A newsy day in England, brought to you by Twitter

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Well this certainly is a newsy day in the land of football, fish and chips. England, that is.

First came Roy Hodgson’s selections for Euro 2012, and all the talking points on that one. You can bet your favorite footie scarf they’ll be knocking that one around while they knock back a pint at the pubs tonight from Brighton to Birmingham to Blackpool.

Then came the Kenny Dalglish verdict: King Kenny is out at Anfield. Liverpool’s official statement is here.

Yes, over in England, this is what we in the business call a “newsy day.”  Since Twitter makes the world smaller, here’s what we’re all saying about it, here and abroad.

First the roster

RedMancunia ‏ (@RedMancunia):

I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. Jordan Henderson is on standby for the England squad. Michael Carrick is not.

Stefano Bozzi ‏ (@StefanoBozzi):

And so Rio Ferdinand never played at a European Championship. Not selected 2000, banned 2004, didn’t qualify 2008, not selected 2012.

The Shin Guardian (@shinguardian):

English press making out Michael Carrick to be Pirlo or something. Carrick is a “nice” player, but benefits from boatloads of space at MUFC.

Daily Telegraph’s Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward):

Here at Wembley we reckon there are 6/7 of the England 23 who aren’t first-team picks at their clubs. Again, shows the lack of depth.

England fan Jack Coleman ‏ (@jackcoleman7):

Andy Carroll. You wouldn’t let him do kick ups in your back garden for fear he’d break something yet he is in the England squad.

Daily Mirror’s David McDonnell (@DiscoMirror):

Also cannot fathom why Terry, G Johnson and Downing are in ahead of Ferdinand, Richards and A Johnson, all of whom offer more.

England fan Sarah Wilson (@hullbird):

I’ll be drunk ( very ) during each England game this summer. It will numb the pain

ESPN’s Adrian Healey (@AdrianHealey):

Only prob with #Eng #Euro2012 squad is omission of Michael Carrick. His passing & vision will be missed. As for French squad..Zut Alors!

Journalist Rob Harris (@RobHarris):

Hodgson: “Are we ever going to get off Rio Ferdinand? … we seem to be discussing one man until the cows come home”

Times writer Oliver Kay (@OliverKayTimes):

Can’t take seriously Hodgson’s “1 game in last yr” explanation for Ferdinand omission. The new captain has played 33 mins for Eng in 19 mths

ESPN’s Adrian Healey (@AdrianHealey):

Don’t often feel too much in common with John Terry, but have similar itinerary for next few days: Travel to Munich, sit down, talk/shout

And then Kenny Dalglish 

The Guardian writer David Conn (@david_conn):

So Kenny Dalglish has gone and as of now, Fenway’s Liverpool have no manager, director of football, head of press, or new stadium plan #lfc

Times writer Oliver Kay (@OliverKayTimes):

Disagree with those suggesting Dalglish appointment disastrous. 5 pts off bottom when he took over. Two steps forward, 1 step back, 1 trophy

Liverpool fan Chris Hudson ‏ (@christwinny):

I’m absolutely gutted that Dalglish has gone because I love the man but unfortunately the time was right, all the best Kenny! Nice one!

Scottish TV announcer and Dalglish’s daughter Kelly Cates (@KellyCates):

Devastated for Dad but incredibly proud of the job he’s done. Thanks for all the lovely messages already. Have a good summer

Fox Soccer Channel’s Bobby McMahon (@BobbySoccerRep):

Expect a period of civil war to erupt within Liverpool fans – verbal and written atrocities certain on both sides.

Broadcaster James Richardson (@acjimbo):

oh my god. they killed Kenny

TV analyst John Bradley ‏ (@JBcommentator):

Kenny Dalglish brought stability to a ship rocking badly, he steadied things and united the club. For that alone fans should be grateful

Liverpool fan Damien Kelly ‏ (@damienk11):

“@LibbyJHarvey: Shame about Kenny Dalglish. Seemed to have the support of the fans and the players,” think that was his prob,2 much of a fan

England journalist Paul Doyle (@Paul_Doyle):

At least they’re showing KD enough respect not to claim it was mutual consent.

The Shin Guardian (@shinguardian):

I’ll take flack but truly believe that Dalglish’s management, tactics held Andy Carroll back. Will be proven right or wrong in ’12-’13

Journalist Rob Harris (@RobHarris):

Liverpool statement on Dalglish wrongly uses word “fulsome” (I think): “John Henry was fulsome in his praise for the outgoing manager”

Liverpool blogger BigRed something-or-other‏ (@BIGREDS_IOLSC):

You Will Never Walk Alone, King Kenny Dalglish! #LFC

 

Championship Focus: Bluebirds flying, Villa second-last

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The wild 46-game slate that is the Football League Championship is already howling, with all 24 teams three matches deep into their campaigns toward Premier League promotion (or avoiding relegation to League One).

The three clubs relegated from the Premier League last season all sit within the Top 8 after three match days. Sunderland is unbeaten with a win and two draws, while Hull City is 1-1-1.

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Middlesbrough has two wins from three matches, three points behind three sides who’ve started a perfect 3-0.

Wolves and Ipswich Town are two of the three, and Cardiff City leads the way. Owner Vincent Tan has seen his club score six goals without conceding once in defeats of Burton Albion, Aston Villa, and Sheffield United.

Burton is 0-3, while Steve Bruce‘s Villa is just one point better and sits 23rd.

