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Archive for March 10th, 2018

Daily Almanac for Saturday, March 10, 2018: Day 69 of the Year

(http www.lovethispic.com)

 

THIS IS DAY 69 OF THE YEAR; 10 DAYS UNTIL SPRING; 200 LEFT IN THE YEAR

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DAILY ALMANAC WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF www.dailyalmanac.com

 

Crew SC set to open home season against Montreal Impact today at 1 pm

Columbus Crew SC hosts Montreal Impact for the 2018 home opener on Saturday at MAPFRE Stadium. The Eastern Conference matchup is set for 1 p.m. ET.

Montreal opened the 2018 regular season last Sunday with a 2-1 loss to fellow Canadians, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, in Vancouver. The Impact’s lone goal of the match came late in the second half when striker Matteo Mancosu headed one home in the 81st minute.

The Black & Gold will come into Saturday’s match fresh off a 2-0 victory over MLS Cup defenders, Toronto FC, that opened the 2018 regular season last Saturday in Toronto.

Saturday’s shutout also marked goalkeeper Zack Steffen’s 10th regular-season shutout in MLS action. Steffen also made two saves against Toronto which now puts him at 100 regular-season saves for the Black & Gold.

The Black & Gold met with their Canadian counterparts twice in regular-season action last season with both matches ending in favor of Crew SC. On May 13, the Black & Gold topped Montreal 3-2 for a Mother’s Day special before sending Montreal off with a 4-1 whooping on June 24. This season the Impact will be coached by former Lyon manager, Remi Garde. Montreal will also rely heavily on Ignacio Patti, as well as their new Designated Player, Saphir Taider.

 

MATCH NOTES

CREW SC & MONTREAL IMPACT AT A GLANCE

All-time regular season record: 8-5-3 (26 GF, 22 GA)
Home games: 6-1-2 (19 GF, 9 GA)
Road games: 2-4-1 (7 GF, 13 GA)

LAST 3 REGULAR-SEASON MEETINGS

06/18/2016 CLB 0 vs MTL 0 MAPFRE Stadium T
05/13/2017 CLB 3 vs MTL 2 Saputo Stadium W
06/24/2017 CLB 4 vs MTL 1 MAPFRE Stadium W

COACHES

Gregg Berhalter (54-47-36, Columbus Crew SC: ‘14 – Present)
vs.
Remi Garde (0-1-0, Montreal Impact: ‘18 – Present)

ZARDES, VALENZUELA & ARGUDO MAKE DEBUTS

Saturday’s match between Crew SC and Toronto FC saw three players make their debut for the Black & Gold: Gyasi Zardes, Milton Valenzuela and Luis Argudo. Zardes and Valenzuela started for Crew SC and played the entire 90 minutes, with Zardes scoring a goal in the 46th minute, while Valenzuela provided an assist on Federico Higuain’s 44th-minute goal. Meanwhile, Luis Argudo came into the match as a substitute for midfielder Pedro Santos in the 77th minute.

ZARDES SCORES IN DEBUT

Forward Gyasi Zardes scored in his regular-season debut for Crew SC during Saturday’s match against Toronto FC. The forward the Black & Gold’s second goal of the day after receiving a pass from midfielder Pedro Santos in the 46th minute. Zardes played the entire 90 minutes, registering three shots (one on target) and scoring one goal. The strike marked Zardes’ 35th goal in MLS regular-season action since he joined the League in 2013. Since 2013, he has made 132 regular-season appearances (117 starts).

VALENZUELA MARKS DEBUT WITH ASSIST

Defender Milton Valenzuela made his regular-season debut for Crew SC in Saturday’s match against Toronto FC. The Argentinean started for the Black & Gold and provided the game-winning assist on Federico Higuain’s 44th- minute goal, as he crossed the ball to Higuain after receiving a long ball from Artur. Valenzuela played the entire 90 minutes, making 45 passes, registering two tackles and tallying one shot (one on target). The 19-year-old joined Crew SC in January of this year as the first Young Designated Player in club history.

