Wednesday, November 19, 2014

MLS Dispersal Draft: Hoops Select Dan Kennedy; Only Seven Goats Selected, All In The First Round

In Wednesday's Major League Soccer dispersal draft of players from the roster of the late Club Deportivo Chivas USA, goalkeeper Dan Kennedy, the jewel of the Goats' roster,  was selected first by FC Dallas.

Dan was one of only seven former Goats selected in the draft.  Los Angeles' other MLS club was dissolved last month.

The other players selected:

Matthew Dunn, midfielder, selected by the New York City Football Club, one of two expansion clubs set to start play in 2015.

Thomas McNamara, forward/midfielder, selected by DC United.

Danny Toia, defender, selected by the Montreal Impact.

Caleb Calvert, forward, selected by the Colorado Rapids.

Kristopher Tyrpak, forward, selected by the San Jose Earthquakes.

Marco Delgado, midfielder/defender, selected by Toronto FC.

All of the aforementioned players were selected in the first round, with all 20 surviving clubs (including both expansion clubs NYCFC and Orlando City SC) passing in the second round.

No included for selection in the draft was forward Erick Cubo Torres, who returned to Chivas of Guadalajara.

Monday, November 10, 2014

MLS Cup Playoffs: Scoreless Home Draw In Game Two Good Enough For Sounders As Seattle Eliminates FC Dallas To Get Crack At Galaxy For West Title (And Chance To Host Cup Final)

At Seattle:

A 0-0 Monday home deadlock against FC Dallas in the second match of their two-game Major League Soccer Western Conference semifinal series enabled the Seattle Sounders to advance on away goals with the aggregate score at 1-1. 

Here's the schedule for the MLS Cup conference finals:

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

At Harrison, New Jersey:

New York Red Bulls vs. New England Revolution, Game #1, Sunday, November 23 @ 10:30 AM Pacific Time (NBC)

At Foxborough, Massachusetts:

New England vs. New York, Game #2, Saturday, November 28 @ 12:00 Noon, PST (NBCSN)



WESTERN CONFERENCE:

At Carson, California:

Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Seattle Sounders FC, Game #1, Sunday, November 23 @ 2:00 PM PST (ESPN)

At Seattle:

Seattle vs. Los Angeles, Game #2, Sunday November 30 @ 6:00 PM PST (ESPN)

The two conference final winners will meet in the MLS Cup Final at the home of the higher-seeded club on Sunday, December 7 @ 12:00 Noon Pacific Time on ESPN.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

MLS Cup Playoffs: Revs, Galaxy Demolish Respective Opponents, Advance To Conference Finals; New England To Get Red Bulls Next

Action in the Major League Soccer Cup Playoffs continued on Sunday with two games.

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

At Foxborough, Massachusetts:

Goals from Lee Nguyen (43'), Jose Goncalves, and Teal Bunbury carried the New England Revolution to a 3-1 game-two home victory over the nine-man Columbus Crew and a 7-3 two-game conference semifinal series aggregate victory.  The Revs will take on the New York Red Bulls in the Eastern Conference final.

WESTERN CONFERENCE:

At Carson, California:

Landon Donovan delivered a hat trick (11', 55', 72') as the Los Angeles Galaxy destroyed visiting Real Salt Lake 5-0 in game two of their conference semifinal series and took their series by that same score on aggregate.  The Galaxy will next take on the Seattle-Dallas winner in the Western Conference final.

Saturday, November 08, 2014

MLS Cup Playoffs: Red Bulls Knock Off DC United To Advance To East Final

At Washington:

Peguy Luyindula scored a critical goal in the 57th minute on Saturday as the New York Red Bulls, despite dropping a 2-1 road decision in game two of their Major League Soccer Cup Playoff Eastern Conference semifinal series with DC United, ousted the conference's top-seeded club 3-2 on aggregate, having finally ousted the capital city's club in MLS Cup playoff action on their fifth attempt.

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Europa League

The second half of Europa League group-stage action opened on Thursday with 24 games.

Group A:

At Zurich, Switzerland:

Yassine Chikhaoui scored the winning goal for FC Zurich in the 29th minute in a match in which all five goals were scored in the first half-hour.  The hosts defeated visiting Villarreal 3-2.

At Nicosia, Cyprus:

Raffael Caetano de Araujo (56') and Patrick Herrmann (90'+5) delivered the goals as Borussia Monchengladbach defeated Apollon Limassol 2-0 on the road.

