Jul 31, 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: If he uses birthdays as mile markers, as most of us do, Michael Bradley will have a hard time topping the past year. The U.S. international midfielder established himself as an indispensable element of Jurgen Klinsmann’s national team. And he did so well at Chievo that a big club like Roma came calling. But who knows? Maybe Bradley has more in him yet. So, happy 25th birthday!
Big Important Stories of the Day: The United States women’s team meets North Korea as Olympic Tournament group play closes. Pia Sundhage’s team has already qualified for the quarterfinals, but a win or draw at Manchester United’s Old Trafford grounds could provide a more favorable matchup as the elimination phase begins.
Also, CONCACAF Champions League play begins. Up first, Real Salt Lake visits Costa Rica’s Herediano.
RASNoD (Random American Soccer Name of the Day): Holly Manthei
*Ahead on the blog today: Analysis on the U.S.-North Korea match, plus weekly MLS rankings following Round 21 and whatever Richard Farley is thinking about.
What you should watch on TV:
- United States vs. North Korea in women’s Olympic soccer, NBC Sports Network, 12:15 p.m. ET.
- International friendly: Tottenham Hotspur vs. New York Red Bulls, ESPN2, 7 p.m. ET
- CONCACAF Champions League: Real Salt Lake at Costa Rica’s Herediano, Fox Soccer Channel, 10 p.m. ET
PST background noise while blogging today: More Olympics, including plenty of soccer games on MSNBC, starting at 9:15 a.m. ET.
*Always subject to change; you know how it is
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