Soccer birthdays: Wonder if Everton’s Phil Jagielka is missing his former teammate Tim Cahill these days? Cahill is now passing, trapping, running and gunning for the New York Red Bulls, of course. And I wonder if Jagielka is feeling the weight of advancing age, since he’s cresting the hill for any professional athlete today? The English center back turns 30 today.
Big Important Story of the Day: The king daddy of all leagues, the English Premier League, begins tomorrow. Got your fantasy team set?
RASNoD (Random American Soccer Name of the Day): Al Miller
*Ahead on the blog today: Richard Farley will check in from his England travels. (Lucky SOB.) I’ll check in with some talk on MLS Golden Boot frontrunner Chris Wondolowski and plenty more MLS stuff. We might also take one last, longing look back at the U.S. win from Wednesday down in Mexico. It’s worth one more little visit, right?
What you should watch on TV: There’s a scattering of Mexican and French soccer on today, mostly on some of the harder-to-reach TV outlets. But be smart about it! The big games in Mexico in France and especially in England, are up Saturday. So bide your time, man! Pay some attention to the wife or girlfriend. Or both! It’s all about positioning now. Like a good midfielder, you’ve got to create space for yourself.
Saturday soccer awaits – you want to be in optimum position for it.
PST background noise while blogging today: KXT 91.7 out of Dallas. “Music to the core.”
*Always subject to change; you know how it is…