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Dec 3, 2012, 7:30 AM EDT

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Soccer birthdays:

David Villa, a World Cup winner and European Championship winner, and current Barcelona man, turns 31.

Chelsea man Michael Essien turns 30. (Seem to anyone else like that man is a little older, like he’s been around forever.)

And it looks like a big day for men of the big clubs.  Former French international and Real Madrid man Christian Karembeu turns 42.

Big Important Stories of the Day:

Major League Soccer’s off-season is officially underway, starting with some big moves yesterday from Real Salt Lake.

RASNoD (Random American Soccer Name of the Day:  Arturo Alvarez

*Ahead on the blog today:

The first in a series of conversations based on Friday’s conversation withU.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

Plus, a look at those Real Salt Lake swaps, and we’ll have a special MLS Cup edition of the Monday “Meh” list, a chronicle of the slightly overrated.

Twitter daps:

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What you should watch on TV today:

The English Premier League’s 15th round concludes as Wigan meets Newcastle at 2:55 p.m. on ESPN Deportes. (Yeah, I know … I don’t have that channel either.)

We’ll leave you with this: Is it too early to begin wondering about where next year’s MLS Cup might be? Kansas City? RFK Stadium in D.C.? … The Home Depot Center again?

* Always subject to change; you know how it is

  1. tylerbetts - Dec 3, 2012 at 8:37 AM

    Two early thoughts:

    1) Surprised to not see a Xolos post up yet. C’mon – you guys hyped the game and are one of the big reasons I knew to follow it.

    2) To your final thought, I’d like to istall BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston as the early favorite to host MLS Cup 2013. We know the Orange can get through the tricky stages of MLS Cup, it’s just a matter of getting enough points in the regular season to be able to host it. I think Dom can point to this final and that it COULD have been in Houston as motivation to grind through next season and get more “3″s at home and less “1″s at home.

  2. crpls - Dec 3, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Newcastle-Wigan is on ESPN2.

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