Monday, December 04, 2017

Some Soccer News for Dec 4, 2017

It's Day 338 of 2017.

ADDED TO POST - Important News On Sunil Gulati:

My fellow Minnesota United fans, and Dark Clouds especially, always make me happy. Here is a small taste why:


Diego Valeri of Portland Timbers named MLS Most Valuable Player
  • An easy choice in 2017.


A couple weeks back I mentioned Italian club Benevento because at the time they had played 12 games and lost them all. Since then they went on to lose two more leaving them at 0-0-14 in Serie A. This weekend that changed: 5 minutes into second half stoppage time they trailed Milan 1-2 but got a free kick just left of the box. The Benevento goalkeeper came racing forward and then put the ball into the net with his head to tie the game and claim their first point of the season, tying 2-2 v Milan.


Q + A with Rob Stone - one of my favorite people in American Soccer, talking World Cup and his life as a sports broadcaster. By Mike Woitalla for Soccer America.


An update on a potential new soccer league in the USA, called NISA, from our friend and league commissioner Peter Wilt. Press release from the NISA.
  • Not prepared to launch soon enough. I have always thought that their hope of starting in 2018 was pushing it too hard.



-Sat Dec 9
Toronto FC v Seattle Sounders FC - kickoff at 3:30pm CT on ESPN




7 games in a row without a win in all competitions for Cristian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund.
  • And outside of a Cup win against 3rd division Magdeburg the streak goes back 3 more games to a win on Sep 30th.

How did other Americans perform over the last week. A good review. By Brian Sciaretta for American Soccer Now.



Oh boy, its gonna be the battle for the soul of the city of Monterrey in the Final. A derby in a final always makes things a lot crazier. Both people I talked to who live in Monterrey (one supporting each team) are nervous about how the city will react.

Liguilla Semfinals Results:
2nd Leg
-Sat Dec 2
Tigres-2 3-0 America-3 - Tig advances 4-0 on aggregate
-Sun Dec 3
Monterrey-1 4-0 Morelia-4 - Mon advances 5-0 on aggregate

Liguilla Final Schedule:
1st Leg
-Date TBA
Tigres v Monterrey
2nd Leg
-Date TBA
Monterrey v Tigres



Matchday 6
-Tue Dec 5 + Wed Dec 6

  • ADVANCED (8 of 16): Barcelona, Bayern, Besiktas, Chelsea, Manchester City, PSG, Real Madrid, Tottenham
  • OUT (10 of 16): Anderlecht, APOEL, Benfica, Celtic, Dortmund, Feyenoord, Maribor, Monaco, Olympiacos, Qarabag

Round of 16 Draw
-Mon Dec 11

Key Game Schedule:
-Mon Dec 5
Group A
Man United (12pts) v CSKA Moskva (9pts)
Benfica (Out) v Basel (9pts)
Group C
Roma (8 pts) v Qarabag (Out)
Cheslea (In) v Atletico(6 pts)
Group D
Olympiacos (Out) v JUVENTUS (8 pts)
Barcelona (In) v Sporting CP (7 pts)
-Tue Dec 6
Group E
Liverpool (9 pts) v Spartak Moskva (6 pts)
Maribor (Out) v Sevilla (8 pts)
Group F
Shakhtar Donetsk (9 pts) v Man City
Feyenoord (Out) v Napoli (6 pts)
Group G
Porto (7 pts) v Monaco (Out)
Leipzig (7 pts) v Besiktas (In)



Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend's action. From the Guardian.

Unbeaten teams in the Big 5:
(6 became 4)
Manchester City 14-1-0
Internazionale 12-3-0
Barcelona 11-3-0
Atletico Madrid 8-6-0
Valencia - LOST this week
Paris St Germain - LOST this week



Lost: Napoli to Juventus, Leipzig got smoked, and PSG lost for the first time.

In Spain, of the top 4 only Atleti got a win as Barca and Real Madrid both tied and Valencia lost for the first time all season.

Weekend Schedule:
-Fri Dec 1
Napoli 0-1 Juventus
Roma 3-1 SPAL
-Sat Dec 2
Arsenal 1-3 Man United
Atletico Madrid 2-1 Real Sociedad
Barcelona 2-2 Celta de Vigo
Bayern 3-1 Hannover
Chelsea 3-1 Newcastle
Leverkusen 1-1 Dortmund
Hoffenheim 4-0 Leipzig
Brighton & Hove 1-5 Liverpool
Monaco 1-0 Angers
Strasbourg 2-1 PSG
Athletic Bilbao 0-0 Real Madrid
Schalke 2-2 Koln
Watford 1-1 Tottenham
-Sun Dec 3
Internazionale 5-0 Chievo
Caen 1-2 Lyon
Man City 2-1 West Ham
Montpellier 1-1 Marseille
Benevento 2-2 Milan
Getafe 1-0 Valencia

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