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Soccer birthdays: Tottenham Hotspur and Clint Dempsey teammate Ledley King turns 31. (He’s in that picture, we swear.) The defender, who barely trains due to knee problems, played the first 45 minutes of England’s World Cup match against the United States. He suffered a groin injury and came out at halftime, before Dempsey magically willed the ball past Robert Green. We bet that makes for fun locker room conversation.

Also, Cüneyt Köz — who has the most amazing name ever — turns 20. Get this: The current Dynamo Dresden defender made his debut for his former club, FC Bayern Munich II, in 2010, replacing none other than the New England Revolution’s Saër Sène. It’s all very strange.

Big Important Stories of the Day: In case you haven’t heard, the United States men’s national team plays THE MOST IMPORTANT GAME IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD tonight. It is, at the very least, the most importnat fixture the Stars and Stripes have ever played in Antigua & Barbuda.

The actual importance lies somewhere between those two extremes. Mostly, we’d just like to get to tonight so we can stop writing and start watching.

RASNoD (Random American Soccer Name of the Day): Paul Caligiuri. Could the U.S. use a little of his magic tonight?

*Ahead on the blog today: Other than the U.S.-Antigua? Plenty. There are like a million other excellent World Cup qualifiers and friendlies going on throughout the day. The other Davis and Farley are on watch. These men don’t sleep. Ever.

What you should watch on TV today: I’m not even going to answer that. You know.

If CONCACAF’s final qualifying round started today:

  • Guatemala
  • United States
  • Mexico
  • El Salvador
  • Panama
  • Honduras

Outside looking in: Jamaica, Costa Rica, Canada

Background noise while we’re blogging: The Jamaican national anthem. Sorry, but it’s amazing.

We’ll leave you with this: Predictions for the match against Antigua & Barbuda? I’ll go 2-0 U.S.

*Always subject to change; you know how it is

Report: David Silva out 2-3 weeks with ligament damage

LOGRONO, SPAIN - OCTOBER 09:  David Silva of Spain is fouled by Lars Gerson of Luxembourg during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier group C match between Spain and Luxembourg at Estadio Municipal Las Gaunas on October 9, 2015 in Logrono, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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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.

[ RELATED: Alejandro Bedoya to miss USMNT vs. Mexico ]

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 to miss USMNT vs. Mexico

GLASGOW,  SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 15 :  Alejandro Bedoya of USA  in action during the International Friendly match between Scotland and USA at Hampden Park on November 15, 2013.  (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
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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.