Cleaning out our bookmarks, here’s Tuesday’s assorted randomness:
Besties – Did you know Hope Solo and Sydney LeRoux hang out? Here’s one of 2,082 pictures of the pair hanging out in Great Britain (this one taken Monday at Old Trafford).
Deserved – Fabricio Coloccini, Hugo Campagnaro, and Mariano Andujar among Argentines to be called up to face Germany.
Fragile – Rafa Marquez pulled up during warmups Tuesday versus Tottenham. His right calf was the culprit.
Homecoming – Alvaro Saborio on the cover of Al Dia in Costa Rica ahead of Real Salt Lake’s CONCACAF Champions League match at Herediano.
Influence – ESPN’s Alyssa Roenigk on the U.S. Women’s part in growing women’s soccer in Great Britain (see “Turning point,” below).
Innovator – Backpage Football looks at the forgotten legacy of Dynamo Kiev master Victor Maslov, one of the main innovators of the pressing game that’s become widely used in modern soccer.
Motor oil – Simon Dawkins collected 1,619 points to lead this week’s Castrol Index. In slightly related news, a convenience store in Fremont, Calif. sold a $52 million lottery ticket.
Options – The Crew have attackers. Real attackers. Dust of Sigi’s old notes, Robert.
Predicted – 1. Chelsea’s Kevin De Bruyne will spend the season at Wolfsburg. Bundesliga Boy says “He’s being loaned to the better league!”
2. (same link) Gael Kakuta probably won’t be as Chelsea this year. Shocking.
Relentless – 1. The Guardian continues unearthing new details about Manchester United’s proposed New York Stock Exchange floatation. Bonus points: This isn’t David Conn banging the same drum.
2. Speaking of banging drums, Andy Green (@andersred) was featured by Reuters TV talking about United’s finances. Mr. Green does excellent work (and does Mr. Conn). Their only problem comes with tenuous insinuation that the on-field product of a club that finished tied atop England is being compromised. Perhaps some day. Besides, the off-field story is horrible enough without exaggerating the point.
3. Oh, the Guardian did another Manchester United piece, this one on the Glazer family altering team bylaws to block hostile takeovers.
Reunion – Steven Pienaar’s returns to Everton for the second time in eight months. This time, it’s permanent.
Turning point – England is reminded women’s soccer exists, kinda like it, may want to see more after Team GB downs Brazil.