Apr 4, 2012, 6:30 AM EDT
Birthdays of note: Former Brazilian midfielder Emerson, whose 17-year career took him through Bayer Leverkusen, Roma, Juventus, Real Madrid and AC Milan, among other stops, turns 36.
RASNoD (Random American Soccer Name of the Day): Alan Willey
Twitter dap: D.C. United center back Brandon McDonald (@BMcDonald4), who was suspended retroactively by the league for one match: “Not too thrilled with this 1 Game ban!! #HEATED!!”
What we should all be watching on TV: “Chelsea had quite a lot of luck in the first match, considering we dominated the match.” That’s from Benfica manager Jorge Jesus, regarding last week’s 1-0 win for the Blues in Portugal. And them’s fightin’ words! The return leg is this afternoon from Stamford Bridge in West London. (2:30 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer Channel). Real Madrid also closes things out (presumably) on tiny Apoel’s dream run (tape-delay, FSC, 5 ET).
Ahead on the blog today*: MLS Panic quotient (jumped the gun on that one yesterday), plus snapshots of your soccer day in Europe, South America, and Asia.
PST background noise while blogging today: Weather radio, if conditions look anything like they did yesterday around ProSoccerTalk’s regional HQ.
We’ll leave you with this: I noticed on Twitter yesterday where some people convinced themselves that referees / UEFA / spaceships or whatever conspired to make sure Barcelona won. I just shake my head. I get that people are passionate about their teams. But you cannot have watched those teams over two legs with any degree of objectivity and then run up the conspiracy flag – not with any credibility, anyway.
*Always subject to change; you know how it is
Jul 25, 2014, 10:35 PM EDT
The 26-year-old will try to improve an attack that averaged fewer than one goal per game last season.
Jul 25, 2014, 9:11 PM EDT
Gonzalez resumed full training on Friday with the hope of starting in Seattle.
Jul 25, 2014, 8:32 PM EDT
Roberto Martínez is ready to spend close to $35 million to secure the 21-year-old’s return.
Jul 25, 2014, 7:44 PM EDT
Medical with Gunners and fee agreement has Chambers on the verge of departing for North London.
Jul 25, 2014, 6:48 PM EDT
LCL injury could sideline former Southampton star for six weeks.
Jul 25, 2014, 6:04 PM EDT
23-year-old brings another ball-winner to the Dynamo midfield.
Jul 25, 2014, 5:01 PM EDT
One of Alex Ferguson’s most notorious transfers has found a new home with Benfica.
Jul 25, 2014, 4:15 PM EDT
Five years of development by the Blues ends with the 23-year-old’s departure.
Jul 25, 2014, 3:11 PM EDT
From Sanchez and Luiz to Suarez and Sidwell, a breakdown of the top names to have come and gone from the Premier League.
Jul 25, 2014, 2:28 PM EDT
If anyone spots Will.I.Am with Willian, let us know.
Jul 25, 2014, 1:39 PM EDT
Things are looking dicey at Southampton, where yet another player is set to skip town.
Jul 25, 2014, 12:51 PM EDT
A one-year move and mutual respect between the coach and player could make this a relatively-shrewd move for the Blues.
Jul 25, 2014, 12:09 PM EDT
Jerry Bengston is going on loan to Belgrano, while New England president Brian Bilello is working on a number of attacking options.
Jul 25, 2014, 11:24 AM EDT
Dynamo president Chris Canetti made waves when he said the team would be adding to the DaMarcus Beasley signing soon with a World Cup starter.
Jul 25, 2014, 11:11 AM EDT
World Cup final, so what? Diego Maradona is not pleased with the way his nation played in Brazil.
Jul 25, 2014, 9:55 AM EDT
Barring something wild, young Eliaquim Mangala is taking his French national team talent to Manchester.
Jul 25, 2014, 9:05 AM EDT
It can be the soccer tournament that changes Russia forever (so implies FIFA)
Jul 25, 2014, 7:57 AM EDT
The 27-year-old Chilean is very much in demand, but also happy at a Champions League club.
Jul 25, 2014, 1:21 AM EDT
Olmes Garcia’s second half double lifted RSL.
Jul 24, 2014, 11:25 PM EDT
Introduced to the media in Houston, Beasley said he’s move on from midfield.
- Fraizer Campbell gives Tony Pulis a new option a Crystal Palace 0
- Everton willing to set club transfer record to bring Lukaku back 2
- Arsenal on the verge of signing Calum Chambers from Southampton 0
- Knee injury will keep Lallana out of Liverpool’s Premier League opener 0
- A quick guide to who’s come and gone from Premier League teams 2
- Didier Drogba has officially rejoined Jose Mourinho at Chelsea 3