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ProSoccerTalk daily soccer re-set

Apr 12, 2012, 6:30 AM EST

U.S. Soccer fan

What we’re thinking, what we’re watching, what’s coming on the blog today and the RASNoD (Random American Soccer Name of the Day). Setting up your day in soccer …

Ahead on the blog today*:  Trashing the 4-3-3 was in vogue last year; what say you now, 4-3-3 bashers, with Sporting Kansas City and others showing the way in three-forward setups? Plus, info on a bunch of names you know from U.S. national teams past, and they are getting the band back together!

RASNoD (Random American Soccer Name of the Day): Alan Mayer

What we should all be watching on TV:  Slightly slim pickins. Or maybe Bologna against Cagliari in Serie A is your thing. If so, be near Fox Soccer Channel at 2:30 p.m. ET.

Big Important Story of the Day: The mind games will be a’flyin in two countries. Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini says his side’s Premier League title hopes remain kaput, never mind the narrowing gap following Wigan’s huge Wednesday’s win over Manchester United. Seems a bit strange – unless Mancini is channeling his inner Mourinho, playing Jedi mind tricks on Sir Alex Ferguson’s side. Meanwhile, Bayern will be reduced to something similar, with Dortmund having pulled almost unstoppably clear in the Bundesliga chase.

Twitter dap: Philadelphia Union attacker Freddy Adu (@FreddyAdu), before dinner time Wednesday: “stretching then sushi. Stretching has become part of my daily routine because im naturally tight. My game has improved greatly from this.”

PST background noise while blogging today: DVR-ed series on best rivalries in world soccer.

We’ll leave you with this: Noticed a lack of pep in my step today. Feeling a little down. I honestly believe it’s lack of Champions League. Next week cannot get here fast enough.

*Always subject to change; you know how it is …

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