Monday, January 22, 2018

Some Soccer News for Jan 22, 2018

It's Day 22 of 2018.

The Twin Cities remain perplexingly optimistic today: "MSP Airport is still open, but due to heavy snowfall and winds in the area, all four of our runways are closed."


Attention lefty hipsters, another club is making a comeback just for you - Red Star of Paris. By Mark Godfrey for the Guardian.
  • The founder of the club was Jules Rimet who the World Cup trophy is named for.



Preseason begins today! The players are here:

FYI: MU didn't have any picks in the 3rd + 4th rounds of the MLS draft.

Off Season Signings:

We now wait to hear from the team who is on their training camp roster.

New signing Frantz Pangop is with Cameroon in the African Nations Championship - Group Stage:
  • Gm1 Tue Jan 16 v Congo - lost 1-0 - Started and subbed off
  • Gm2 Sat Jan 20 v Angola - lost 1-0 - Started and subbed off
--Eliminated from Knock Out Rounds--
  • Gm3 Wed Jan 24 v Burkina Faso



Its official, Atlanta spent $15 million to buy 18 year old attacking midfielder Ezequiel Barco from Independiente in Argentina. It breaks all MLS transfer buy records by a mile.

LA Galaxy has acquired Crew forward Ola Kamara in a player swap for Gyasi Zardes and up to $500k in TAM.

Slice it any way you want but #SaveTheCrew is going to be a giant presence in the 2018 Columbus Crew season:

Galaxy announced the signing of free agent Chris Pontius. Played with PhilaUnion last season.

What the expansion of Portland's stadium will be all about. By Tim Newcomb for Four Four Two.



Friendly coming up on Sunday night.
-Sun Jan 28
USA v Bosnia + Herzegovina - 8:30pm CT on FS1
Stub Hub Center - Carson CA



Bruce Arena saying there were a couple of "bad eggs" in the USMNT during the end of the failed World Cup qualifying run is one of the most bullshit excuses I could imagine. And other reasons for failure. By Paul Kennedy for Soccer America.



Landon Donovan started training with Leon today.

Weston McKennie suffered a knee injury playing for Schalke on Sunday. Here is the official news from Schalke on Monday evening:

Lots more bits of news, both good (Chandler + Saief) and bad (Yedlin + Miazga). From Brian Sciaretta for American Soccer Now.



Seven former youth players at Chelsea have filed racism complaints against a youth coach and a staff member. By Martha Kelner for the Guardian.

Pippo Inzaghi has raised Lazio to third place in Serie A. When was the last time they pulled that off? By Paolo Bandini.



Important weekend results:
  • PSG has lost, this time to 2nd place Lyon, but the gap is still 8 points.
  • Leipzig fell to Freiburg.
  • Valencia lost again and are probably no longer worthy of this list, although they are still 5 points ahead of Real Madrid.
  • Barcelona is still UNBEATEN: 17-3-0

-Fri Jan 19
Hertha 1-1 Dortmund
Caen 0-2 Marseille
-Sat Jan 20
Arsenal 4-1 Crystal Palace
Atletico Madrid 1-1 Girona
Brighton & Hove 0-4 Chelsea
Freiburg 2-1 Leipzig
Man City 3-1 Newcastle
Burnley 0-1 Man United
Las Palmas 2-1 Valencia
-Sun Jan 21
Real Betis 0-5 Barcelona
Bayern 4-2 Werder Bremen
Inter 1-1 Roma
Lyon 2-1 PSG
Cagliari 1-2 Milan
Monaco 3-1 Metz
Atalanta 0-1 Napoli
Real Madrid 7-1 Deportivo La Coruna
Schalke 1-1 Hannover
Southampton 1-1 Tottenham
-Mon Jan 22
Juventus v Genoa
Swansea v Liverpool
-Wed Jan 24
Sampdoria v Roma

The Bird Is The Word


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