Wrapping up a days worth of news, links, rumors and rampant speculation.
THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE!!!You must play this while reading the following paragraphs. Leo Messi single-handedly eliminated a very, very good Arsenal team today. I had to leave for work after only seeing Messi's first two goals and haven't had a chance to fire up the DVR yet for the others. But, I assure you, plenty of people who watched the game have things worth saying. (Oh, and Inter Milan beat CSKA Moscow 2-0 on aggregate.) A mess of Messi links: • See all the goals, via Caught Offside. [Caught Offside] • Will America ever produce a player anywhere near as talented? [MatchFit USA] • Sports Illustrated with some as-it-happened commentary. [Sports Illustrated] • The Telegraph's Mike Norrish compares him to Roger Federer. [The Telegraph] • Says Arsene Wenger: "I don't many players in the world who can score a goal like that. It was like PlayStation." [Bloomberg] • Who needs 10 teammates? [New York Times] • Typical British exaggeration: He's the Messiah. (Oh, it's a pun! Got it.) [The Sun] • Who Ate All the Pies: "Leo is astonishing, amazing, awesome, and other adjectives beginning with A." [Who Ate All The Pies?] • The Guardian's gamer. [The Guardian] Wednesday schedule
· Manchester United vs. Bayern Munich - 1:45 pm, Fox Soccer Channel
· Bordeaux vs. Lyon - 1:45 pm, Fox Soccer Plus
The Wizards• Wizards owner Robb Heineman asks a question not many owners would ever consider asking the public: How much should tickets cost? And he does it on Big Soccer. [Big Soccer] • Zoltan is down for 5-8 months. Plus, some thoughts on Sunil Chhetri's future and more. [The Full 90] • A walk-through of the new stadium as it's being erected.
Kansas City (and places close by)• Kansas Michael Thomas came on in the 78th minute for Halmstads BK in Sweden during the teams' 1-1 tie with Malmo FF. Good result for Thomas and Halmstads. [Soccer Way]
Around the MLSQuiet day in the MLS. • Houston's Brian Ching is out 4-6 weeks. [Sports Illustrated] • MLS Daily reports a bunch of Frenchmen are (possibly, maybe) looking to the U.S. as their careers wind down. Yay! (Sarcasm.) [MLS Daily] • Red Bulls coach Hans Backe missed his team's first road win in a long time on Saturday against Seattle and then had his gallbladder removed. Rough week. [MLS Daily] This week's MLS games
· Chivas USA vs. New York Red Bulls - 3 pm, TeleFutura
· Philadelphia Union vs. D.C. United - 5 pm, FSC
· New England vs. Toronto FC - 6:30 pm
· Chicago vs. San Jose - 7:30 pm
· FC Dallas vs. Columbus - 7:30 pm
· Houston vs. Los Angeles - 7:30 pm
· Kansas City vs. Colorado - 7:30 pm, KCWE (Ch. 29)
· Real Salt Lake vs. Seattle Sounders FC, p.m.