1. Mark your calendar, the Premier League is back, and debuting on a new network, NBC, beginning August 17. It all gets started with my beloved Liverpool kicking off against Stoke “USA” City at 4:45 am PT. I guess it’s time to buy into that new technology called DVR.
2. For the last few summers I have spent good money to watch friendly matches in the United States. Before each match, my dad would always say, “it’s a waste of money, any match where the outcome doesn’t mean anything, is a waste." But each summer, I would get sucked in by a European team playing in America, and after 90 minutes of a boring match I would vow I would never come back. Congratulations Portland Timbers – Norwich City, it’s officially the game that will make sure I will never attend an exhibition match again. What. A. Waste.
3. Great to see Landon Donovan once again get the credit he always deserves. I'll say it again, he will be in the starting lineup at the World Cup in Brazil.
4. This past weekend, Steven Lenhart of the San Jose Earthquakes, took goal celebrations to a new level in MLS.
5. Speaking of my dad, yesterday my parents sold the only house I ever knew. Considering my current profession, it's probably not wise to say, but I always felt their backyard helped more in my development as a player than any coach ever did. (Maybe that's why I never made it as a player!)
6. With news of DC United striking a deal with the city to construct a new stadium, it’s your move New England Revolution and Bob Kraft.
8. Jurgen Klinsmann celebrated his 49th birthday yesterday and today Michael Bradley celebrates his 26th. Bradley should always be the first name written down on Klinsmann's starting lineup. Remember in 2011 when he wasn't rated by Gerard Houllier at Aston Villa?
9. We are at the unofficial halfway point of the MLS season and if the playoffs started today, the New England Revolution would be in and the Seattle Sounders players would be playing golf.
10. But seriously, you have to love the parity that is MLS. Of the 19 teams in the league, 16 clubs have a legitimate chance at the playoffs. Compare that to Major League Baseball, where only 15 (I was being generous) out of 30 teams still have a chance at postseason play. Or compare it to any league in Europe, where only three-four teams have a legitimate chance of winning a league title.
11. Stuart Holden. It's just unfair.
12. Australians can sing. 95,000 of them belted out You’ll Never Walk Alone.
13. QOTW, provide your answer/comments below: Which American at Stoke City, Maurice Edu, Geoff Cameron, or Brek Shea, will have the most successful season this year?