Leo Messi is the greatest player in the world.In other news: It's April, tonight's "Lost" was slightly confusing, the Connecticut women's team won another game, local weather stations freaked about today's storm and the sky is blue. More obvious (and some not-so-obvious) items for you this evening after the jump.
Wrapping up a days worth of news, links, rumors and rampant speculation.
THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE!!!
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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.)
• 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
· Manchester United vs. Bayern Munich - 1:45 pm, Fox Soccer Channel
· Bordeaux vs. Lyon - 1:45 pm, Fox Soccer Plus
• 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.
USA! USA! USA!
• All right, let's start this old discussion again: After the World Cup, soccer will become the No. 1 sport in America. (H/T to du Nord.) [Media Post
]• Former U.S. national team captain Claudio Reyna has been hired as the youth technical director for the U.S. Soccer Federation. [Sports Illustrated
]• An excellent tribute to Charlie Davies. Worth the click. [The Shin Guardian
And just for fun...
I used to love the Adam Carolla Radio show. Loved it. And then, one day, the station decided to "improve" ratings by adding Danny Bonaduce to the show. He's an insufferable, egotistical, misogynistic, drug-addled windbag. And I'm being sorta kind. (The Adam Carolla Show was cancelled not too long after Danny left. Adam is now doing a very good podcast and it's almost as good.) H/T to the Offisde Rules.
As a sidebar, what does it say about Philadelphia's soccer team that it took Danny Califf five tries from close range to even get anywhere near the cup on Bonaduce's head?