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And that's another week in the bin, as they say. If you've not already, start your Friday by checking out SSN Serie A Expert Alessandro Buonjourno née Alessandro Cazzojourno's report from a variety of matches in England.
We'll get back to that part of the world shortly, but for now let's return Stateside. LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders will not win The MLS Cup this year. That is because Real Salt Lake and Houston Dynamo knocked the West Coasters out, respectively. Avi Creditor has Three Thoughts on LA's ouster, and Alexander Abnos has Three Thoughts about the Timbers toppling the Sounders.
Back to Europe (that didn't take long) where the secondary club competition lit up the stadia last night. No real surprises. Spurs shot down the Sheriff, Swansea have to wait to advance and Lazio do as well. Hit this if you're interested.
Alessandro Cazzojourno apparently enjoyed hanging out with Scott Murray of The Guardian last week. The best we can do is check in with Murray for today's Joy of Six. Scott's talking FA Cup first round memories. Why? Because the FA Cup first round gets underway today.
We might as well stick with the UK since we're there. In the Premier League, the biggie comes Sunday (11:10am, EST, NBCSN) when Manchester United host Arsenal. Elsewhere, Newcastle welcome Spurs, West Brom go to Chelsea, Liverpool host Fulham, and Manchester City are at Sunderland. Here's your lot:
Poor Freddy Adu. What a bust. A Bahian Bust, if you will. Yes, the latest failure is ongoing in Brazil. Grant Wahl takes a look. Sticking with Yanks Abroad, Sacha Kljestan says The Zlatan made fun of his mustache during the PSG/Anderlecht Champions League match on Tuesday. It is pretty bad, Sacha...