Friday, May 05, 2017

Some Soccer News for May 5, 2017

It's Day 125 of 2017.


Check this garbage out: Sulley Muntari is playing for Pescara in Serie A when a bunch of Cagliari fans start racially abusing him. He tries to appease them, even gives a kid his jersey. But it just gets worse. So he goes to the referee to ask him to help make it stop. Not only does the ref not oblige but he books Muntari for hassling him. Muntari then takes things into his own hands and just walks off the field. After the game the Italian federation gets involved and not only do they do NOTHING about the Cagliari fans but they give Muntari a 1 game suspension for walking off the field. Unreal. These people who did the heckling, the ref and the federation officials are ALL horrible people who should have no place in soccer.
  • Now go to the Pescara website. Across the top there is a banner that reads "NO TO RACISM - RESPECT". No further explanation. But beyond that I dare you to find anything about Muntari and how he was treated. NOTHING!
  • UPDATE: After 24 hours of the Italian federation getting bombarded for their idiotic suspension of Muntari, they have backtracked and removed the ban. Now they need to get to work on "fans" in the stadium.



Very good review of Christian Ramirez's season so far and strong words on Kansas City's great defense and offensive strategies. (scroll down the page to the 2nd section "American Dream". By Matt Doyle for MLS.
  • Here is a part of his game that Ramirez could improve on: 25 shots, 11 on target. Its a decent rate, but its still 3rd lowest percentage among top 10 goal scorers. 5 goals went in for a 20 percent conversion rate, which is a little low too.

Francisco Calvo has become captain of the Loons and becomes stronger and stronger every week. Early season mistakes have now turned into big defensive plays. By Andy Greder for the Pioneer Press.

The numbers have been crunched and the MLS Cup winner for 2017 will be... Minnesota United. By Scott French for Four Four Two.

KC captain/centerback Matt Besler, and then head coach Peter Vermes both give us good comments on going to play in Minnesota. [VIDEO] From SKC.

-Sun May 7
Minnesota v Kansas City - 12:30pm CT on FS1


Favorites for Saturday's Kentucky Derby:
(Odds as of 12:30pm CT on Fri May 5)
  • Always Dreaming 4-1
  • McCraken 5-1
  • Classic Empire 6-1
  • Irish War Cry 6-1
  • Gunnevera 9-1

I have put my money on these two to win:
  • Girvin 18-1
  • Gormley 25-1

One of my picks has been dismissed by the New York Times horse racing critics. The other one? I could be on to something!



MLS will be test driving the Video Assistant Referee system in Colorado on Friday night. By John Meyer for the Denver Post.
  • Bundesliga is already set to use VAR at the beginning of next season.

MLS, a retirement league? You might want to run that past Atlanta United before making that declaration. By Matt Pentz for ESPNFC.

Week 10 Schedule/Results:
-Wed May 3
Toronto 2-1 Orlando
KC 2-0 New York RB
-Fri May 5
Colorado v Vancouver
-Sat May 6
Seattle v Toronto - 2:00pm CT on ESPN
DC v Montreal
Philadelphia v New York RB
Columbus v New England
Houston v Orlando
Salt Lake v Dallas
LA v Chicago
San Jose v Portland
-Sun May 7
Minnesota v KC - 12:30pm CT on FS1
New York City v Atlanta - 3:00pm CT on Univision


CONCACAF U17 Men World Cup Qualifying and Championship:

April 21 - May 7 in Panama.

2nd Stage
Group D Schedule/Results:
-Mon May 1
Honduras 7-1 Cuba
-Wed May 3
USA 3-0 Honduras - USA goals by Josh Sargent(2) + Ayo Akinola.
-Fri May 5
USA v Cuba - 3:30pm CT
  • All games can be seen on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube (CONCACAF channels) and UniDep.

Tournament Format:
  • 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.
  • Championship game is played on Sun May 7.
  • World Cup is Oct 6-28 in India.



Goalkeeper Ethan Horvath made his debut for Club Brugge today:


English Championship division promotion race:

(4 Americans involved)
(1 game and 1 playoff position left)
*92 Brighton + Hove Albion
*91 Newcastle United - DeAndre Yedlin
^82 Reading - Danny Williams
^81 Sheffield Wednesday
^81 Huddersfield Town - David Wagner (coach)
77 Fulham (+27) - Tim Ream - NEXT: Sun May 7 at Sheffield Wednesday
74 Leeds United (+14) - NEXT: Sun May 7 at Wigan
*Promotion Earned
^Playoff Guaranteed


The Terrence Boyd + Torstan Frings + Darmstadt Tracker:
  • Standings - Last place, 9 points below relegation playoff and/or safety - 3 games left
  • Up Next - Sat May 6 at Bayern Munich (who have already won the championship)


The Miguel Herrera + Several Americans + Tijuana Tracker:
  • Standings - Remain in 1st place with just 1 final round left in the regular season.
  • Up Next - Fri May 5 v Veracruz



Race for the 8 playoff spots, with 1 game left in regular season:
*clinched a playoff spot

*28 Tijuana (+7) - NEXT: Fri May 5 v Veracruz
*27 Monterrey (+9) - NEXT: Sat May 6 v Morelia
*26 Atlas (+5) - NEXT: Sat May 6 v Chiapas
*26 Guadalajara (+3) - NEXT: Sat May 6 at Necaxa
*26 Toluca (+1) - NEXT: Sun May 7 at Santos Laguna
*25 Santos Laguna (+5) - NEXT: Sun May 7 v Toluca
24 America (+1) - NEXT: Sat May 6 v Pachuca
22 Tigres (+10) - NEXT: Sat May 6 at Queretaro
21 Morelia (+2) - NEXT: Sat May 6 at Monterrey
21 Pachuca (-1) - NEXT: Sat May 6 at America
21 Veracruz (-5) - NEXT: Fri May 5 at Tijuana
20 Leon (-1) - NEXT: Sat May 6 v Cruz Azul
20 Necaxa (-5) - NEXT: Sat May 6 v Guadalajara
19 Queretaro (-2) - NEXT: Sat May 6 v Tigres
OUT Pumas
OUT Cruz Azul
OUT Chiapas
OUT Puebla



-Sat May 6
Juventus v Torino - the Turin derby, and Juve could win the championship with a win and Roma loss or tie (Roma is at Milan on Sun)
Barcelona v Villarreal - #1 v #5
Dortmund v Hoffenheim - #4 v #3
-Sun May 7
Arsenal v Manchester United - #6 v #5
Marsielle v Nice - #6 v #3

The Bird Is The Word


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