Birthday of note: Former Dutch international Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink turns 40. His career spanned 19 years, passing through 10 professional addresses in Holland, Portugal, Spain and England. Celebrate by penning an essay: “The glory of going by three names, rather than my boring, ordinary two.”
Big Important Story of the Day: The big pronouncements and high-level rebuke will be flying over Monday’s Olympic qualifying stunner. So we’ll track the best ones and add some context to the latest “youth” national team clunker. (Don’t forget, the U.S. under-20s went crashing out similarly in CONCACAF qualifying just one year ago.)
RASNoD (Random American Soccer Name of the Day): Michelle Akers
What we should all be watching on TV: It’s “Chelsea on the brink” in terms of UEFA Champions League soccer for next year; but the men of Stamford Bridge remain squarely in the 2012 fight. They meet Benfica at Estadio da Luz in Lisbon, Portugal on Tuesday. It’s the first of a two-leg quarterfinal, and it’s on Fox Soccer Channel; coverage begins at 2:30 p.m. EDT.
PST background noise while blogging today: BBC radio, setting up today’s Champions League contests.
Twitter dap: From U.S. under-23 forward Terrrence Boyd (@TBoyd91): “Thanks for all the support. Im sorry we didnt make it
Ahead on the blog today*: Thoughts on where the U.S. under-23s may have lost the plot; the weekly MLS Panic Quotient.
*Always subject to change; you know how it is