Monday, November 20, 2017

Some Soccer News for Nov 20, 2017

It's Day 322 of 2017.

It will be very interesting to see who Portland Timbers hire as their new head coach. This has to be one of the Top 5 primo jobs in the league. I think this will tell us a lot about the leadership of the owners.


Its worse than we thought! The first of the FIFA bribery scandal trials is unearthing/corroborating an extensive amount of unsavory bullshit. By Graham Dunbar and Rob Harris for AP.
  • Testimony: "22 FIFA executive committee voters took million-dollar bribes to support Qatar."
  • Sadness: "Jorge Delhon (Argentine government) killed himself (by walking in front of a train) hours after the court was told he took millions in bribes."
One guy even kept accurate records of the bribery. By Ron Blum for AP.
  • "including a pair of payments labeled Q2022"


Christian Pulisic, wonder boy, does an interview. By Jack Pitt-Brooke for the Independent.



Tuesday night - big night. I will be at Town Hall Brewery in Seven Corners, Minneapolis.

Match previews from the Armchair Analyst. By Matt Doyle for MLS.

Previews: They've had 2 weeks to prepare for 2 or 3 games. By Brian Straus for Sports Illustrated.

When Houston first signed centerback Phillpe Senderos I like many others snickered. He had the reputation as a bumbler. And we figured he was over the hill. But he has been a force down the stretch for the Dynamo. By Ben Valentine for Goal.

Semifinal Schedule:
1st Leg
-Tue Nov 21
Columbus (#5) v Toronto (#1) - 7pm CT on ESPN
Houston (#10) v Seattle (#7) - 9pm CT on FS1
2nd Leg
-Wed Nov 29
Toronto v Columbus - 6:30pm CT on FS1
-Thu Nov 30
Seattle v Houston - 9:30pm CT on ESPN

No one in MLS has currently coached the same team longer than Peter Vermes at Kansas City. By Sam Kovan for MLS.

Centerback Joao Meira will not sign a new deal with Chicago for next season. Replacing him will be a big key to the off season.

David Villa is very happy with his decision to move to America and play for NYC. By for ESPNFC.
  • "it was more than three years ago when I made the decision to come here and every day I am more convinced that it was the right decision."



Diego Restrepo of San Antonio named USL Goalkeeper Of The Year

Mark Briggs of Real Monarchs named USL Coach Of The Year



Today the league closed down FC Kansas City and transferred all players to the new club in Salt Lake City.



Jonathan Gonzalez went the full 90 for Monterrey on Saturday night as they claimed the #1 seed for Liga MX Liguilla. He has had one helluva debut season.

Shaquille Moore got his 1st start for Levante on Sunday, playing right fullback. He went the full 90 and they won 0-2 at Las Palmas. Fantastic for him.

DeAndre Yedlin set up the games first goal for Newcastle, but then Manchester United rattled off 4 straight. Oof.



A review of the 5 top story lines from the last week of the Apertura. By Tom Marshall for ESPNFC.

The Last Round Of Apertura Season.

Final Standings:
IN-37 Monterrey
IN-32 Tigres
IN-30 America
IN-29 Morelia (+8)
IN-29 Toluca (+3)
IN-27 Cruz Azul
IN-26 Leon
IN-25 Atlas
OUT-24 Necaxa
OUT-23 Lobos
OUT-21 Tijuana
OUT-19 Pachuca
OUT-18 Guadalajara (-2)
OUT-18 Santos Laguna (-3)
OUT-16 Puebla (-6)
OUT-16 Queretaro (-8)
OUT-15 Veracruz
OUT-12 Pumas

Liga MX final round Results:
Puebla 0-1 Lobos
Atlas 1-1 Pachuca
Cruz Azul 1-0 Veracruz
Quertaro 1-1 Pumas
Monterrey 2-0 Tigres
Leon 0-2 Guadalajara
Necaxa 1-2 Morelia
Toluca 3-1 Tijuana
Santos Laguna 0-1 America

Liguilla Quarterfinals 1st Leg Schedule:
-Wed Nov 22
Toluca-5 v Morelia-4 - 7:30 CT
Leon-7 v Tigres-2 - 9:30 CT
-Thu Nov 23
Cruz Azul-6 v America-3 - 7:30 CT
Atlas-8 v Monterrey-1 - 9:30 CT

2nd Leg:
-Sat Nov 25
Tigres v Leon - 7:00 CT
Morelia v Toluca - 9:00 CT
-Sun Nov 26
Monterrey v Atlas - 6:00 CT
America v Cruz Azul - 8:00 CT
(pairings are re-seeded each round)



  • ADVANCED: Tottenham, Manchester City, PSG, Bayern
  • OUT: Feyenoord, Celtic, Anderlecht

Matchday 6
  • Tue Dec 5 + Wed Dec 6
Round of 16 Draw
  • Mon Dec 11

M5 Schedule:
-Tue Nov 21
Spartak Moskova v Maribor - E - 11:00am CT on ESPN3
Sevilla v Liverpool - E - 1:45pm CT on ESPN3
Napoli v Shakhtar Donetsk - F - 1:45pm CT on ESPN3
Man City v Feyenoord - F - 1:45pm CT on ESPN3
Besiktas v Porto - G - 11:00am CT on FS2
Monaco v Leipzig - G - 1:45pm CT on ESPN3
Dortmund v Tottenham - H - 1:45pm CT on FS2
Apoel v Real Madrid - H - 1:45pm CT on FS1
-Wed Nov 22
CSKA Moskova v Benfica - A - 11:00am CT on ESPN3
Basel v Man United - A - 1:45pm CT on FS2
PSG v Celtic - B - 1:45pm CT on ESPN3
Anderlecht v Bayern - B - 1:45pm CT on ESPN3
Qarabag v Chelsea - C - 11:00am CT on ESPN3
Atletico Madrid v Roma - C - 1:45pm CT on ESPN3
Sporting CP v Olympiacos - D - 1:45pm CT on ESPN3
Juventus v Barcelona - D - 1:45pm CT on FS1



I think the Dortmund head coach Peter Bosz has to be in his last legs with the club. After a fast and prosperous start to the 17/18 season they lost again this weekend and are now sitting on 2 wins in the last 10 games in all competitions (and 1 of those was against 3rd division team in the league cup.)

The president of the Italian FA has resigned today after they failed to qualify for the Mens World Cup. The same should have happened in the USA.



4 biggies got beat - a rare occurrence:
  • Dortmund lost yet again.
  • Tottenham lost to another big team.
  • Milan lost to another big team.
  • Juventus lost.

-Fri Nov 17
Stuttgart 2-1 Dortmund
Amiens 1-1 Monaco
-Sat Nov 18
Arsenal 2-0 Tottenham
Atletico Madrid 0-0 Real Madrid
Bayern 3-0 Augsburg
Leganes 0-3 Barcelona
West Brom 0-4 Chelsea
Leverkusen 2-2 Leipzig
Liverpool 3-0 Southampton
Leicester 0-2 Man City
Man United 4-1 Newcastle
Napoli 2-1 Milan
PSG 4-1 Nantes
Roma 2-1 Lazio
-Sun Nov 19
Inter 2-0 Atalanta
Sampdoria 3-2 Juventus
Bordeaux 1-1 Marsielle
Schalke 2-0 Hamburger
Espanyol 0-2 Valencia

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