Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Some Soccer News for Nov 21, 2017

It's Day 323 of 2017.

The dream of a USL team in a prime section of Chicago is now a plan. By Ryan Ori for the Chicago Tribune.
  • I have no idea how real this idea actually is though. Sounds like they have a lot of hurdles before they could play in 2020 (Which is just over 26 months from now.)



I saw MNUFC Director of Player Personnel Amos Magee today and he looked me in the eyes and said, "Yes Bruce, I know you think we need to be focused on improving our defense." (Or something like that.) Hahaha. You never know if you are being heard or not. Now I know. I love you Amos.

The first steel beams are going up at Allianz Field today!

Video shot from the "floor" of under-construction Allianz Field:

Jamie Watson is clearly the winner today:



REMINDER: In the last du Nord MLS Hot Team Hot List Power Rankings of the regular season this is how our 4 semifinalists ranked:
  • 1 Columbus Crew
  • 2 Toronto
  • 5 Seattle Sounders
  • 8 Houston Dynamo

  • Columbus - The Crew knows that TFC being without Altidore and Giovinco will not make the game easier. By Andrew Erickson for the Columbus Dispatch.
  • Toronto - It'll be a battle of hot goalkeepers. By Kurtis Larson for the Toronto Sun.
  • Houston - Three Honduran's lead the team. By Corey Roepken for the Houston Chronicle.
  • Seattle - Can Gustav Svensson bring some of the magic he had in helping Sweden knock Italy out of the World Cup? By Geoff Baker for the Seattle Times.
My thoughts:
  • Columbus - Expecting a rowdy sold out stadium.
  • Toronto - 2 wins, 1 tie and 3 losses this season without their two star forwards.
  • Houston - Since Oct 1 they have given up 2 goals in 6 games. While scoring 8.
  • Seattle - Have never won a game in Houston.

More Media:

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

Its been a very bad year for scheduling MLS playoff games. By Steven Goff for the Washington Post.

A local steps forward with a plan for a new Crew stadium in Columbus. By Mark Ferenchik for the Columbus Dispatch.

An interview of new New England head coach, and long time USMNT standout, Brad Friedel. By Kristan Hegeage for the Guardian.



Chris Wehan of Reno 1868 named USL Rookie Of The Year

Sebastien Ibeagha of San Antonio named USL Defender Of The Year



Christian Pulisic and Dortmund were knocked out of the Champions League today with just 2 points from 5 games. Pulisic was not in uniform, still dealing with some sort of muscle injury.

Omar Gonzalez is not going to let huge disappointment stop him from reaching all of his goals. By Tom Marshall for ESPNFC.

Things are certainly going the right way for a lot of young American players these days. By Brian Sciaretta for American Soccer Now.



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)



Semifinals Schedule:
-Tue Nov 21 Atlante v Pachuca

-Date TBA
Monterrey v Atlante/Pachuca winner



Final Schedule:
1st Leg
-Wed Nov 22
Gremio v Lanus
2nd Leg
-Wed Nov 29
Lanus v Gremio



Besiktas (beating Porto, Leipzig + Monaco to the #1 seed in G) and Real Madrid are on to the next round!

  • ADVANCED: Bayern, Besiktas, Manchester City, PSG, Real Madrid, Tottenham
  • OUT: Anderlecht, APOEL, Celtic, Dortmund, Feyenoord, Maribor, Monaco

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

M5 Schedule:
-Tue Nov 21
Spartak Moskova 1-1 Maribor - E
Sevilla 3-3 Liverpool - E
Napoli 3-0 Shakhtar Donetsk - F
Man City 1-0 Feyenoord - F
Besiktas 1-1 Porto - G
Monaco 1-4 Leipzig - G
Dortmund 1-2 Tottenham - H
Apoel 0-6 Real Madrid - H
-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



-Sat Nov 21
Levante v Atletico Madrid
Valencia v Barcelona
Monchengladbach v Bayern
Liverpool v Chelsea
Dortmund v Schalke
Cagliari v Internazionale
Leipzig v Werder Bremen
Man United v Brighton + Hove
Real Madrid v Malaga
Tottenham v West Brom
-Sun Nov 22
Burnley v Arsenal
Juventus v Crotone
Huddersfield v Man City
Marsielle v Guingamp
Milan v Torino
Monaco v PSG
Udinese v Napoli
Genoa v Roma

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