GROUP A STANDINGS:

1. Borussia Monchengladbach (GP: 4; GD: +7; PTS: 8)
2. Villarreal (GP: 4; GD: +6; PTS: 7)
3. FC Zurich (GP: 4; GD: -3; PTS: 4)
4. Apollon Limassol (GP: 4; GD: -10; PTS: 3)



Group B:

At Helsinki, Finland:

Valtteri Moren scored the winning goal inthe 81st minute as HJK Helsinki knocked off visiting Torino 2-1.

At Copenhagen, Denmark:

Lior Relaelov delivered a natural first-half hat trick (7', 30', 36') as Club Brugge demolished FC Copenhagen 4-0 on the road.

GROUP B STANDINGS:

1. Club Brugge (GP: 4; GD: +7; PTS: 8)
2. Torino FC (GP: 4; GD: +2; PTS: 7)
3. FC Copenhagen (GP: 4; GD: -3; PTS: 4)
4. HJK Helsinki (GP: 4; GD: -6; PTS: 3)



Group C:

At Tripoli, Greece:

Harry Kane scored the game winner in the 42nd minute as Tottenham Hotspur defeated Asteras Tripoli 2-1 on the road.

At Istanbul, Turkey:

Demba Ba scored twice (PK-57', 62') as Besiktas defeated visiting Partizan Belgrade 2-1 and eliminated the Serbian club from the tournament and European competition.

GROUP C STANDINGS:

1.    Besiktas (GP: 4; GD: +5; PTS: 8)
2.    Tottenham Hotspur (GP: 4; GD: +5; PTS: 8)
3.    Asteras Tripoli (GP: 4; GD: -3; PTS: 4)
4. z-Partizan Belgrade (GP: 4; GD: -7; PTS: 1)

z-Eliminated from tournament



Group D:

At Giurgiu, Romania:

William Amorim's equalizer in the 79th minute enabled FC Astra Giurgiu to salvage a 1-1 home draw with Celtic.  The draw did the Romanian club no good as they were eliminated from the tournament.  Stefan Johansen scored for the Bhoys in the 32nd minute.

At Zagreb, Croatia:

Jonathan Soriano delivered a hat trick (40', 64', 85') as FC Red Bull Salzburg clinched a berth in the knockout stage with their 5-1 road demolition of Dinamo Zagreb.

GROUP D STANDINGS:

1. x-FC Red Bull Salzburg (GP: 4; GD: +7; PTS: 10)
2.    Celtic (GP: 4; GD: +2; PTS: 8)
3.    Dinamo Zagreb (GP: 4; GD: -3; PTS: 3)
4. z-FC Astra Giurgiu (GP: 4; GD: -6; PTS: 1)

x-Clinched berth in knockout stage

z-Eliminated from tournament



Group E:

At Khimki, Russia:

Kevin Kuranyi scored the only goal in the 77th minute as Dynamo Moscow laid claim to a berth in the knockout stage with a 1-0 home victory over Estoril.

At Athens:

Georginio Wijnaldum scored the winning goal in the 78th minute as PSV Eindhoven knocked Panathinaikos out of the tournament 3-2 on the road.

GROUP E STANDINGS:

1. x-Dynamo Moscow (GP: 4; GD: +4; PTS: 12)
2.     PSV Eindhoven (GP: 4; GD: +1; PTS: 7)
3.     Estoril (GP: 4; GD: -1; PTS: 3)
4.  z-Panathinaikos (GP: 4; GD: -4; PTS: 1)

x-Clinched berth in knockout stage

z-Eliminated from tournament



Group F:

At Baku, Azerbaijan:

Nikola Kalinic scored twice (15', 73') as FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk defeated Qarabag FK 2-1 on the road.

At Saint-Etienne, France:

Moustapha Bayal Sall's 50th-minute equalizer lifted Saint-Etienne to a 1-1 home draw with Inter Milan.  Dodo scored for the Nerazzurri in the 33rd minute.

GROUP F STANDINGS:

1. Inter Milan (GP: 4; GD: +3; PTS: 8)
2. FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (GP: 4; GD: -1; PTS: 4)
3. Qarabag FK (GP: 4; GD: -2; PTS: 4)
4. Saint-Etienne (GP: 4; GD: 0; PTS: 4)



Group G:

At Rotterdam, Netherlands:

Karim El Ahmadi (8') and Lex Immers (20') each delivered a goal as Feyenoord Rotterdam blanked visiting HNK Rijeka 2-0.

At Seville, Spain:

Jose Antonio Reyes scored what proved to be the game winner in the 41st minute as Sevilla defeated visiting Standard Liege 3-1.