HIGUAIN CLOSE TO ENTERING 50/50 CLUB

Federico Higuain’s goal over Toronto FC this past Saturday was his 49th regular-season goal. Since joining the club in 2012. In that time, he has also registered 49 assists in regular-season action. Should Higuain score one more goal and provide one more assist in regular-season action, he would become the first player in Crew SC history to record 50 of each. Additionally, Higuain would join a very elite club of MLS players to achieve this same feat, as only 19 other players have managed to accomplish this.

HIGUAIN MAKES 150TH APPEARANCE

With his start in Saturday’s match at BMO Field, Federico Higuain reached 150 regular-season appearances (145 starts), tying Ethan Finlay for ninth place in Crew SC’s list of most regular-season appearances in club history. The Argentinean midfielder is now behind only Chad Marshall (253), Mike Clark (221), Eddie Gaven (209), Jeff Cunningham (203), Justin Meram (188), Brian Maisonneuve (172), Brian McBride (161) and Robert Warzycha (160).

TRAPP MAKES 125TH START

Midfielder Wil Trapp made his 125th regular-season start (128th appearance) in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Toronto FC. The Black & Gold captain led the Black & Gold with 67 passes, created three goal-scoring opportunities, registered five tackles and got 81 touches on the ball. Trapp’s three goal-scoring chances against the Reds tied Cristian Martinez for the most goal-scoring chances created by the Black & Gold during the match.

 

MONTREAL IMPACT NOTES

“The Crew is a great team with players that have been playing together for a long time,” said Montreal Impact head coach Rémi Garde. “It will be a difficult game for us. I think we need to be less theoretic at times. The players have absorbed the tactical information well, but soccer is a game that needs individual initiative. I would rather see my players act than react.”

Chasing points on the road

Montreal will be looking to put last Sunday’s 2-1 loss to Vancouver behind them and add points to the bank before its home opener at Olympic Stadium. Despite the result, positivity stemmed from the team’s overall play, whether in its defensive rigour or its willingness going forward at times. The challenge in Columbus will be to extend these moments in order to control the Crew’s attacking outbreaks, all the while keeping the Black & Yellow on their toes defensively.

“We know it’s a good team, but if we aren’t creative and we don’t let ourselves go, we’ll have a hard time creating chances,” said midfielder Saphir Taïder. “We need to make sure we enjoy ourselves and give it our all, so we have no regrets after the game.”

The Impact is scheduled to play six of its first eight games on the road to start the season, which can be a delicate situation, but the team’s spirit and fitness are allowing the players to look at this game against their Ohio rivals in a positive light.

“There always seems to be two or three teams that start the season with most of their games on the road,” said goalkeeper Evan Bush. “If you prepare and go into the start of the season with the right mindset, it could be very beneficial. I think our team spirit is good thanks to our collective block and our defensive structure. The mentality we showed throughout training camp is helping us for these first few away games. It’s up to us to get something out of them.”

An unwelcoming stadium

In nine games at MAPFRE Stadium, the Montreal Impact has only amassed five points since it began in MLS in 2012, with an overall record of five wins, eight losses and three draws against the Crew. These meetings featuring the Bleu-blanc-noir and Columbus are typically highlighted with numerous goals, both teams having scored 48 times in 16 games.

Nacho Piatti is regularly successful against the Crew SC, earning five goals and two assists in seven games. If Evan Bush plays just 49 minutes of the game, he’ll pass 10,000 minutes in MLS and will become the third Impact player, and first goalkeeper, to reach that milestone.

Upcoming games

The Montreal Impact will play its home opener on Saturday, March 17, at Olympic Stadium, against Toronto FC (TVA Sports, CTV, TSN, 98,5fm, TSN Radio 690 – TICKETS), before the international break. The Bleu-blanc-noir will then be back in action to face the Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday, March 31 at 10pm (TVA Sports, TSN Radio 690).

