Birthday of note: Brazilian fullback and free kick taker extraordinaire Roberto Carlos turns 39. He scored that goal. (See it below.) Celebrate by bending things. Any old thing. He’d appreciate the gesture.
Ahead on the blog today*: Weekly MLS rankings and more perspective on Clint Dempsey’s ongoing, amazing season at Fulham, where it ranks in historical achievement for Yanks abroad.
RASNoD (Random American Soccer Name of the Day): Tiffeny Milbrett
What we should all be watching on TV: If you have ESPN3, Fox Soccer Plus or Fox Deportes, little Serie A club Chievo (with U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley) meets Italian giant AC Milan (2:40 p.m. ET).
Twitter daps: U.S. national team and New York Red Bulls striker Juan Agudelo (@juanagudelo17) , throwing love to a certain Fulham striker: “Dempsey = killin it”
U.S. fringe international Alejandro Bedoya (@AleBedoya17) on Dempsey: “This dude @clint_dempsey just can’t stop scoring!! yo man give me some of that Crunk Juice! haha #BeastMode”
U.S. international backup and Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando (@NickRimando): “Of course @clint_dempsey scored against Chelsea. The Deuce is Loooooseee! Congrats kid.”
The man himself, Clint Dempsey (@clint_dempsey), responding to one in Spanish: “Si se puede ha RT “@ryandeandempsey: @clint_dempsey tu estas en fueGOL!”
PST background noise while blogging today: old Police, for no real reason.
We’ll leave you with this: I’ve about had it broadcasters/analysts who always give you the impression that they did it better when they were players. Much, much better. All of it.