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ProSoccerTalk daily soccer re-set

May 22, 2012, 7:00 AM EDT

A Chelsea football club fan waves as she

Birthdays of Note: Here’s what the official PST book on soccer birthdays says for today: Paddy Atkinson (English player and assistant manager), Danny Tiatto (Australian player), Graham Fenton (English player), Salva Ballesta (Spanish player), Tranquillo Barnetta (Swiss international), Mauro Boselli, (Argentine player), Luca Gentili (Italian player), Matt Jarvis (English player), Vladimir Granat (Russian player), Arturo Vidal (Chilean international) and Pape M’Bow (Senegalese player)

Not a lot to work with … so, let’s see … Barnetta is a decent Swiss international who has cobbled together a respectable Bundesliga career. Boselli has four caps for Argentina. Jarvis isn’t a bad player for Wolves in England. Vidal is a Chilean international who is at Juventus, so that’s not too bad, eh? And, uh …

I know, I know. We definitely need to get a better book.

Big Important Story of the Day: Something out of Chelsea, perhaps, where newsy little nibbles are dropping like kibble on the floor of the doggy day care?  

Ahead on the blog today*: The weekly MLS rankings after Round 11.

What we should all be watching on TV: Uh … when does Euro 2012 start?

RASNoD (Random American Soccer Name of the Day): Brent Goulet

Twitter daps: New England Revolution midfieler Shalrie Joseph (@ShalrieJoseph21): Just chillin at the Celtics game watching them beat the Sixers #ambition

Anderlecht midfielder Sacha Kljestan (@SachaKljestan ): Chillin in this Cali sun. Enjoying my holiday!!

U.S. under-23 Joe Gyau (@JoeGyau36): pheonix arizona has to be the hottest place…almost got heat stroke gettin off the plane

PST background noise while blogging today: Beatles on iTunes. Don’t know why, just in the mood.

*Always subject to change; you know how it is

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  2. At “massive” Madrid, Bale hails Spurs fans, mentions possible return

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    Gareth Bale could one day return to Tottenham, but his waxing poetic on White Hart Lane is likely nothing more than political fare.

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  6. Premier League Preview: Queens Park Rangers vs. Stoke City

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  7. WATCH: Premier League TV schedule – Week 5

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  9. Di Vaio seems ready to call time on prolific stint in Montreal, career

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  10. Benoit Assou-Ekotto suspended for comments on Anelka quenelle gesture

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  11. Bastia’s Brandao gets six-month ban for headbutting PSG’s Thiago Motta

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  13. Mic check: Clint Dempsey takes the stage at FIFA15 event

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  14. CCL: Two goals from Toni push Sporting Kansas City past Saprissa

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  19. Europe League roundup: Everton big winners at home; Spurs left with draw on the road

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  20. It’s not too late for Major League Soccer to turn away from its new logo

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