Birthdays of note: Habitually smiling Brazilian attacker Ronaldinho turns 32 today. Celebrate by putting on just a little too much weight this afternoon – while still managing to be pretty good at what you do.
RASNoD (Random American Soccer Name of the Day): Mike Sorber
Twitter shot: From BBC broadcaster and former England international Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker): “I should never be mentioned in the same sentence [as Leo Messi]. He does 5 or 6 things per game that I never did once in my entire career”
Ahead on the blog today*: MLS club ranking highest on the “Panic Meter” and bits from the U.S. men’s Olympic team and U.S. women’s teams.
What we should all be watching: A recent loss at Swansea City has Manchester City looking up at Manchester United in the Premiership table, desperate not to fall further behind. Meanwhile, Chelsea and new manager Roberto Di Matteo sit fifth in the table, with real jeopardy looming of missing out on Champions League action for the first time in 10 years. … Chelsea at Manchester City from the Etihad Stadium, 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
PST background noise while blogging today: Neglected Daily Show reruns stacked up on the DVR.
*Always subject to change; you know how it is