Birthdays of Note: Nigel Reo-Coker, who spent some time on England’s under-20 and under-21 national teams but never quite made the senior jump, turns 28 today. He shares a birthday with actress, writer and producer Sofia Coppola. Maybe she can write him into an England international part in her next picture; maybe he can be Lost in Transition.
Ahead on the blog today*: Some thoughts on Red Bulls manager Hans Backe, plus our MLS Team of the Week and Player of the Week.
What we should all be watching on TV: Repeats of UEFA Champions League matches on Fox Soccer Channel to begin setting the mood ahead of Saturday’s final from Munich. (Several to choose from.)
RASNoD (Random American Soccer Name of the Day): Tracey Bates
Twitter dap: Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney): “Our fans were brilliant today. Thx for ur support all season. We have to look ahead to next season.”
New York Red Bulls midfielder Dax McCarty (@DaxMcCarty11): “Honestly not thrilled w/ the performance, but cant fault the character. 3 pts and 1st in East feels good. Credit to Philly, they never quit.”
U.S. national team forward Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13): “Just saw The Avengers…I don’t know who my fav is they are all badass”
We’ll leave you with this: It really is super-lame to hack away, especially from behind, and then complain to the referee. (And why do the men in the middle put up with it, anyway?)
PST background noise while blogging today: JoyDivision and Smiths on Pandora
*Always subject to change; you know how it is