GROUP G STANDINGS:

1. Sevilla (GP: 4; GD: +4; PTS: 8)
2. Feyenoord Rotterdam (GP: 4; GD: -1; PTS: 6)
3. Standard Liege (GP: 4; GD: -1; PTS: 4)
4. HNK Rijeka (GP: 4; GD: -2; PTS: 4)



Group H:

At Wolfsburg, Germany:

Aaron Hunt (47', 57') and Nicklas Bendtner (PK-89', 90'+1) each scored twice in the second half as VfL Wolfsburg hammered visiting FC Krasnodar 5-1.

At Liverpool, England:

Leon Osman (27'), Phil Jagielka (42'), and Steven Naismith (61') each delivered a goal as Everton dominated visiting LOSC Lille Metropole 3-0.

GROUP H STANDINGS:

1. Everton (GP: 4; GD: +6; PTS: 8)
2. VfL Wolfsburg (GP: 4; GD: +3; PTS: 7)
3. LOSC Lille Metropole (GP: 4; GD: -3; PTS: 3)
4. FC Krasnodar (GP: 4; GD: -6; PTS: 2)



Group I:

At Prague, Czech Republic:

David Lafata scored twice (29', 84') as Sparta Prague demolished visiting FC Slovan Bratislava 4-0, eliminating the Slovakian club from the tournament while staying level on points with Napoli for first place in Group I.

At Naples, Italy:

Jonathan De Guzman's hat trick (45'+2, 65', 83') provided all the scoring in Napoli's 3-0 home domination of BSC Young Boys.

GROUP I STANDINGS:

1.    Napoli (GP: 4; GD: +5; PTS: 9)
2.    Sparta Prague (GP: 4; GD: +7; PTS: 9)
3.    BSC Young Boys (GP: 4; GD: +2; PTS: 6)
4. z-FC Slovan Bratislava (GP: 4; GD: -14; PTS: 0)

z-Eliminated from tournament



Group J:

At Kiev, Ukarine:

Domagoj Vida (70') and Oleh Husyev (90'+3) provided the scoring as Dynamo Kiev blanked visiting Aalborg BK 2-0.

At Vila do Conde, Portugal:

Claudiu Keseru (61') and Lucian Filip (90'+4) provided the goals that carried Steaua Bucharest to a 2-2 road draw with Rio Ave.  Diego Lopes provided both goals (35', PK-77') for the now-eliminated Portuguese club.

GROUP J STANDINGS:

1.    Dynamo Kiev (GP: 4; GD: +4; PTS: 9) 
2.    Steaua Bucharest (GP: 4; GD: +5; PTS; 7)
3.    Aalborg BK (GP: 4; GD; -4; PTS: 6)   
4. z-Rio Ave (GP: 4; GD: -5; PTS: 1)

z-Eliminated from tournament



Group K:

At Guingamp, France:

Claudio Beauvue (44') and Christophe Mandanne (86') each delivered a goal to carry Guingamp to a 2-0 home win over Dinamo Minsk.

At Florence, Italy:

Manuel Pasqual equalized in the 88th minute and lifted Fiorentina to a 1-1 home draw with PAOK FC.  Maarten Martens scored in the 81st minute for the Greek club.

GROUP K STANDINGS:

1. x-Fiorentina (GP:4; GD: +7; PTS: 10)
2.     Guingamp (GP: 4; GD: +1; PTS: 7)
3.     PAOK FC (GP: 4; GD: +2; PTS: 4)
4.     FC Dinamo Minsk (GP: 4; GD: -10; PTS: 1)

x-Clinched berth in knockout stage



Group L:

At Lokoren, Belgium:

Abdul Majeed Waris delivered the equalizer in the second minute of first-half stoppage time to carry Trabzonspor to a 1-1 road draw with Lokeren.  Ayanda Patosi scored in the fifth minute for the Belgian club.

At Warsaw, Poland:

Ondrej Duda scored the winning goal in the 84th minute as Legia Warsaw locked up a berth in the knockout stage by eliminating visiting FC Metalist Kharkiv 2-1.

GROUP L STANDINGS:

1. x-Legia Warsaw (GP: 4; GD: +4; PTS: 12)
2.    Trabzonspor (GP: 4; GD: +2; PTS: 7)
3.    Lokoren (GP: 4; GD: -2; PTS: 4)
4. z-FC Metalist Kharkiv (GP: 4; GD: -4; PTS: 0)

x-Clinched berth in knockout stage

z-Eliminated from tournament


Wednesday, November 05, 2014

UEFA Champions League, Group H: Dragons Advance To Knockout Stage; Shakhtar Blast BATE

Two Group H matches were played in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday.

At Lviv, Ukraine:
Shakhtar supreme again against BATE
Luiz Adriano produced a second-half hat trick (PK-58', 83', 90'+3, that's him celebrating after completing his triple) as Shakhtar Donetsk placed themselves on the cusp of advancing to the group stage following their 5-0 demolition of visiting FC BATE Borisov.

