A quick question for a small project I might be working on: What is something not related to football that you can find on the internet that will almost instantly snap you out of a bad mood? (Keep it PG, please.) You’ll find out soon enough why I’m asking.
Ramble of the Day
Wednesday night saw the annual MLS All-Star game, with this year’s selection of MLS’s best players losing to Juventus in a penalty shootout. It was ultimately a moderately entertaining match of little consequence, but ESPN tried out a unique, if weird, thing for the broadcast. In years past in All-Star games and regular season matches, they have mic’d up coaches and played the clips whenever they wanted to. ESPN changed things up, and attached a microphone to Atlanta United goalkeeper Brad Guzan.
The audience did not just hear the former Aston Villa and Middlesborough goalkeeper shout instructions at the players in front of him, though. Commentators Adrian Healey and Taylor Twellman ACTUALLY INTERVIEWED HIM DURING THE MATCH.
My sisters and I spent much of the night wondering if he would have to spring into action after being distracted by the broadcasters, but he was not. He was a good sport and also managed to do his job well despite two people speaking into his ear whenever someone felt like it. He did concede a goal to Juventus, but that had nothing to do with the commentators. Job well done, Guzan.
Anyway, that’s just another day in Major League Soccer, a strange but inoffensive and entertaining football league.
tl;dr: Another day in Major League Soccer.
Links of the Day
Two men are in the hospital after being stabbed ahead of Rangers’ 1-1 draw with Croatian side Osijek.
Harry Kane has been engraved into six £5 notes after winning the Golden Boot at the World Cup.
Transfer roundup: Gonzalo Higuain has moved from Juventus to AC Milan, while Leonardo Bonucci has made the opposite swap; Fulham have signed Alfie Mawson from Swansea; Crystal Palace have signed Max Meyer from Schalke; Yoshinori Muto has joined Newcastle from Mainz
Today’s longer read: Suzanne Wrack interviews Mary Earps, the English goalkeeper who has signed for German champions Wolfsburg, for The Guardian