Is it Saturday yet? No? Ugh. Well, might as well read about soccer in the meantime. Here's some links for you to make it through your morning, or whenever it is that you've stumbled into the wonderful work of The Bent Musket today.
So, basically, everyone is loving Lee Nguyen this week, and with good reason. He has been chosen pretty much across the board as the MLS player of the week. Well done, Lee.
Speaking of Lee Nguyen, Kyle McCarthy points to his success as the main reason that the Revs have climbed up to #14, but also that he'll need to be more consistent if the Revs want to continue their climb
Despite Chris Tierney's history of being a "wherever you need me to play" type of soccer player, he has found a new, more permanent role at left back under Jay Heaps. The Revolution's now first-choice LB talks about the transition to the position and how he approaches the role under Heaps' new system.
Toronto sits at the bottom of the Eastern Conference, and MLS in general, with an 0-8 record. Things aren't pretty for the reds right now. So, in lieu of their turbulent times, they've shifted around the front office. Read about the moves in Ives' article, including a more hands-on role for their director of player development Paul Mariner, who was once a member of Steve Nicol's Revolution coaching staff.
Basically most of the footy news out there is about Manchester City winning the Premier League. A part of all that was Joey Barton getting red carded in QPR's game against City on Sunday which saw them clinch the title. Fitba Thatba's take on Barton's most recent antics is, as I've come to expect, hysterical. Enjoy.
Word on the street is that today is the day that Klinsmann will call up the first group to USMNT camp for the upcoming World Cup Qualifiers. Here's a look at what the depth chart looks like currently which should give us a good idea as to who will get called today.
Newcastle United gaffer Alan Pardew has been named Manager Of The Year by the League Managers Association. Newcastle had a truly incredible season and Pardew absolutely deserves the plaudits. It's too bad that they fell just shy of a Champions League spot, but surely there is reason to believe that they'll make a valiant run at it next season.