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ProSoccerTalk’s daily soccer re-set

May 3, 2012, 7:00 AM EDT

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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 …

Big Important Story of the Day: Remember how everyone said Monday’s Manchester derby was for the Premiership pot of gold? Well, it was … mostly. There’s still some important business ahead as City preps for its second huge clash in seven days, this weekend at Newcastle. Lose this one and Monday’s achievement may be rendered sadly worthless.

What you should watch on TV: Playoffs to get into England’s top tier may not have the grace or grandeur of EPL contests, but talk about a place where pressure meets heartfelt desire! Cardiff faces West Ham in an English Championship semifinal first leg. Kickoff is 2:45 p.m. ET on FOX Soccer Plus or FOX Soccer 2Go.

Ahead on the blog today*:  The MLS Panic Quotient (held for a day due to a legal issues; this thing gets more contentious than you might expect), and a commentary on why Roy Hodgson faces an impossible slog ahead in his new job as England boss.

RASNoD (Random American Soccer Name of the Day): Esse Baharmast

Twitter daps: New England Revolution midfielder Shalrie Joseph ‏( @ShalrieJoseph21) on his team’s win Wednesday over Colorado: “Not the prettiest game to watch but we got the win. Thxs for the support revs fan tnite. We appreciate each n everyone of u.”

PST background noise while blogging today: Most recent two episodes of the The Killing … but somebody had better solve this thing soon, or I’m out.

We’ll leave you with this:  Dear anyone who produces or directs an MLS game on TV: If you continue to show replays while the ball is moving, you and I will have words. Very strong words.

*Always subject to change; you know how it is

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