Jul 31, 2012, 8:55 PM EDT
Cleaning out our bookmarks, here’s Tuesday’s assorted randomness:
Besties – Did you know Hope Solo and Sydney LeRoux hang out? Here’s one of 2,082 pictures of the pair hanging out in Great Britain (this one taken Monday at Old Trafford).
Deserved – Fabricio Coloccini, Hugo Campagnaro, and Mariano Andujar among Argentines to be called up to face Germany.
Fragile – Rafa Marquez pulled up during warmups Tuesday versus Tottenham. His right calf was the culprit.
Homecoming – Alvaro Saborio on the cover of Al Dia in Costa Rica ahead of Real Salt Lake’s CONCACAF Champions League match at Herediano.
Influence – ESPN’s Alyssa Roenigk on the U.S. Women’s part in growing women’s soccer in Great Britain (see “Turning point,” below).
Innovator – Backpage Football looks at the forgotten legacy of Dynamo Kiev master Victor Maslov, one of the main innovators of the pressing game that’s become widely used in modern soccer.
Options – The Crew have attackers. Real attackers. Dust of Sigi’s old notes, Robert.
Predicted – 1. Chelsea’s Kevin De Bruyne will spend the season at Wolfsburg. Bundesliga Boy says “He’s being loaned to the better league!”
2. (same link) Gael Kakuta probably won’t be as Chelsea this year. Shocking.
Relentless – 1. The Guardian continues unearthing new details about Manchester United’s proposed New York Stock Exchange floatation. Bonus points: This isn’t David Conn banging the same drum.
2. Speaking of banging drums, Andy Green (@andersred) was featured by Reuters TV talking about United’s finances. Mr. Green does excellent work (and does Mr. Conn). Their only problem comes with tenuous insinuation that the on-field product of a club that finished tied atop England is being compromised. Perhaps some day. Besides, the off-field story is horrible enough without exaggerating the point.
3. Oh, the Guardian did another Manchester United piece, this one on the Glazer family altering team bylaws to block hostile takeovers.
Reunion – Steven Pienaar’s returns to Everton for the second time in eight months. This time, it’s permanent.
Turning point – England is reminded women’s soccer exists, kinda like it, may want to see more after Team GB downs Brazil.
- Huge cost of World Cups: Did we need a protest like Brazil’s to point out the obvious? 3
- Early returns from England’s offseason tell a tale of two Manchesters 0
- This André Villas-Boas to Paris Saint-Germain link makes more sense by the day 0
- Three good questions for Clint Dempsey – Part III: Shunning complacency, and his second season at Tottenham Hotspur 2
- Three good questions for Clint Dempsey – Part II: London calling 1
- Criticism, negativity may leave Seattle with few rewards for their hosting efforts (20)
- What we learned from Tuesday’s U.S. win over Panama (19)
- Which U.S. men have locked up World Cup roster spots? (16)
- Three huge positives to take from USA’s convincing win over Panama (15)
- Broadcast of U.S. v. Panama was second highest audience for World Cup Qualifier (14)
- Bruins stymie Blackhawks, take Game 3
- Survival and heartbreak at US Open
- Protesters back in streets of Brazilian cities
- Radio hosts fired for mocking ex-NFL player with ALS
- Posnanski: More Open heartbreak for Mickelson
- PHT: Bruins go 'above and beyond' in Gm. 3
- PHT: Hossa day to day with upper-body injury
- Play Video: Police clash with protesters in Brazil
- Play Video: Highlights: Sounders win in final minutes
- Play Video: Highlights: Revolution dismantle Galaxy
- Play Video: What does New York FC have to do to succeed?
- Play Video: The Hype: Bending the screen like Beckham
- Play Video: Galaxy's Rogers talks about coming out to the public