What we’re thinking, what we’re watching, what’s coming on the blog today and the RASNoD (Random American Soccer Name of the Day). Setting up your day in soccer …
Birthdays of note: Two time World Cup-winner Nílton Santos, a pioneer at the left wingback spot, turns 85 today. Obviously, that’s before many of our times, but his resumé speaks for itself: 75 caps with Brazil (between 1945 and 1962); four World Cup appearances; two world titles; one runners up medal. In 2004, he was named by FIFA (and Pele) as one of the world’s 100 greatest living players.
Big, important, OMG news of the day: England’s going to announce their Euro 2012 preliminary roster, news we’re confident will be met with the rational, measured response of Rick Santorum walking into a GLAAD convention.
Ahead on the blog today*: Calm down, everybody. Your Panic Quotient® is coming, as are more thoughts on the ins and outs of Jurgen Klinsmann’s first 16 (including a more detailed look at what Timmy Chandler’s absence means for the U.S.’s left back position). We’ll touch on Champions League and Mexico was we build toward MLS’s evening matchup.
RASNoD (Random American Soccer Name of the Day): Cle Kooiman
New trend that’s got our attention: I’ve been singing the praises of Brian Dunseth all year. Yesterday, Steve noted Eddie Robinson’s making a strong transition from field to booth. If this is what we’re going to get from the latest generation of MLS’ers to invade the broadcast booth, we like that trend.
What we’re listening to while blogging: The Bob Dylan documentary No Direction Home is streaming in the background (not that I’m paying attention).
We’ll leave you with this: You hear the complaint a lot. People who don’t like the current UEFA Champions League format will rue non-league winners qualifying for the tournament, usually harkening back to the European Cup or rotary phones. That train’s long since left the station, though it’s a bit strange that this year’s winner will have failed to win their league in both their qualifying and competing seasons (even though Chelsea is trying to complete a double).