And a fine start of the week to you! Apologies for the absence on Friday - we were engaged in some SSN outreach with key followers at an undisclosed location discussing the virtues of the Backheel Breakfast. We're back now, and ready for action. We should probably begin with the Gold Cup. The U.S. (yet again) looked far from convincing in their win Friday against Haiti. Yes. Haiti. We must give credit where credit is due, though. The Haitians were organized and quick and counter-attacked with intelligence and structure. The victory means the U.S. are in the Quarterfinals. Joining them are T&T. Mexico could only draw with Guatemala last night, so they need a result on Wednesday to advance. Here's more on all of that!
So, a couple of club icons have departed for pastures new. Bayern Munich no longer have Bastian Schweinsteiger and Real Madrid no long have Iker Casillas. Let's go to some of the top German and Spanish scribes to see what's up with the departures:
Raphael Honigstein: Schweinsteiger’s exit robs Munich of a Bavarian football god
Sid Lowe: No fanfare for Real Madrid legend Casillas as he leaves for Porto
Graham Hunter: Casillas doesn't get a clean break but is still a club legend
Major League Soccer is a bit of a mess right now. The Gold Cup, International Champions Cup, and U.S. Open Cup are all going down and it's hard to know what the hell is going on. At least we learned Five Things over the weekend, along with a Weekend Review. Giovinco! Wow!