I have been out of touch for a few days, but the season is suddenly upon us. Not a lot to say, but consider this just me checking in. :)
As to Thursday's opponent, NAC Breda, they have had a positive start to the Eredivisie. They find themselves in fourth place with seven points following three matches. They are coming off a 1-2 victory away to Groningen, but have to look forward to PSV in between the matches against Villarreal.
Marcos Senna is fully healthy - although perhaps not in the best shape of his life. He is talking like he will be on the pitch for the start of the match on Thursday.
And finally, being from the US, this was a pretty interesting article on ESPN.com, touching on soccer in the US as well as the prospects for Jozy Altidore.