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
Dec 21, 2014, 6:20 PM EST
Ally McCoist has left Scottish Championship team Rangers, as the club has recognized the former star striker is now on “gardening leave.”
Dec 21, 2014, 5:30 PM EST
Catch up on Premier League Round 17 action from this Sunday.
Dec 21, 2014, 4:55 PM EST
According to Brendan Rogers, Liverpool’s prime attacker, Daniel Sturridge, will make his return from a multi-month injury in early January.
Dec 21, 2014, 4:05 PM EST
Sunderland winger Adam Johnson on game-winner and Tyne-Wear derby triumphs: “Three years in a row, they must hate me here!”
Dec 21, 2014, 3:39 PM EST
Brendan Rodgers gives his thoughts after a 2-2 draw despite what he called “dominance” on the ball.
Dec 21, 2014, 3:12 PM EST
With polarizing halves separating the teams, Arsene Wenger said a draw was the correct result based on performance.
Dec 21, 2014, 2:29 PM EST
Cristiano Ronaldo appeared to bring a grudge with him to Morocco.
Dec 21, 2014, 1:44 PM EST
With Newcastle yielding late, Alan Pardew thinks he may have left his team a little too exposed as the clock ticked towards the final minute.
Dec 21, 2014, 1:08 PM EST
Martin Skrtel returned from a nasty injury and took full advantage of the resulting stopptage time.
Dec 21, 2014, 11:58 AM EST
A day to forget for the American central defender in Germany’s top flight.
Dec 21, 2014, 10:26 AM EST
The boyhood Newcastle fan scored at St. James Park for the third year in a row as Sunderland stole the Tyne-Wear derby late.
Dec 21, 2014, 10:16 AM EST
Raheem Sterling looks to be the lone attacking option for Liverpool as Brendan Rodgers has left both his available strikers on the bench.
Dec 21, 2014, 8:52 AM EST
A magnetizing first touch leads to a meaningless but nonetheless beautiful goal by the man who gives us magic weekly.
Dec 21, 2014, 7:53 AM EST
The heated Tyne-Wear derby has brought us goals and fireworks of many kinds, and will be no different today as Sunderland looks to win four in a row over Newcastle for the first time ever.
Dec 20, 2014, 10:54 PM EST
Howard doesn’t think Lampard will start the MLS season with NYCFC, although he says he should.
Dec 20, 2014, 9:51 PM EST
Doneil Henry is reportedly close to joining West Ham, which is a surprise, to say the least.
Dec 20, 2014, 8:46 PM EST
After logging lots of miles the last 16 months, Raheem Sterling is going to get a short rest very soon.
Dec 20, 2014, 8:04 PM EST
NYCFC won’t be calling the Bronx home, but they’re still hopeful a deal can be done elsewhere in the city.
Dec 20, 2014, 7:13 PM EST
Arsene Wenger says he’s not cheap, and that you should join him for a night out if you don’t believe him.
Dec 20, 2014, 5:56 PM EST
Barcelona are keeping things tight in Spain, while Roma are losing sight of Juventus once again.
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