Birthdays of Note: Former England player and longtime Ireland manager Jack Charlton turns 72. In his playing days Jack Charlton (brother of Bobby) was a center half. Not a “center back.” They didn’t know what a center back was in England back then. It was a center half. In fact, it was a centre half. Now Marvell Wynne of the Colorado Rapids, for instance, he’s a center back. And he turns 26 today.
Big Important Story of the Day: With the European Championships now just one month away (beginning June 8), expect to see more stories like this one, where an official of the world players’ union worried over violence in and around the grounds. Or this one, where we see the world of politics and sport intersect.
What you should watch on TV: Liverpool meets Chelsea for the second time in four days (3 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer Channel). Chelsea still has an outside chance of climbing into a Champions League qualification spot; Liverpool, having just lost to the Blues in Saturday’s FA Cup final, gets the chance to finish off those hopes.
Ahead on the blog today*: Early reports from the initial facility tours offered down at BBVA Compass Stadium plus some early talk on the upcoming U.S. national team camp.
RASNoD (Random American Soccer Name of the Day): Tony DiCicco
Twitter dap: MLSSoccer.com writer Jonah Freedman (@jonahfreedman), on Monday’s Premiership relegation development: “Anyone else surprised that Blackburn actually had stayed up this long? To me, far more stunning than their relegation.”
We’ll leave you with this: I always wonder why more players don’t figure this out: If you want to slow play legally when challenging for a ball near the sideline, don’t kick it into the stands. Instead, whack in off signboard, back into the field of play.
*Always subject to change; you know how it is