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ProSoccerTalk daily soccer re-set

Original Mitre

What we’re thinking, what we’re watching, what’s coming on the blog today and the RASNoD (Random American Soccer Name of the Day). Setting up your day in soccer …

Birthdays of note: Former German international and German coach Rudi Völler seems like an important birthday. He turns 52. But he gets bumped down one chair because Barcelona defensive bedrock Carles Puyol, also a Spain World Cup winner, turns 34. But that’s not the most important B-Day, either. That because most Major League Soccer franchises were more or less born on this date. April 13, 1996, marked the first match for most original Major League Soccer clubs. A crowd of almost 70,000 in the Rose Bowl saw the New York MetroStars against Los Angeles in both clubs’ debut.

Ahead on the blog today*: Plenty on Saturday’s big matches, including the Sporting Kansas City-Real Salt Lake tussle in the heartland and Saturday’s Liverpool-Everton FA Cup semifinal.

RASNoD (Random American Soccer Name of the Day): Steve Ralston

Twitter daps: U.S. international Maurice Edu ‏ (@MauriceEdu):Todays Friday the 13th! What will this day bring? Hmmmm”