Monday was Presidents Day. But for me, when the UEFA Champions League comes back, it feels more like a holiday. Nothing against George Washington and Co., but there’s something about big-time match-ups between the world-class soccer teams from the top leagues in Europe that I love.
Here’s an example. There was a betting line on what David Beckham will do in his return to Old Trafford as AC Milan takes on Manchester United.
Take a look at what warranted a wager:
4/1 — To score
5/2 — To be booked
33/1 — To be sent-off
8/1 — To be booked or sent-off for a foul on Wayne Rooney
50/1 — To score an own goal
8/1 — To score a free-kick
6/1 — To score from outside the box
33/1 — To score a 2+ goals
33/1 — To score a header
12/1 — To hit the woodwork
100/1 — To score from inside his own half
Only in Champions League. Here’s hoping the CONCACAF version this year is just as fun. Now to some other links and notes from around the world of soccer.
- Word is the construction around Qwest Field is a step closer to completion. Also, apparently there’s a new Sounders FC scarf available for purchase.
- On the league level, MLS players are starting to think about back-up plans should the collective bargaining agreement negotiations fall through. RSL defender Nat Borchers recently took over the soccer blog of The Salt Lake Tribune. Former USL Sounder and Gonzaga star Brian Ching updated his blog. And, lastly, some Colorado Rapids players dish on some of their embarrassing Valentine’s Day moments.
- On the national team level, U.S. men’s national team players Maurice Edu and DaMarcus Beasley were both in the active roster for Rangers’ 3-0 win against Hibernian on Sunday. Nice to see both of them healthy. Bob Bradley says Oguchi Onyewu and Clint Dempsey could be back in action soon. Though, to put a damper on the good news, Benny Feilhaber injured his ankle.
- Internationally, the Premiership is flirting with the idea of having a playoff for the league’s final spot in the Champions League. Also the FA Cup might be renovated to regain interest.
Lastly, I just wanted to check with the general readership of this blog. While some of the readers have expressed appreciation for links to national and international news, there might be others that don’t really care for it all.
So answer me this: