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 …
Birthdays of note: Can you still rock a young man’s cut at age 30? It’s now a question Kyle Beckerman must ask himself. The U.S. international and Real Salt Lake midfielder turns 30 today.
Big Important story of the day: Americans abroad just keep scoring. Clint Dempsey let someone else do it for a change at Fulham. But Jozy Altidore hit his fifth in five games for AZ Alkmaar in Holland. (We’d all be going on and on about Altidore’s fantastic season for the Dutch Eredivisie’s second-place team if it weren’t for Dempsey’s absolutely phenomenal run.) Meanwhile, DaMarcus Beasley has put together quite a season at Puebla, scoring again over the weekend in a loss to Club America.
Ahead on the blog today*: Monday “Meh” list, where we look at things slightly overrated in our game. Also, ProSoccerTalk’s MLS Player of the Week (a pretty easy call if you saw what happened yesterday in Washington, D.C.) and our MLS Team of the Week.
RASNoD (Random American Soccer Name of the Day): Hank Steinbrecher
Twitter dap: Seattle Sounders winger Steve Zakuani (@stevezakuani11), still on the mend from a terrible leg break suffered last year in Denver: “One year ago today I lost everything I worked for. Nowhere near where I once was but working to get back. Patience & Perseverance!”
PST background noise while blogging today: Feeling very indie, so Alabama Shakes plus Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and other new-ish stuff on the iTunes.
*Always subject to change; you know how it is
MILAN (AP) Sassuolo’s victory over Pescara has been reversed to a 3-0 loss.
Sassuolo won Sunday’s Serie A match 2-1 but the league now says it fielded an ineligible player.
The league says the paperwork for the signing of Antonino Ragusa, who played the final 25 minutes, had not been filed by noon the day before the match – as its rules demand.
Sassuolo says it followed the rules and will appeal.
The club was one of four teams to win both its opening matches, along with Genoa, Juventus and Sampdoria.
Jack Wilshere won’t be with Arsenal following Wednesday’s transfer deadline, however, where the Gunners midfielder lands is yet to be seen.
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According to Daily Mail, as many as 22 clubs are in the mix to acquire Wilshere on loan, including various Premier League sides.
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While Daily Mail suggests that Crystal Palace is among the leaders to bring in the 24-year-old center midfielder this season, Bournemouth and Watford are also said to be in the mix to sign the playmaker.
Manager Arsene Wenger reportedly won’t allow the Englishman to go to any of the top four sides in England and also hopes that Wilshere lands outside of the UK .
Wilshere is also being chased by foreign clubs including Serie A sides Juventus and Roma.
The Gunners have been active as the deadline heads down its final hours, with Lucas Perez of Deportivo La Coruna and Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi both joining the club on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, young defender Calum Chambers has joined Middlesbrough on loan and Serge Gnarby is reportedly close to joining Werder Bremen after drawing significant interest from Bundesliga sides.
CHICAGO (AP) The U.S. women’s national team will host Switzerland for two matches this October in Minneapolis and Utah.
The matches for the defending World Cup champions are set for Oct. 19 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, and at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Oct. 23.
The U.S. team has played Switzerland just twice before, with the Americans winning both matches.
The United States is also facing Thailand on Sept. 15 in Columbus, Ohio, before playing the Netherlands in Atlanta on Sept. 18.
The team will be without goalkeeper Hope Solo, who was suspended from the team for six months following comments she made at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The United States was ousted by Sweden in the quarterfinals for the team’s earliest-ever exit at the Olympics.
Just incase you were unaware, there’s another Pogba. And he too could be playing in the Premier League very soon.
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While it was Paul Pogba that stole the spotlight when he returned to Manchester United for a world-record transfer fee, Florentin — his 26-year-old brother — is drawing interest from England’s top flight.
According to the Sun, David Moyes and Sunderland are launching an $8.5 million bid for the St Etienne defender as a potential replacement for Lamine Kone. The Black Cats still anticipate that Kone will exit the Stadium of Light this season after handing in a transfer request earlier this month.
Pogba has played with the Ligue 1 club since 2012 after joining from lower-division club Sedan. Additionally, the centerback has made 13 appearances for Guinea at the international level.