Observations: June 29, 2012

Written by Ian Thomson

TSO’s beady eye stumbled upon the following pieces this week:

— New York Red Bulls captain Thierry Henry says people “misunderstand” Rafael Marquez, according to Big Apple Soccer’s Kristian Dyer

— Fellow First Touch contributor Matthew Nelson produced a radio segment on last weekend’s Copa NYC clash between the U.S. and Afghanistan for the BBC’s World Football show (at 21 mins)

— Tim Hall, another First Touch peer, offers some alternatives to the MLS All-Star Game format

— An employee from The Team Formerly Known As Rangers threatens a Scottish soccer website editor publicly via Twitter

— Bobby McMahon outlined some research into the order of players taking kicks in a penalty shootout

— One skeptic considers whether Barry Robson is good enough to be a designated player for Vancouver Whitecaps

— Major League Soccer is homing in on a Flushing Meadows-Corona Park stadium for a second New York City franchise, according to The Wall Street Journal

— And finally, San Jose Earthquakes’ U.S. Open Cup clash with Seattle Sounders at San Francisco’s Kezar Stadium had TSO reminiscing fondly of the venue’s greatest scene: