Noob will dole out the Midweek featured matches piecemeal, day by day. The footyball, it teases you, Noobites. Tantalizes.
To learn a bit more about ConIFA, scroll down the last couple three posts. Or visit them at ConIFA.org.
Karpatalja vs. Cascadia – ConIFA World Cup
Karpatalja didn’t initially qualify for the event, but ended up replacing late dropout Feldivek (from Romania, representing the Hungarian minority there). Yet they won their Group, finishing ahead of good Northern Cypress and Abkhazia sides.
Karpatalja also represent a Hungarian minority, but in the Ukraine. They are not ranked in the posted top thirteen.
RESULT: Karpatalja 3-1 Cascadia isn’t done playing though, as teams which lose get moved down into what they call “placement matches”. Nice that they may the knockout stage in their first-ever trip to WC.
Gotta be honest – the upright animal with the tongue out is creeping Noob out.
B. Louisville FC vs. New England Revolution – U.S. Open Cup
‘Muricuh’s FA Cup has reached its Fourth Round, where the MLS big boys come out to play.
These are single Knockout matches, and USL’s reigning champ had the good fortune to draw their Major League team on their own pitch. Noob thinks they’ll still be doing well to earn a draw at home over 90’+, send it to penalties. The winner here takes on the winner of the New York Derby next — NYCFC vs. Red Bulls.
RESULT: Louisville 3-2 Upset City!
Number B has also come out to play.
Sneaky Number B — are you for the Cavs or Warriors?
New York Red Bulls vs. NYCFC – U.S. Open Cup
The return of the New York derby! It’s quite possible one of these two will win the whole shebang. They currently rank #4 and #B in the MLS Eastern Conferences.
NYRB had been on fire until a loss at New England Revolution in their last league match. NYCYC have been more up and down of late, will need to keep their defense buttoned down to have a shot. It’s been a bit suspect at times this year.
RESULT: NYRB 4-0
Houston Dynamo vs. NTX Rayados – U.S. Open Cup
Welcome back to the Track, NTX! This is the one true remaining minnow left in the tournament, an amateur team out of the North Texas Premier League.
To get this far, NTX have beaten a couple of tier-four teams and one from the USL (the admittedly awful OKC energy). Today, obviously, they take a big step up in competition.
Houston has lost two league matches in a row, and one to the woeful Impact from Montreal. Still, the Rayados would be doing well to keep this within two goals.
RESULT: HOU 5-0 NTX kept the match scoreless for the first half
Rayados celebrate their first goal against Wichita in the Third Round
The Strongest vs. Jorge Wilstermann – Bolivia Premier
Es deja vú toda de neuvo. The Apertura (first half-season) Final of home and away matches between these two ended in a 3-3 aggregate draw. Instead of penalty kicks, they’re playing again!
This final Final match will be held at a neutral site, in Sucre. JW were the stronger team (pun intended) during the regular season. Hard not to see them as the favorite here.
RESULT: JW 2-2 / 2-3 PK Congrats to the champs!
Johor Darul Ta’zim vs. Pahang – Malaysia Super League
A few days ago, we featured a 1-2 match from this league. JDT were and are #1. It was written here that then-#B Perak had been overachieving, and it is proving to be true. It was also posted that Pahang were the real second-best team in the league, and now they’re there. What Noobstradamus sees comes to pass, never doubt, heathen Noobites!
Still, no one scores on Johur. They’re not losing at home to anyone.
RESULT: JDT 1-0
A Malaysian proverb says one should “not use an axe to embroider“.
I…lost my train of thought. This doesn’t seem soccer-relevant now.
USA vs. China – women’s friendly
‘Muricuh!! #1! USA! Too many exclamation points! The USWNT is already in for the 2019 WC by virtue of representing the host nation.
China are ranked #17 in the world, are about the 5th-best in Asia. By finishing in the top three of the 2014 Asia Cup, they’ve already gained a berth for the final World Cup qualifying stage of the current version. (Asia Cup is the WC qualifying determiner there.) (9:00 PM, FS1)
RESULT: USA 1-0
Northern Cyprus vs. Padania – ConIFA World Cup
Semifinal action! Northern Cyprus lambasted the host team – Barawa – 8-0 last round. Padania topped Panjab 2-0. Peruse posts from the last few days to learn more about this event, or hit ConIFA.org.
RESULT: Northern Cyprus 3-2
Funny banana man in Northern Cypress restaurant is not worried about the #MeToo movement. He’s gonna dance with whomever.
9. Wales vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina – women’s World Cup qualification (UEFA)
This tournament is in its second Group Stage. 35 teams have been divided into seven pods of five each. They will play double round-robins in each. The Group winners make the WC, while the top four second-best finishers will have a playoff for one more berth.
Wales is FIFA-ranked #34. They’re #B in their Group, just two points behind England with three matches to play. B&H are #57, are far enough back that they cannot win the Group. They could still make second, but it’s going to require quite the run.
RESULT: Wales 1-0
England vs. Costa Rica – friendly
#13 hosts #25 in the World as they both prepare for World Cup. England’s national team hasn’t lost in nearly a year, riding the back of their defense. Still, for some reason, many a pundit doesn’t think they’ll make it out of the Group Stage in Russia.
Costa Rica has recently beaten Scotland and Northern Ireland, but lost to Tunisia in between. They’re kinda-sorta Noob’s team to cheer for with the U.S. not in it. Muricuhns are so torn on whether or not to root for rival Mexico, so why not the next-best CONCACAF side? (3:00 PM, FS1)
RESULT: England 2-0
So long from Leeds, West Yorkshire, England!