There is not enough in time in the day to handle all the soccer on Wednesday.
The MLS is featuring three midweek games, Aston Villa is going to beat Manchester City to turn the Premier League championship race on its head, Showtime has a huge piece on the U.S. national team, the U.S. Open Cup kicks off and Cananda is up to something too!
I got tired just typing all that.
35 days until the World Cup!
There are plenty of World Cup nuggets to get to so I will just put them all here. First off, the recent injury to Omar Gonzalez should not hinder his World Cup hopes. This is good news because he is a human and I don't wish injury upon anyone. How I feel about him as a starting centerback for the World Cup squad is very meh at this point. He has to win me over a bit.
Steven Beitashour has been named to the preliminary World Cup roster for Iran and I would be shocked if he wasn't on the final squad and likely starting. I no absolutely nothing about Iranian soccer, where most of the squad plays, but I do know Beitashour is a very solid right back and has many San Jose fans longing for his presence after his move to Vancouver. Super entertaining Obafemi Martins was left off Nigeria's World Cup squad because Nigeria hates fun.
Finally, Showtime's 60 Minutes Sports is airing an extensive profile piece on the U.S. Men's National Team as it prepares for the World Cup. It will air at 8 p.m. local time. I am sure it is probably your standard profile piece but with the tournament only 35 days away I know it's going to hype me up to the moon. I cannot wait.
The MLS presents its biggest midweek slate of the year with Houston vs Columbus, Seattle vs FC Dallas and San Jose vs Colorado. Obviously Seattle vs FC Dallas is the main attraction here. It appears Dallas could be in the start of its annual slide and a trip to Seattle will not help matters. I'm interested to see if Houston can ride that momentum from the Chivas win and keep Giles Barnes moving toward top form. Beating down Columbus after they lost to Sporting Kansas City is OK with me.
The important thing is you all set your fantasy teams accordingly with six teams having double games. I've already got Dempsey on captain duty but I find myself in tough times with Hector Jimenez and Dylan Remick out and both of my transfers burned. Best of luck to you all - here's advice from MLS for those fantasy teams ...
Welcome to Miami ... but only if you go exactly where we tell you to go
The David Beckham vs Everyone-with-some-semblance-of-power-in-Miami battle continued Tuesday, when Miami-Dade County mayor Carlos Gimenez
asked told Beckham and his friends with money that the waterfront stadium will need to be moved to a different place near the water.
I'm not going to lie, the initial design looked cool and all but I really hate all this stadium drama in the MLS at this point. The whole turf/NFL stadium uproar with Atlanta, the baseball stadium/you'll never get in the heart of the city drama with NYFC; it's all become too much. I want Beckham to find a spot he likes, I just don't care to write or read about it for a while.
U.S Open Cup starts today
The U.S. Open Cup starts Wednesday and our own Sean Spence will be providing live coverage of Chicago's RWB Adria gunning for an upset in Michigan over a talented Detroit FC side. One game in each of the early rounds will be streamed and Wednesday's selection is Western Mass Pioneers vs Mass Premier, which can be seen on www.USSoccer.com.
This is always an exciting time of year and I can't wait to get to Buffalo Grove next Wednesday to cover the Schwaben AC game. This tournament already might be the Fire's best chance at hardware this season, so embrace the tournament. Love the tournament.
Canada is doing tournament things too
Two 2014 Amway Canadian Championship gamestake place Wednesday with Toronto FC taking on Vancouver Whitecaps and Montreal Impact playing the Ottawa Fury. This is the semfinal stage of the tournament where two legs will be played. The winner of the competition gets a spot in the CONCACAF Champions League.
If Edmonton ends up in the final with a chance to upset Toronto or Vancouver, I will tune in. Until then, this only warrants the highlights.
I end this roundup with this and a question. How long do we need to wait until Frank Yallop subs himself in?