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Oct 1, 2012, 7:30 AM EST

George Weah

Soccer birthdays:

Remember when everyone got excited to find out that German-born David Yelldell was eligible to play for the United States. Then we all realized there must be a reason that he had never quite moved past the German lower leagues. At any rate, Yelldell turns 31 on Monday.

Malaga attacker Júlio César Baptista, a Brazilian international, turns 31 as well.

Juventus and Montenegro international Mirko Vucinic turns 29.

Finally, 1995 FIFA World Player of the Year George Weah (pictured) turns 46. Today, Weah is a politician and humanitarian who in 2004 won an Arthur Ashe Courage Award for his efforts.

Big Important Stories of the Day:

We should find out more today about Galaxy center back A.J. DeLaGarza, who needed to be helped into the locker room in the first half of last night’s L.A.-Colorado contest. This won’t be the devastating defensive blow that Omar Gonzalez’s los earlier this year was to the champs – but it’s not ideal, for sure. DeLaGarza is easily the best central partner Bruce Arena has to pair with Gonzalez.

RASNoD (Random American Soccer Name of the Day): Kerry Zavagnin

*Ahead on the blog today: MLS Team of the Week and MLS Player of the Week. (There are a couple of good candidates, including three-goal man Alvaro Saborio and three-assist man Thierry Henry, who also threw in a goal in at the end. Anybody? Anybody?) Plus, a whole bunch of other stuff. You should probably check back. A lot.

Twitter daps:

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

Eastern Conference

(Wildcard round)

  • Houston at D.C. United

(Second round)

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

Western Conference:

(Wildcard round)

  • Vancouver Whitecaps at Seattle

(Second Round)

  • San Jose vs. Wildcard winner
  • Real Salt Lake vs. L.A. Galaxy

PST background noise while blogging today: For the first day of Rock-tober, it’s got to be music. Probably go with KGSR out of Austin.

We’ll leave you with this: After his team put a serious 4-1 whuppin’ on Toronto FC, Red Bulls manager Hans Backe took time (out of nowhere) to complain about the Red Bull Arena Field. Said it was the probably “the worst pitch in the league.”  Hmmm.  What’s that man got up his Swedish sleeve? Trying to get Chicago thinking about it before the Fire’s upcoming visit?  Trying add some pressure on team officials to spend a little more green on the RBA green? Let’s watch this one.

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

  1. tylerbetts - Oct 1, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Steve, are you trying to alienate your Irish audience with those Henry jokes?

    Also hoping you aren’t sleeping on Jairo for player of the week.

    • Steve Davis - Oct 1, 2012 at 10:13 AM

      Arrieta with two HUGE goals … but if it was you picking, seriously now, you would choose him as PoW over three goals from Saborio, a goal and three assists from Henry, three assists from Fabian Espindola … ?

      I do like to pick guys “critical” to the result. But it’s a sliding scale.

      And by the way … am I the only one wondering why Warzycha pulled Arrieta after 66 mins? I’ll have to check to see if there was a little injury concern there.

      • dreadpirate82 - Oct 1, 2012 at 2:30 PM

        Zusi? He did his work against Chicago, not Toronto.

        Tough to argue with Henry, though, even if he’s prone to occasional fits of violence against opponents.

      • tylerbetts - Oct 1, 2012 at 2:51 PM

        Most Crew fans question everything Warzycha does, so no, it’s not you.

        And, no, being honest, I’d probably go with Saborio, but I think Arrieta is in the conversation.

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