Random Stuff for a Friday …

DC Uniteds Jaime Moreno had knee surgery on Wednesday.

DC United's Jaime Moreno had knee surgery on Wednesday.

… Ed here.

Hope everyone enjoyed the podcast with FSC’s Christopher Sullivan. If you haven’t checked it out yet, please do – he provided a great breakdown of this weekend’s playoff action.

Moreno’s Surgery: DC United forward Jaime Moreno underwent knee surgery Wednesday. According to Soccernet, “Moreno had an articular cartilage cleaned and a meniscal defect removed during the procedure performed Wednesday. The club said the Bolivian striker will be ready for full participation in next year’s preseason.”

There were multiple points this season where I questioned Moreno’s effort – as it didn’t seem he was as willing to fight for possession, was losing possession to easily, and was not making runs when other players were in attacking position. Hopefully this is the result of him not being 100%, and we’ll see better next year if he is to remain a key part of this team.

FA Cup: For those of you with either Setanta on TV or Setanta Broadband, action begins today in the FA Cup with Leeds hosting Northampton Town. There are 35 more games tomorrow, and I think Setanta will have some coverage, but I’m not sure of the specifics. But I will definitely be watching today – I’m one of those that quite simply can’t get enough of the FA Cup; even before the “big” teams enter the fray.

Fire 3, Revolution 0: I don’t think this result surprised too many people except perhaps the most diehard of New England fans. The Revs were depleted in their attack, and the loss of Steve Ralston was pretty much the death of the postseason chances. The Fire blew them out last night, with Chris Rolfe scoring yet another goal. Chicago will await the winner of the Columbus-Kansas City series in the Eastern Conference Final – going to Columbus or hosting the Wizards (you know this is soccer and not basketball because you’d have the Wizards in the Eastern Conference Final).

Hockey – Caps 3, Hurricanes 2: I was at this game last night and despite game-tying and game-winning goals from Alexander Semin in the final 3 minutes, the latter coming with 10 seconds left, and three assists from Alexander Ovechkin – Brooks Laich is my new hero. At one point, with I think the Hurricanes on a power play, Laich blocked a slapshot with either his ankle or lower leg, resulting in him crumpling to the ice. Laich couldn’t get back to his feet, and was literally trying to crawl back to the bench. Carolina held the puck in, and it was worked back to the right point. Seeing Laich down on the ice still trying to crawl, the right point man for the Hurricanes tried a cross-ice pass to the left point, which would have seemed to be the safe play. But Laich, still in pain, stretched out fully and deflected the pass with his stick, clearing the puck down the ice, letting his teammates get a line change and allowing him to get off the ice. It earned a deserved ovation from a good crowd at Verizon Center, and Laich returned to the game later. It was one of those little mini-heroic moments you see in hockey where players get the job done for their teammates, even if they can’t even get to their feet and skate. It was great stuff.

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