Fridays in Football: Week of Jan. 25

The Clarion’s weekly super soccer-centric blog on all things soccer

By Jaden Rapaport and Charlie Snyder

Hello and welcome to Fridays in Football where we, Charlie Snyder and Jaden Rapaport will discuss hot topics in soccer around the world.


Timbers Treats

This week, The Timbers unveiled their new all white, secondary kit. Additionally, secured the resigning of New Zealand International, Bill Tuiloma, as well as singing Modou Jadama, and Andres Flores. They also made a few important pickups in the Superdraft. Here’s who the Timbers were able to bring in.


Round Pick Player Position
3 15 (61) Caleb Duvernay Defender
3 17 (63) Tim Mueller Forward
3 18 (64) Stuart Holthusen Forward
4 18 (87) Mamadou Guirassy Forward


MLS Mill

Preseason Training camp has begun with friendlies starting in about a week. Also the United States Men’s National Team will be in action for the first time since November this Sunday at 6:30 p.m. as they play host to Bosnia and Herzegovina in a friendly in Los Angeles. Lastly, the MLS Superdraft took place this week and these were the top 10 picks.


Pick Club Player Position
1 LAFC Joao Moutinho Defender
2 LA Galaxy Tomas Hilliard-Arce Defender
3 LAFC Tristan Blackmon Defender
4 FC Dallas Francis Atuahene Forward
5 Chicago Fire Jon Bakero Forward
6 Orlando City SC Chris Mueller Forward
7 Minnesota United Mason Toye Forward
8 NE Revolution Brandon Bye Defender
9 NE Revolution Marc Segbers Defender
10 Chicago Fire Mo Adams Midfielder


Upcoming Games

Game of the Week: Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United

On Wednesday, The Red Devils will travel to Wembley Stadium in what will be possibly Alexis Sanchez’ first premier league match under Jose Mourinho, with the player confirmed to join United.


Jaden’s Pick: Tottenham 1-1 Manchester United

Both teams will be tired from their weekend FA Cup fixtures and not be able to find a late winner.

Charlie’s Pick: Tottenham 2-1 Manchester United

Harry Kane has scored 11 in his last 7 in all competitions, highlighting how well the player is doing, because of this, I predict Tottenham to just about steal the full three points


Other Notable Games


Marseille vs Monaco Sunday, 12:00 am

Jaden’s Pick 1-1

Charlie’s Pick 2-3 Monaco

Valencia vs Real Madrid Saturday, 7:15 a.m.

Jaden’s Pick 1-2 Real Madrid

Charlie’s Pick 1-1

AC Milan vs Lazio Sunday, 9:00 a.m.

Jaden’s Pick 1-1

Charlie’s Pick 2-1 Milan

Chievo Verona vs Juventus Saturday, 11:45 a.m.

Jaden’s Pick 0-1 Juventus

Charlie’s Pick 0-3 Juventus

Eintracht Frankfurt vs Borussia M’Gladbach Friday, 11:30 a.m.

Jaden’s Pick 2-2

Charlie’s Pick 0-0


All games in Pacific time


Current Scores

Charlie: 18

Jaden: 20

(1 point for correct result, 2 for correct score, Game of the week has double points)


Table Toppers

EPL- Man. City, 12 points clear of Man Utd.

La Liga- Barcelona, 11 points clear of Atletico Madrid

Bundesliga- Bayern Munich, 16 points clear of Bayer Leverkusen

Serie A-  Napoli, 1 point clear of Juventus

Ligue 1- PSG, 8 points clear of Lyon


Relegation Realm

EPL- Swansea City, 3 points out. West Bromwich Albion, 3 points out. Southampton, 1 point out.

La Liga- Málaga, 6 points out, Las Palmas, 4 points back. Deportivo La Coruña, 2 points back

Bundesliga- Köln, 8 points out, Hamburg, 5 points out. Werder Bremen (Playoff), 4 points out.

Serie A- SPAL, 2 points out. Hellas Verona, 5 points out. Benevento, 11 points out.

Ligue 1- Metz, 7 points out. Toulouse, 2 points out. Lille (Playoff), behind on goal difference


Transfer Talk

  • Alexis Sanchez heads to Manchester United for Mkhitaryan in shocking swap deal
  • Barcelona midfielder Rafinha makes loan move to Inter Milan
  • LA Galaxy acquire striker Ola Kamara from the Columbus Crew for Gyasi Zardes and $400,000 in General Allocation    
  • Philadelphia Union bring in David Accam from Chicago Fire for $1.2 million


Notable News

  • Manchester City and Arsenal set to square off in the Carabao Cup Final on February 25
  • Sevilla, Leganes, Barcelona and Valencia qualify for Copa del Rey Semifinals
  • First ever UEFA nations league draw took place Wednesday morning. Competition set to begin in the September International break
  • AS Monaco knocked out of the Coupe de France in the Round of 32 by Lyon


Special Stats

  • Stat of the Week- 2nd and 10th place separated by 4 points in Bundesliga
  • Game of the Week- Alavés 2-2 Leganes
  • Blowout of the Week- Real Madrid 7-1 Deportivo la Coruña
  • Player of the Week- Thomas Muller, 2 goals and 1 assist in 4-2 victory over Werder Bremen
  • Loser of the week- Zinedine Zidane for being knocked out of the Copa de Rey