2. Is this is how David Moyes responded to Wayne Rooney's transfer request? If so, Sir Alex Fergsuon's hair dryer treatment at halftime wasn't so bad after all.
3. Speaking of Liverpool, John Barnes post-playing career as a manager hasn't gone too well, but now he has a new profession to fall back on. I said a hip hop, the hippie the hippie.
4. Question of the Week: In order, predict the top four places in the Premier League this season. Add your answer in comment section below.
5. Unfortunately, I have watched Chivas USA play twice, live and in-person, in the last month. 180 minutes of my life I will never get back. Also a good reminder that the lean years of the New England Revolution (2010-2012) were still better than watching the Goats play.
7. Remember the Snow Clasico? A lot has changed since the buildup for that match. Klinsmann is now seen as the savior, leading the USMNT on a 12-match winning streak while being crowned Gold Cup champions. To keep the streak alive, the United States will have to do something it's never done before - take three points from Costa Rica on the road.
8. Winner for supporter of the year goes to David Feeney. We have all gone to extreme measures to try to watch our favorite team, but Mr. Feeney took it one step further - he bought the broadcasting rights for Ireland's match vs Sweden.
11. One of the Thorns heroes during their overtime come from behind win against FC Kansas City in the semifinals was Tiffany Weimer, who scored the tying goal and set-up the winning goal. I've known Tiff for over ten years - when nutmegging players, scoring goals, and making sarcastic comments were the only things that mattered to her. It's great to see her still doing all those things, but even greater to see her sharing her passion for the beautiful game with her own soccer publication, Our Game Magazine.
12. College soccer season is in full swing and if you need a team to cheer for, you could do a lot worse than cheering for the University of Massachusetts men's soccer team. Head coach, Sam Koch was hired in 1991 to coach the team for three months as the school had chosen to terminate the program after that fall season. Always the battler, Sam has kept the program going, and in 2007 did the unthinkable: with less than three scholarships, he led his team to the NCAA Final Four. For the past year, Koch has faced an even tougher test off the field - cancer. But just as he fought to save the program 23 years ago, Sam fights this battle with wit and sarcasm still in tact. This fall, follow the Minutemen and Koch - they both deserve some extra supporters.
13. It seems like just yesterday I was watching Bobby Rhine score goals in Storrs for UConn. A must read article by Nick Firchau looking at the passing of Bobby Rhine two years later.
14. The country that claims to have invented football is starting Rickie Lambert up front in a must-win World Cup Qualifier. Oh, how the mighty have fallen.
15. Ok, I'm off to find an establishment in Portland, OR that has GOL TV. Come On You Boys in Green.