Apr 23, 2012, 6:30 AM EST
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 …
Birthdays of note: Can you still rock a young man’s cut at age 30? It’s now a question Kyle Beckerman must ask himself. The U.S. international and Real Salt Lake midfielder turns 30 today.
Big Important story of the day: Americans abroad just keep scoring. Clint Dempsey let someone else do it for a change at Fulham. But Jozy Altidore hit his fifth in five games for AZ Alkmaar in Holland. (We’d all be going on and on about Altidore’s fantastic season for the Dutch Eredivisie’s second-place team if it weren’t for Dempsey’s absolutely phenomenal run.) Meanwhile, DaMarcus Beasley has put together quite a season at Puebla, scoring again over the weekend in a loss to Club America.
Ahead on the blog today*: Monday “Meh” list, where we look at things slightly overrated in our game. Also, ProSoccerTalk’s MLS Player of the Week (a pretty easy call if you saw what happened yesterday in Washington, D.C.) and our MLS Team of the Week.
RASNoD (Random American Soccer Name of the Day): Hank Steinbrecher
Twitter dap: Seattle Sounders winger Steve Zakuani (@stevezakuani11), still on the mend from a terrible leg break suffered last year in Denver: “One year ago today I lost everything I worked for. Nowhere near where I once was but working to get back. Patience & Perseverance!”
PST background noise while blogging today: Feeling very indie, so Alabama Shakes plus Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and other new-ish stuff on the iTunes.
*Always subject to change; you know how it is
Feb 1, 2015, 5:10 PM EST
Dennis Bergkamp became one of the most legendary Premier League players of all-time. Afonso Alves, not so much.
Feb 1, 2015, 4:20 PM EST
The Southampton man has shown sympathy for his fellow striker, saying sometimes you have to play a little dirty.
Feb 1, 2015, 3:33 PM EST
Young Aymeric Laporte is a name we may see in the Premier League, if not this winter than possibly over the summer.
Feb 1, 2015, 3:02 PM EST
“So you know football better than me?” Buckle up, this one’s painful. Just Zlatan being Zlatan.
Feb 1, 2015, 2:16 PM EST
The American hasn’t been as prolific as last year, but he proved important today as AZ moved to fifth in the Eredivisie.
Feb 1, 2015, 1:37 PM EST
The 23-year-old has a pair of goals today to bookend Ghana’s quarterfinal win, and the second was spectacular.
Feb 1, 2015, 12:53 PM EST
A stunner from Jonjo Shelvey saw Swansea surprisingly through after a lackluster first hour.
Feb 1, 2015, 12:08 PM EST
Arsene Wenger felt the scoreline may not have reflected the true nature of the game, and that the second goal was the key one in breaking down the visitors to the Emirates earlier today.
Feb 1, 2015, 11:22 AM EST
A pair of first-half goals saw Celtic through to the Scottish League Cup final over rivals Rangers.
Feb 1, 2015, 10:39 AM EST
Southampton can jump right back into the top three with a win against a struggling Swansea side at home.
Feb 1, 2015, 10:21 AM EST
Olivier Giroud opened things up inside 10 minutes and it was a sign of things to come as Aston Villa slumped to 612 minutes without a league goal.
Feb 1, 2015, 9:03 AM EST
His ACL tear in the past, now a fresh injury concern has shelved the Dutch midfielder.
Feb 1, 2015, 7:44 AM EST
Mesut Ozil starts in the middle in place of injured Alexis Sanchez as Aston Villa comes to the Emirates.
Jan 31, 2015, 11:20 PM EST
Diego Costa has again claimed his own innocence. And you know what? I believe that he believes he’s done nothing wrong.
Jan 31, 2015, 10:43 PM EST
Big Sam was quick to take the credit away from Liverpool and place the blame for Saturday’s loss on his own injury “crisis.”
Jan 31, 2015, 9:24 PM EST
Van Gaal remembers what happened last time his side led Leicester, and he learns his lessons the first time.
Jan 31, 2015, 8:30 PM EST
All of the day’s confirmed, officially official transfer dealings from Saturday, Jan. 31.
Jan 31, 2015, 7:27 PM EST
The actual games took a backseat to shenanigans as two of four semifinals places were booked on Saturday.
Jan 31, 2015, 5:45 PM EST
All of Saturday’s action from Spain and Italy.
Jan 31, 2015, 4:57 PM EST
Arsenal and Southampton hope to keep their assaults on the Top Four in order, while Aston Villa and Swansea City hope to snap skids.
- Transfer Rumor Roundup: Spurs to snatch Laporte, Liverpool in for Reid 1
- Southampton 0-1 Swansea: Shelvey snatches win with sensational late strike 0
- Arsenal 5-0 Aston Villa: Gunners torch hapless Villa with deadly counters 0
- Diego Costa maintains his innocence, says “I’ve not done anything wrong” 4
- DONE DEAL: Seydou Doumbia to Roma headlines quiet Saturday for transfers 0
- Premier League Sunday preview: Top-half teams jockey for position 0