 


(courtesy MLS)

 

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ABOUT COLUMBUS CREW SC
Columbus Crew SC (Soccer Club) is the first club in Major League Soccer and in 2015, Crew SC was crowned MLS Eastern Conference Champions in the organization’s 20th season. Owned and operated by Precourt Sports Ventures (PSV), it won its first MLS Cup championship in 2008 and also won the 2002 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as MLS Supporters’ Shield titles in 2004, 2008 and 2009. The 2018 campaign is the Black & Gold’s 20th season at historic MAPFRE Stadium – the first soccer-specific stadium in the United States. The club was purchased by PSV on July 29, 2013 as part of the privately held investment and management firm’s sports and entertainment business enterprise, and the club has qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs in three of the four seasons since, including winning the Eastern Conference Championship in 2015.

 

GAME PREVIEW WRITTEN BY Alena Schuckmann, ColumbusCrewSc.com; COURTESY COLUMBUS CREW SC COMMUNICATIONS

MONTREAL IMPACT INFORMATION FROM TEAM PRESS RELEASE

Coyotes’ center Cousins fined for Diving/Embellishment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

NEW YORK (March 9, 2018) — Arizona Coyotes forward Nick Cousins has been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced Friday.

Nick Cousins (courtesy Coyotes)

 

NHL Rule 64 is designed to bring attention to and more seriously penalize players (and teams) who repeatedly dive and embellish in an attempt to draw penalties. Fines are assessed to players and head coaches on a graduated scale outlined below:

 

Citation #    Player Fine(s)   * Head Coach Fine(s)

1           Warning              N/A

2           $2,000                N/A

3           $3,000                N/A

4           $4,000                N/A

5           $5,000                $2,000

6           $5,000                $3,000

7           $5,000                $4,000

8           $5,000                $5,000

 

For head coaches, each FINE issued to a player on his club counts toward his total. Four FINES issued to one player or a club collectively results in the head coach receiving his first fine.

 

Citations are issued by the National Hockey League Hockey Operations Department, which tracks all games, logs all penalties for diving or embellishment, and flags all plays not called on the ice that in its opinion were deserving of such a penalty. A Citation is issued once Hockey Operations, through its internal deliberations, is convinced that a player warrants sanction.

 

Cousins was issued a Warning following an incident flagged by NHL Hockey Operations during NHL Game No. 627 against the Nashville Predators on Jan. 4. His second Citation, which triggered the $2,000 fine, was issued for an incident at 13:42 of the second period during NHL Game No. 988 against the Minnesota Wild on March 1. Cousins (embellishment) and Minnesota defenseman Nick Seeler (interference) received offsetting minor penalties on the play.

 

The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTERN BY NHL PUBLIC RELATIONS; COURTESY NHLmedia.com

 

NHL fines Bruins’ Marchand for Diving/Embellishment

 

Brad Marchand skating 2016 photo By Lisa Gansky from New York, NY, USA - IMG_4618, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NEW YORK (March 9, 2018) — Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand has been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced Friday.

 

NHL Rule 64 is designed to bring attention to and more seriously penalize players (and teams) who repeatedly dive and embellish in an attempt to draw penalties. Fines are assessed to players and head coaches on a graduated scale outlined below:

 

Citation #    Player Fine(s)   * Head Coach Fine(s)

1           Warning              N/A

2           $2,000                N/A

3           $3,000                N/A

4           $4,000                N/A

5           $5,000                $2,000

6           $5,000                $3,000

7           $5,000                $4,000

8           $5,000                $5,000

 

For head coaches, each FINE issued to a player on his club counts toward his total. Four FINES issued to one player or a club collectively results in the head coach receiving his first fine.

 

Citations are issued by the National Hockey League Hockey Operations Department, which tracks all games, logs all penalties for diving or embellishment, and flags all plays not called on the ice that in its opinion were deserving of such a penalty. A Citation is issued once Hockey Operations, through its internal deliberations, is convinced that a player warrants sanction.

 

Marchand was issued a Warning following an incident flagged by NHL Hockey Operations during NHL Game No. 377 against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Nov. 29. His second Citation, which triggered the $2,000 fine, was issued for an incident at 5:38 of the second period during NHL Game No. 983 against the Pittsburgh Penguins on March 1. Marchand (embellishment) and Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta (tripping) received offsetting minor penalties on the play.

 

The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NHL PUBLIC RELATIONS; COURTESY NHLmedia.com

 

NFL announces players with Franchise and Transition tag

(megasportsnews.com photo)

 

Franchise and transition player designations were announced today for the 2018 NFL free agency signing period, which begins at 4:00 p.m. ET on March 14.

