Big Important Stories of the Day: News is coming on Red Bulls forward Luke Rodgers. He’s stuck in London. Still. They wouldn’t leave us hanging any longer now, would they? … Plus, the NBC crew is in our nation’s capital, set to see if D.C. United can check the “Win” box for a first time in 2012, or if Brek Shea’s return to the FC Dallas mix might inspire something big from the understrength Texans.
What we should all be watching on TV: See above. Kick from RFK Stadium is 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network. Or, crush office bandwidth by streaming Bundesliga leader Borussia Dortmund against Stuttgart (2:30 p.m., ESPN3.com).
RASNoD (Random American Soccer Name of the Day): Willi “The Duck” Lippens (Totally not making that up. Tap the Google, you’ll see.)
Ahead on the blog today*: I have this feeling it’s shaping up to be a weird year for Landon Donovan. Injuries and advancing age have something to do with it. (Bummer, right?) But there’s something else at work, too. You’ll want to check back for that one. …Plus, Arlo White sets up the United-FCD match later today at PST.
We’ll leave you with this: Maybe it’s those trips to England and elsewhere across the Atlantic for soccer watching with pals, but I’m taking to this mustard on French fries thing. Weird, I know.
*Always subject to change; you know how it is