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ProSoccerTalk’s daily soccer re-set

Muddy soccer

@COPYRIGHT Mike Howard

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:

Soccer birthdays: Tough luck for Mario Gomez, the German striker, whose team was dumped out of Euro 2012 by a sassy bunch of talented Italians. Oh, well … Happy 27th birthday anyway.

Ludovic Giuly, a former French international whose stops include Lyon, Barcelona and Roma, turns 36.

Ahead on the blog today*: Some thoughts on dysfunctional relationships along the management chain at some Major League Soccer clubs.

Big Important Stories of the Day: Clint Dempsey seems awful close to a move north, out of cozy Craven Cottage and into Liverpool. Also, some Portland Timbers managerial speculation.

What we should all watch on TV: Hurry up and get here 2012-2013 season. Pretty please.

RASNoD (Random American Soccer Name of the Day): Danny Szetela

Twitter daps: writer Jonah Freedman (@jonahfreedman): It’s rarely fun for any manager to fire an employee. But you get the sense today’s decision was really, really hard for Merritt Paulson.

Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson (@MerrittPaulson): Plenty of soccer left to play in 2012. Please keep an open mind and give team some time to continue to develop. No instant miracle cure.

PST background noise while blogging today: Going old school and listening to CDs. Probably a little U2 – that way I hear some things that didn’t make the iTunes cut.

*Always subject to change; you know how it is