champions
  • 2011 MLS Cup champions
  • 2011 MLS Supporters Shield winners
  • 2010 MLS Supporters Shield winners

Gonzalez is having a great run in Liga MX with Pachuca, after a great run with LA Galaxy. By Tom Marshall for ESPNFC.

The pundits did not want to hear about the Tuzos - they were all Tigres is the greatest! Tigres are Conca-Kings! Tigres are a team of the era! etc.


The USMNT-U17 team beat Mexico 4-3 yesterday in the group stage of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying/Championship tourney. USA has 2 wins from 2 games. (See full details below)
  • Game highlights [VIDEO]
  • This is the first time a US-U17 team has beaten a Mex team.



Auditing has discovered that $129M is missing from the CONMEBOL confederation bank accounts. The money was removed from 2000 to 2015. By The Associated Press, via New York Daily News.

A French court has opened an official investigation into the awarding of the 2018 and 2020 World Cup hosting rights to Russia and Qatar, sensing something is not right. By Yann Bouchez and Remi Dupre of Le Monde. [IN FRENCH]

Another guilty plea in US Court as part of ongoing Justice Department investigations into FIFA money issues. Lots of interesting details in this article. By Mary Ann Georgantopoulos and Ken Bensinger.
  • Thanks to Paul Kennedy of Soccer America for the heads up.

The best of them all! Slippery Jack Warner, former CONCACAF head, and master criminal, posted an amazing rant on Facebook yesterday. This is Trumpian in its levels of bullshit and deflection. Delusion reigns in Jacks world.


CONMEBOL is considering expanding the 2019 Copa America from 12 to 16 teams. The ten from their confederation, plus 6 more invitees.



Player Personnel Director Amos Magee heads to Chile for scouting trip:

-Sat Apr 29
Minnesota v San Jose Earthquakes - 7:00pm CT on My29


Sheer: du Nord Music Mix Vol 121 (download + extract)



Tim Bezbatchenko is the brain power at Toronto FC in charge of finding and signing their players. By Kurt Larson for the Toronto Sun.

Former Minnesota goal keeper Matt VanOekel will get another start for RSL this weekend after Nick Rimando suffered a hamstring injury. By Austin Facer for the Deseret News.

Week 9 Schedule/Results:
-Fri Apr 28
Toronto v Houston
-Sat Apr 29
Montreal v Vancouver
Orlando v Colorado
Columbus v NYC
NYRB v Chicago
Dallas v Portland
Minnesota v San Jose
Kansas City v Salt Lake
Seattle v New England
LA v Philadelphia
-Sun Apr 30
Atlanta v DC

15 Orl
13 Colu (+1)
13 RBNY (0)
11 Atl (+9)
11 Chi (0)
10 NYC (+4)
10 Tor (+3)
9 NE
8 DC
7 Mon
3 Phi

16 Por
14 Dal
13 Hou
12 KC
9 Sea (+3)
9 SJ (-2)
8 SL (-3)
8 Min (-11)
7 Van
6 LA
4 Colo


CONCACAF U17 Men World Cup Qualifying and Championship:

April 21 - May 7 in Panama.

USA beat Mexico 4-3 in the 2nd game of the group stage. I have no doubt that they will meet again in this tournament.

Match summary:
  • Mex took a 1-0 lead.
  • USA fought back to lead 2-1.
  • Mex tied it just before half time, so it was 2-2.
  • USA grabbed 2 more making it 4-2.
  • Mex poured it on late and got 1 back but could not get the tie.

The two wins and 6 points advances the USA to the next phase of the tournament - the 2nd group stage. (see tourney format details below)

Up next is final initial group stage game on Sat Apr 29 v El Salvador.

USMNT U-17 Roster:
  • G: Carlos Joaquim Dos Santos (Benfica), Justin Garces (Kendall)
  • D: Christopher Gloster (New York Red Bulls), Jaylin Lindsey (Sporting Kansas City), James Sands (New York City), Arturo Vasquez (Golden State), Akil Watts (IMG Academy)
  • M: George Acosta (Weston), Taylor Booth (Real Salt Lake AZ), Christopher Durkin (DC United), Blaine Ferri (Solar Chelsea), Christopher Goslin (Atlanta United), Indiana Vassilev (IMG Academy), Adrian Villegas (Portland Timbers)
  • F: Ayomide Akinola (Toronto), Andrew Carleton (Atlanta United), Zyen Jones (Atlanta United), Bryan Reynolds Jr (Dallas), Joshua Sargent (Scott Gallagher Missouri) Timothy Weah (Paris Saint-Germain)
  • C: John Hackworth

Group C - USA Schedule/Results:
-Sun Apr 23
USA 5-0 Jamaica - USA goals by Christopher Durkin, Timothy Weah, Joshua Sargent + Ayomide Akinola(2).
-Wed Apr 26
USA 4-3 Mexico - USA goals by Josh Sargent(2), Blaine Ferri + Ayomide Akinola. Mex goals by Roberto de la Rosa(2) + Jaylin Lindsey(OG).
-Sat Apr 29
USA v El Salvador - 5:00pm CT
  • Games are being shown on a combination of Univision Deportes and Streamed live on the CONCACAF Facebook page.
  • The "knock-out rounds and final match" will be streamed on CONCACAF Twitter. Thanks to 3rd Degree for that info.

  • 1st Group stage (round robin) - 3 groups of 4 teams - top two advance.
  • 2nd Group stage (round robin) - 2 groups of 3 teams - top two qualify for World Cup.
  • Final - 1st place teams in each group play for CONCACAF championship.
  • World Cup is Oct 6-28 in India.



DFB Pokal Semifinals -Tue Apr 25
Monchengladbach 1-1 Eintracht Frankfurt - EF advances 7-6 in Penalty Kick Shootout.
-Wed Apr 26
Bayern Munich 2-3 Dortmund
-Sat May 27
Eintract Frankfurt v Borussia Dortmund

Coupe de France Semifinals
-Tue Apr 25
Angers 2-0 Guingamp
-Wed Apr 26
PSG 5-0 Monaco
-Sat May 27
Angers v PSG

Premier League
-Thu Apr 27
Manchester City v Manchester United - the Manchester derby + #4 v #5

-Sat Apr 29
Espanyol v Barcelona - the Barcelona derby
-Sun Apr 30
Roma v Lazio - the Rome derby - #2 v #4
Nice v PSG - #3 v #2
Tottenham v Arsenal - big North London derby - #2 v #7

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