Daily Diary, Sunday 29 November 2014:
Chicago Fire have lifted their first MLS Cup in sixteen years after an extra-time 2-1 victory over Real Salt Lake in Utah today. After finishing third in the Eastern Conference, Fire progress to the final by beating the two sides that finished above them – Houston and New England – and fully-deserved their win over the Western Conference third-place side today.
Emilio Rentería’s penalty put RSL in front late in the first-half, but Graham Zusi had Chicago level within 90 seconds. With five minutes of extra-time remaining, Dominic Oduro cracked home his sixth goal of the season, and most important of his career as it sent Fire to their first title since 1998.
Goals from Josef Odenthal and Martin Sauer saw BVB U19s run out comfortable 2-0 winners over Preußen-Münster in the DFB-Junioren-Pokal Third Round this morning. The visitors didn’t manage to test Daniel Schmadtke in the Dortmund goal, and the youngsters picked them off on the break twice to seal progression to the last sixteen.
They’ve been drawn away to Bayer Leverkusen, the Group 3 leaders in the next round, set to take place on 11 January. BVB beat that side, inflicting their only defeat on Bayer this season, 5-1 at Stadion Rote Erde in September.
Unfortunately, the side picked up two injuries during the game: Dominik Baron will be out for a fortnight with a groin strain, and Quirin Riemann has been sent to see a specialist after a neck injury. The U19s are bacjk in action in a fortnight with a trip to Oberhausen in the league.
Rafa Benítez has been fired by Liverpool after less than eight months in charge back at Anfield. Benítez, Champions League winner with Liverpool in 2005, had replaced Jürgen Klopp back in April. Liverpool had only picked-up four points from their last fifteen available, and had been dumped out of the Capitol One Cup by League Two Torquay United.
AS Roma have sacked Domenico Di Carlo after defeat at the weekend saw them slip to eighth in Serie A. Di Carlo had been at the club since the turn of the year, but with fixtures coming thick and fast, a change was deemed necessary by the board in order to secure a top four spot come May.
Fiorentina have also parted ways with their manager, giving Vincenzo Montella his marching orders with a fourth defeat in five keeping them in the bottom half of Serie A.
Getafe have announced that Marcelino is their new manager, while Parma have hired Giovanni Stropa to take the reins.