May 24, 2012, 7:00 AM EDT
Birthdays of Note: I know a few U.S. Soccer supporters were upset that DaMarcus Beasley wasn’t invited into the national team camp, believing the man currently stationed at Puebla in Mexico could have added some width to the roster. But feel bad for the guy? C’mon. You show me a man whose professional career has taken him from the United States into Holland, England, Scotland, Germany and Mexico, and I’ll show you a man who has lived. So, happy 30th, DaMarcus!
Speaking of U.S. national teamers back in the day, happy 34th to Houston Dynamo striker Brian Ching.
Ahead on the blog today*: A little news out of the U.S. national team camp in Orlando, a wide-ranging interview with Landon Donovan (pictured) out of that same U.S. national team camp in Orlando, the one-day-late MLS Panic Quotient, video of a horribly weak moment of MLS refereeing (looking at you, Hilario Grajeda) and the debut of our European Championship video of the day. In other words, plenty.
What we should all be watching on TV: Slim picken’s. Hard times.
RASNoD (Random American Soccer Name of the Day): Alan Rothenberg
Twitter daps: U.S international Juan Agudelo (@jagudelo11): Loving Orlando with the #usmnt
U.S. international Carli Lloyd (@CarliLloyd),who had something besides soccer on her mind Wednesday: Let’s go @Sixers! Excited to be going to the game tonight.
PST background noise while blogging today: Random soccer podcasts
We’ll leave you with this: People will tell you what they are; you just have to be listening.
*Always subject to change; you know how it is
May 25, 2013, 2:45 PM EDT
There have been two to make the semis; You know who they are?
May 25, 2013, 1:48 PM EDT
Looking back at his ground-breaking announcement, even Robbie Rogers is a little confused about why it was all such a big deal:
May 25, 2013, 12:44 PM EDT
The most recent reports say it’s Barcelona FC, as the Catalan giants have apparently beaten Spanish rival Real Madrid for the Brazilian star’s services:
May 25, 2013, 12:20 PM EDT
Looking at the weekend MLS schedule and wondering if we’ll see one of these two on the field?
May 25, 2013, 11:40 AM EDT
Something to like from the Galaxy side – but one big concern, too:
May 25, 2013, 10:45 AM EDT
Despite the Chicago Fire’s awful record through 12 MLS rounds, there’s still enough to like about Frank Klopas’ club.
May 25, 2013, 12:32 AM EDT
Santos confirmed that they have accepted two offers for Brazilian sensation Neymar.
May 24, 2013, 9:29 PM EDT
In a mind-blowing move, USA Today have reported the LA Galaxy have sent a player to the Chicago Fire in exchange for the rights to Robbie Rogers.
May 24, 2013, 7:00 PM EDT
With a victory in the Champions League final to complete Bayern Munich’s domination domestically and abroad plus their offseason acquisitions, would they be a force for years to come?
May 24, 2013, 4:25 PM EDT
Internazionale officially announced they have sacked Andrea Stramaccioni and hired the former Napoli boss.
May 24, 2013, 4:05 PM EDT
No question that two of the league’s most interesting teams will be at Stade Saputo on Saturday:
May 24, 2013, 3:37 PM EDT
Tony Fernandes has finally taken some blame for the relegation of QPR instead of shedding it left and right.
May 24, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has confirmed Chelsea interm manager Rafa Benitez is set to move to Serie A on a 2-year deal with Napoli.
May 24, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT
Boyd left Dortmund last season, so is a USMNT player destined to never play in a Champions League final?
May 24, 2013, 2:50 PM EDT
Who knew that Jimmy Nielsen’s burst of white hair wasn’t the craziest thing about Sporting Kansas City’s talented goalkeeper?
May 24, 2013, 2:45 PM EDT
A blog post in the New Yorker looks at another side to this week’s huge expansion news:
May 24, 2013, 2:31 PM EDT
Does Hughes deserve another shot at managing an EPL club after past failures?
May 24, 2013, 2:25 PM EDT
Both teams are on streaks of success – even if “success” look so radically different in the two camps:
May 24, 2013, 1:56 PM EDT
See the sights around London, as Wembley Stadium welcomes German fans in abundance.
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