Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Happy FIFA Day
As you all well know, I'm a FIFA nerd. Big time. So today is kind of like a holiday for me and all my nerdy brethren. Sorry, honey. The TV is mine today.
Anyway, MLS got some love in FIFA 13, much more than its ever gotten. The Sounders got the WE HAVE A BIG STADIUM treatment, with Mauro Rosales (77 OVR!) getting the most robust treatment. Good to see Ozzie Alonso (76) and Christian Tiffert (75) also getting bumps. San Jose got a hilarious shaft (Wondo at 68? Bernardez 66? Chavez as the team's best at 69? Heh, okay), and Montreal is suddenly a power with Nesta (82) and Di Vaio (81) placed as MLS' top two ranked players, respectively. Well then. Landon Donovan tied with Di Vaio at 81, while Becks' rating tumbled all the way to 77. Ouch.
As for the USMNT's top boys? Have a look-see yourself.
A full 18 USMNT players are 70 and above. For somebody like me, who can remember when FIFA ranked maybe a half dozen that high, this is a virtual benchmark for all us nerds, stamping home how far we've come in world respect and pixelated glory. I'll most certainly be tuning Fabian Johnson's woodwork-nailing skills to a 99, should they have included that category this year.
Happy hunting, gents.
- Will Parchman