What we’re thinking, what we’re watching, what’s coming on the blog today and the RASNoD (Random American Soccer Name of the Day). Setting up your day in soccer …
Birthday of note: The birthday run on famous goalkeepers continues: Aston Villa and Ireland international goalkeeper Shay Given turns 36. (For bonus points, name Given’s trusty backup at Villa Park. Hint: he used to be a Gamecock.)
What we should be watching on TV: Need a little more Mexican in your diet? Try Morelia-Atlanta, 9 p.m. on Fox Deportes. Or German? How about some German? Try Mainz-Wolfsburg at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN Deportes.
Ahead on the blog today: MLS expansion talk, a fresh opinion on Clint Dempsey and starting to look ahead to the weekend here and abroad.
RASNoD (Random American Soccer Name of the Day): Bruce Murray
Twitter daps: Nick Rimando (@NickRimando): “Nice little career for Frankie Hejduk to retire on. All the best to him in his next tubular adventure. Top dude!”
Peter Hirdt (@PeterHirdt): “Frankie Hejduk was one of 5 #USMNT players under Sampson, Arena & Bradley. The others: Keller, Lewis, Ralston, Corrales.”
PST background noise while blogging today: All those soccer podcasts I didn’t get around to yesterday. Darn you Rafa Marquez for dominating my day!
We’ll leave you with this: I ranked my top goalkeepers in Major League Soccer yesterday. It’s always fair to disagree. And I get that people are passionate about their clubs, which makes it impossible to be impartial. No worries there. But here’s the thing: everybody thinks their No. 1 belongs in the Top 5, at very least. But logically, that just cannot be the case. Right?
Despite sitting at the top of the table in the Premier League, things are not going well for Manchester City.
Star striker and leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero suffered a torn hamstring while playing for Argentina, and now he is joined by David Silva on the injured list.
Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.
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Spanish news outlet AS is reporting that Silva has suffered “lateral internal ligament damage in his right ankle,” and could face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines.
With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.
Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.
City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.
Alejandro Bedoya will not feature for the United States in the CONCACAF playoff against Mexico on Saturday, and has been replaced on the roster by Bobby Wood.
Bedoya traveled to Los Angeles from his club team Nantes in France, but Jurgen Klinsmann has announced he will be unable to play after falling ill.
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Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.
Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.