At Bilbao, Spain:
Porto secure progress as Athletic hopes end
Jackson Martinez (56', that's him on his knees looking to the heavens after scoring) and Yacine Brahimi (73') each scored a goal as FC Porto clinched a berth in the group stage with a 2-0 home win over Athletic Bilbao, knocking the Spanish club out of the tournament.

AFP/Getty Images photos

GROUP H STANDINGS:

1. x-FC Porto (GP: 4; GD: +9; PTS: 10)
2.    Shakhtar Donetsk (GP: 4; GD: +12; PTS: 8)
3.    FC BATE Borisov (GP: 4; GD: -17; PTS: 3)
4. z-Athletic Bilbao (GP: 4; GD: -4; PTS: 1)

x-Clinched berth in knockout stage

z-Eliminated from tournament but still alive for berth in Europa League knockout stage

UEFA Champions League, Group G: Late Goal Gains Road Draw For Chelsea; Lions Knock Off Royal Blues

Two Wednesday matches were contested in Group G of the UEFA Champions League.

At Lisbon:
Sporting blow Group G open with Schalke win
Mouhamadou-Naby Sarr (26'), Jefferson Nascimento (52', that's him celebrating with teammates), Nani (72'), and Islam Slimani (90'+1) each delivered a goal as Sporting CP doubled up visiting Schalke 4-2.

At Maribor, Slovenia:
Handanovič helps Maribor to Chelsea draw
Nemanja Matic delivered the equalizer in the 73rd minute to carry Chelsea to a 1-1 road draw with NK Maribor. Agim Ibraimi scored for the hosts in the 50th minute. Here, we see the Blues' Eden Hazard (in the gold uniform) try to get away from Maribor's Zeljko Filipovic.

AFP/Getty Images photos

GROUP G STANDINGS:

1. Chelsea (GP: 4; GD: +7; PTS: 8)
2. FC Schalke 04 (GP: 4; GD: -1; PTS: 5)
3. Sporting CP (GP: 4; GD: 0; PTS: 4)
4. NKMaribor (GP: 4; GD: -6; PTS: 3)

UEFA Champions League, Group F; PSG, Barca Clinch Knockout-Stage Berths

Group F play in the UEFA Champions League continued on Wednesday with two games.

At Paris:
Quick-fire Cavani sends Paris through, APOEL out
Edinson Cavani (shown here celebrating) scored the only goal of the match in the second minute as Paris Saint-Germain clinched a berth in the knockout stage with their 1-0 home win over APOEL FC, knocking the Cypriot club out of the tournament.

At Amsterdam, Netherlands:
Messi matches goal record as Barcelona advance
Lionel Messi scored twice (36, 76, that's him celebrating with teammates) as Barcelona locked up a knockout-stage berth with a 2-0 road win over Ajax Amsterdam, eliminating the Dutch giants from the tournament.  Leo the Lion now has scored 71 Champions League goals, tying the record set by Raul.

AFP/Getty Images photos

GROUP F STANDINGS:

1. x-Paris Saint Germain (GP: 4; GD: +3; PTS: 10)
2. x-FC Barcelona (GP: 4; GD: +4; PTS: 9)
3. z-Ajax Amsterdam (GP: 4; GD: -4; PTS: 2)
4. z-APOEL FC (GP: 4; GD: -3; PTS: 1)

x-Clinched berth in knockout stage

z-Eliminated from tournament but still alive for berth in Europa League knockout stage

UEFA Champions League, Group E: Bayern Lock Up Knockout-Stage Berth; Horses Knock Off Citizens At Manchester

Eight games were played on Wednesday as UEFA Champions League group-stage action continued.  Two of the contests were in Group E.

At Manchester, England:

Seydou Doumbia scored twice (2', 34', that's him celebrating after his second goal) as  CSKA Moscow knocked off Manchester City 2-1 on the road.

AFP/Getty Images photo

At Munich, Germany:
Bayern beat Roma to claim first place in Group E
Franck Ribery (38', that's him celebrating) and Mario Gotze (64') each scored a goal as Bayern Munich locked up not only a berth in the knockout stage, but also won Group E with a 2-0 home win over AS Roma.

AFP/Getty Images photo

GROUP E STANDINGS:

1. xx-Bayern Munich (GP: 4; GD: +10; PTS: 12)
2.      AS Roma (GP: 4; GD: -4; PTS: 4)
3.      CSKA Moscow (GP: 4; GD: -4; PTS: 4)
4.      Manchester City (GP: 4; GD: -2; PTS: 2)

xx-Won Group E and clinched berth in knockout stage