In the age of social media, I’d beware Thursday. Even the most careful and meticulous reader can fall victim to April Fool’s Day. The best example I’ve seen so far…?
SYDNEY (AP) — David Beckham an assistant manager for Australia at football’s World Cup? It turned out to be just an April Fool’s joke that tricked a few people for a while.
The Sydney Morning Herald said Thursday that former England captain Beckham, who won’t play for England due to an Achilles tendon injury and subsequent surgery, announced he was joining the Socceroos as assistant manager.
The Herald said the deal was sealed after Football Federation Australia chairman Frank Lowy sent Beckham a fruit basket and get-well card after his surgery last month.
Pretty good. Pretty, pretty good. Here’s another one. Now let’s get to some links:
- Here’s our story on the Pat Noonan signing. Despite the off day, the team had this profile on the guy. That inside access must be nice. I also saw this story on Arlo White. Very good read.
- The new FIFA world rankings are out. As is ESPN’s funky SPI thing.
- Remember that new Sounders FC anthem by Grammatrain? Word is it’s going to be debuted Saturday.
- Here are some MLS personnel links: first an update on the saga of goalkeeper Jon Busch, and here’s the story on his replacement in Chicago Andrew Dykstra, Colorado could be after Claudio Lopez and, finally, ex-USL Sounder Cam Weaver is trying to get healthy in Houston.
- In other league stories, here’s one on the possibility of Miami getting a franchise and here’s a league-wide injury report for week two.
- The USWNT beat Mexico 1-0 in snowy Sandy, Utah. Headed there next week and I’ll be doing a sun dance until then.
- Lastly, a Champions League update. I watched the Arsenal-Barcelona 2-2 draw in full and what a match! Leo Messi and crew looked unstoppable in the early parts of the game on the road, but couldn’t score! I think Seattle fans can empathize with the poor finishing. Despite the crazy start, Barca took a 2-0 lead behind two Zlatan Ibrahimovic goals, but Cesc Fabregas capped the Gunners’ comeback with a PK — one that might have broken his leg, yeesh. That’d be two stars with big injuries in the last two days, considering Wayne Rooney‘s knock that could sideline him a week. Also, Inter Milan beat CSKA Moscow 1-0 at home.
A couple more incredible goals for you. Which was the better of these two efforts you might not have seen?
1. Hulk of Belenenses in Portugal v. Porto (strength)
2. Ricardo Fuller of West Ham in the EPL v. Stoke (skill)
Give my vote to the incredible Hulk…