Monday, January 16, 2017

African Nations Cup: Defending Champs Held To Scoreless Draw; DR Congo Top Morocco

Two games were contested on Monday in Group C of the African Nations Cup.  Both matches took place at Stade d'Oyem in Oyem, Gabon.

In the opener, Togo held defending champions Ivory Coast to a 0-0 stalemate.

In the nightcap, Junior Kabananga scored the only goal of the match in the 55th minute as the Democratic Republic of the Congo defeated Morocco 1-0.

Group C Standings:

1. DR Congo (GP: 1; GD: +1; PTS: 3)
2. Ivory Coast (GP: 1; GD: 0; PTS: 1)
    Togo (GP: 1; GD: 0; PTS: 1)
4. Morocco (GP: 1; GD: -1; PTS: 0)

Sunday, January 15, 2017

African Nations Cup: Senegal Blanks Tunisia; Algeria and Zimbabwe Draw

African Nations Cup play continued on Sunday with two Group B contests, both taking place at Franceville Stadium in Franceville, Gabon.

In the opener, Riyad Mahrez scored twice (12', 82') to carry Algeria to a 2-2 draw with Zimbabwe.  Kudakwashe Mahachi (17') and Nyasha Mushekwi (PK-29') provided the scoring for the Warriors.

In the nightcap, Sadio Mane (PK-10') and Kara Mbodji (30') each scored once in the opening half-hour as Senegal blanked Tunisia 2-0.

Group B Standings:

1. Senegal (GP: 1; GD: +2; PTS: 3)
2. Algeria (GP: 1; GD: 0; PTS: 1)
    Zimbabwe (GP: 1; GD: 0; PTS: 1)
4. Tunisia (GP: 1; GD: -2; PTS: 0)

Saturday, January 14, 2017

African Nations Cup: Opening Day

The 2017 edition of the African Nations Cup opened on Saturday with two games played at Stade de l'Amitie in Libreville,  Gabon, both in Group A.

In the opener, Juary Soares' equalizer in the opening minute of second-half stoppage time lifted Guinea-Bissau to a 1-1 draw with host nation Gabon.  Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored for Les Pantheres in the 52nd minute.

In the nightcap, Issoufou Dayo's equalizer in the 75th minute lifted Burkina Faso to a 1-1 draw with Cameroon. Benjamin Moukandjou scored for The Indomitable Lions in the 35th minute.

Group A Standings:

1. Gabon  (GP: 1; GD: 0; PTS: 1)
    Burkina Faso (GP: 1; GD: 0; PTS: 1)
    Cameroon (GP: 1; GD: 0; PTS: 1)
    Guinea-Bissau (GP: 1; GD: 0; PTS: 1)


With The Chargers Back In Los Angeles..........

Has San Diego now become a prime candidate for MLS expansion?

Galaxy To Share StubHub Center With Chargers

This will not be the first time that the five-time MLS Cup champs will share their home stadium.

For a decade they shared the facility with now-defunct Chivas USA.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Expansion

The World Cup is set to expand to 48 teams beginning with the 2026 tournament.

32 teams will take part in the 2018 (Russia) and 2022 (Qatar) tournaments, as have been the case since 1998 (France, which was won by the host nation).

Maybe now, Oceania will have its' own automatic berth.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Swans Can Ex-USMNT Boss

Swansea City currently sit 19th in the English Premier League standings and are currently in the relegation zone.

Initial Report On Chapecoense Plane Crash

Makes for sobering reading for fans and officials of South American soccer.