Soccer birthdays: Good thing this stunning Shalrie Joseph trade happened Wednesday and not today. This way Revolution manager Jay Heaps doesn’t have to remember his 36th birthday as the day he traded one of the franchise’s most popular figures.
Elsewhere, Portuguese international Hélder Postiga turns 30.
Big Important Story of the Day: Another MLS side joins the CONCACAF Champions League fight: Seattle meets Caledonia in the Pacific Northwest. Yes, that Caledonia.
Big Story of the Day that’s not really that important, but still a big story: The Galaxy hosts a team you may have heard of. Real Madrid. Coach by Jose Morinho. Dude named Cristiano Ronaldo plays for them. He’s good.
RASNoD (Random American Soccer Name of the Day): Chris Armas
*Ahead on the blog today: Our weekly Panic Quotient, we’ll start the chatter on next week’s U.S. Open Cup final, plus Noah Davis’ weekly “Overlooked and Underloved” feature, where he reaches deep into the MLS grab bag for a match that needs a little more love.
What you should watch on TV:
Some of you are going to man up and stay up late. So grad a nap, or load up on the Italian roast or whatever. Just get ‘er done. Because Seattle plays in that aforementioned CCL contest (10 p.m. ET on Fox Soccer Channel.) And the Galaxy meets Real Madrid on ESPN2 and 10:30 p.m. ET.
PST background noise while blogging today: Heath Pearce says 96.3 Es Música is his favorite music. I’m a little skeptical – but what the heck, let’s give it a shot.
About the picture (above right): Just a shot of fans at the Olympics soccer tournament. Love me some Olympics!
*Always subject to change; you know how it is…