Jun 27, 2012, 7:30 AM EDT
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:
Soccer birthdays: You will have no soccer birthdays today. And you will like it!
Big Important Story of the Day: Lots to cover here, so lean in close:
The international transfer window opens today in the United States and Canada, so it’s open season on news for incoming players. Stay tuned.
Also in our parts, all the minnows are gone in U.S. Open Cup competition. Three MLS sides eliminated the remaining lower-tier sides from the tournament. And abroad, in and around transfer talk, it’s all about the European Championship semifinals, which begin today with the All-Iberian clash, Spain vs. Portugal.
What we should all watch on TV:
Spain will try to contain Cristiano Ronaldo while Portugal tries to tamp down the those fabulous Spanish midfielders, all six of them – or however many they choose to deploy for today’s 2:45 p.m. ET contest (ESPN).
Ahead on the blog today*: All the befores and afters on the Portugal-Spain clash, plus our popular weekly Panic Quotient and anything you should know about on the transfer front.
RASNoD (Random American Soccer Name of the Day): Andrew Shue
NBA star Steve Nash (@SteveNash) on today’s Showdown in New York: Tickets inside the fence and for the after party at http://stevenash.org/showdown Outside the fence and in the bleachers FREE. Who’s coming thru?!
U.S. Open Cup devotees from TheCup.us (@usopencup): Since joining @MLS – @SoundersFC is 10-0-0 vs. fellow MLS teams in @USOpenCup play with 19 goals scored and 5 allowed.
PST background noise while blogging today: Any Euro 2012 buildup I can find on the radio internets.
About the funny picture: A German fan embraces a wax replica (yes, sorry ladies … just a wax thingy) of Portugese soccer wonder boy Cristiano Ronaldo near the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.
We’ll leave you with this: Seattle is struggling in MLS, but U.S. Open Cup solves all that ills for this team. A 17-game U.S. Open Cup unbeaten streak – are you kidding me? That really is impressive stuff.
*Always subject to change; you know how it is
May 19, 2013, 4:47 PM EDT
With Arsenal and Tottenham the only teams battling for any meaningful positioning in the Premier League table, the final day still had implications for many teams in the form of placement prize money.
May 19, 2013, 4:28 PM EDT
Sir Alex Ferguson managed the final match of his career away from Old Trafford, and it looked set to complete on a high note, until the opposition had other ideas late.
May 19, 2013, 4:25 PM EDT
Another game-winning strike from Gareth Bale wasn’t enough to save Tottenham from more Champions League heartache.
May 19, 2013, 3:50 PM EDT
New York took all the points from the L.A. Galaxy on Tim Cahill’s late goal. So let’s talk about that goal.
May 19, 2013, 3:17 PM EDT
This Landon Donovan debate regarding his place on the national team is not going anywhere. So, did Sunday’s performance move the needle either way?
May 19, 2013, 2:42 PM EDT
Arsenal secured its 16th consecutive spot on the Champions League with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Newcastle at St. James’ Park on Sunday.
May 19, 2013, 1:43 PM EDT
Sensational news for fans around BMO Field:
May 19, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT
With David Beckham-esque tears streaming down my cheeks, we’re finally here: The final day of the 2012-13 Barclay’s Premier League.
May 19, 2013, 10:19 AM EDT
Newcastle have nothing to play for and have been a disaster at home of late, losing their last two matches at St. James’ Park by a combined 9-0.
May 19, 2013, 10:13 AM EDT
The timing on this thing in two words: pretty bad:
May 19, 2013, 9:32 AM EDT
Not to get too far ahead of ourselves on the 20-year-old goal-scoring sensation … :
May 19, 2013, 12:48 AM EDT
The Sounders exploit Dallas’ young back line in a meeting of two Western Conference teams in top form. Final score: 4-2 for the Sounders:
May 18, 2013, 11:41 PM EDT
Juan Agudelo makes his New England debut as Jay Heaps posts one of the best wins of his young coaching career:
May 18, 2013, 10:33 PM EDT
Highlights and context as “Jack Mac” scores his league-leading 8th goal:
May 18, 2013, 9:50 PM EDT
Cascadia Cup matches are always interesting, and Saturday’s 2-2 draw at BC Place was full of talking points:
May 18, 2013, 8:24 PM EDT
it was a big crowd pleaser on two fronts when the Whitecaps’ forward stroked an unstoppable free kick against Portland:
May 18, 2013, 8:05 PM EDT
The young Timbers’ attacker is having an outstanding season for the Jeld-Wen Field bunch:
May 18, 2013, 7:38 PM EDT
Higuain created the game’s only goal and was masterful in possession at BMO Field:
May 18, 2013, 6:44 PM EDT
An appearance next week in Paris Saint-Germain’s final match 2012-13 season doesn’t seem to be in the plans for the retiring superstar:
May 18, 2013, 5:32 PM EDT
Video: Reports out of England say today was the former England captain’s final match, rather than next week as expected:
- Where Landon Donovan’s afternoon takes us in the ongoing U.S. national team debate 1
- Philadelphia’s Jack McInerney would be league’s youngest Golden Boot winner 0
- Talking points on Portland’s 2-2 draw with Vancouver 0
- PSG president confirms Saturday was likely David Beckham’s farewell match 3
- As Alex Ferguson says goodbye, Manchester United’s cupboard remains stocked 1
- Play Video: Highlights: Union outlast Fire
- Play Video: Sir Alex says goodbye
- Play Video: Morgan committed to growth of new women's league
- Play Video: Boy with cancer, 8, scores against major league soccer team
- Play Video: Red Bulls pull off win on the road
- Play Video: Highlights: Montreal extinguish Chicago