As for individual superlatives, Bristol City’s Bobby Reid has four goals to lead the league while familiar names Lewis Grabban (Sunderland) and Abel Hernandez (Hull City) are among a quartet of players to score thrice.

Meanwhile, PL transfer target Jota of Brentford continues to impress with three assists through three matches. Will he remain in the second tier by the close of the transfer window?

MLS Snapshot: Montreal Impact 3-0 Chicago Fire

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The game in 100 words (or less)Ignacio Piatti is very good at soccer, and Chicago backstop Matt Lampson is going to see him deep into his dreams. Piatti beat Lampson up close on a turnover and then, with Montreal ahead 2-0 off a PK, the Argentine curled a surprise shot from distance around the keeper. Game, set, match, and it wasn’t even halftime. The loss keeps Chicago from using its match-in-hand to catch second place New York City FC, while the three points move Montreal to within two points of the East’s final playoff position.

Three moments that mattered

6′ — Piatti starts the party — Gifted a chance with the keeper by a sloppy missed clearing attempt, the Argentine deftly pops the ball over Fire keeper Matt Lampson.

36′ — Lampson hurts his cause — Chicago’s backstop wasn’t at fault on the opening goal, but he was for the second. After chopping down Matteo Mancosu in the box, Lampson guessed wrong on the striker’s penalty kick and the Fire went down 2-0.

38′ — It’s not your night, Lamps — Pretty sure you can anyone named Lampson, Lamps. Anyway, this time it was one of MLS’ top newcomers who set up Piatti for a goal. “Nacho” has his 12th of the season thanks to Blerim Dzemaili, and my goodness did Piatti do well here.

Man of the Match: Piatti.

Forbes ranks the top supporters in Major League Soccer

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Forbes claims the shared honor will give two Cascadia Cup rivals one less thing to argue about, but we completely disagree.

The celebrated magazine says their metrics show the Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders tied for the honor of who has the best fans in Major League Soccer.

The post says the determination was made through four factors: attendance, local TV ratings, merchandise sales, and social media followers on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Attendance was weighted heaviest, which certainly gives Atlanta United hope to go charging up the rankings in the future. For now, the “Five Stripes” are not included in the list.

The Galaxy finish third in the rankings, while the sixth-place New York Red Bulls edge New York City FC by one spot.

For the report and full explanation, head here.

Europa League preview: Everton, Milan, Marseille take next steps

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The UEFA Europa League playoff round takes full flight Thursday, a day after Utrecht struck a blow for the Eredivisie with a 1-0 win over Zenit Saint-Petersburg in a Wednesday first leg.

Premier League participants Everton will be seeking a result at home against Hajduk Split, the third-place team from Croatia’s top flight.

Gylfi Sigurdsson passed his medical at Goodison Park but will not be available for Everton on Thursday.

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As for the match, manager Ronald Koeman knows the Thursday matchdays for the UEL will try his club’s endurance and depth. From EvertonFC.com:

“We know English teams have some problems. I think it is more mental than physical because if you play in the Champions League – so Wednesday and Saturday – you have the same amount of days to recover. I try to put out the strongest team to start the game. That will take into account the tactical aspects of each game. That will mean different players start and different options in terms of substitutions.”

Captained by Zoran Nizic and managed by Joan Carrillo, Hajduk has a young star in the making in the form of 19-year-old attacking midfielder Nikola Vlasic, but Everton is heavily favored at home with Hajduk given 12:1 odds by bookmakers.

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Those numbers are a relative sure thing compared to AC Milan’s visitors. Macedonia club Shkendija are a 33:1 underdog for its trip to Italy.

Elsewhere, Slovenian side Domzale is a longshot at home to visiting Marseille.

Speaking of bookmakers, Arsenal won’t enter the competition until the group stage but is considered the favorite to win the UEL by a hair over Milan. Everton, Villarreal, and Athletic Bilbao are level with third-best odds.

UEFA Europa League playoff first legs
Utrecht 1-0 Zenit — Weds.
BATE Borisov vs. Oleksandriya — 1 p.m. ET Thursday
Apollon Limassol vs. Midtjylland — 1 p.m.
Krasnodar vs. Red Star Belgrade — 1 p.m.
Dinamo Zagreb vs. Skenderbeu — 1 p.m.
FH vs. Braga — 1:45 p.m. ET Thursday
PAOK vs. Ostersund — 2 p.m. ET Thursday
Vardar vs. Fenerbahce — 2 p.m.
Plzen vs. AEK Lamaca — 2:15 p.m. ET Thursday
Altach vs. Maccabi Tel-Aviv — 2:30 p.m. ET Thursday
Ludogorets Razgrad vs. Suduva — 2:30 p.m.
Panathinaikos vs. Athletic Bilbao — 2:30 p.m.
Domzale vs. Marseille — 2:45 p.m. ET Thursday
Osijek vs. Austria Wien — 2:45 p.m.
Viitorul vs. Red Bull Salzburg — 2:45 p.m.
Ajax vs. Rosenborg — 2:45 p.m.
Legia Warsaw vs. Sheriff — 2:45 p.m.
AC Milan vs. Shkendija — 2:45 p.m.
Club Brugge vs. AEK — 2:45 p.m.
Partizan vs. Videoton — 3 p.m. ET Thursday
Everton vs. Hajduk Split — 3:05 p.m. ET Thursday
Maritimo vs. Dynamo Kyiv — 3:30 p.m. ET Thursday