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ProSoccerTalk’s daily soccer re-set

Oct 11, 2012, 7:30 AM EDT

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Soccer birthdays:

Seventy-five years ago today, the best English soccer player in history was born. At least, that’s how most people would introduce Sir Bobby Charlton, and I don’t use that “Sir” lightly. I usually refrain from including the title, since I’m not subject to the crowd, but for Sir Bobby, I make an exception on sure soccer grounds.

Charlton made 106 appearances for the English national team, scoring 46 goals from midfield, winning a World Cup in 1966 (he was awarded the Ballon d’Or the same year). In 606 appearances over a 17-year career with Manchester United, Charlton scored 199 goals, leading the Red Devils to a European Cup in 1968.

Big Important Stories of the Day:

It’s all about the U.S. Men’s National Team, particularly given their injury troubles. With Landon Donovan, Brek Shea, Fabian Johnson, and Edgar Castillo ruled out over the last two days, the U.S.’s injury problems are starting to feel like an epidemic.

Where’s that stupid Outbreak monkey (oh, he’s pictured)? That’s the only explanation for this type of crisis.

If nobody else is ruled out, the news will be that the national team survived a day without losing another player. And if another player has to be scratched?  U.S. Men’s National Team fans will just be hoping it’s not Clint Dempsey or Michael Bradley.

RASNoD (Random American Soccer Name of the Day): Mike Burns

*Ahead on the blog today: If it’s Thursday, it’s time for the estimable Noah Davis to drop by to add his perspective to what’s become a hyperactive buildup to the U.S.’s Antigua excursion. Plus, we’ve still got three depth charts to go.

What you should watch on TV today: It’s not often I say something like this, but given how much soccer’s going to be happening on Friday, take a break on Thursday. Get out of the house, walk the dog – enjoy the fundamentals. On Friday, there’ll be no excuses. Then, your life will be soccer.

If CONCACAF’s final qualifying round started today:

  • Guatemala
  • United States
  • Mexico
  • El Salvador
  • Panama
  • Honduras

Outside looking in: Jamaica, Costa Rica, Canada

Background noise while we’re blogging: Beth Orton, who’s song Concrete Sky is one of the more underrated pure-pop songs of the last 15 years.

We’ll leave you with this: How much different would the perception of the national team be if the Jamaica matches were the second and sixth of the round rather than the third and fourth?

*Always subject to change; you know how it is

  1. Steve Davis - Oct 11, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    Caught Beth Orton at SxSW a few years back. Great singer and musician. (And, yep, Concrete Sky is a fabulous song)

  2. tylerbetts - Oct 11, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    You missed one on the “we hope it’s not” list were another injury to happen. Yes to Bradley. yes to Dempsey. But also yes to Tim Howard.

    • Richard Farley - Oct 11, 2012 at 1:29 PM

      Very true, though most certainly hope the goalkeeper doesn’t have to be a major factor this week.

      • tylerbetts - Oct 11, 2012 at 2:15 PM

        A major factor in terms of making big saves? No. I don’t want that.

        A major factor it terms of being a field general and keeping the back line focused and relaying information to them? Especially in the face of yet another set back at Left Back? Absolutely. That’s where Tim Howard is the biggest factor.

        I trust other ‘keepers in the pool – Rimando, Johnson, Hamid, Guzan – to make a big save. Do I trust them to be the influence and field general they need to be for that back line? Nope.

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