Birthday of Note: Revolution stalwart Matt Reis turns … wait, this can’t be right. Says here Matt’s 37 years young today? Now in his 10th year in the league, the former Bruin’s still going strong, having played every minute in goal thus far this season.
Big Important Story of the Day: If you’re in a glass half-empty kind of mood, they’ll still be plenty of perspective to be had on Monday’s letdown. However, if you’re having a glass half-full day, get revved up for tonight, when MLS’s last Champions League team, Toronto FC, faces Herculez Gomez and Santos Laguna in leg one of their semifinal.
RASNoD (Random American Soccer Name of the Day): Hugo Perez
What we all should be watching on TV: Besides TFC-Santos (8 p.m. ET, FOX Soccer)? The biggie is Milan-Barcelona. Max Allegri’s guys are one of three teams with a shot a ruining Barcelona’s title defense. Bayern has a puncher’s change, and Real has a honest-to-goodness shot, but if Barcelona isn’t at their ball-hogging best, Milan can upset them before a potential Clasico in May’s final. Leg one starts at 2:45 p.m. ET on FOX Soccer.
Ahead on the blog today*: Some last, lingering thoughts on where we are with the U-23s; a look forward to tonight’s big match at BMO Field; some banter behind the scenes about the respective lunch options in Texas and Oregon.
*Always subject to change; we may stay in for lunch
PST background noise while blogging: The first two episodes of Mad Men, Season 5. Which leads us to …
We’ll leave you with: True or false: Season 5’s premier showed Mad Men would be just fine without Betty Draper (January Jones, above)?