A club can designate one “franchise” player or one “transition” player among its veteran free agents.

The salary offer by a player’s club determines whether the franchise player designation is exclusive or non-exclusive.

An “exclusive” franchise player – not free to sign with another club – is offered the greater of (i) the average of the top five salaries at the player’s position for the current year as of the end of the restricted free agent signing period on April 20; or (ii) the amount of the required tender for a “non-exclusive” franchise player, as explained below.

Article 10, Section 2(a)(i) of the CBA sets forth the methodology, known as the “Cap Percentage Average,” for calculating the required tender for such a player:

The Nonexclusive Franchise Tender shall be a one year NFL Player Contract for (A) the average of the five largest Prior Year Salaries for players at the position . . . at which the Franchise Player participated in the most plays during the prior League Year, which average shall be calculated by: (1) summing the amounts of the Franchise Tags for players at that position for the five preceding League Years; (2) dividing the resulting amount by the sum of the Salary Caps for the five preceding League Years . . . ; and (3) multiplying the resulting percentage by the Salary Cap for the upcoming League Year . . . (the “Cap Percentage Average”) . . . ; or (B) 120% of his Prior Year Salary, whichever is greater . . . .

 

If a club extends a required tender to a non-exclusive franchise player pursuant to this section, the player shall be permitted to negotiate a player contract with any club, except that draft choice compensation of two first-round draft selections shall be made in the event he signs with a new club.

The signing period for franchise players begins at 4:00 p.m. (ET) on March 14 and ends on the Tuesday following the 10th week of the season (November 13).

This year, one player (Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh) was designated as an exclusive franchise player.  Four players were designated as non-exclusive franchise players.

2018 FRANCHISE PLAYERS

Club Player Position
Dallas Cowboys Demarcus Lawrence DE
Detroit Lions Ezekiel Ansah DE
Los Angeles Rams Lamarcus Joyner S
Miami Dolphins Jarvis Landry WR
Pittsburgh Steelers Le’Veon Bell* RB

*Denotes Exclusive Franchise Player​

A transition player is offered the greater of (i) the average of the top 10 prior year salaries at the player’s position, which average is calculated using the same methodology used for non-exclusive franchise players (the Cap Percentage Average); or (ii) 120% of his prior year salary.

If a club extends a required tender to a transition player, the player shall be permitted to negotiate a contract with any club subject to his prior club’s right of first refusal, except that no draft choice compensation shall be made with respect to such player if his prior club declines to exercise its right of first refusal.

The signing period for transition players begins at 4:00 p.m. (ET) on March 14 and ends on July 23.  After July 23 and until 4:00p.m. (ET) on the Tuesday following the 10th week of the season (November 13), the prior club has exclusive negotiating rights.

This year, the following player was designated as a transition player.

2018 TRANSITION PLAYER

Club Player Position
Chicago Bears Kyle Fuller CB

 

The Salary Cap for the 2018 league year has been set at $177,200,000 per club. The resulting 2018 Cap Percentage Average (“CPA”) tenders for nonexclusive franchise players and transition players are as follows:

NON-EXCLUSIVE FRANCHISE PLAYERS

Position Tender Amount
Quarterback $ 23,189,000
Running Back $ 11,866,000
Wide Receiver $ 15,982,000
Tight End $   9,846,000
Offensive Linemen $ 14,077,000
Defensive End $ 17,143,000
Defensive Tackle $ 13,939,000
Linebacker $ 14,961,000
Cornerback $ 14,975,000
Safety $ 11,287,000
Kicker/Punter $   4,939,000

 

 

TRANSITION PLAYERS

Position Tender Amount
Quarterback $ 20,922,000
Running Back $   9,630,000
Wide Receiver $ 13,924,000
Tight End $   8,428,000
Offensive Linemen $ 12,525,000
Defensive End $ 14,200,000
Defensive Tackle $ 11,407,000
Linebacker $ 12,810,000
Cornerback $ 12,971,000
Safety $   9,536,000
Kicker/Punter $   4,493,000

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

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