May 31, 2012, 7:00 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 …
Big Important Story of the Day: The United States didn’t exactly follow up on Saturday’s walloping of Scotland in grand style. Wednesday’s 4-1 setback against Brazil is a bummer, for sure. But how much it means in the big picture … that’s up for debate today.
Ahead on the blog today*: More on the United States’ loss Wednesday, plus more from the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, where two more matches were completed Wednesday night. (One more MLS side went crashing out; that means 8 of the league’s 16 teams bit it during the third round). We’ve also got Group D on deck as we keep rolling out the Euro 2012 previews ahead of next week’s opener.
This date in soccer: Before John O’Brien struck in the wee smalls across devoted TV screens through the United States, before Landon Donovan’s deflected cross got behind a stunned Portuguese goalkeeper, before all that, World Cup 2002 started with a major upset. On May 31, 2002, World Cup newbies Senegal shocked reigning World Cup champion France to open the tournament, 1-0. France was a shell of its previous version, forced to deal with the loss of inspirational leader Zinedine Zidane.
What we should all be watching on TV: Mexico faces Bosnia-Herzegovina on Univision at 8:50 p.m. ET.
RASNoD (Random American Soccer Name of the Day): Juergen Sommer
Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson (@MerrittPaulson), after his team was eliminated from U.S. Open Cup play by amateur side Cal FC: “Congrats to CalFC…amazing story. Don’t know what to say to our supporters other than I am sorry and utterly embarrassed. Off twitter 4 bit”
Houston Dynamo communications man and content producer Jonathan Kaplan (@happykappy7), on the surprising volume of Open Cup upsets: “Why has no one coined the phrase May Madness yet? Make it happen @usopencup @MLS!”
PST background noise while blogging today: Random soccer podcast day; looking for some “strange.” Feel free to suggest.
*Always subject to change; you know how it is
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