Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Some Soccer News for May 10, 2017

It's Day 130 of 2017.

More signs that even after a supposed "house cleaning" NOTHING has changed inside FIFA:
  • Two ethics committee leaders who are in the middle of 100s of investigations have been fired by president Gianni Infantino. Essentially stoppin all investigations dead in their tracks. By Simon Evans for Reuters.
  • Another FIFA official is fired, pressured by Russia that he be removed. By Tariq Panja for Bloomberg.
  • This latest fired investigator has just taken a renewed interest in bribery charges against Sheikh Ahmad al-Sabah who is also an Olympic committee member.
  • Others are said to be following those who have been fired out the door in protest.


NASL announces a new team coming in 2018 to Orange County CA.
  • Eric Wynalda has been reported to be the head coach by Fifty Five One, but not confirmed by the team or league.
  • They will play at Cal State Fullerton's Titan Stadium - a place known to long time American soccer fans.
  • Interesting: USL already has Orange County SC (home games in Irvine) in their 5th season, which has an affiliation with forthcoming MLS team LAFC.



The playoffs leap to life tonight! Make sure you tune in, otherwise you will regret it later.

Clausura Liguilla Quarterfinals Schedule/Results:
Leg 1
-Wed May 10
Tigres(7) v Monterrey(2) - 7:30pm CT on Univision Deportes
Santos Laguna(5) v Toluca(4) - 9:30pm CT on Univision Deportes
-Thu May 11
Morelia(8) v Tijuana(1)
Atlas(6) v Guadalajara(3)


US Open Cup - First Round Schedule/Results
  • Beginning Tue May 9



Its Real Madrid advancing to the Final over their city rivals.

2nd Leg
-Tue May 9
Juventus 2-1 Monaco - Juve advances 4-1 on aggregate.
-Wed May 10
Atletico Madrid 2-1 Real Madrid - Real advances 4-2 on aggregate.

Final: Sat Jun 3 in Cardiff.



You don't see this very often in pro sports:

More on the "head clearing." By Megan Ryan for the Star Tribune.

And today's update on Bobby Shuttleworth's face, from coach Marius Rovde:

Up Next Schedule/Results:
-Sat May 13
Toronto v Minnesota - 2:00pm CT on My29



Five players who have surprised us all so far this season. By Paul Tenorio for Four Four Two.
  • Including Minnesota's Christian Ramirez.

The Chicago Fire have improved this season, lets see how the rebuilding project is faring overall. By Matt Pentz for ESPNFC.

Week 11
-Wed May 10
Columbus v Toronto



Eric Lichaj has been named Nottingham Forest Player Of the Season.


Canadian Championship

Prelim Round Schedule/Results:
2nd Leg
-Wed May 10
Edmonton v Ottawa (0-1)
Semifinals: Winner of Prelim v Toronto and Montreal v Vancouver.

The Bird Is The Word


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