FIFA.com looks ahead to another week of birthdays around the world of football, with three stars in Lionel Messi, Charlie Davies and Samir Nasri all turning 25, and Nasri's French compatriot Yann M'Vila also celebrating.
FIFA.com reviews the latest action in the Americas, including Boca Juniors fine run of form in Argentina, Corinthians stroke of luck, Chivas Guadalajara's dominance in Mexico, and the heated play-off race in Major League Soccer.
Our pick of the week's best quotes features Sergio Aguero dismissing comparisons with Diego Maradona, Oliver Bierhoff on the multicultural Germany team, and Andrea Pirlo on the declining quality of Serie A.
Los Angeles Galaxy remain six points ahead of FC Dallas in the Western Conference after both enjoyed victories, while defeat denied Philadelphia Union the chance to take charge in the Eastern standings.
DC United forward Charlie Davies has been ruled out for two weeks due to a strained right hamstring suffered during a 1-1 draw last Saturday with Colorado Rapids.