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ProSoccerTalk’s daily soccer re-set

Aug 20, 2012, 7:30 AM EDT

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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: Sevilla striker Álvaro Negredo, a Spanish international who was part of Spain’s Euro 2012 championship side, turns 27.

Big Important Story of the Day: We may know more today about Sergio Aguero’s knee injury. If it’s serious, as feared, defending English Premier League champion Manchester City may wade quickly back into the transfer market before the window closes in a week.

RASNoD (Random American Soccer Name of the Day): Joe Franchino

*Ahead on the blog today:  The usual Monday deliverables, like MLS Player of the Week and Team of the Week. We’ll hear more about Richard Farley’s excellent adventures in England, too.

Twitter daps:


What you should watch on TV: Round 1 of English Premier League play concludes with a nice one: Everton and Tim Howard will try to contain mighty Manchester United, fortified with last week’s signing of former Arsenal marksman Robin van Persie. Match coverage begins at 2:55 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

If the MLS playoffs started today

Eastern Conference

(Wildcard round)

  • D.C. United at Chicago

(Second round)

  • Sporting Kansas City vs. Wildcard winner
  • New York Red Bulls vs. Houston

Western Conference:

(Wildcard round)

  • Vancouver Whitecaps at L.A. Galaxy

(Second Round)

  • San Jose vs. Wildcard winner
  • Real Salt Lake vs. Seattle

We’ll leave you with this: I won’t tie this to any particular MLS match from the weekend, but I will say this: Some of Major League Soccer referees may need a re-take on their annual fitness tests. Or perhaps the standards need to be addressed. Because there are some guys out there who do not appear fit enough to keep up with matches, which means they can’t properly do their jobs.

*Always subject to change; you know how it is…

  1. sluggo271 - Aug 20, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    Honestly, if I was editor of Prosoccertalk, I wouldn’t even mention MLS. Nothing professional about it. Hack players coached by hack coaches. The difference between MLS and other leagues is galaxies apart. I am done with MLS. Not worth my hard earned money.

    • Steve Davis - Aug 20, 2012 at 10:09 AM

      Which one drove you to this? (Seems like something was the proverbial “last straw.”) The DCU – Philly mess, I’m guessing?

      • sluggo271 - Aug 20, 2012 at 11:41 AM

        Yep. Last straw was the perfect phrase by the way.
        Also, I am grateful we have a domestic league but WOW!!! After that, I will devote my time to true professionals.
        Now, if my cable company would get BeINsports so I could watch La Liga and Serie A…….until then EPL.

  2. whordy - Aug 20, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    So the MLS is doing their 24 under 24 thing again. I am thinking the Union would be well represented. Williams and Okugo should be locks.

    • Steve Davis - Aug 20, 2012 at 10:08 AM

      I filled out my 24u24 ballot just this morning. Both were on mine.

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