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ProSoccerTalk’s daily soccer re-set

Sep 21, 2012, 7:30 AM EDT

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Soccer birthdays:

Bruce Arena knows more about soccer and how to win at the game than any three other coaches combined. Just ask him and he’ll tell you so!

Seriously, never mind the famous arrogance and entrenched penchant for sarcasm, he surely is the most successful U.S. soccer coach to have come along. Arena achieved at every level, as a college coach, as an MLS manager and then as chief of the United States national team.

You do remember that landmark 2002 World Cup, right? Or the three MLS Cups he was on the resume, two with D.C. United back in the day and another with the Galaxy in latter day MLS.

Arena turns 61 today.

Ireland and Aston Villa center back Richard Dunne turns 33 today.

RASNoD (Random American Soccer Name of the Day): April Heinrichs

*Ahead on the blog today: Noah Davis has the breakfast shift around PST.  He lives in New York.  Some would even say he’s a bit of a Big Apple elitist. Ahem. Any-who, since the man is a Big Apple kind of guy, I’d be willing to be a sixer of Sierra Nevada that Noah has some thoughts on this, the intriguing trademarking of a couple of intriguing names. To wit …

Twitter daps:

source:   What you should watch on TV today:

Surely you have something on DVR from the first round of Champions League, right? Or Europa League? Or CONCACAF Champions League?

If not … well, just clear the day for a big soccer Saturday.

If the MLS playoffs started today (following 28 rounds):

Eastern Conference

(Wildcard round)

  • Houston vs. D.C. United

(Second round)

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

Western Conference:

(Wildcard round)

  • Real Salt Lake vs. Vancouver Whitecaps

(Second Round)

  • San Jose vs. Wildcard winner
  • Seattle vs. L.A. Galaxy

PST background noise while blogging today:  Downtempo mixes. It’s a Friday thing.

We’ll leave you with this: I’m always conflicted about the “FC” thingy. I mean, it’s tradition, and I get that. On the other hand, we don’t call it “football” here, so “FC” doesn’t make sense. Can’t we merge into “SC” and then just all get along?

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

  1. ndnut - Sep 21, 2012 at 8:20 AM

    Orlando City SC does it, so I guess it could be done in MLS too.

  2. tylerbetts - Sep 21, 2012 at 8:35 AM

    The FC thing used to bother me. Now, I give it a big old “meh”. I’m far less bothered by FC Dallas and Toronto FC as the name of a club than I am by Real Salt Lake or Chivas USA. I guess Sporting Kansas City is also a good middle ground, but that also gets a big old “meh” from me.

    Although, whenever I create a team in FIFA video games, I call it ______ SC, and then put them in England. I guess I just get a giggle out of picturing those in England having to call a team a “soccer club”.

  3. joeyt360 - Sep 21, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    In fact, Hull City is called AFC (association football club) because Hull FC plays rugby.

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