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Sep 11, 2012, 7:30 AM EDT

US Supporters

Soccer birthdays: Barcelona and French right back Eric Abidal, an inspirational figure for his ability to overcome health hardship, turns 33.

And Franz Beckenbauer, a man who might possibly have accomplished more in the global game than any human in the history of humans, turns 67. He was a World Cup winner as a player and then later as a coach, and then later was an organizer of the 2006 World Cup. You know, it’s cool and all if someone says you are “The Man!”  Well, that man is “Der Kaiser!” And that’s way better.

Big Important Stories of the Day:  A loss tonight in Columbus and the United States’ bid for a seventh consecutive World Cup appearance is dangerously close to hitting the skids. It would all still be in U.S. hands – but you talk about a legion of U.S. Soccer supporters who would suddenly be fidgety as a man mainlining espresso.

But let’s not go there. Not just yet.

The United States is favored tonight to prevail over Jamaica at Crew Stadium, a place that’s been good to the U.S. World Cup qualifying effort before.

There are lots of other important stories today, depending on which other national team you might support. There are World Cup qualifiers all over the world.

RASNoD (Random American Soccer Name of the Day): Paul Caligiuri

Twitter daps:


*Ahead on the blog today: A little more on Crew Stadium and its special place in U.S. Soccer history. Plus more on potential U.S. lineup choices ahead of tonight’s Jamaican Jam in Ohio.

As Week 27 in MLS was such a light one, no new MLS rankings this week. Last week’s will stand.

Instead, prep yourself for tonight’s match (8 p.m. kickoff on ESPN2) and check back on the blog to help us sort it all out after the final whistle.

What you should watch on TV today:

You can find a bunch, darn near anything you want, but I’ll circle three for you (all qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup):

  • England-Ukraine (3 p.m. ET) on Fox Soccer Channel
  • United States-Jamaica (8 p.m. ET) on ESPN2 and Galavision
  • Mexico-Costa Rica (9 p.m. ET) on Univision

PST background noise while blogging today: There is no background music today – just the sound of elevated heartbeats around the soccer nation. Thump-thump. Thump-thump.

We’ll leave you with this: I don’t like to make too many hokey connections between real-life events and soccer, but I won’t apologize for feeling like a U.S. match on 9/11 has a special place in it all. I’m sure the players on the field will feel it, too.

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

  1. ndnut - Sep 11, 2012 at 7:57 AM

    I still think a US match on 9/11 belongs at RBA. It’s in the NYC metro, which pleases those away from the stadium, and it’s also at night in NJ, far enough away from Mannhattan to be dealing with any nighttime memorial.

  2. Steve Davis - Sep 11, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    It’s a good thought. Hard to argue … although I do love Columbus as the USMNT venue on pretty much any other day.

  3. tylerbetts - Sep 11, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    I don’t know about doing that. I think we’re already running the risk of the team coming out too emotional. 9/11, playing for the national team, backs against the wall and needing a win. That’s already a dangerous combination for that emotion being used against you. Not hard to imagine someone getting a stupid early yellow (or red) card that changes the rest of the game. You put it in RBA and it amplifies that again.

    Plus – it’s Crew Stadium. In many regards, that’s our National Team Stadium.

    It’s not where we go when we want to show off.
    It’s not where we go when we want to sell a lot of tickets and make money.
    It’s where we go when we need to win. Period.

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